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Beauties Talking Business

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This week I got to be a guest on the well known Beauties Talking Business show with Host Jenny Hansen. I got to share my book “Start To Success a Nail Technicians Guide into the Industry” as a professional publish author. Watch the whole show and take advantage of my special one time gift as part of my official launch.  Click below to watch the exclusive insider interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqyoEsgJU-8 show:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqyoEsgJU-8

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10 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Nail Tech

10 Steps to consider

1-Are they currently a Licensed Nail Technician Professional? Most nail techs will display their license in the salon. If you can’t see it, ask. They should be more than happy to show it to you. Why is this important? This means that they went to school, passed state board requirements, have been approved as knowledgeable enough to safely work with the chemicals used in the nail industry, and are up to date legally.

2- Are they currently registered as a business for the state and city they are working in? Why is this important? You don’t want to support someone who works under the table. Think about it: why would a business owner not go though the proper channels to get a local business license? A business license gives approval to offer services to the community and ensures the business pays city taxes on profits–those taxes go back into the community. Also, a Fire Department approval is a part of the process. The Salon should have a fire extinguisher and emergency exits that are clearly marked.

3-Do they have good reviews and customer satisfaction ratings online? Why is this important? If busy people have taken the time to post a review, take advantage of what they have to say. If it’s a bad review, look at their concerns. If it’s a good review, look at why. 5 stars or a stream of continuous positive feedback can be a good indicator you too will have a good experience.

4-Do you like what you see in their portfolio? Why is this important? The art you see here demonstrates a tech’s technique, skill, creativity, and understanding of current trends. It’s a quick way to check out what they have to offer, and you might just see something cool and new you’ve never seen before.

5-Do you know what you want? Are you looking for acrylic nails that are sculpted, do you like traditional French tips, are you a store-front only person, or do you like the personal interaction of an in-home salon? How far are you willing to drive to your salon?Does the salon offer in-home or mobile services? Do they speak a specific language that you enjoy speaking? What days are those salons open, what are their hours, do they allow children, etc.? Why is this important? The more you know what you want, the better the salon can answer questions and help you find a perfect fit. Also, it’s important to inform the salon of any allergies or medical conditions, including pregnancy, even if you don’t think it’s a big deal. This will help them customize treatments and services to you.

6- What is your budget? Why is this important? You don’t want to set yourself up for embarrassment or sticker shock because you didn’t take the time to check the prices of their services. Most salons will have a Services Menu posted on their wall, as a brochure, or on their website. Don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t see one. Also, find out early what forms of payment they accept–cash, checks, or credit cards.

7-Do they use professional nail tools with a high level of sanitation? Why is this important? You need to protect yourself from infection and disease. Sanitation is critical to your health and too many techs and salons take short cuts in this area to save time or money.bTools should be washed with soap under warm water, soaked for 10 min in a hospital-grade solution, then dried immediately. Some techs go the extra mile with 8 min of UV light sterilization. Products should have original labels from top industry name brands. These include CND-Creative Nail Design, OPI, HEMPZ, China Glaze, SPA, GIGI, ProLin, Salt Of the Earth, Prossage, MRX, and Beauty Secrets, just to name a few. Pedicure basins should be obviously clean, and files should be brand-new for each customer.

8- Is the nail tech committed to continued education and experience? Why is this important? They reflect commitment, passion, and quality. Most training schools will offer low prices because they are not experienced. However, someone who is experienced knows what they are doing, is already trained, and will charge what they are worth. The world of nails is constantly being re-created with new techniques, products, and services. You want someone who not only stays on top of the wave of change, but can surf it with continued education.

9-Does the nail tech have social and interpersonal skills that mesh well with your personality? Why is this important? For some, this aspect of finding a nail tech may be critical while for others, it’s not as vital. Are they friendly, warm, and welcoming? Do they make you feel like a VIP guest? Do they offer suggestions for your skin and nails, home care, and color choice? Do they listen to you? Did they provide the service you scheduled? Did they answer questions you had? Were you able to book your appointment in a reasonable amount of time? Did they go above and beyond in any way to ensure your experience was exceptional? Did they work outside of regular hours to accommodate you?

10-What other services or products are you looking for? Why is this important? We’re all looking for that one-stop-shop to take care of all our beauty needs. Is your nail tech located in a full-service salon? If not, do they have recommendations for trusted beauty professionals in the area? Does the salon offer a boutique on site? If so, what items are offered? What amenities are offered: bottled water, snacks, a cooloing or heating pack? Do the restrooms offer feminine hygiene products, cramp packs, etc.?  Do they have a loyalty program offering free services or discounts? What specials or promotions do they have going on?

Once you answer the questions above and narrow down your choices, try one out. Take a pen and a paper with you and write down what you like, what could have been better, and what exceeded your expectations. I am sure using the above recommendations you will find a nail tech who is right for you.

 

Spring into nail art

Spring time is know for beautiful, pastel colored flowers springing up from the ground. Follow my simple spring flower Nail Art tutorial to create your own look for spring. Use the dot technique to create a snail, butterfly, and other fun designs.  As Featured in the Picture above this design can go from basic to more detailed & available in Shellac. These nails are titled “Spring Fling” from the fun swirl of white dots like a gentle summer breeze the fun vibrant colors create a warm energetic look. Get this looks or your very own custom look  at Sugar N Spice Services.

A Classic French Tip …. or Flair for the Dramatic

Just like the little black dress never goes out of fashion, always looks top cut in-style so is the well known Natural French Tip. This look can be achieved by carefully creating a smile line on the free edge of the nail using any choice of color. For a more natural look stick with colors in the white and cremes with a nude or light pink/peach for the rest of the nail. In this Nail Art Demo I will show you how to do a Natural French Tip.

