Benefits of learning E-Filing

Electric Nail Files have had a bad rep over the last few years, mainly because they are used in Non Standard Salons where many clients have been on the receiving end of badly handled e-filing. 

However, in the right hands with a properly trained therapist, an E-file can be a great addition to a nail service.

An E-File can be used on Acrylic and Gel Nail Extensions and over Builder Gels.  It can reduce the speeding time spent on a maintenance or removal treatment.  It can be used to remove gel polish on nail extensions or builder gels, reduce the length of the extensions, remove bulk when carrying out and infill and also speed up the soaking off process when removing nail extensions.  This helps to reduce your service time, which increases your profit margin and also is great for the client who may prefer a quicker treatment time.

Experienced Nail Technicians can also use the E-file safely to help prepare the natural nail in the form of a Russian Manicure

There are health benefits for the therapist who uses a E-file too.  RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury) is something that many Nail Technicians struggle with, along with carpal tunnel and arthritis.

Click here for the full course information and dates – E-Filing Training

Who can attend this course?  This course is suitable for therapists who are qualified in acrylic or gel nail extensions.  If you do not hold these qualifications, they are available here

Acrylic Nail Extension Training

Gel Nail Extension Training

Full Nail Technician Training

Still not sure, just drop us a message on our CONTACT US form and we will be happy to advise you on the perfect course for you.

Which Brow Course is the best?

Lets talk about Brows!

Eyebrows frame the eyes!  Brows are another hugely popular service that a therapist can offer.  It is way more than just a quick tweeze of the brows!

As always, at Taylored For You, we try to keep up with all the brow trends and offer as much variety of courses as we possibly can. 

But this can also cause confusion when you are trying to decide which Brow Course is for you.

Below I have listed the Brow Courses that we offer, what they are, who can do them and the results that you can achieve.

Hopefully this will be helpful when you are looking to see what suits you and your business best.

Taylored Brows

Hands down our most popular course.  I designed this course 10 years ago to try to combine the most popular methods to give your clients the perfect brow and it has been a staple treatment for so many of the students I have trained over the years.

Taylored Brows combines

Tinting of the Brows

Waxing of the Brows

Threading of the Brows

Shaping

Tweezing

Brow Make Up

It can transform the sparsest brow into a perfectly styled brow.

This course is the great for beginners as it teaches you everything you need to know to perform a great brow service. 

It is also a the course that most therapists do prior to moving on to some of our other more specialised brow courses.

You will learn how to measure and shape a brow, along with being able to choose the correct colour tint for your client.  You will be able to wax the brows confidentially and also thread, so you have both options available to you, which you can combine, or offer as separate treatments.

Who can attend this course?  The course is suitable for a complete beginner and no previous brow knowledge is required.

For more information regarding this course, including prices and dates click here … Taylored Brows Training

Henna Brows

Henna

Henna Brows have been a real buzzword in our industry for a few years.  Henna can give a much deeper, pigmented colour than a tint and also offer a skin stain, like a tattoo effect, for a few days.  The Henna lasts on the hair for around 6 weeks and covers more colour resistant hairs much better.  There is also a wide range of colours that Henna comes in so you are able to mix many different colours together to give your client the perfect shade for them.

Although the Henna Kits appear to be a little pricer, a little goes a really long way.  It is actually a very lucrative service to offer.

Who can attend this course?  The course is suitable for therapists who are qualified in brow waxing AND/OR threading and brow tinting. If you do not hold these qualifications, our Taylored Brows Course is the great for this.

For more information regarding this course, including prices and dates click here. Henna Brows Training

Brow Lamination

The latest ‘trend’ in brows. 

Laminated brows are great for helping the appearance of brows which have previously been over plucked.  The products, similar to those used for lash lift, are applied to the brow hairs to lift and then set the brow hairs a shape.  This will help to achieve a fuller, appearance to the brows. Brows are tinted as part of the treatment, which helps to give them a thicker, denser look.  They can be easily styled by the client at home and with regular use of good brow conditioners such as Castor Oil, the clients can re grow their brows.

Who can attend this course?  The course is suitable for therapists who are qualified in brow waxing AND/OR threading and brow tinting. If you do not hold these qualifications, our Taylored Brows Course is the great for this.

