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  1. 'chelle

    Best way to stick on false nails?

    I just want to very quickly offer some further explaination about the reasons for my post. I read the OP to say that her client had bought some stick ons and the tech was going to apply them for her, and was asking for advice about which adhesive to use to avoid damaging the nails. cleary I...
  2. 'chelle

    Mini manicure question

    A mini manicure can include or exclude anything you want it to, there aren't really any definitive rules, the important thing is that you clearly describe your treatment on your menu so that the client knows what they are getting. I dont soak any more, not even for a luxury mani, I prefer to...
  3. 'chelle

    A warning to be on your guard - theft from salons

    Hello all. I hope everyone is well and that business is good at the moment. The owner of another salon nearby to mine was kind enough to visit me yesterday and share some information, which I am now sharing with you. The salon in question was visited by two women who were asking to book...
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    What do you talk about with your clients?

    I think this is a really difficult thing to get right. On the one hand you want to be friendly and chatty, and on the other you want to remain professional which means you dont want to appear nosey, rude or come across as a gossip. I let the client lead the way. My lead question (for nails)...
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    Product or people?

    I think you are absolutely right. What we see and hear on SalonGeek is not a true reflection of what is going on out there in the world of hair, nails and beauty. The salonGeek community is just the tip of the iceberg, there is an enormous community of professionals out there who do not...
  6. 'chelle

    Best way to stick on false nails?

    I would strongly recommend that you dont involve yourself with this treatment, for so many reasons. You clearly are not trained in the application of these since you are unsure which adhesive to use. In the event of something going wrong your insurance probably wont cover you for this...
  7. 'chelle

    What nail training next?

    Good question, but difficult to answer! Where do you work ie are you mobile, renting a room, own your own salon? Whats your local area like? young and vibrant, rural, etc? Who are your clients? Young, middle aged, mums, professionals? What are your local competitors offering? Have you...
  8. 'chelle

    Swarovski crystals disaster

    I'm so happy I had a peek at this thread and read about the Eco universal topcoat, this could just be the answer to my prayers!! I've been struggling with the compromise between solid adhesion and loss of sparkle for ages
  9. 'chelle

    It's funny how....

    What an excellent point. CND are clearly investing heavily in marketing so that we, the nail techs, can build and run successful businesses by offering products which have become household names, therefore I think it is wise to invest our money with the company who is doing this for us, and is...
  10. 'chelle

    Best wax for intimate waxing?

    Euroblond by far is the best wax for intimate waxing. I trained with Kim Lawless so Perron Rigot was my first experience of wax, so I couldnt appreciate how good it is as I had nothing to compare it to, until I decided to try and save myself some money one time by giving another brand a try...
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    Product or people?

    This is a great question, and is actually something I was pondering a couple of weeks ago from a slightly different viewpoint. For me there has to be a package of both. I'm not what you would call "brand loyal", not blindly so anyway. I am loyal to a company, and that "company" is the one I...
  12. 'chelle

    Sallys have just slated Shellac

    I'm really sorry I havent read all the replies so apols if this is a duplicate, but I wouldnt sweat over this, all this has done is made Sally's look bad, not Shellac!! Just ask your client if she thinks Shellac would be a household name by now if it was as "crap" as the girl who works in...
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    Shellac & Nail stencils

    I ordered some of those SmArt stencils from nail delights, and they do work on Shellac, though I have to say I'm not overly impressed with the stencils in general. I find that they are most effective if used with additives, particularly if you do a colour fade over them. I've tried doing the...
  14. 'chelle

    It's funny how....

    If your clients are asking for Shellac, why would you need to "re-educate" them and encourage them to have something different? If its a regular thing I would listen to what your clients want and give them what they want. Shellac is superior to other gel polishes on the market in my opinion...
  15. 'chelle

    L & P help!

    Mix ratio differs from one brand to another, which brand are you using? Also it's not something that can be described easily, you need to see it done. who are you/did you train with? Do you have any education support you can call upon? You need to find out what the correct mix ratio for your...
  16. 'chelle

    Teenagers

    My 16 year old daughter suffers terribly. She ended up on roaccutaine which they said would be a permanent cure, but they've come back, so now she's deciding whether she wants a second go on it, because although it does work the side effects are pretty grim. Her acne isnt too bad on her face...
  17. 'chelle

    Is there a trick to shatter/crackle polish on acrylic?

    If you just want to crackle the tip you could finish the nail then apply a coat of shellac topcoat, cure for 2 mins, remove sticky layer, than paint the french tip on either in clear or a colour to contrast with the foil, cure 2 mins, then dab the foil into it, as it will only stick to the...
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    Is there a trick to shatter/crackle polish on acrylic?

    Hi, You might struggle to get a professional result using a gel topcoat over crackle. To be honest I dont like the crackle polishes, but you can get the same effect by using foils and dabbing random bits of foil into a shellac or an adhesive, have you considered foils instead? The finish is...
  19. 'chelle

    What nails are you sporting today?

    Polka dot Shellac over l&p sculpts. I'm going to a vintage wedding in May and just practising my nails.
  20. 'chelle

    Client complaint - nail polish

    Hi, sorry I think I chose my words badly. I dont think you need to apologise for anything you did, by "apologise" I meant just to say that you are sorry that the manicure didnt last as long as she would have liked, but not to say sorry for anything you did. I dont think you need to offer her a...
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