Things I've learned: Vol I

7:40 PM

Many of you know that I started school to become a nail technician last week.  I'm not really entirely sure where I want to go with it yet, whether I want to work in a salon or a spa or just build some clientele and do my own thing.  But I have a bit of time to figure it out.  On the long term, I'd love to have my own business and my wonderful and always supportive husband has already offered to help get me started in any way he can. :)  I entered the world of nails with a lot of information already.  Information I had learned from blogs, magazines, web sites, trial and error, and even from some of you lovely ladies.  I was honestly surprised at how much of what I had learned on my own was actually correct.  But the first week of school also taught me a lot of new things and I wanted to share some of them with all of you!! So here we go:

Things I learned in my first week of nail school:
  • It's OK to 'saw' your nails when you file. But it's considered bad form.
  • Formaldehyde is OK to use on your nails in amounts of 1% or less.  HOWEVER, if you use it over long periods of time it will poison you.
  • Pledgents are the best thing for removing polish. All the absorption of cotton; none of the fuzz.
  • The best way to get healthy nails is to drink lots of water, take a multi-vitamin and use oil!
  • Cuticle oil three times a day will turn your nails around in no time.  Best kinds: avocado, grape seed, and jojoba.  (CND Solar Oil is great too!)
  • You should never buff your nails more than once every other week.  You'll ruin your nails otherwise.
  • Dehydrators (like OPI Bond Aid) will help you keep polish on longer no matter the base/top coat combo.
  • Polish never stays on children more than a day or so.  It's not because their nails are so small; they regenerate oil and cells too quickly.
  • You can exfoliate your hands once a week by mixing sea salt and oil (I use grape seed).  It makes your hands super soft.

So there you go. Things I learned that are already improving the health and growth of my nails!  Thanks for following!

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  1. Interesting!!! I have worked at my present profession, dental assistant, since 1976. I have been considering nail tech school as a second profession when my current boss retires. Good luck :)

  2. Neat! I'm so excited for you! You're learning so much!!

  3. Ooh I like these sort of blog posts :) Are you liking it so far?

    1. It's tons of fun! We get free paraffin dips whenever we want them. :P Plus although we're learning A LOT we also get to do a lot of hands on. This week we're polishing each others nails!

  4. I always wondered why my daughters nail polish came off so easy no matter what I tried.

  5. Wow lots of good info! Thanks for sharing. I always wandered why My daughters mani's never lasted...

    1. Using a dehydrator (like Bond Aid) and a base coat will help. But it will still come off within days!

  6. Love these tips, thank you for sharing :)

  7. This is great Bee, thanks for sharing :) Glad u are enjoying it.

    Also, how do u get the little drop down boxes for ur comments? lol

  8. Claire - Emma posted a link on your Beauty Bloggers page - follow that xxx

    Bee - love this post. What's a pledgent ?? xxx

  9. Lots of great tips! Sounds like a great week!

  10. Debbie these are pledgets


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