For more information regarding this course, including prices and dates click here. Brow Lamination Training

So if you want to become a Brow Technician, or want to add a brow service to your treatment menu, we have plenty of options for you.

Still not sure, just drop us a message on our CONTACT US form and we will be happy to advise you on the perfect course for you.

Which Lash Course is best for me?

Lash services are growing exponentially and it is one of the most lucrative treatments that many therapists offer. There are so many different lash courses, it can be very confusing to know which course is most suitable for you, which one you need to start with, and what course is going to best suit your needs and your clients needs.

Below is a quick summary of all the lash training that we offer and a break down of what they are. When you have a good understanding of the different treatments, you can make the right decision to help build your business.

Classic Lash Extensions

This course is the entry point for most lash technicians.  Semi Permanent Classic Lash Extensions are performed by applying one false lash to one natural lash to extend the lash length and to give a thicker and denser look to the eyes.  Infills are required every 2-3 weeks.  It is one of our most popular training courses and is the course that needs to be completed before moving on to Russian Volume Lashes.

Who can attend this Course?  This Course is suitable for a complete beginner and no previous lash knowledge is required.

For more information regarding this course including prices and dates, click here Classic Lash Training

Russian Volume Lash Extensions

Russian Volume Lash Extensions will enable you to give your client more of a ‘strip lash’ look.  You can create much more density and drama with a Russian Volume Technique.  It is also a perfect technique to give sparse lashes a fuller appearance.  Between 2-6 lash extensions are picked up and the therapist creates a fan.  Each fan is then applied to one natural lash.  This is a much more advanced technique and it is generally advised to be very confident and competent in Classic Lash Extensions before moving on to this course.

Who can attend this course?  You must be qualified and competent in Semi Permanent Lash Extensions

For more information regarding this course including prices and dates, click here Russian Volume Lash Training

Hybrid Lashes

This method is a combination of Classic and Russian volume techniques to achieve a beautifully structured set of lashes.  A framework is created using classic lash extensions to work within and then Russian volume fans are applied between these individual lashes to boost volume.  If you are qualified in both Classic and Russian Techniques, you do not need carry out a course to be able to offer this method.

Fast Lash

This is an express lash service that can create a stunning set of lashes in around 30 minutes.  You can create various different looks, depending on what your client wants and the lashes last for up to 2 weeks, after which time, they are fully removed and a full set reapplied.  This is a great treatment for clients who struggle with the make up restrictions that can be associated with lash extension wear or for clients who are not able to lie flat for an extended period, in order to have a full set of lashes applied.

Who can attend this course?  This course is suitable for a beginner with no previous lash knowledge

For more information regarding this course including prices and dates, click here. Fast Lash Application Training

Lash Lift & Tinting

For your natural lashed clients, this treated offers a way of lifting and opening the eye area by straightening the natural lashes near to their root, to give the appearance of longer natural length. The tint is also combined with this treatment which darkens the natural lashes.  This creates an appearance of denser and thicker lashes.  It gives the eyes a beautiful frame and the results last for around 6-8 weeks.   There is also no commitment of having to deal with maintenance, which is required with semi permanent lashes.  It is also a great service those unsuitable for lash extensions (allergies, lifestyle etc.)

Who can attend this Course?  This course is suitable for a complete beginner with no previous experience.

For more information regarding this course including prices and dates, click here Lash Lift and Tint Training Course

Party Lashes

Temporary lash flares that are applied using a temporary lash glue.  They last from 2-7 days and are easy to remove. They are usually small fans of lashes that are attached to a bulb and are applied on top of the natural.  They are a perfect addition to a make up service.  This application is included in our Make Up Application Course.

Click here for information regarding our Make Up Course – Make Up Application

So if you want to become a Lash Technician, or want to add a lash service to your treatment menu, we have plenty of options for you.

Still not sure, just drop us a message on our CONTACT US form and we will be happy to advise you on the perfect course for you.

Fancy a career in the Nail Industry?

Do you fancy becoming your own boss?

