I asked on my Facebook page if there were any questions you'd like to ask me as I thought it would be fun. I feel like more so than ever you're getting to know my personality too and it's lovely! I suppose I am on the quirky side so I was totally open for whatever you had for me but they're all pretty tame this time. If anyone wants to ask me anything else, please send it to me through Facebook and I'd add it to the list for next time.
Hi do you do shellac nails with the cnd smoothing gel too???
I used CND Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel when it's required, it just depends on what the client needs. If I feel that their nails will require that little extra strength or I need to fix a minor imperfection (such as a dip in the nail plate) then I will go ahead and use it. I feel like it's an excellent system to have ready as an add on service and is really quick to apply.
Hi. I would like to know why you started making YouTube videos. I watched them religiously when I was training and found them really helpful xx
Thanks Diane! This probably sounds a little odd but I'd grown up watching my dad enjoy making little videos on the computer and editing them together. I come from a family who like to draw and paint so when I found some nail art videos on You Tube and tried them out, I found it was something I enjoyed. Although I am fairly basic with nail art I decided to use my interest of creating videos and combine it with my new interest in nails, six months later I was enrolled at college to study nail technology!
What inspired you to come into the beauty industry?
As I was saying above I feel like I just fell into all of this. I always had an interest in make up and after my wedding I started having an amazing beauty therapist called Ruth (hi Ruth!) come around to my home regularly. I got more and more into the treatments she offered and found it amazing how you can make someone feel good about themselves. I feel like once you start your training you will literally never stop, it's fantastic.
Would you recommend a self employed nail business as a career (its tough out there) and if so, what do you believe can help it become and remain successful
Oh absolutely! It's tougher than I ever even imagined to build a brand and a reputation for yourself. When I left my full time job to pursue this as a career I was prepared for six months or so of little money but the reality was it was more like two years before I was earning properly. You have to confidence in your abilities and truly believe you can do it as there's many times along the way that you will question if you have done the right thing. It's hard when you're going through it but when you finally build a big enough business that you're earning properly, you'll realise how worth it all was and find yourself struggling to fit clients in. Always believe in yourself no matter what, make sure that quitting is never an option too.
Hi lovely lady
I'm Pm you regarding your recent post about asking a question.
I could do with some advice from yourself and the rest of the nail and beauty family if possible please?
I've been a therapist for 14 years and in that time I've worked in 3 salons. The last two have been my longest 7 and currently 6 years.
I'm currently really considering moving away from the salon and going Mobile! There are many reason why I'm seriously considering this,
- One the children - my eldest was born with a very poorly heart and it gets stressful and the guilt of working is a huge factor, childcare flexibility and weekends as a family.
- Two - health reasons (stress with work and depression from my traumatic experience with my eldest being born)
Where I currently work is lovely and two of the other girls have been there with me since the beginning, but now we are more established running for nearly 7 years the boss is becoming a complete nightmare and things are slipping. Squeezing clients into spaces that are not there making us then run late for clients booked in said slot, no lunch breaks at all and her continuous mood swings are making us walk on egg shells! We have regular meetings and tell her are concerns etc and they get taken on board initially but then it's back to where we were!
Unfortunately and I like to think I get on with everyone but there is one employee I can not stand who's recently joined us and I know it sounds harsh but she is one of these who thinks she knows it all and has been there done it or know someone who has. She's very unprofessional in many levels, swears like a trooper, never works as a team member and is extremely lazy and continuously on her phone but the boss thinks the sun shines out of her arse!
I'm currently employed and my hourly pay is £6.80 ph and the last time I had a pay rise was 5 years ago. Financially this a big factor too as I feel with my experience and big clientele etc I should be on a better hourly wage?
So as you can see there is lots of reasons for me to go and there's lots more to mention but I'd be here all day. I do a bit of mobile currently and for instance one client I do I earn £75 in 1.5 hours. In the salon it takes me 3 days to earn this! So the mobile side of things is obviously financially more appealing.
My concern is leaving that financial security of the salon. What if going mobile I don't get enough weekly clients to financially support us? Obviously I have a huge client base at the salon and I don't want to be nicking clients as its not professional. There maybe some clients that will want to come with me and others not as they like that going into the salon experience which I totally get.
What if I doesn't work? Finding another job?! I've always walked into my jobs through reputation and I've never had a CV and this totally scares me as I have no idea on how to do one.
So really the main question with above in mind, after 14 years being salon based would you go mobile? Sorry I totally waffled on. Any advice greatly appreciated!
Oooooooo it's a tough one as it depends on your overall financial position too. When I left my full time job I was fortunate to be able to just about live off my husband's wage if we cut back everything and lived very basic until it picked up. It was tough going as we had to wave goodbye to quite a few luxuries but it was totally worth it, I even sold a lot of my belongings on Ebay to try and make ends meet. As you say, your client base at the salon is huge and it sounds like you have a fantastic reputation but you can't be taking any of their business deliberately. That aside, it is natural that some clients will come to you as they book for you, not the salon but this can't be relied upon.
If it was me, I would gather some savings together over the next few weeks or months and go for it. You will truly never know unless you try, it sounds like it would be better for your health and you can work around your children as well. Yes it's somewhat of a gamble but everything in life is and if you're determined, you'll make it work and reap the rewards of a lot higher wage, even if the client base you start with is a lot smaller. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!
I'd like to know if you will ever teach? x
Honestly, I believe I have the capability to teach as in that I enjoy helping others and watching them grow however in terms of skill I'm definitely not good enough although I can do a decent set of nails if you get me?!
How did your husband propose marriage?
We were 21 and had been together a year when he booked a few nights in Paris for our first anniversary. He kept telling me not to expect a proposal and not to get my hopes up. On our anniversary he took me to the Eiffel Tower but it was windy and I refused to go up there. He had asked me whether I would want him to be down on one knee when he did propose and I had said that if it was in public, I wouldn't. Sat on a bench under the Eiffel Tower he said to me 'Karen will you make me the happiest man alive and marry me?' (I wonder how many of you went all mushy reading that?!)
I actually really enjoyed doing that! Thanks so much for everyone who asked a question, I didn't ask for questions to be a 'know it all' like 'oh I know the answer to everything' because I absolutely don't but I thought some of you might be interested in reading the answers!