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hi. my name is lisa. i am new to the group. i graduated from our nail program at the end of january. im so glad i took the time to go back as far as these posts. i had to push for the education i got... pulling cos students off the floor and doing their nails. from reading several posts throughout the forum it's good to know im not alone. we did not learn the drill, nor did we learn gels. everything has been self taught for me... a lot of googling and a lot of youtube. after i graduated my daughter started the nail program. also at that time the school changed their policy on receiving in house services. it was disappointing knowing my daughter would not be performing acrylic services only mani/pedi. frustrating for sure when you pay what you do you expect a better education. what i have learned is that i learn something with every service i do. it's hard to walk out of school and into this field with confidence.

i have asked people to mentor me... in fact, i have begged. lol. with no such luck. they all look at me like i am crazy... wanting to know their secrets. when all i really want to know is that im doing it right... yes, you are using the drill the right way... yes, that is how gel levels... oh and the biggest thing is.... after the gel/acrylic nail is complete and you use the hand file to file the sidewalls of nail ..what is the secret to not slicing your client open with the file.... and i dont have a heavy hand... now im afraid of the hand file.

help! seriously im not a complainer generally. i really love doing nails. i love the artistic part of it. i love being creative and i love doing my job right... so anything and everything you can offer.. i will take. thank you... oh and thanks for letting me be a part of this group!

i will be at the saturday night premiere nail networking social... Smile
Lisa Lindsay
Nail Tech
Sarasota, Florida
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#2
Welcome! you'll learn a lot here and there's several on here who'll be willing to help you, including me.

The only secret I know of to keep from slicing your client with a hand file is to condition the new file before use. Take another file and run it over all 4 edges of the new file. Rub it up and down it several times. It'll dull the edges and you won't cut your client unless you're filing with too much pressure. Don't beat yourself up over this, things like this will happen.
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(05-27-2012, 01:48 AM)Donna in Huntsville, TX. Wrote: Welcome! you'll learn a lot here and there's several on here who'll be willing to help you, including me.

The only secret I know of to keep from slicing your client with a hand file is to condition the new file before use. Take another file and run it over all 4 edges of the new file. Rub it up and down it several times. It'll dull the edges and you won't cut your client unless you're filing with too much pressure. Don't beat yourself up over this, things like this will happen.


I use my one cutes to season my file. I just squeeze it shut a little and slide the file in the V! Hehehe works great! I got the idea to do it after I bought this. http://www.aveyou.com/browseproducts/OPI...Edger.HTML and never had it out. But I always had my one cuts.

You are NOT alone in lack of education! This place will help loads as will another forum. http://salongeek.com/ Love that place as well!
I will post my fav. spots on yourtube. they are where I learned the most!!!

Carl! Nail God? I think so!
http://www.youtube.com/user/nailzoo?feature=chclk

Holly! Nail Goddess? Oh yea!
http://www.youtube.com/user/FingerNailFixer

Guess that makes Greg the Nail Guru!
http://www.youngnails.com/

And the Picasso of Nails! ROBIN!
http://www.youtube.com/user/robinmosesnailart

and CND has some great how toos as well
http://www.youtube.com/user/cndvideo

I would work on one thing then the other. Once you have acrylics down then work on gel. or the other way around. and when you file the side walls lay your fail at like this lUl the U is your nail the l is the file. not \U/ if you make sure that you are doing it like lUl then you should have a nice side wall. hehe here is all the nails I see
Duck! /U\ elegant! lUl and tapered! \U/ lol I hope my little aid helped you. By keeping your file like this. (you are looking at the edge of it.) you will be less pron to cut the client

This is a great place to start. I would say Stay away from glitter and all that jazz till you can lay down a great set of nails. If you start with all the fixins you will lose sight of what you are trying to get done. JMHO.
"To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I'm working on the foundation."
Marilyn Monroe
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#4
Welcome Lisa! You've gotten some great advice so far. I do what Donna does to season new files, works great! The best thing you have going for you is your age and attitude - I can tell you have a passion to learn and a good work ethic to go with it.

As for the mentoring thing, it's sad that some people feel threatened by new techs. There is a saying, I will butcher it but it goes something like this: 'a candle never loses its' flame when it lights another candle'. Something like that - you get the idea.

I look forward to meeting you at the Networking social in Orlando! Maybe we can find you a mentor there Wink
Laura Merzetti
http://www.scratchmyback.ca
CND Education Ambassador
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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#5
Thanks for asking that question Lisa! Although I was trained at school for acrylic/gels, I'm too slow to offer my services to customers (3hrs is a long time for ok, not great, nail enhancements, will wait til I get much better/faster) And yes, its hard to find a local mentor. I've asked friends who have great looking sculptured gels for names/phone #'s of their nail tech, and will pay for a few hours of instruction. No offers yet.

This is great forum with lots of pro's who will go out of their way to help newbies, especially Donna (she's the best Smile As good as video demo's are, there's something to be said for having another person watch your work and provide constructive criticism. Personal mentors are so valuable yet difficult to find in this industry. In my previous career I've found the desire to do better will push you forward and make you great.

Eventually we'll find our own Donna (Wink in our communities...the next best thing is this forum...best of luck Lisa, ciao for now Cool
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Thanks for asking that question Lisa! Although I was trained at school for acrylic/gels, I'm too slow to offer my services to customers (3hrs is a long time for ok, not great, nail enhancements, will wait til I get much better/faster) And yes, its hard to find a local mentor. I've asked friends who have great looking sculptured gels for names/phone #'s of their nail tech, and will pay for a few hours of instruction. No offers yet.

This is great forum with lots of pro's who will go out of their way to help newbies, especially Donna (she's the best) As good as video demo's are, there's something to be said for having another person watch your work and provide constructive criticism. Personal mentors are so valuable yet difficult to find in this industry. In my previous career I've found the desire to do better will push you forward and make you great.

Eventually we'll find our own Donna (Wink in our communities...the next best thing is this forum...best of luck Lisa, ciao for now


Forgot to mention Satchi and Sobeit, other extremely supportive, knowledgable and informative beautytech mentors. Smile

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#6
thank you. i heave learned so much with this forum already. i love it, love it, love it.
Lisa Lindsay
Nail Tech
Sarasota, Florida
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