In a fairly short space of time, you could qualify as a nail technician and start offering treatments to customers. A career in nails is very lucrative and with nails being a ‘must have’ accessory these days, you could be soon be your own boss and have a great business. Its also such a sociable job. We get to meet lots of lovely clients and make new friends.

Where would I start?

Our nail courses are suitable for a complete beginner and most age groups. The training is very practically based and very intensive.

Depending on your budget, we have flexible options to help you get started. Our courses can either be purchased separately so that you can start at your own pace, or we also have our Nail Technician Diploma which covers all the main nail services that you would need to set yourself up as a Nail Technician. This course covers natural nails care in the form of manicure and pedicure, gel polish application, acrylic nail extensions and gel nail extensions.

Training is affordable, the courses start from £150 (plus VAT) and we also have finance options available so you can spread the costs if you prefer.

How much could I earn?

Depending you where you live, the hours you offer and your experience, you can be looking at around £30 per hour. The benefit of working on a self employed basis is you can dictate your own hours, choosing to work weekends or evenings if that suits your lifestyle. It is also perfect to be able to run alongside your current job, until you feel you are ready to go it alone!

Start up costs are low in comparison to many business start ups. We have a very comprehensive kit included with our Nail Technician Diploma which has enough product for over 300 sets of nails – equating to around £9000 potential earnings.

Will I be fully qualified?

This is a term I never use. Any good therapist will tell you that we are never fully qualified. You can always learn more and always expand your skills, especially when you are working in such a fast paced industry as the Nail Industry.

But don’t worry, we have you covered when you want to branch out further. We run courses in Electric Filing, Advanced Acrylic Design Workshops and other add on nail extension services.

Can I get insurance?

Absolutely. Our courses are all insurable and recognised by the major beauty insurers.

I’m nervous about starting a business?

Most of us are to begin with. But you are in good hands. I am always on hand to help you out with anything I can to help you set up your business. I have run my own nail and beauty businesses for over 20 years, so I am happy to help you with any questions you may have and guide you in any way I can. This is all part of your training and I love sharing my knowledge with you!

Would you like more information?

Check out our Nail Courses and if you need any more help, just drop us message on the Contact Us page or through Facebook and Instagram

Are you a Planner?

The last few months certainly have been a very new experience for most of us.  Being at home, and not being in work has been something that I am absolutely not used to.  I have pretty much worked since I was 15 (apart from maternity leave) and I honestly cannot remember being in a situation where I have no work go to daily.  The last 10 years I have worked crazy long days, running my business and I don’t think I realised just how burned out I was until all this lockdown happened.

After embracing my new ‘stay at home’ life, I started questioning how I actually fitted work in! 

Now with the return to work ahead of us, I really want to try to come up with an organisation plan so that I do not immediately return to the chaos and stress that I was living in.

A few years ago a read a book called Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy and it was lessons in how to stop procrastinating about things and time management. The main take away from the book was to write down the most important tasks you need to do every day and get the one that you least want to do, done first and out of the way. Hence why I often refer to things I am dreading as ‘eating a frog’ – not an ideal reference coming from a vegan lol! Here is the link to the book, in case your are interested.

Today I sat down and wrote myself a list of things that I want to try and do to make my life easier and I thought I would share it with you all, in case any of you feel the same as me, or you may be able to take some of these ideas and make them work for you.

This list is a combination of work and personal things that I plan to try to implement.  If any of you have any other ideas, I would love to hear from you.

Learning to be a planner

There are lots of lovely planners to purchase – I have bought a few over the years, but they often don’t have enough room for the lists that I need so I have found that a lever arch file and paper works the best for me.  It could be that you prefer to write your lists on your phone, or your computer etc.  It doesn’t matter what you do, just find a system that works well for you.

What sort of lists do I need?

This is going to vary depending on your work, household, etc.  The lists below are what I think will work best for me and hopefully will give you some ideas for you.

So in a determined attempt to make my life more organised, less stressful, and to aid my brain overload, here are the lists and ideas I have put together.

My plan is to sit down every Sunday evening and write my plan for the week.

There is something very satisfying when you get to cross things off a list!

My Main ’TO DO’  List

This list is going to comprise of everything I need to try to accomplish.  This list will include both personal and work, as for me, these all merge together

My WEEKLY list

I’ll take off certain items from my main list, plus things that I need to do that week which could be appointments with doctors, meetings, work related things etc.

