Nail Show, Education, Products & Nail Companies!

Can family & friends shop with me?

No family, friends or other unlicensed people can go onto the show floor because they take up valuable space needed around booths for the beauty pro's. This includes no strollers nor babies being carried, too. 

If your unlicensed spouse/significant other is an owner of the salon, he/she must have their name on the salon license issued from your state. All licenses & photo ID must be shown at the door during check-in. 

​no license = no enter

Yeah, we know.....our significant others help pay our salon bills, too, but that still doesn't qualify them as "salon owners".  

Q.) Can I sign up for Monday Workshop Classes DURING the show?

Classes may be canceled due to low registration OR may sell out before the show. Companies must know in advance how many products & kits to ship.

These do not count for CEU's.

Frequently Asked Questions

​We get it! 
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So we made it easier....just CLICK on some of the images below for more detailed info.

​ Q.) What is the "EARLY CHECK-IN"?

Gain rapid entry to the show floor on Sunday when the Convention Center opens at 9:00am by getting your Pro wrist band 1 day in advance! ​

(pre-purchased Eventbrite tickets OR cash ticket sales)

Early Check-in: 
The Saturday prior to Sunday's show 
NOON - 4:00pm 
*FREE product samples as they last

​If you lose or forget to wear your wrist band to the show, a new one MUST be purchased for $75 CASH ONLY to gain entry. 

*Sorry, no exceptions due to the high probability of fraud.  

​Q) Is there a dress code?

Please wear business-casual appropriate clothes. 
DO NOT dress in hootchie club attire. Dress for respect. 

Candid photos will appear in trade magazines & on the web.
Please make an effort to represent our nail industry with dignity.

Our motto:
"When in doubt, don't wear it out"!  

Still unsure?
Here are some tasteful guidelines:

       Capris & walking shorts are fine. 
           Mini skirts & Daisy Dukes are NOT.
       Stomachs & rear "cleavage" are not to be bared.
    Bras & underwear should be worn under your clothing.

      Please don't embarrass yourself or others by looking ignorant. 
Dress professionally at this business function.

​​Q) Can beauty school students attend?​

YES! "Student" = already taking classes at a beauty school PRIOR to the show date. If you're enrolled AFTER the show date, sorry but you cannot attend this year.


Instructors purchasing 5+ tickets at once in advance receive the best price break.


Solo student tickets can be purchased in advance if you're currently enrolled or recently graduated/waiting for state board test results. 


All Students must show photo IDstudent ID or documents with beauty school letterhead indicating they are a current or recently graduated student.

No group or student discounts given at the door ($75 CASH ONLY).

No documents = no entry even if you purchased a ticket. 
*apprentices cannot be admitted due to inability to verify them with the state.

Q.) How am I entered into the Door Prize drawings?

At the check-in process, each attendee gets a wrist band. On it are various numbers & a detachable tag with the same matching numbers.

We detach the tags as you check-in & those tags go into a big bucket that we draw from at 11:30am, 1:30pm & the
Grand Prize drawing is at 4:00pm.

Prizes are chosen randomly in advance by our Event Team & displayed at the Registration window.  Listen for numbers called over the loudspeaker & come forward to have your wrist band numbers matched against the stub drawn. 

Because we realize techs may be outside smoking, eating or in the restroom when numbers are called, all unclaimed numbers drawn will be posted on a DRY ERASE BOARD for YOU to check at the REGISTRATION WINDOW. 

Due to time constraints (and because it would be annoying for everyone to hear) we cannot continually announce over the intercom number after number after number with a 3-5 minute wait time between each number called until someone FINALLY comes forward to claim a prize.

4:00pm ALL unclaimed prizes will be forfeited& put towards future Smokies show promotional contests.

We will continue to draw until someone WINS the Grand Prize sponsored by American International Industries &  AML Distribution, tho!

*prize winners are ineligible for the Grand Prize drawing & we cannot hold prizes for anyone during the show. ​


Q.) Will Classes be held outside of the Gatlinburg Convention Center? 


Only SANCTIONED Extended Workshops from will be held offsite & those will be listed on our web site with directions, plus a link to register.

The piggybacking of offsite classes by anyone else is not permitted. This sneaky behavior hurts ALL the companies who booked classrooms at the GCC. It takes nail techs away from sanctioned, onsite classes causing the legit companies to lose money.

Companies that lose money will not return. No companies = no show.

Q) Is my ticket transferrable?

 But we cannot make name changes for you due to lack of time on our part. ​​
CLICK HERE for Eventbrite instructions on how to transfer your ticket into another licensed beauty pro's name AND email.

To prohibit the fraudulent reselling of 1 ticket multiple times, the name on the ticket MUST match the name on the beauty license &/or photo ID shown at check-in.  Marriage/divorce name changes occur & will be taken into consideration if your photo ID matches your first name & your face.