A Day In The Life Of A Business Owner…

Back in 2013 I started my own Hair & Beauty business. It’s been a crazy journey with so much to learn, but four years on and I’m still absolutely loving it! Therefore I wanted to take you behind the scenes and share why running a business is a world far away from lazy days, long lunches and why I wouldn’t swap it for anything…

Morning…

My day often begins around 6.00am when the alarm goes off and after the initial feeling of being way to cosy under the duvet to move, I get up and head straight to the pool for 6.30am and start my morning swim. (I’ll be completely honest, there are days that this is harder than others, like when you have to scrape the ice off the car first or it’s raining) However, this is my chance to switch off from everything for a while and really set myself up for the day.

I get home around 7.45am and depending on what my day has in store, I’ll either be getting ready to head back out the door to work with clients or I will be sitting at my desk planning what I need to get done by the end of the day. One of the many things I enjoy about running my own business is that no day is ever the same.

My first job this morning is catch up on some emails followed by writing a feature for Sienna X to use in their latest newsletter. I absolutely love doing things like this and feel really lucky to have the opportunity. (You can catch up on my latest press features here.)

I’ll then try and break for lunch (this doesn’t always happen) there are many occasions when I get so engrossed in what I’m doing, I’ll look up from my work to find it’s gone 2.00pm!

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Afternoon…

This afternoon I need to do some work on my website, create some social media posts for Facebook and Instagram, place some orders with Wella and Sienna X, create my newsletter and then get my tanning kit ready for tonight… Days like this really light me up and make my heart sing… I love being busy!

Evening…

Tonight I have a tanning party and there is just enough time for me to grab a bite to eat before I need to leave. Tanning parties are always so much fun! What could be better than a night in with your girls, a bottle of Prosecco, a few nibbles and a spray tan? Ooo that reminds me, I need to create the goody bags too! 

It’s now just coming up to 6.45pm and with my tanning kit all packed in the car, I’m all ready to go…

It’s 9.00pm and I’ve just got home. I had a great evening at the party, they were such a lovely group. Time for a glass of wine I think and half an hours relaxation before heading to bed.

Someone asked me recently, “If you were to win the lottery, would you still do what you do?” Without a shadow of a doubt I would! I cannot tell you how much I love what I do. Making busy women like you reading this right now, feel beautiful and giving them back some well deserved “me-time” is one of the best feelings in the world. I may have long days but they are all so worth it and I wouldn’t go back to the 9-5 for anything!

Until next time, go and chase your dreams and love what you do!

Love,

Nina x

How To Look After Your Shellac… And Avoid Damage

CND (Creative Nail Design) revolutionised the nail industry and first created Shellac back in May 2010. This was after almost five years of development in their state-of-the-art laboratory. Since then, it has become one of the most popular nail treatments on any beauty salon menu.

Shellac is a hybrid, (meaning half nail polish and half gel.) The product is applied like a polish to  the natural nail (or over extensions) and is cured via a UV or LED light. Because the product is cured, there is zero drying time, which allows busy women like us to get on with the rest of our day. Shellac is a three part system; firstly a base coat is applied, followed by two colour coats and finished off with a high shine top coat.

As a Nail Technician, my primary focus has always been to keep my clients nails as healthy as possible. Therefore I thought it may be useful to share some of my top tips for looking after your Shellac and why it is so important to remove it properly…

Apply a cuticle oil twice a day (I personally recommend Solar Oil, also by CND) to keep nails and cuticles hydrated. This also helps reduce the temptation to pick any dry skin around the nail.

Avoid nails coming into contact with cleaning products and chemicals. I strongly advise that you wear gloves for household jobs, washing up, gardening or any other hobbies that are harsh on your hands.

If you do experience a chip make sure you don’t pick or pull it as this will cause damage to your nails underneath. I would always advise getting in touch with your nail professional in order for them to repair this for you.

Shellac is fantastic for holidays too, however just be aware that some sun tan oils and insect repellant products can contain solvent oils that can cause damage your Shellac. Excessive sun exposure and chlorine can also cause your colour to fade. To minimise this, I would recommend drying your nails after swimming and prior sunbathing.

I know there are some people who like to ‘peel’ their Shellac off, however, by doing this, you can seriously damage the natural nail underneath. Which is why it is really important to remove the product correctly. If you are choosing to do this at home, you will need the following; pure acetone, cotton wool pads, foil and an orange wood stick. Apply your acetone to the cotton wool pad and place over the nail, take a piece of foil and wrap around your finger. Leave for ten minutes and remove foil and cotton wool pad. Once removed, take your orange wood-stick and gently remove the excess product. Once completed, wash your hands and dry thoroughly before applying your cuticle oil to each nail.

If you would like any additional nail care advice, you can download your free guide over on my Tips & Tricks page, or feel free to join me over on my Facebook page.

In the meantime, treat your nails as jewels, not tools…x

Love,

Nina x

October Blog: Why You Can’t Afford To Fake It….

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We all know the benefits of having some “me time”, it allows us to recharge our batteries. Many of us like to do things that make us feel good, such as having a massage, some retail therapy or getting our nails done. But how can we be sure that what we are paying for is the real McCoy and not a fake…

In a recent episode of BBC1’s programme Fake Britain, they covered a story about Shellac. Many nail bars and salons had been claiming to be offering a Shellac service, but as they discovered, not all was how it appeared. If you missed the episode, you can see it here… Fake Britain Programme; It really is worth a watch!

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All of the genuine products are branded with the CND name and logo. If the products you’re seeing are not resembling any of these then you may not be receiving the genuine Shellac service.

As a qualified Nail Technician, I cannot tell you how sad it makes me, when I see and hear things like this. It gives the industry a bad name and the people within it, that work so hard for their qualifications.

I wanted to write this blog to raise awareness and show you the items you need to look out for when visiting a salon or nail bar so that you can avoid paying the price not just out of your purse, but also suffering the consequences of these cheap imitation products.

If you are in any doubt, ask to see the products, ask to see certificates to ensure that the person working on your nails is who they say they are and a qualified Nail Technician. Don’t feel you are being rude by asking, you are the consumer and with the results shown on the Fake Britain programme, can you really afford to not to?

Love, Nina x

Picture Credit: Creative Nail Design