Not a classic chick not a problem…. For a more bold dramatic pop pick contrasting colors that are bright, dark, etc… Here are some examples. If you do not have a very steady hand, there are some simple and affordable ways to achieve that crisp perfect curve of a smile line… such has stickers, guides, stencils and even stamps( you will also need the Stamper & Stamping Polish). Or just leave it to the pro’s who love what they do to give you the perfect french tip that will add a great smile to your face value.

 

 

Pumpkin Color Fade….so Skullicuious,

Fall is in the Air, Halloween is going to be here before we know it! If your going batty finding the potion perfect costume to look drop dead georgous at the upcomming party, dance, event, still need to get candy for the trick or treating kiddos comming by etc… I have some nail magic goodies to lift your sprits starting with this killer cool pumpkin color fade demo that you will Fall in love with. To create this exact look use these Polishes: ( In order used in vidio demo)by China Glaze- Papaya Punch,Orange Knockout, by OPI- On Collins Ave, Love is a Racket from the Serena Williams collection. I recomend the new China Glaze two in base/Top coat. Be sure to have both a nail art correction brush and a make up spounge when you create this color fade look. See more examples of color fade nail art using other colors.

Are you bad to the bone, check out these so Skulliciuos Skel-tones. Thrilling new Halloween Mini combo also comes with free nail art sticker decals. Such Vibrant colors they look great as individual colors, diffrent colors on each hand…or decorated with the decals.

Nail art stickers are a form of instant nail art here are some of my favs for Halloween: Spider/Web, Pumpkin face, Skull/Death Head, Jack-O-lantern, Creepy spider and web,.You can also get packs with multiple designs and decals like these: Mix 1, Mix 2, mix 3, mix 4. The key is to not limit your self. Have a Howling fun time!!!!

 

Hallo-licious Nail Designs, Tip Tricks, and instant Nail Art

Nail art is one of many ways to express ourselves, share the art of our uniqueness. Holidays are a time when we go outside our normal comfort zone and try new things. So I am going to share with you some Tricks & Tips on how to create your own Nail Designs. Halloween Polka Dot Party Demo. In this demo I used China Glaze Polishes including…Black/Liquid Leather,1st color purple/Grape Juice, Orange-Coral/Thataway, Fun Green/Cha Cha Cha, Beautiful White Shimmer with Gold Accent/White Cap. Using these colors will allow you to create the exact look, feel free to play with colors and just have fun with it. You can use this technique/pattern to create fun nails for other times of the year as well. The other supplies I recommend having are a dotter tool and small post it pad for placing the polish beads on.

Want some Boo-tiful Halloween Nails try these fun styles out using your doter tool and OPI’S Spookettes Mini Nail Lacquer collection . Instead of Purple which is from the Tattoo Ta-Boo OPI Mini Collection you will be using the Green Zom-Body to love from the Spookettes collection. Or I recommend using OPI. If ya love purple than I would recommend one of these 3 fav shades, Purple with a purpose, OPI Ink, or DS Temptation.

-EYES ON YOU-Two Coats of the OPI Purple of your choice or Green Glow in the Dark “Zom-Body to love”. Large dots in “Mummy Knows Best” (White), Smaller dots in “I only Date Werewolves” (black), It’s that simple.

-TIP OR TREAT- Two coats of “He’s my Boo” (Orange) Carefully create french tip line on tip of nail using “I only Date Werewolves” (black) & also at the top of the nail near the cuticle using your dotter tool make circles/dots.

-BE MINE, FRANKENSTEIN- Two coats of the OPI Purple of your choice or Green Glow in the Dark “Zom-Body to love”. Stitches in “Mummy Knows Best” (White), dots inside of stitches with “He’s my Boo” (Orange). Now you’ve got your creative juices unraveling and electrified have fun trying your own designs… And remember there is no such thing as “Corny” only artistic ..unless your creating candy corn nails.

Check out the Sugar N Spice page for more idea’s on nail art under our Photo Album.

 

 

 

 

You GLOW Girl-Light up the Halloween Night

Halloween is a fun magical time of year! Don’t be left in the Dark when it comes to having Spooktaular Nails – there the perfect costume accesory.Recently I was Selected by E-How & Media Productions as talent to make How to Demo’s such an honor. These how to vidio’s go perfectly with the “Know your Nails” blog. Click on this link Glow in the Dark Nail Demo to watch the vidio. I used Pumpkin Glow in the Dark Enamel with Sparkles , Pink Friday Polish from the OPI Nicki Minaj collection, Also from OPI Top Coat N Base Coat they come in this cute gift bag how’s that for a Treat!

Another Easy Glow in the Dark look uses the OPI Pair’ em Scare em Collection comes with 2 polishes “Zom-body to Love” & Black Shatter. You can also purchase each seperatly if you already have one or the other… If you just need the Glow in the Dark or the Shatter . The great thing is that you can use the black Shatter Polish on any of your current polish color collection so it’s a great investment for a poplular instant nail art look & they also come in a wide varity of colors.

Sugar N Spice Services offers both Glow in the Dark Nail Services, Custom Halloween Nail Art, along with other Magical Services like Glitter Eye Kandy, Hair Glitter Spray etc.. Our Boo-tique has some selections of Limited Edition OPI Halloween Polishes as well. You may also like thes additional glow in the dark polishes, Body Color, Lip Stick, Face Make up, or Hair Spray.