My DAILY list

I can then break down what I need to do each day on this list from my weekly list and update it with anything else that needs to be done that day. If there are certain things that have not been done that day, the can be moved to the following day.

Meal Planning/Meal Preparation List

Meal planning was something that I got into before lockdown.  I found  that if I decided on some meals for the week ahead, meals that are easy to eat during my work day and also meals that are ready for when I get home, this makes eating healthier food much easier and I am less likely to make bad choices.  I bought a load of containers from Amazon (like these) and I can make meals that I can take to work every day for me and Liv (my daughter).  I know that we are both eating well and its a lot cheaper than getting take away food or sandwiches every day. We all know how difficult it is to keep any eating on track in this business, and we could well be snowed under on our return to work. You need to take care of your health and nutrition is so important in keeping a healthy immune system.

I also started planning on what meals I would want to have ready for when we got home every night – meals that are easy to re-heat and healthy. So most Sunday afternoons were spent cooking up batches of meals – soups, stews, curries, pasta, salads etc, ready for the week ahead.

Work Stock List

Keeping a stock list makes work life so much easier.  It will actually, in the long term, save you money as you will not be doubling up on things you don’t need.  If you have a salon or other staff working with you, a stock list is essential to keep an eye on what is being used. Ask your staff to regularly update you on items that are running low so that you never need to panic when a treatment is booked in and you realise you’ve run out of waxing spatulas!!  It will also help you to be able to work out how much profit you are making from treatments that you are doing and allow you to budget better for new products or treatments that you may wish to add to your treatment menu.

Grocery List

If you get into meal planning, writing a grocery list every week is then super simple.  You know exactly what you need for your week’s food, alongside other household regular items.  My grocery list will often have items from my Work Stock List too that I may need to purchase for the Academy.  I tend to throw things in like cotton wool, toilet rolls, toilet bleach for work.  Remember to keep a note of anything that you have bought for your business, as this needs to be added to your accounts.

Budget List

Do you know how much money is going in and out of your accounts every month?

Keeping a budget of all your bills, knowing exactly how much your expenses are, is vital.  Not only for your home but also for your business.  Have it all written down in a list format so you can easily access it.  Make sure you know the dates that your credit card bills are due so that you ensure you have either paid off the total or the minimum payment to try to reduce any excessive charges.  Write down everything that you spend.  Even things like hair appointments, school uniforms, online subscriptions etc.  Once you know where you are with your expenses, it can help you greatly to keep a track on things and stop you over spending on things that you cannot afford. 

Goals List

Having some goals to work towards can be a great motivation.  It may be a holiday, a new car, that new Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer (yes that’s definitely a purchase I want to make lol).  Focusing on something you want can really help to keep your finances in check, especially when you are working towards a goal.

So that is my immediate task, to get all these in place.

I hope that helps some of you! xoxo

How to tan like a Pro

The sun is trying to shine here in the UK ready for our
Easter Bank Holiday weekend and many of us are home and perhaps have time to
enjoy a few of the sun’s rays! 

But who is ready to exposure their white, winter body?

Fear not!  There are
some great products on the market to help you achieve the perfect tan.

I always think that NOTHING gives you the results of a Spray Tan.  It is flawless, natural and one of the easiest ways to psychologically tone up your body!  Who doesn’t feel slimmer and more toned after a tan?

If you are a trained therapist, and have your spray tanning
machine easily accessible, achieving the perfect tan is simple.  But, some of us don’t have access to the
professional products, perhaps are not qualified in spray tanning, or just want
to be able to do our own tans at home (which is the majority of us during this
COVID-19 lockdown).

Here are my recommendations for how to achieve the perfect
tan and the products that I love to use.

Skin Preparation

A step I often skip and instantly regret.  Skin preparation is vital to a good tan
application.

Hair Removal

Make sure you have removed any unwanted hair a good 24/48 hours prior to using any form of self tanner.  If you shave on the day of your tan, it is likely to stick in pores or the emollient strip, that is on many razors these days, will leave a film on your body preventing your tan from taking.

