3 Paces Forward….

Those who’ve seen most of my posts will know that I’ve had a nightmare in getting my qualification’s finished due to lack of models. Well, finally I’ve had a break through!! 

The first came by way of certification for spray tanning. I actually started this a while back through Essential Nails. But I’d leapt feet first in to a very, very deep hole. My course material arrived and I got straight in to the theory. Read through the guide book, then set up the DVD to watch. Whilst a made a coffee to have whilst watching, I picked up the rest of the pack and had a flick through. To my dismay, I realised their only test center was down the south of England (I’m up in North Wales ūüėĮ). Too late to give them a call, so I carried on with the DVD.

A couple of days had passed when I managed to grab some time to give them a call. I explained the situation and how it would cost a small fortune to get me and a model down there, no doubt I would’ve had to pay for an over night stay. “I’m sorry but its our only test center”, was the answer I got. “You don’t have a time frame, so you could come down when you’ve saved enough”!!! I was lost for words, literally.  Thankfully an academy opened down the road, with an affordable price list. I finally got my course booked at the beginning of the month and attended yesterday. One handed, but I managed it, lol.

To boost yesterday even more……  I’d missed a call from a number I didn’t recognise. When I heard the message, I couldn’t believe it. The Eyelash Emporium!!! I quickly grabbed the house phone and gave them a call back. I was so panicked in case I missed them, I was shaking. They’d received all of my coursework and a glowing recommendation from my tutor. I paid the late fee and was so overjoyed on hearing that my certificate should be here by the end of the week!!

OK, so I said 3 paces forward……

I have patiently been promoting my makeup and skincare business (not an easy task when starting another business too!!). I’ve had bits and pieces bought, here and there, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting that first sale from someone who doesn’t know me. The beginning of this week, I saw this happen. So much of a boost, you wouldn’t believe!! Its so nice to finally see your hard work paying off!!

So for all of you who are working hard, but sometimes the finish line is a bit fuzzy…. Keep your nose to the grindstone; keep pushing; keep learning; promote yourself (everywhere, at every opportunity!!) and most of all, remain positive!! It will all pay off, I promise x

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Experience?!?!?!?!

Experience?!?!?!?!

I finally took the plunge and submitted my first piece of coursework a couple of weeks back and received my first certificate on my journey to being a nail technician.  Now to crack on and get the rest done, so that I can decide where to go from there.  Originally, I started all this so that I would be able to return to work after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, as well as others, working from home.  Try as much as I do and still have limited support, so where do I go from here???

I am quite interested in doing some extra courses, so that I can offer more services than just nails.  Lash extensions is high on my list, along with; threading; waxing; brows; few more nail courses to update my skills and possibly, make-up to round it all off.  This may just be the time I need to establish a business and getting things moving properly, fingers crossed.

With everything happening the way it has, I have started looking at the possibility of working in salon, just to make sure I’ve got all my bases covered. ¬†But I have one huge problem when it comes to applying to salons and that is EXPERIENCE. ¬†This is not something that is new to me, its something I’ve never really been able to understand as such. ¬†How can someone gain experience, if nobody is willing to give them a chance?? ¬†It doesn’t make sense to me whatsoever. ¬†I fully understand that some salons are mega busy, but I think some people tend to forget that everyone has to start somewhere and once upon a time, the salon owner and staff, would all have been in my boat. ¬†What would it take for someone to say “we have two afternoons where we’re a bit quieter, would that be of any use?? ¬†Just so we can see what you can do??” ¬†Or at least have a private meeting so that you could display some of your skills.

Does anyone have any pointers??

MMA – A Big No No

MMA – A Big No No

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was led to believe that it was just dodgy salons that used Methyl Methacrylate Рa chemical that was used in the monomer when acrylic nails first started being worn.  Originally, the acrylics first practised with, was the same as the acrylics used for dental crowns and bridges.  After there were a number of complaints concerning nail extensions and the damage they were causing, there was an investigation in to the chemicals involved.  MMA, creates a product that is much too hard and can easily tear the nail from the finger.  After testing had been carried out and they realised that MMA was not suitable for cosmetic use, it was banned.  Only to be used in the dental industry.

Fast forward, to the present and you’d expect everyone to adhere to the use of EMA – Ethyl Methacrylate – monomers. ¬†But still some MMA manages to sneek in. ¬†Up until now, all the times I’d been warned about MMA, it was cheap salons that were using it. ¬†I was sat in rheumatology waiting for my consultant, when one of the nurses noticed my nails. ¬†I’ve always bought named brands who only use EMA and now I have found my brand for the time being (possibly full stop), I know I have a trusted brand and don’t need to worry. ¬†But she started tell me about her awful episode and it rang alarm bells straight away.

Being a nurse, nail extensions are not something she could have done due to health and safety issues. ¬†Last year, the poor lady had breast cancer, so while she was off work for a while, decided to cheer herself up and treat herself to a set of extensions. ¬†The lady who carried out the treatment had told her that she’d not long set up working from home, AFTER QUALIFYING as a nail technician. ¬†The nurse had the extensions completed and went away. ¬†Within a few days, the nails became cracked and the natural nail underneath felt extremely sore. ¬†She thought it was due to never wearing them before and had no idea what was going on. ¬†The day later, after her natural nail started coming away, she returned to the lady. ¬†She began to remove the extension, as would any other nail technician. ¬†What she told me next, confirmed what I’d feared…… ¬†The nails took hours to remove and when they finally decided they were moving, they were like chewing gum!! ¬†From what I was told, my initial and only thoughts are that the nail technician used a monomer that contained MMA.

In my eyes, the client is putting their hands in your care, so why would you skimp on products?? ¬†Even though I’m still training, I pay my money to the branded company I use and only use their products. ¬†It is important that you know what your nail technician is using. ¬†Don’t be afraid to ask to see what they are using, when it comes down to it, its your health that is at risk. ¬†Some of the pictures I’ve seen are hideous, all ten natural nails missing!!! ¬†Never mind all the pain it must cause, there’s all the infections that it can cause too. ¬†Be careful what your having put on your nails

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