NAILING IT!

The Nail industry is HUGE! There are so many nail bars out there, it is hard to choose where to go! Nail fads seem to come and go quickly but the classics never die! It seems WHATEVER your fancy, a great Nail Tech can design ANYTHING you want! I can honestly say that some of the fads I have seen, I find EXTREMELY BIZARRE!!! However, I will admit that it takes talent and artistry to produce those looks!

Delmar prides ourself on the fact that we ensure our students learn all aspects of nails and nail design/enhancement.

We also focus heavily on INFECTION PREVENTION CONTROL. Unfortunately, the improper use of tools and poor sanitation is rampant in the nail industry. It is important that clients do their due diligence. Check out the nail bars and ask questions before getting services done. Be sure they are using single-use (disposable) tools where possible and sterilizing multi-use tools.

Pedicure bowls should have disposable liners to avoid contamination. Cross-contamination happens quickly but the ramifications can last a long time!

Be sure they are following ALL health and safety procedures! Healthy nails are beautiful nails!

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I asked Delmar Nail Technician Instructor Nikki to share her experiences from entering the industry to teaching and what advice she has for those looking for a Nail Tech.

I grew up like many girls with the love of nails. I obtained my Nail Technician Certification in 2006 and have been expanding my knowledge through continuous education, nail workshops and high fashion nail art classes.

Having owned and worked at some of the top salons in Calgary, it’s safe to say I know my nails.  I am very passionate for my craft and put care into my ultimate goal of helping women feel good, whether it’s with a nail service or teaching. I believe that every woman deserves to have some glam in their lives and every woman deserves to feel good every single day.

The key to my success is always keeping up with the latest nail trends and trying it out on myself before offering it to my clients. As a result, my clients get exclusive nail art designs that I personally love. I specialize in hand-painted nail art and enjoy being able to express my creative passion through my designs.

Being in the industry for numerous years, I always had a desire to teach! However, I wasn’t able to pursue this dream until after I gave birth to my daughter 4 years ago.

Being a teacher at Delmar has been amazing – from the staff to the students, it’s a great place to work. Teaching definitely has its challenges but it is very rewarding when my students walk out of the classroom having learned something new.

A few nail trends that I’ve seen on Instagram are:

◦ Jelly nails: mixing texture, colours, prints and shades together all in a nail set.

◦ Barely-touched nail design, such as nude colour nail polish with simple nail art (think minimalism).

◦ A touch of sparkle on top of nude nails and glitter dusted on to create a gradient design.

Some fads I’m not crazy about are Bubble nails and Shovel/Flared nails.

Spring is just around the corner! As many of us are transitioning into lighter clothes and spring shoes, it also means lighter and brighter nail colours. From pastels to bold and bright colors! It’s always a great idea to change it up and create fun and exciting nail designs to match your client’s mood and the changing seasons!

Personally my all-time favorite designs I like to do on myself are floral 3D acrylic l design with swarvroski crystals!

When looking for a Nail Tech, here are some tips:

• Communication is important – there’s more to having a good service than just picking out a nail polish color. If you can’t understand each other’s communication preferences, chances are you won’t be happy with your service.

• Pay attention to the cleanliness of the place – don’t be afraid to ask how they disinfect their tools.

• Check whether their tools have been disinfected before use. There are many single use items such as nail files and anything that is porous (orangewood sticks, pumice stones, or buffers) that can harbour and breed bacteria. These should always be new.

• Metal tools such as cuticle pushers and cuticle nippers can be reused after being disinfected.

• A good sign is if the nail tech is wearing gloves. Gloves can reduce the transfer of bacteria to a client.

• Also check if the bathroom is clean – if the bathroom is not as clean as you like your bathroom to be at home, take that as a sign.

• Social media – check if your nail tech or nail salon has any type of social media page that represents their work/establishment. Read any reviews or check pictures of their work – look for good polish application, and no paint stains on the cuticle.

• Above and beyond all, just make sure it’s someone you feel comfortable with so it’s a comfortable and pleasant experience every visit.

Check out Nikki’s Instagram page @nikkiroxnails to see her AMAZING work!

Call 403-255-6644 to book an appointment in our Spa. To find out more about our Nail Technician Program, contact Julie at julieh@delmarcollege.com or call 403-255-6644.

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Tara Byrne

Social Media Coordinator

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