Exfoliate your skin

Easy options are

Body brushing with a natural body brush – I use one similar to this

Exfoliating mitts in the shower. 

If you are going to use an exfoliating scrub, make sure it
does not contain oils that could prevent the tan taking to your skin.

For fair skinned or nervous tanners

Instead of going in fully with a tanning mousse, why not try a gradual tan.  Gradual tans are moisturisers that have a small percentage of the tanning ingredient (DHA).  You can apply it over a few days and build the tan to the level that you are happy with.

I do like using products that, not only, give me a great tan, but also have good ingredients.  If you have not already tried the Radiant Glo Gradual Tan, I can highly recommend it.  It has beautiful natural ingredients and I even use it on my face to give me a healthy glow.  Avoid your brows and hairline if you are using any facial tanner.

It can be applied with your hands (make sure you wash them
afterwards) onto clean, dry skin.  Colour
is buildable very natural. 

For seasoned tanners

A tanning mousse, spray or cream is the perfect solution.

I personally prefer the mousse option as I have made a
serious mess of my bathroom using sprays! 

Mousses are applied using a mitt.  Again to clean, dry and exfoliated skin.  Pump one to two pumps of the mousse onto the mitt (depending on the size of the area you are tanning) and apply in long stroking movements.  Always make sure it is rubbed in well and ensure all areas are covered.  Applying a moisturiser to ‘danger areas’ such as elbows, wrists, knees and heels will help prevent the tanning grabbing and looking unsightly.

Again I lean towards a brand of tan that has good ingredients and yes course I choose Radiant Glo.  The Medium mousse is my favourite and is definitely easier to apply.  The Dark Mousse is less forgiving (as with all dark mousses) as any application errors are more noticeable.

Medium or Dark Tans?

Remember a tan is going to react to your skin.  You need to think about the base colour of
your skin, as when the tan fades, if you have chosen the right colour for your
skin, the fade will be natural.  If you
chose a tan that is too dark for your skin, this usually results with the
cracked, crocodile skin look as the colour of the tan compared to the base
colour of your skin, is very noticeable. 

How to get the best
fade?

If I am using a mousse, I will generally top my tan up after
a few days with the Gradual Tan.  This
keeps the tan looking fresh, but also moisturises my skin. 

If I want to use a moisturiser, my favourite go to is  Shea Moisture

Again it has beautiful ingredients and really hydrates the
skin.  Remember body oils will break down
the tan. 

What about becoming a Pro Tanner?

If you would like to become a professional, consider booking a spray tanning course.

Tanning is a thriving business in the UK and it is a very
lucrative service to offer.

Obviously we are not taking bookings for training currently due to COVID-19 but it is certainly something to consider to boost your income once we are over this lockdown.

More details can be found here

How to care for your natural lashes at home.

Many of you know that I absolutely love lash extensions!  Its one of my most popular courses and the one I absolutely love teaching.

But those of you who know me, know that I can no longer wear them as I have severe allergies to the lash glue.  I have been teaching lashes for well over 12 years now and have worn them for much of that time and years and years of breathing in the glue (remember back in the beginning we did not think that much of health and safety), the repeated exposure caused me to have to stop wearing them, and also to stop performing the service. 

However, my love for them is still there and I think they are one of the most wonderful beauty treatments for any woman!  Young or old, they define the eyes and make us all feel like fabulous!

But during this lockdown period, many of you are facing the same situation that I was 3 years ago, in that, you cannot get your lashes done! 

So I have put together a few little ideas that may help you get your lashes in tip top condition so that as soon as we are given the green light, you can race back to your lash technician with beautiful and strong natural lashes, ready for the magic to happen again!  If lash extensions are not your thing, you may even feel the urge to try a lash lifting procedure instead! 

Please remember that there is no such thing as a ‘quick fix’ with this.  Our natural lashes grow in a cycle and most of the treatments will take around 8 weeks before you see a definite result.  Also it is always advised that you patch test any new product prior to use.

Lash Growth Serums

There are so many on the market.  The one that I used and highly recommend (no affiliate links here, just my recommendations) is Revitalash.  This really helped my lashes grow, not only back, but much fuller, thicker and longer.  It is a little on the pricey side, but it works and a little goes a really long way. 

