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Being a Beauty Therapist: Mobile vs Salon

One of the biggest decisions a beauty therapist can make is whether to go mobile or work in a salon. But what are the pros and cons of each type, and how do you get started once you decide? 

 

Read on for a rundown of the ins and outs of mobile versus salon work so you can make an informed decision about which route to go down.

 

Mobile vs Salon: What’s the Difference?

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Variety vs Stability

 

The most significant difference between mobile and salon is the nature of the working environment. As a mobile beauty therapist, you’re always on the move and setting up in many different workspaces. While this makes each working day varied and exciting, you must also be prepared to work in challenging settings, such as cramped houses. 

 

Working in a salon poses a much more stable environment, as your workspace will be the same on a daily basis and clients will come to you. So if you’re someone who prefers to be out and about, then working in a salon may not suit your lifestyle. 

 

Freedom vs Management

 

Another big difference is the nature of employment. If you choose to go down the mobile route, you’re choosing to become your own boss and be in full control of your clients and working hours. This gives you a considerable amount of freedom as you can work your services around your schedule. However you may have to work unsociable hours, like late evenings or early mornings, as those times are most popular.

 

A salon employee is given freedom but not to the same extent. Instead, you’ll be restricted to the opening hours of the salon, and you’ll have to report to the salon owner and may be responsible for selling their products too. 

 

Independence vs Team

 

Mobile beauty therapy may be a more viable option for an experienced beauty therapist as you’re going it alone and have no one to turn to for advice and support. Whereas in a salon you’re part of a team who you can learn new tips from and maybe even receive further training.

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Mobile vs Salon: Pros and Cons

 

Now that we’ve discussed the differences between mobile and salon work, it’s time to delve deeper into the pros and cons of each type.

 

Mobile

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Pros: 

 

Budget-Friendly

 

If you’re longing to set up your own business, then starting a professional mobile service is the quickest and most budget-friendly way to do it.

 

With little to no startup costs, the main benefit of starting a mobile business is the lack of financial burden. You’re free from the added pressure of renting or running a salon, so you don’t need a lot of startup capital. 

 

The only thing you’ll need to get started is your kit, a car and insurance. Many of those things, a qualified beauty therapist will already have. 

 

Low Risk 

 

Financial security is a big plus when starting a mobile beauty business as you don’t need to invest lots of money into buying/renting premises. 

 

You can even start your mobile business alongside your day-to-day job, then go full time when you have enough clients and income. 

 

It’s also basically impossible to have a ‘no show’ as you turn up at your client’s door for the appointment. 

 

Lucrative

 

Mobile beauty therapists earn more money in one hour than traditional 9-5 work and certainly much more than the minimum wage. Even after deducting product costs, beauty therapists can make a decent profit in a short time frame and all of the money is yours. Unlike in a salon where you have to give a percentage to the owner or put some money towards rent and bills.

 

As a mobile beauty therapist, you’re also in control of your prices. You have more options to offer competitive rates than you would if working in a salon, so you can price your services in a way that’ll tempt clients. 

 

Freedom

 

If you have a busy lifestyle, then mobile beauty therapy is the perfect career for you. You have the freedom to choose hours, say no to work and only work on specific days (if you don’t need the money). 

 

This flexibility gives you the ability to holiday when you like (which can save you lots of money during peak seasons) and prioritise your social life. 

 

Variety

 

Becoming a freelance beauty therapist gives you variety in every aspect of your role. First off, you’re not stuck in one place all the time as you have to travel to clients. 

 

Not only is this a convenient selling point for them, but it makes each day varied and allows you to meet lots of new people.

Cons:

 

Responsibility

 

The responsibilities of a mobile beauty therapist are far greater than just performing the treatments. There are many aspects of the business side to think about.

 

Managing the books, scheduling clients, building your brand and keeping an inventory of your equipment are all part of the job. If your organisational skills are lacking, then you’re going to struggle to make a profitable success of your mobile beauty business. 

