Photo by Liz Bretz
Meet Mazz Hanna, L.A. based crystal healer and nail stylist to some pretty notable clientele. We first connected with Mazz after geeking out when we heard she had used our Lavender + Frankincense Original Oil on Greta Gerwig during her pre-Oscar’s manicure (we loved Lady Bird!). We wanted to chat with Mazz about the inspiration behind her gorgeous nail art, how to keep our own nails healthy, and how she incorporates crystal healing into her life and her work.
LBA: Can you take us through a little bit of your personal history and how you first got into nail styling?
Mazz: For as long as I can remember, I have always been obsessed with nails. I remember going on summer vacation to the Outer Banks with my family when I was in 7th grade and teaching myself how to do acrylic nails. I would do them for all of my friends and paint cute little designs on them—we thought we were the coolest. But how I got into professional Nail Styling as a bit more of a back story…
I had been working as a creative in advertising for over a decade in New York City, and was one day offered my dream job to lead a creative team in Los Angeles. My husband and I packed up our life in Brooklyn, our two kitties, and moved across the country. Once I got settled in my new role at the agency in LA, something that I had worked so hard and sacrificed so much for, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something missing in my life. I just knew in my heart that advertising wasn’t for me anymore—the career that had defined me for most of my adult life.
Getting my nails done and coming up with crazy nail designs has always been a way that I expressed myself creatively and made me truly happy. I decided that I wanted to open a nail salon in Los Angeles that trained all of its manicurists to master nail art – something that I had a hard time finding out here. So I quit my job (most terrifying decision I ever made) enrolled in nail school, and wrote a business plan with my husband. We started scoping out locations to open our salon.
While all of this was going on, a friend of mine in New York asked me to accompany a musician that he managed to a photoshoot for an ad campaign that she was going to be a spokesperson for. I was excited at the idea of being back on a set (one of the few things I missed about my advertising job), so I said yes.
Since I was in the throes of practicing different nail art techniques on myself, I had these long crazy black nails with a shattered glass design. When I arrived to set and was introducing myself to the glam team, the Nail Stylists noticed my nails. One of the stylists was the legendary Jenna Hipp, green beauty expert and the founder of Nailing Hollywood, the agency that now represents me. That’s really how it all began.
Photos by Jennifer Bobe
LBA: What inspires you when you’re designing?
Mazz: One of my favorite things about designing nails is helping the person get excited about going outside of their comfort zone. I would say that about 90% of the time, people generally don’t know what they want. I always turn to art, fashion, and nature for inspiration and try to encourage my clients to do the same thing. The possibilities are truly endless, and it’s so much more fun than copying something off of Pinterest or Instagram.
LBA: What nail trends are you especially excited about at the moment?
Mazz: Being a crystal healer, I can’t help but get excited about the fact that crystal inspired nail art is having a moment. Even before it was a thing I would turn to crystals for inspiration, and I’m so happy that others are doing the same. One of my favorite practical designs for my celebrity clients is a rose quartz design. It’s so subtle that it doesn’t stand out on camera, which is really important when they need to keep a nude nail for work. It’s like their little secret.
LBA: How exactly do you incorporate crystal healing into your clients’ wellness routine?
Mazz: Crystals are integrated into all of the services that I offer my clients. One of the first things that I always do when I get a new nail polish or body product is to have a sage smudging ceremony. Everything is made of energy, whether it be a nail polish or a skin serum, so I believe that cleansing and neutralizing that energy can have a big impact. Once everything is cleansed, I arrange a crystal grid to infuse love and light into all of my products.
I also offer my celebrity clients customized elixir and skin treatments based on their chakra needs. I create customized blends of essential oils and crystals, and massage them into their skin with a luxurious rose quartz hot stone massage. This is a great way to get them feel relaxed and realigned. Another thing I love to do is surround us with crystals during our treatment. It creates a soothing energy that helps them relax.
Left: Mazz working her magic on Greta Gerwig’s nails. Left: Desi Perkins and Nicole Richie sporting manicures by Mazz.
LBA: What are some of your favorite projects you’ve worked on recently?
Mazz: Being a part of Greta Gerwig’s glam team for award’s season was so much fun! This industry can be a bit isolating because you’re on a different set each day, so it’s always nice when you get to see the same people on a regular basis. It’s also great working with a client who you get to know, because you can be prepared to give them a treatment that you know they will love.
LBA: We talk a lot about skincare for your face at Little Barn, but we often forget about our hands. Could you take us through a good self-care routine for healthy hands and nails?
Mazz: Funny enough, I almost exclusively use face products on my clients hands and feet! I just find them to be better quality and given how much of a beating our hands and feet take on a daily basis, they deserve the extra love!
Exfoliating is an important part of maintaining healthy and soft hands, and exfoliated skin soaks up oils and moisturizers so much better. After exfoliating, I always swirl an essential oil in a circular motion in the palms for a little dose of aromatherapy. After taking a few deep breaths and inhaling the healing vapors of the essential oil, I follow it up with one of my absolute favorite product EVER—the Little Barn Apothecary Lavender and Frankincense original oil. I first discovered it in a little boutique in Ojai, and it’s the product that made me fall in love with the brand. Since the oil is ultra moisturizing, I top it off with a pea sized amount of the rose and black pepper body lotion. I rub any extra product up the forearms and elbows for added indulgence.