Silva Nahabedian is the Director of Education for Chandler-based, Dazzle Dry. She’s a natural nail care specialist with over 20 years of experience. A long-time industry expert and celebrity manicurist, Silva was named “Best Manicurist” in Los Angeles by Allure Magazine. Once she discovered how game-changing Dazzle Dry’s innovative system was, she was on a mission to work closely with Dazzle Dry Founder, Dr. Vivian Valenty to help establish the company’s signature application process for long-lasting, quick-drying nails and help to change the reputation of nail polishes and nail services with both the industry and consumers. Learn more about Silva Nahabedian…
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
First job: My first job was working as a file clerk in a Homeopathic Physician’s office when I was only 15. During my sophomore year of High School, I was enrolled in a class called COE (Cooperative Office Education) where we learned clerical skills such as filing, typing, business letter writing, resume writing, etc. In addition to the class, we were all assigned jobs in the field to put those skills to practice. I would spend the rest of my high school years working at the doctor’s office until I went to Beauty School. Not only did I gain work experience but that is where I developed a passion for holistic living. As a result of my early exposure to alternative healing therapies, I adapted a healthy lifestyle where I constantly work on my mind, body, and spirit. This later led me to creating, loving and educating others more on a holistic approach to natural nail care.
Favorite AZ restaurant: Hush Public House. A Scottsdale hidden gem that is slowly becoming well known. Most outstanding variety of small plates designed for sharing. The complexity of the dishes is out of this world. Imagine the type of bites that make you put your fork down and throw your head back in disbelief of how yummy the food is.
Person who has impacted your life the most: My maternal grandmother, my namesake who died in 2013. She was a mild-mannered, meek woman who was a light to the world. Grandma Silva taught me how to lead with love, compassion, kindness, faith, and a serving heart.
Your biggest accomplishment in your eyes: My biggest accomplishment is not monetary or material. It is not tangible but is certainly palpable. My biggest accomplishment is my superhero power to connect with people. This innate vigor has led me to a phenomenal tribe of colleagues, friends, and family. All people who I adore and fiercely stand by. We are not meant to do life alone. I am so grateful for my tribe!
The biggest obstacle you have overcome: The biggest obstacle I have overcome in life is the willingness to let go of anyone or anything that is no longer in line with my life’s purpose. This even meant the dissolution of 2 marriages. Yup 2 by the age of 40. Walking away from people or situations that no longer served my highest good has allowed me to feel an unshakable sense of acceptance, alignment, and belonging within my own self. Taking your life back into your hands can create an entirely new existence.
Someone who inspires you: So many people inspire me daily, but I would love to shine some light on my best friend, John Darby. He is one of my greatest teachers in life and has taught me a great deal about the human experience, spirituality, and myself. John has a knack for holding a safe space for me to fully and completely be myself, without any fear of judgment when I’m with him. He has inspired me to radiate love to self-govern, maintain strength during the storm, humility, and compassion. Aside from all the ‘woo-woo’ spiritual stuff he teaches me, we just laugh uncontrollably every time we speak.
Favorite quote: Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. Rick Warren
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Get a good mentor. Stay connected to continuing education regularly. Plug into classes, workshops, retreats, masterminds, etc. Know who the key players are in the industry and study them. Follow them and learn from them. Stand on the shoulders of the giants before you. Read every day. Stick to a disciplined routine. Do not hit the snooze button. Be decisive, take imperfect action, and course-correct later. Routinely work on your health, exercise program, mindset, nutrition, time management, and productivity.
What you think makes someone fabulous? Emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and the ability to love deeply is a recipe for fabulousness! And a fabulous manicure is always a great thing….