 

The multiple responsibilities also add more working hours onto your day, as you’ll need to set time aside each week for admin duties. 

 

Build Up A Name 

 

Establishing yourself in the beauty industry is essential for building up a strong client base. 

 

It can be difficult and time consuming to start from scratch. You may choose a mixture of traditional marketing methods, e.g. flyering and digital marketing methods like social media, to increase brand awareness. 

 

These methods can also cost money depending on how much you want to invest in promoting your brand, and you’ll need to create a consistent and robust marketing schedule. 

 

Unstable Income 

 

The main downside of being your own boss is the possibility of irregular pay. It requires a lot of self-motivation to organise appointments and make sure you have enough work for a reliable income. 

 

On top of this, you don’t receive the usual workplace benefits, such as bonuses and sick/holiday pay, which can make it tricky to give yourself time off if you don’t plan. 

 

To ensure that you’re making the right amount of profit for your time, you’ll also have to factor in activities that contribute towards your business but don’t generate a direct income, e.g. marketing.  

 

Travel

 

You’ll have to carefully factor the costs of travel into your outgoings, such as petrol and car maintenance.

 

Transporting hefty equipment for jobs such as spray tanning can also be tricky and time-consuming. You’ll need to work out a radius of travel, so you don’t find yourself driving  many miles for one client.

 

Your time management skills must also be on point, as lateness shows unprofessionalism and you may lose jobs. 

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Salon

 

Working in a salon is the more conventional route for a beauty therapist to go down. You can find opportunities in hotels, cruises, spas, fitness and health clubs – the possibilities are endless!

Pros:

 

Part of a Team 

 

When you work for a salon, you join a team of industry professionals who have the same passion for beauty as you do! 

 

You can form close friendships with your colleagues and promote each other’s work and share tips. 

 

Guaranteed Income 

 

A lot of salons will offer you a regular salary in exchange for fixed hours. For example, a massage therapist in a spa will have a set amount of hours a week and won’t need to look for clients. This increases your job security and removes extra stresses, such as finding clients and working out profits. 

 

Other salons will expect you to be in control of your clients, meaning you can come in on an appointment basis. This is usually the case if you’re renting a chair in a salon. 

 

Already an Established Name 

 

Working for an established salon means you can spend less time on marketing and more time enjoying your social life! You’ll also be able to generate clients more quickly as people will trust the reputation of your salon. 

 

Stable workplace

 

A salon environment is much more stable than being a mobile beauty therapist as you don’t need to set up your equipment every time you have a client. This makes your job far less time consuming and stressful, as you have everything you need in one place.

Cons:

 

Restricted

 

You may be restricted to working with the salon brand’s products, in which case you’ll also be expected to sell them. So, if you have dreams of one day owning a beauty empire, then this isn’t the wisest way to spend your time. 

 

There isn’t much scope for career progression, in terms of ownership, as you’ll always be working for another person. You’re also restricted in terms of pricing, as the salon will probably have a set price list to adhere to, making it harder to beat the competition. 

 

Less variety

 

Your working environment will be the same day-in-day-out, so if you love switching up your day, then you may get bored of salon life. 

 

Little Flexibility

 

Working in a salon gives you a much more structured work schedule. Some people may see this as a plus, but if you want a job that you can juggle around your busy personal life, then this may not be a good route for you.

 

More Outgoings 

 

Working in a salon comes at a price. Whether that’s the cost of renting a room/table or the owner takes a share of your profits. Either way, you make less overall profit from each treatment you offer.

So, now that you know the ins and outs of salon versus mobile life, it’s time to make your decision! Either way, you’re going to need a professional kit and beauty qualification to get started, so make sure you check out our training page and online shop for more info.

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How to Become a Beauty Therapist

The world of beauty therapy is full of variety! One minute you could be shaping brows and the next you could be giving a relaxing massage.

But how do you build a career as a beauty therapist? There are many things you need to consider, such as qualifications and the kind of work you want to do. So, read our complete guide if you want to find out how to get started in the world of beauty therapy.