You pop the serum across your lash line every night before going to bed.  I would definitely recommend purchasing this from a Revitalash Stockist so you know it is the genuine article.  I bought mine from here https://revitalash.co.uk/catalog/product/view/id/74925/category/9

Castor Oil

A cheaper and more natural version of a growth serum.  I have read countless reviews from people who agree this stuff really works.  Castor Oil contains Ricinoleic acid which contains high levels of triclycerides which can help to nourish the lashes.  It also contains omega 6 fatty acids, which may help to improve the health of your hair – so slap this stuff on your brows and also give yourself a lovely hair mask too! 

Apply this using a cotton bud and run it across the top of your lashes (and brows) before bed.

The Castor Oil I purchased was the cold pressed castor oil from here https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/pukka-castor-oil-60019729

Vitamin E Oil or Coconut Oil

Both oils are safe to use around the eye area.  I actually love using Coconut oil to remove my eye make up, so this is another great multi tasker!

Here are two links to both, but I get my coconut oil usually from the supermarket. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Naissance-Vitamin-Oil-100-Pure/dp/B00E5FG992/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=vitamin+e+oil&qid=1585994260&sr=8-6

Purchase here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vita-Coco-Organic-Virgin-Coconut/dp/B07S1WDDRM/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=coconut+oil&qid=1585994098&sr=8-10

Biotin Supplements

There are health claims that Biotin supplements can help your skin, hair and nails.  Does it work?  I am not sure, but I do take them in my vitamin regime .  As with any supplement, there are side effect so always read up on anything before purchasing it.  The supplement I take is from here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Biotin-Supplement-Tablets-Nu-Nutrition/dp/B011LY3S7U/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?ie=UTF8&aaxitk=TusaibhJNV5Zytqt463N1A&hsa_cr_id=2927356800402&ref_=sb_s_sparkle

I hope that helps everyone.

Take care xx

Change your Mindset

Happy New Year everyone!

I’m sat here this morning on New Year’s Day and was scrolling through social media, as we often do. My Instagram feed is full of ‘New Year New Me’. It got me thinking about resolutions. I checked out the top resolutions people make going forward into the New Year.

The most common are:

  • Losing weight
  • Getting fit
  • Making money
  • Change career
  • Quit addictions (smoking, drinking, chocolate etc)

Most of us fail pretty badly at all of them and why? With nearly all of the above, we fail because we lack will power, consistency and putting in the work.

There is no quick fix to any of the above. You are not going to be able to see major results from any of them in a few days. Most require months, sometimes years of hard work. Most of us are not prepared to look at our goals as a long term result. This is why so many of us fail.

If we are going to be successful at anything, we have to change our mindset and realise that the only person who can turn things around for us, is ourselves. We have to be prepared to go through the inconvenience and sometimes pain that is required to reach our dreams and aspirations.

Anyone can achieve any of the above goals if they really WANT it. But you are not going to achieve it talking about it, thinking about it, reading books on it or watching you tube videos about it unless you get off your sofa and do something about it.

We are all guilty of scrolling though Instagram and feeling jealous of the super fit people that are showing off their bodies. But most of these people look like this because they have worked hard to achieve it. They get up early to work out, they skip the dessert, they don’t give in to temptations.

For me, I am inspired by people who have successful businesses. When I see people living the life of their dreams because they have gained success through their hard work, I am not jealous of them because it motivates me to work harder at what I do so that someday I may be able to achieve my own dreams. That takes a lot of hard work and dedication. And there is only one person who can help me get there .. me.

So what is this post about? I just want to put it out there that we are all in charge of our own destinies and if you really want to make changes in your life, you can do it. As cliché as it sounds….

Change your mindset and change your life.

Let’s make 2019 a good one!

A new evolution in nail enhancements

In an ever increasing competitive market, we are constantly looking at ways to increase our revenue as beauty therapists.

Nail services are, and always have been, a very profitable service.  In recent years, gel polish has set our nail world alight and is, without a doubt, one of the most popular nail services we offer today.

The gel polish market has now introduced the ‘builder in a bottle’ gels which are the perfect natural nail overlay, alongside our gel polish treatments.

