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#FBF: Nailed it! A Conversation with Coriana from Black Cherry Nails
Since my post was first was published, I have had some balling ass nails: here are some of the highlights!
Nailed it! A Conversation with Coriana from Black Cherry Nails
Well, I was in an office job that was less than fulfilling, and wanted a little variety. At the time, my husband was working two jobs, including his own Graphic Design company, so I saw this as a way to contribute as well as do something professionally that I’ve always loved to do anyway! I recently left my office job to pursue my salon full-time, and I’ve never been happier. I’d always painted my own nails, and friends’ nails along the way, so this seemed so natural (and it still does!)
Including time spent in school, 2015 will be seven years! I have run my own salon for five years now, and I recently became an Educator for Elite Beauty Supplies, which is pretty fun.
I went to the Blanche MacDonald Centre in Vancouver, and I focused solely on the Nail Pro Program for a six month training period. This however, did not include the hours upon hours spent practicing on poor friends and family members throughout my training. Sorry guys.
Cleanliness, first and foremost! You need a clear understanding of what service you are being provided, and what products are being used. If things aren’t labeled, ask to see the labels. You should expect nothing less than a competent, certified Tech who is well versed in salon sanitation, bacteriology, and nail disorders. Not to mention quality work, which is so important. Always check out portfolios on their websites and Facebook pages so you know what their work is like.
We have a saying: “Nails are jewels, not tools!” Make sure you treat them like that! Always wear gloves when using cleaning products and washing dishes. Cuticle oil at least twice a day. It’s the absolute best thing you can do for your nails and skin. If you can only swing once a day, do it before you go to bed, that way it has a chance to really sink in overnight. My clients are probably laughing reading this. Now I’m nagging on a public forum!
6. Can you talk about the difference between a nail tech and a person who does nails?
It is extremely important to note that the Cosmetology industry in BC is not regulated. This means that anyone can open shop and it is completely a buyer beware situation when you choose a nail salon!
In 2003, licensing laws were repealed in BC; for some reason the government determined that this reclassification would increase the variety of salons for consumers – which it has, only in a different way. Now, no education or testing is required to “do nails” if you can believe it. This, to me, is the difference between a Nail Technician, and someone who “does nails”. A Nail Technician is someone who has been properly trained, educated and keeps up to date on proper sanitation procedures, technology, nail disorders and products. We are always attending classes, trade shows and continuing education to make sure we’re at the top of our game to better serve our clients. Not to mention we have a genuine passion for our profession! It’s all about doing that little bit of homework to find a tech who you will get along fabulously with and trust! Trust is so important.