The Average Day of a Beauty Therapist

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As a beauty therapist, your typical day will depend on the roles you specialise in and the qualifications you have. Most beauty therapists are qualified in a few different treatments so you have more to offer and can make extra income. 

 

No matter what, your day will be full of variety with different clients coming in for all kinds of treatments. As your career progresses, you can build up your qualifications and specialisms until you have a long list of beauty treatments to offer. 

 

Roles of a Beauty Therapist

Eyebrow/Eyelash Technician

If you love all things lashes and brows, then this is the perfect role for you. An eyebrow specialist knows how to shape and tint brows and may even be able to provide advanced services such as HD brows and microblading. 

 

Eyelash technicians tint lashes, apply extensions and perform lash lifts, which are all very popular treatments. These services require technique and practice, but they can be very lucrative and attract lots of clients!

 

Massage Therapy

Massage therapists offer a wide range of treatments from facials to hot stones to full-body massages! If you have a calming presence and want to give your clients a peaceful escape from reality, then you should definitely consider this role.

 

Skin Treatments

Skin treatments are the perfect way to give your clients a natural glow. There are various skin treatments you can offer, including dermaplaning, chemical peeling and needling. You must be clued up on dermatology and perform thorough consultations before any skin treatment, so it’s definitely for the more experienced! 

 

Waxing

Waxing is a popular service used frequently by both men and women. It’s a useful treatment to have in your skillset as people will come back for it, again and again, making it a recurring source of income. It’s also not too tricky to master once you have the correct techniques and products nailed down. 

 

Tanning

Give your clients a beautiful, bronzed glow all year round with a spray tanning service. Deep tans are very fashionable, so lots of people will turn to you for a safe solution to pale skin. It’s an easy service to offer whether you’re mobile or work in a salon, so get spraying!

 

Manicures/Pedicures

You may think that manicures and pedicures are just for nail technicians, but a beauty therapist can offer them alongside their main work too. You could even choose to provide beauty packages for clients who want a full makeover during peak seasons, like summer and Christmas.

Typical Salary

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Your salary depends on your experience and how much work you choose to take on. The more hours you work and treatments you offer, the more you’ll be able to earn. 

 

Profit margins are high for most beauty treatments. For example, a beauty therapist can charge upwards of £50 for eyelash extensions, with product cost being as little as £4. 

 

The highest-earning beauty therapists average at around 20k, after factors such as rent, holidays and extra costs are deducted. There is plenty of scope for career progression in the beauty industry which can make a big impact on your salary. For example, you could decide to open a beauty salon or you may even consider being a beauty educator.

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Benefits

 

Working in beauty therapy has a range of benefits that’ll make you fall in love with the job:

 

Job Security – The beauty industry is bigger than ever, thanks to the rise of social media which has created a bustling beauty community. In a world where beauty and image are of utmost importance, a beauty therapist will never be out of a job!

 

TOP TIP: You can use social media business pages to attract clients, show off your work and reach your target audience.

 

Flexibility – Have you got a busy schedule? Beauty therapy is the perfect job for creating flexibility. You could work full or part time and choose only specific days, making it much easier to work around your schedule than a 9-5 job. 

 

Variety – A beauty therapist never stops learning as there are new treatments and trends constantly cropping up! For example, brow lamination is the latest trend that many beauty therapists are adding to their arsenal. You can choose which areas to specialise in and continue to gain new qualifications as your career progresses.

 

Progress – It’s a common misconception that beauty therapists have little opportunity to progress. In fact, there are many routes a beauty therapist can go down once they’re qualified. You can choose to work freelance, for a salon or you could even start your own business. You may also go down the educator route and learn how to teach beauty therapy!

 

Social – Beauty therapy is a client-facing role, so you’re always engaging and building relationships with lots of people. Many of your clients will become loyal customers, making it a fulfilling and fun job!

