September Nail Storming Lunch
Where: Ju Ju's - Murwillumbah NSW
Our last NS lunch was hosted by Janelle at Ju Ju's in Murwillumbah. We had a fantastic turn out and we were honoured to have Light Elegance head honcho Ray Daley taking time out of his very busy day to share his insight into the pharmaceutical side of our industry. Many thanks to John and Nancy Rosewall from Brisbane Nail Supplies for driving all the way from Brisbane, as well as Maryanne Clark. And of course the usual suspects, myself, Janelle, Amy and Cathy.
Who: Maria Harvey, Janelle Skennar, Amy Chamberlain, Cathy Storrier, Ray Daley, Nancy and John Rosewall, Maryanne Clarke.
|From left: Maria Harvey, Amy Chamberlain, Cathy Storrier, Maryanne Clark, Ray Daley, Nancy and John Rosewall, Janelle Skennar.|
Nothing better than a nail storming selfie - or a 'stelfie', lol…..
Topics covered for Sept's NS lunch were eFiles, Pigments, Builder gels, NSS's and cows! (private joke).
We talked about what most salons are charging and that we must stand together in price as accredited nail techs and not bow to pressure to compete with Non Standard Nail Bars. (Polite term for shopping centre nail bars - or bungle bars!)
We laughed, joked, laughed some more and ate some really great food.
Friendships were made and ideas exchanged. The concept of NS sessions is to share ideas and find solutions to dilemmas we all face in business. Way too many ideas to cover everything here on one blog post, so I will endeavour to find he best way to share our sessions to all those that cannot make an event. Any ideas you ladies may have are more than welcome.
Can I firstly say how lucky we were to have 2 token males along with us who contributed most of the best ideas. Who would of ever thought a couple of blokes would help us take the nail industry by storm, LOL!
|John Rosewall, Ray Daley, Janelle Skennar|
|Beauty World Pigments.|
Ray, who blends his own pigments, explained that as pigments are a mix of mica base and different oxides, some cosmetic companies use mixes of inert additives to make it go further, but it then destroys the quality of the pigment. So when the light hits it, its not as reflective as perhaps a pigment with better balances of ingredients.
He also said that although some eBay stores did sell some good nail items, be aware that if you find an eBay store that not only sells nails products, but tools, shoes, linen, etc, then perhaps steer clear.
General consensus is that pigments are best applied onto a tacky layer of gel in preference to mixing into your clear gels. Cathy explained using a eyeshadow brush, collect pigment into the brush then vertically tap into the cured tacky gel with the end of your brush, then blend once your pigment is on the nail. Top with clear gel or as LE girls - super shiny! (PS. I've used the white, it is so pretty - to die for!)
|My special custom made file.|
We also talked in detail on the NON-STANDARD Nail Salons and the problems we are all having in relation to these nail bars.
The main problem apart from the lack of hygiene (and English) is their use of MMA. Many members of the nail industry and nail techs (and the public) are not aware that MMA has been banned for use in the nail industry since 2007. We brainstormed all sorts of ideas to make the general public more aware of the dangers of these non standard type salon and how we can start a movement to inform the public of what to look out for when choosing a nail tech. We are looking at putting together an information brochure to have on display in your salons and on your websites to cover the dangers of NNS and why the public should 'choose experience'. We will continue to work on this idea and look forward to everyones feedback.
As I am listening through the audio of our lunch, we covered so many fascinating topics and came up with some great ideas to help build our industry back to its former glory. If I transcribed everything here you'd be reading this till next year. I just can't believe how many topics we actually covered until I replayed it.
|Nancy and John Rosewall|
|Maria and Amy|
I guess you'll just all need to come along and join one of the catch ups listed below, or if your in an area that doesn't yet have a NS session, then start one up. It can be something as simple as a coffee catch up, or a lunch or even cocktails and dinner! (Hmmm, I'm loving that ideas Ames, cocktails!!!!)
I'll be happy to guide you and help you along.
So until next time stormers, be awesome and keep on gelling.
Maria x x x
Maria x x x
Upcoming Nail Storming Sessions.
Ju Ju's Murwillumbah.
Tuesday Oct 2nd 2018 @ 12.30.