But nail extensions are still sought after.  Many of us have removed the service due to the ‘non standard salons’ taking over the market.  But, we all know, these clients are being left with ‘butchered’ nails, nail infections and sometimes, permanent nail damage.

Acrylic nails are an art.  In my opinion, nothing beats a gorgeous set of beautifully sculpted acrylic nails.

The downside, this can take a technician years to perfect, acrylic has an odour that many salons, home-based salons and mobile technicians dislike, and it can be a lengthy process to apply.

The answer?  Welcome to the new era of nail extension products in the form of Tip and Dip Nails.

This is not new, I hear you say, and yes, you are right.  I have used a tip and dip powder/resin system for many years.  I loved it.  But luckily for us, our nail manufacturers move on and over the last year I have been trialing and using the NSI Simplicite Polydip system and I am in love!!

I know a few of my students are already using and loving the system too.

NSI Polydip uses a combination of acrylic and gel products.  It uses light cured technology as is faster than a traditional dip system.  I have found that the nails are stronger, the natural nails are healthier and, with good application, requires minimal filing.

There is also a lovely range of coloured dipping powders and glitters which mean you can use the coloured powders instead of a gel polish, or use your artistic skills to produce lovely glitter fades or ombre finishes.

It also soaks off incredibly easily.

I have finally got the NEW Tip and Dip Course fully accredited with ABT.  NSI have custom built me a fabulous student kit which is discounted for my students.

Pop over to the page and take a look.    Tip and Dip Nail Extensions

The course is suitable for a complete beginner with no previous nail experience, or for a nail technician looking to update their skills.

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New Academy Launch

So I have some news for everyone!  This is a really exciting post for me!

After many years of running Taylored For You from my private training room at home, I have been struggling to cope with the demand for training and struggling even more with a work/life balance as most of my spare time is taken with answering messages, queries and making course bookings.

So as of Monday 3rd September 2018, Taylored For You will be opening its doors in our new premises in Talbot Green!

The new academy will give us a much larger scope for training courses and I am hoping to be able to offer both evening and weekend courses in the coming months.

I am very happy to say that I am no longer working alone.  Many of you already know Michelle Collins who has established herself as a Beauty Trainer over the last few years.  Michelle will be joining my team, on a full time basis, running courses with me on a day to day basis.  She will be bringing with her, her expertise and knowledge of the beauty industry to further expand the courses that we will be offering to our already extensive catalogue of training.

My side kick/partner in crime, my daughter Liv is also going to be working full time in our office and will be there to assist you all with your course bookings, etc.  We also have Dionne, who is currently training in Coleg y Cymodd in Production Make Up, who will be joining us a few days a week to help keep the academy running smoothly.

Alongside us, our team will also be extending to bring in other tutors who will be running additional training courses on a monthly basis.  We have an amazing massage and complimentary therapies tutor who is going to be running accredited massage workshops in Deep Tissue, Hands Free, Pregnancy, Bamboo massage etc.  Lisa, our expert nail trainer will be running advanced nail training courses in E-Filing, sculpting, nail art and I know, with the wonderful contacts I have, this list of tutors will be expanding more and more over the up and coming months.

For the future, we are planning to become a VTCT accredited training centre so that anyone wanting to train along that path, in a Fast Track capacity, will be able to do so but rest assured our quality accredited short courses will also be at the forefront of our focus.

The academy will allow us to now train in smaller groups.  For the last 9 years, I have mainly done 1-2-1 training.  At that time, I always felt that it was the best and easiest way for people to learn.  Recently I have started taking more than one in a class and I realised that there were more benefits to this than being singular.

Less pressurised environment.

Other students may ask questions that you would not have thought of, or may be too shy to ask.

You get to meet people who have the same interests as you.

The difficulty of providing models is virtually eliminated

You get to receive the treatment yourself, which is a fundamental part of understanding your new treatment.

Group sizes will always be small (average of 2-6 course dependent) so each student receives one to one time.

Aftercare and advice is always available following your training session and on going as long as you require it.

Please be reassured you will learn the treatment equally as fast this way.

My ongoing support and mentoring will continue as it always has but you know have the addition of a great team behind me.

Claire xx