Personal Traits of a Beauty Therapist

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KnowledgeA beauty therapist must know the ins and outs of treatments and provide a professional service. Some treatments have higher risk factors, so you must be reassuring and offer advice throughout and after the treatment. Clients will respect a knowledgeable beauty therapist and return for more treatments if they regard you as an expert. 

 

FriendlyA beauty therapist must make every client feel welcome. You can ensure this by being friendly and approachable, especially if the treatment is something they could be nervous for, like an intimate wax or spray tan. No one wants to strip off in front of a judgy stranger!

 

Business SkillsWhether you choose to go it alone as a freelancer or open a salon, you’ll need to have excellent business skills. A beauty therapist must keep track of their hours, outgoings, prices and time management, so there’s lots to think about besides the actual treatments!

How to Get Started as a Beauty Therapist 

To get started as a beauty therapist, you’ll first of all need to get some qualifications under your belt! 

 

Posh Look offer lots of different courses to help you get started and become a qualified beauty therapist. You can choose from our government-funded or private courses.

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Level 3 Beauty Therapy

 

Posh Look’s government-funded Level 3 Beauty Therapy course is perfect for those who have no experience in the beauty industry. It’s a comprehensive course that covers massage, semi-permanent lashes and spray tanning, as well as client care and health and safety. 

 

The Level 3 course is an excellent all-in-one starter to help you boost your career. 

 

Private Courses

 

Posh Look’s private courses allow you to become a specialist in a much shorter time frame. A lot of the courses can be completed in just one morning or day! Some of the private classes require previous experience and qualifications, so they’re better for beauty therapists who want to build on existing knowledge. 

 

We offer private courses in a range of treatments, such as six-step brow, intimate waxing, Russian lashes, hot stone massage, chemical peel and much more! Take a look at our training page for a full list of courses or read our blog that outlines each private course in detail. 

 

All of our courses include a free kit to help you get started straight away. The kit contains all the products you need to practice and complete your training. 

 

Building experience is an essential aspect of becoming a beauty therapist. Posh Look courses allow you to do this as you’re given time to practice on models, build a portfolio and complete assessments. Once you’ve completed a qualification, you can build your experience by working as a salon assistant or offering beauty treatments for free. 

 

Learn to Teach

 

As your career progresses, you may want to add some variety to your job role. Learning to teach is the perfect way to do just that! 

 

With Posh Look’s online ‘Learn to Teach’ Academy you can become a qualified Posh Look educator from the comfort of your own home. It’s easier than ever to add variety to your job role while also earning extra income alongside your usual work. If you have a prior teaching qualification, you can register your interest by heading to our information page now! 

 

If beauty therapy sounds like the perfect career for you, then a Posh Look course is the perfect way to get started. For more information, head to our training page or contact training@poshnailz.co.uk with any enquiries. 

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Our Private Courses: Why To Sign Up Today?

An intensive Posh Look private beauty course is a great place to start whether you already have a few qualifications, or you’re just starting out.

 

We offer a whole range of one to one nail and beauty courses, including:

 

-Acrylic and Gel Polish

-Massage

-Lashes 

-Brows

-Needling

-Waxing 

-Chemical Peel 

-Tanning 

 

Whichever area of beauty or nails you’d like to specialise in, our private courses give you a professional edge and teach you how to deliver a high class and safe service.

Why Should You Sign Up to a Private Beauty Course?

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Education

Posh Look private courses offer many benefits, as they’re not only practical but very informative. Each student receives a training manual covering the content of the course which they can refer to throughout. You’ll also have the opportunity to practice the techniques you learn and build a portfolio. Practice makes perfect! 

 

Time

You can complete some of our beauty courses in a matter of hours! The longest course we offer is four days, so even the busiest of people can squeeze one into their schedule. Some courses require case studies or a portfolio to be submitted afterwards; however, you can complete this in your free time. 

 

Professional Level

When you successfully finish a Posh Look private course, you’ll gain a certification that qualifies you as a professional in that specialised area. As a result, you can offer a high-quality service and create stunning results for your clients. You’ll also have the freedom to market yourself as a qualified beauty therapist, which will pull more clients in and set you apart from the competition. 

