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  1. Z

    Gel nails help

    Hi everyone I’m looking at starting to offer Gel as an add on for manicures and pedicures but struggling which brand to choose. Ideally I’d like to have a gel system that matches normal lacquer such as the Shellac/ Vinylux , The Gel Bottle/ Peacci, Gelish/ Morgan Taylor and Cuccio. But I’m...
  2. M

    Top coat not curing!

    Hey everyone! I’m new here and I had to resort to a forum to know what’s going on with my top coat. Im not a professional, I’m a nail enthusiast and i only do my nails. Recently I bought a topcoat and I did my nails and I sealed my color with it, but it looked cloudy instead of glossy. And I...
  3. M

    Best gel polish?

    I am newly qualified in gel polish and currently looking into what gel brand to purchase, I have narrowed it down and the ones that have caught my eye are: - glitterbells - DND - miss u - candy coat - halo If anyone has used any of these brands it would be great for your feedback on them :)...
  4. C

    Zuca bag or Roo Beauty Lolabelle mobile bag, which one to buy?

    Hi Salon Geeks, I would like to buy a new bag as I work mobile doing mani/pedis and tans. And currently using a tool bag from Homebase (it is awesome and sturdy but doesn’t fit my tanning kit), a supermarket bag for the pedi bowl and a mini suitcase. I have a Belava pedi tub for pedicures. My...
  5. Elrose

    Work Showcase Stilll not back at work so here’s a throwback

    This client love, love, loved pink and would have a new pink set each month without fail! ♡
  6. B

    Opening salon information

    Hi, Me and my friend are opening a beauty salon, we have found a location but I wanted to find out a few things. Are we able to do semi permanent make up and fillers in the same space as nail extensions , we where thinking to get a divider to separate the space? What licensing do we need...
  7. J

    NVQ vs. regular accredited & insurance covered courses?

    Hi, I'm looking to do a complete nail technician course but there are so many options available with a range of prices. I understand certain qualifications are not insured and some are, but what is the difference in doing an NVQ over a full nail tech course (which is accredited and insurable)...
  8. M

    Advice for nail tech/eyelash tech training in Ireland

    Hi all, bit of background - have worked for many years as a hair extensionist, mainly out of a family hair salon in Spain. I have been back in Ireland since the Covid and am planning on staying here until early next year when I will return to Spain. I love my job with hair but I have always...
  9. 5

    Bruising or fungus?

    Hello, I have a client that has bruising on her toes after removing her acrylic overlay. Or what I believe to be bruising after she explained she had previous trauma from dropping something on her big toes primarily. I am wondering since clipping away the damaged portion should I deny service...
  10. A

    Help! Mobile beauty?

    Hello - I am looking for a change in career. I have always been interested in Beauty! I am from Birmingham and moving to Loughton, London for a university course. I was hoping to spend these last couple months training in Beauty. This would be natural nails + gels / holistic facials. Can I ask...
  11. KatieL3321

    I’m just here to vent!

    It’s recently come to my attention that there is another girl local to me that is newly qualified in lashes and nails has been working all throughout lockdown from home and doing at a heavily reduced price. She’s been advertising all over social media that she’s working “but no need to worry...
  12. Jade.246

    Acrylic nails and gel polish issues, help

    Hi, I have recently been learning how to do my own acrylic nails, although I have come across a few issues. I have done them around 20 times now and still struggling to figure out where I’m going wrong so just wanting a bit of advice. I have watched a lot of videos and it seems I’m doing it...
  13. E

    Self employed in salon and taking deposits

    Hello, I’m looking for advice with regards to taking deposits by card/BACS. I have self employed girls in my salon, all using their own card machines/cash pots. I would like to start implementing a strong deposit policy and am wondering if anybody can give me any advice on how I could do this...
  14. M

    Gel polish shrinking over time

    I’ve recently qualified and have been doing gel polish on myself. I’m finding that after a few days, the gel is shrinking away from the free edge. Is this normal or is there anything I’m doing wrong?
  15. B

    Gel nails popping off, ready to give up and quit

    Hi everyone, I'm a nail tech in BC, Canada, who had graduated in December and is now working in a wonderful salon since March. When I was in school, I had the occasional nail fall off but nothing crazy. However, ever since I started at this salon, almost all of my gel sets have been falling...
  16. S

    Are artificial nails recyclable?

    Are artificial press on nails that have been painted with gel polish recyclable? Is there any eco friendly way to make these? I couldn’t find much information online about whether or not recycling centres can recycle them or if they’re accepted in normal recycled bin waste. I know that they’re...
  17. T

    Clothing store with nail salon & acrylic odours?

    Hey everyone. I am planning to open a clothing boutique sometime soon and I would have a beauty station in the same hall(the beauty station would be separated from the boutique with a glass divider) The beauty station would offer make up, lash extension and nail extension services but I am quite...
  18. Blackxs

    Acrylic extensions or gel extensions?

    Hi I am starting out in Nails and can't decide which course to do first. Would you recommend Acrylic extensions or gel extensions? I eventually want to offer both but at the moment can only afford to go on one of the courses. What do clients prefer coming to you for? Thank you so much for your help.
  19. S

    Online acrylic and gel nail course

    Hi all, I booked to do a 3 day fast track gel and acrylic course with glitterbels, but due to the COVID the dates are on hold. They have now said we can change to an online course which is cheaper, they will be using Skype and zoom so you will still be watched ect. Would you say this wil still...
  20. L

    Beginner nail tech help

    Hi! I’m hoping someone will be able to help me out with a few questions I have about becoming a nail tech :) I have enrolled in a level 2, 2 week acrylic nail course with Candor Professional Beauty Academy (CPBA) which is a government funded course. Once qualified it will give me the...