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Priming a Sable Brush

Priming a Sable Brush

Priming a brush is very important, especially for sable brushes. Dry wipe the brush on a clean paper towel (dye free) and spread the bristles wide. You will see the white flaky arabic gum which has been used to hold the bristles in shape. You need to dust as much as you can out, splay the bristles gently but move them a lot and change paper towels a few times till it stops dusting. Then you need to use monomer on it. I don't recommend anything else, as acetone or ISO can break down the glue inside the ferrule and cause your brush to...


Acrylic Brush or Gel Brush? What's the difference?

Acrylic Brush or Gel Brush? What's the difference?

So, a really common question people ask, is about how to choose a brush for acrylic application, or gel application. And another, is why can't they use one brush for both.  So sit down, grab a coffee and lets talk about brushes! My personal preference, is sable brushes. Because I like the way they behave. And that's a personal thing. Some people prefer nylon - especially for gel and that's okay. As the main things that differentiate a brush for acrylic and a brush for gel are primarily to do with the shape and bristles. Shape So lets start with why the shape...


Cuticles.... and Nail Shaming!

Cuticles.... and Nail Shaming!

Lets talk about cuticles.  Because lately, I've seen a huge influx of discussion online, with people discussing the cutting of cuticles. Which confuses me to no end, because I cannot for the life of me see where you might need to cut them.  *educator hat on*Cuticle is the thin layer, of almost transparent dead tissue that sticks to the top of the nail, as it exits the proximal nail fold. When we prep our nails, we remove this using either a cuticle bit on your efile, or the sharper end of a pusher. All we generally need to do is gently scrape the surface of the...


Make more money, work less hours, shop smarter!

Make more money, work less hours, shop smarter!

Nail techs are always looking for ways to cut costs. Cheaper product to them = lower costs for a service. At least on the outside....But actually it's often not true. And often the more expensive products actually cost you less per service in the long run. Even though you paid more for a bottle. Lets break it down. Costs of your service are set in three parts. Cost of products used.  Cost of time.  Cost of business.  So for arguments sake, lets say you are renting a table for $150.00 per week. Which is an easy example. And you have...


Finding a GOOD Educator.

Finding a GOOD Educator.

I'm writing this, because I have had such an influx of people coming to me for re-education. These people have chosen an educator, who sold themself well. Who convinced them that they were a great educator and to come to them to learn to be a Nail Technician. But sales pitches aren't everything. Now, these people are finding out that in fact, their educator wasn't the greatest. They have been left feeling like they didn't learn enough to be competent. They weren't given their educators attention. They weren't given good education manuals that they can refer to. They weren't given basic information to ensure they are keeping...