 

Industry Accredited Course

All of our courses are ABT accredited – a training body recognised by thousands of professional beauty therapists. With an accredited course, you receive a high-quality education that is reviewed regularly and meets industry standards. Choosing an accredited course is essential as it allows you to get insurance for your equipment and workplace, once you become certified. 

 

Kit Included

All private beauty courses come with a free kit that contains everything you need to complete the course and get started.  Posh Look products are of industry quality and used by professionals, so you can deliver an exceptional service and create happy clients. Please note, additional products will have to be purchased at your expense.

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What Beauty Courses Do We Offer?

Nails 

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Our nail courses are a great way to start your career as you have to practice and complete case studies or a portfolio. Therefore, by the time you move onto real clients, you’ll be well practised and confident enough to offer a high-quality service. 

 

We offer four kinds of nail course:

 

Acrylic 4 Day Foundation – £595 

Hard Gel 4 Day Foundation – £595

 

Students of all experience levels can complete the four day foundation courses, so they’re a great way to lay down the basics. Both classes cost just under £600 and require the students to complete a portfolio. The final day is an assessment day where students must competently demonstrate their new skills on a model. 

 

Manicure and Pedicure – £220, 1 day 

 

If you want to learn or brush up on your polishing skills, then our manicure and pedicure training is perfect. Each student must submit a portfolio of French and polish finish after the course to gain their certification. 

 

Gel Polish – £140, 3 hours 

 

If you struggle for time, you can complete our quick and easy Gel Polish course in one morning! Students must present five case studies to receive their certification. The course kit doesn’t include a UV lamp, but we’ll honour a 10% discount on the purchase of one.

Massage

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Want to create a relaxing and ambient experience for your clients? Our massage courses are a great way to get an instant qualification as you receive your certificate upon completion. To take part in the Hot Stone Massage course, you must have evidence of prior massage experience.

 

Full Body Massage – £285, 2 days

Hot Stone Massage – £235, 3 hours 

Facial – £210, 6 hours

 

Lashes and Brows 

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Let’s face it, lashes and brows are a big deal these days. So, adding these popular treatments to your beauty services is a great way to boost your clientele and popularity. And with a beauty course you can advertise yourself as the best in the business!

 

Lash Lift – £185, 1 day

 

Lash lifts are the more natural method of giving your lucky clients stunning lashes. In just one day, you can learn how to provide this popular treatment, and once you’ve completed five case studies, you’ll receive your certification! 

 

Lash and Brow Tint – £150, 3 hours

 

Lash, and brow tinting is one of the easier techniques to get to grips with, making it easy to learn in just one morning! When you’ve submitted two case studies, you’ll leave with the confidence to deliver a safe and professional service. 

 

Weekend Lashes – 2 case studies, £115, 2 hours 

Russian Lashes – 5 case studies, £225, 6 hours

Semi-Permanent Lashes – £245, 1 day 

 

Our lash extension courses cover a range of styles from inexpensive weekend lashes to dramatic Russian and semi-permanent lashes. Therefore, you have the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques and offer different styles to your clients. 

 

You can complete the weekend and Russian lash courses in less than a day without the need to present case studies! To become certified in semi-permanent lashes, you must submit four case studies.

 

Six Step Brow – £347, 1 day

 

Become the queen of brows with our six-step brow course. We take you through every stage of the process, from waxing to tinting so that you can give your clients 10/10 eyebrows. To receive the certification, students must complete five case studies.

 

Dermatology

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Having the ability to offer professional dermatological treatments will make you stand out from other beauticians who advertise the usual brow and lash services. Our chemical peel and needling courses will leave your clients with fresh and glowing skin!

 

Chemical Peel – £345, 4 hours

Needling – £295, 3 hours

 

Importantly, students who wish to book these courses must already have a Level 3 beauty course qualification. However, these are some of our quickest courses as you can complete them in one morning, and you receive your certification straight away! 

