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Shan-Jade

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Hi everyone
I recently qualified in level 2 beauty and i'm hoping to improve my knowledge further and focus more on nails to enable me to offer mobile nail treatments.
i have spent hours researching different nail qualifications and honestly i do not know which route to go down. i have manicure and pedicure qualifications from level 2 beauty so i have been looking at training in gel or acrylic - i would ideally like to learn both - then i have come across courses in products such as acrygel and biogel and i don't know whether to train in those instead - my brain is fried.. any advice ladies?
 

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How exciting, I wish I was starting from scratch again. It is a minefield of courses and products out there so I get you.

Most of the big brands and also the smaller ones have trainings you can do and I recommend finding someone that does basic training and advancement trainings so you can keep building up your skill as you move along. Most brands now a days have that offer. The best way to figure out what you want is to give the companies a call and talk to their educator. Have them tell you all about their training and products and from that you can decide what you want to do. Some even might be able to let you come in and have a look at everything and maybe demo something for you.

I find that no matter what company I contact they are always helpful and accommodating.

What I would do first before contacting them and is sit down and figure out what services you want to offer and also what clientele and aesthetics you prefer working with. Nails have become more specialised then ever and it opens up the opportunity for you to either go the classic route or focus on specialty sides of the industry.

Research what the brands are strong on and if someone stands out to you in an aesthetic or stylised way. They all deliver great basic trainings, but certain companies have stronger areas of nail artistry than other so if you want to develop a relationship that is strong for future training and skill building it’s good to go with the brand that matches your own vision.

Also a last tip is to train both l&p (traditional acrylics) and gels from the same brand. It makes it easy so you don’t need to invest to much into equipment and products for prep and services and they have better cross over opportunities when they are manufactured under the same brand. The more advanced you get the easier it is to bring in more brands and options, also you will be making money that lets you invest in other brands.

I wish you the best of luck and hope you find your own way in all of this. [emoji4]
 

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How exciting, I wish I was starting from scratch again. It is a minefield of courses and products out there so I get you.

Most of the big brands and also the smaller ones have trainings you can do and I recommend finding someone that does basic training and advancement trainings so you can keep building up your skill as you move along. Most brands now a days have that offer. The best way to figure out what you want is to give the companies a call and talk to their educator. Have them tell you all about their training and products and from that you can decide what you want to do. Some even might be able to let you come in and have a look at everything and maybe demo something for you.

I find that no matter what company I contact they are always helpful and accommodating.

What I would do first before contacting them and is sit down and figure out what services you want to offer and also what clientele and aesthetics you prefer working with. Nails have become more specialised then ever and it opens up the opportunity for you to either go the classic route or focus on specialty sides of the industry.

Research what the brands are strong on and if someone stands out to you in an aesthetic or stylised way. They all deliver great basic trainings, but certain companies have stronger areas of nail artistry than other so if you want to develop a relationship that is strong for future training and skill building it’s good to go with the brand that matches your own vision.

Also a last tip is to train both l&p (traditional acrylics) and gels from the same brand. It makes it easy so you don’t need to invest to much into equipment and products for prep and services and they have better cross over opportunities when they are manufactured under the same brand. The more advanced you get the easier it is to bring in more brands and options, also you will be making money that lets you invest in other brands.

I wish you the best of luck and hope you find your own way in all of this. [emoji4]
Thank you so much for your advice! are there any brands you would recommend? i have seen opi do gel courses but i'm unsure what the equivalent acrylic course would be
 

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Thank you so much for your advice! are there any brands you would recommend? i have seen opi do gel courses but i'm unsure what the equivalent acrylic course would be
It’s difficult to say, I am CND user myself so I would always recommend them. But brands that offer both gel and l&p that I know of at the top of my head are : CND, OPI, Gelish/Nail Harmony, NSI, Artistic Nail Design, Ezflow, Young Nails. And probably a lot more that I am forgetting or that I don’t even know about.

Maybe someone else here have more great suggestions ?

Nails Magazine and Nail Pro magazine are great brand sources to look into.

Ive worked with many of the bigger brands over the years in salons and there is usually never a perfect brand. But I always stick to the brands way of applying and all the products and instructions and I can’t say I’ve met any that have been horrible or useless. For me I choose CND because I love their aesthetics and I feel confident in their products and their training is excellent. But I have good friends who work with other brands who say the same so it’s personal preference.

So that’s why it’s difficult to tell you what would be best for you. I think everyone needs to be considered and looked into until you find that aha moment of this is what I want to work with.

You have the whole candy jar of goodies to explore so don’t stress out about it and take your time deciding. You will figure it out :)
 

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Sorry to jump onto your post but I too am trying to find my feet with all this and wondered if anyone could advise when it comes to training is it better to go for a VTCT diploma in nail technology or to study with an academy such as Staffordshire Nail Academy where you obtain accreditation with ABT?
I just want to ensure I’m looking in the right areas. Any advise would be great :)
 

Shan-Jade

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It’s difficult to say, I am CND user myself so I would always recommend them. But brands that offer both gel and l&p that I know of at the top of my head are : CND, OPI, Gelish/Nail Harmony, NSI, Artistic Nail Design, Ezflow, Young Nails. And probably a lot more that I am forgetting or that I don’t even know about.

Maybe someone else here have more great suggestions ?

Nails Magazine and Nail Pro magazine are great brand sources to look into.

Ive worked with many of the bigger brands over the years in salons and there is usually never a perfect brand. But I always stick to the brands way of applying and all the products and instructions and I can’t say I’ve met any that have been horrible or useless. For me I choose CND because I love their aesthetics and I feel confident in their products and their training is excellent. But I have good friends who work with other brands who say the same so it’s personal preference.

So that’s why it’s difficult to tell you what would be best for you. I think everyone needs to be considered and looked into until you find that aha moment of this is what I want to work with.

You have the whole candy jar of goodies to explore so don’t stress out about it and take your time deciding. You will figure it out :)
i see cnd do a range called shellac which seems to be more of a classic gel - is their equivalent acrylic Brisa? i'm sorry to sound dim but i dont want to rush into anything - i'm taking my time to look into all brands and different areas of the nail industry to ensure i make the correct decision. Have you worked with Bio Gel Sculpture before?
 

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