 

Tanning 

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The fake bake is perfect for those wanting to avoid the sunbeds or those who simply can’t tan! So meet the demand for an instant bronze by qualifying as a professional spray tanner. 

 

Introduction to Tanning – £125, 3 hours

Complete Tanning – £300, 3 hours

 

Our introduction and complete tanning courses are quick and easy to complete, with no need for assessments. They can both be completed in just one morning, making them perfect for busy tanners! Every student receives their certificate on completion of training, so you can start offering a professional service right away.

 

Waxing

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Waxing is a treatment that you can offer all year round. If you’ve been getting requests to wax from your clients, then maybe it’s time to get qualified! 

 

Beginner Waxing Course – £235, 8.5 hours

 

The beginner waxing course is perfect for those who have no prior experience and want to get into this area. Over just one day, you’ll become competent in waxing and receive your certification after three assessments.

 

Facial waxing – £160, 3 hours 

 

Facial waxing is an excellent service to get under your belt as plenty of people want to be rid of the peach fuzz! Students must complete two courses to receive their certificate, after which you can start offering the service professionally.

 

Intimate waxing – £140, 3 hours

 

To sign up to the intimate waxing course, students must already be competent in regular waxing. Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate straight away, meaning you can offer professional intimate waxing after just one morning of training. 

 

How to Book Onto a Course

The easiest way to book onto a Posh Look private beauty course is to head to the training page and email the relevant tutor for your area. The individual classes run across all eight of our training centres so you can choose the most convenient!

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If you want to become an expert in your specialised area, then book onto a Posh Look private beauty course today! Our courses allow students to progress in their career and have the confidence to offer high-quality services that keep their clients happy. We’d be delighted to hear from you.

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Our Beginner Waxing Course: What’s Involved?

Lots of people brave the wax in hopes of achieving silky smooth skin. Why not take advantage of this popular service and become a professional waxer with a Posh Look beginner waxing course? 

 

If you want to be able to tell your bikini from your Brazilian, read on to find out all about our private waxing courses…

 

Beginner Waxing Course

£235 – one day – 8.5 hours – 9 am – 5:30 pm

Our beginner waxing course is a great way to learn the basics of waxing, such as the different types, applications, client handling and health and safety.

 

The course is open to all abilities and students are taught on a one to one basis, ensuring the best quality of education. 

 

The beginner waxing course is 8.5 hours long and is carried out over a full working day. The course cost is £235, after which you can promote yourself as a professional waxer making it an affordable investment. 

 

Learners are required to competently carry out and submit three assessments within four weeks of completion to gain their certification.

 

As with all of our courses, students receive a full kit of Posh Look products to help them get started.

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Posh Look products are of industry-level quality, so our students can provide their clients with the best service. 

 

The kit includes:

 

-Wax heater

-200ml pre/post-wax oil 

-200ml soothing wax cleanse 

-1 x 425g of posh warm wax 

-50 paper wax strips 

-50 spatulas 

-5 record cards

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Posh Look trainers are fully qualified teachers and professional waxers. Therefore with a Posh Look course, you receive the highest quality education to make your services professional and safe. 

 

All Posh Look training courses are ABT Accredited, which is a nationally recognised training body used by thousands of industry experts. When you complete an ABT Accredited course, you not only get the best standard of education, but you are also viable for insurance so you can start your own business.

 

The beginner waxing course teaches you how to make the experience as comfortable as possible for your client by using the correct waxing techniques with hot and hard wax. You’ll leave with the ability to remove large and small areas of hair quickly and efficiently, so you have happy clients.

 

Every student also receives a Posh Look training manual that advises on how to market your business and build client relationships. On our beginner waxing course, you won’t just learn the practical aspects, but you’ll leave with a rounded education on how to be successful in the beauty industry.

Why a Waxing Course?

Popular – The beauty industry is expanding every day, so you can be sure that investing in this business is worth it, and you’ll never be out of a job. Soft, smooth skin is heavily sought after by all genders, so your target market is vast, making it easier to gain custom.  

 

All Year Round – As a result of your new skills and high-quality service, clients will return for their treatment every 4-6 weeks, making it a recurring source of income. Your clientele will be strong all year round. It will soar during Summer and remain popular during the Winter months as people want smooth legs for the party season. 

 

Social – Being a beauty therapist is a rewarding job as you get to transform your client’s confidence and build lasting relationships. You’ll slowly build up a loyal client base over time, which will give you a real sense of achievement and community. 

 

Flexible – You can work from home, mobile or in a salon, making it a flexible and versatile job where you get to meet lots of people.

Additional Courses 

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In addition to the beginner waxing course, we offer two further courses: Intimate and Facial Waxing.

 

Intimate Waxing Course

£140 – morning – 3 hours – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

 

As a student, you must already have completed the initial beginner waxing course and be competent in regular waxing before moving onto this one. 

 

At the cost of £140, you can become an intimate waxing expert in a one to one session that lasts just 3 hours. 

 

The intimate waxing course is quick and easy to complete as there are no case studies required, and you gain your certification on completion of the training. As a result, you can start intimate, professional waxing after just one morning of learning! 

 

The course will cover everything you need to know about waxing in the pubic region. Including the bikini, Brazilian and other styles that your clients could request. The intimate area is susceptible to irritation and sensitivity. Therefore, we teach you how to create a less painful experience and make the client comfortable. 

 

The intimate waxing course includes a full kit to help you get started: 

 

-200ml pre/post-wax oil 

-200ml soothing wax cleanse 

-500g bag of hot wax 

-20x spatulas 

-1 pair of tweezers 

-Small scissors 

-Cotton pads 

-5x record cards

Facial Waxing Course

£160 – morning – 3 hours – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

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There are no prerequisites to start this course, and you can enrol regardless of your experience level. 

 

The course costs £160 and lasts 3 hours, so it’s super quick and easy to start adding this skill to your waxing services.

 

Facial waxing of the brows and the upper lip has become very popular as people want perfected eyebrows and a smooth face. Qualifying will give your clients more confidence to put their face in your hands and help you improve your technique and safety.

 

On completion of the course, 2 case studies must be competently carried out and submitted for certification. 

 

The full kit for this course includes: 

 

-Wax heater

-200ml pre/post-wax oil 

-200ml soothing wax cleanse 

-1x 425g of posh warm wax 

-50 paper wax strips

-50 spatulas 

-Tweezers 

-Cotton pads

-Eyebrow spatulas 

-5 record cards

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How to Book 

Head to the course page you’d like to enrol onto and email the relevant tutor to enquire.

 

You can also ring us on 01706 551 810 or email training@poshnailz.co.uk with your enquiry or further questions. 

 

Should you need further information, we also have a FAQs page which covers everything you need to know about our courses. 

 

Waxing is a popular area of beauty to get involved in and with a Posh Look private course, you can get qualified and offer a professional service easily. Head to our Private Training page now for a list of other classes and more info.

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Our Spray Tanning Course: A Guide

Spray tanning is the new sunbed as people want to achieve a golden glow without the risk of UV damage. So hop on the fake bake train with a professional spray tanning course by Posh Look!

Course Overview

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Posh Look’s private tanning course combines theory and practical, so you get a well-rounded education. By the end of the course, you’ll know all the ins and outs of spray tanning.  

 

We have two types of spray tanning course: Introduction to Tanning and Complete Tanning. If you haven’t performed a spray tan before, then the introductory course is an excellent way to get to grips with the basics and costs £125. On the other hand, the complete tanning course builds on the basics and allows you to get more hands-on, costing £300. 

 

We start with the basics such as skincare and preparation, so you can advise your future clients about how to prepare for the tan and get the best results. Practicals will include learning how to operate, apply and control the tanning solution. We take a hands-on approach so you can get to grips with the machine and application techniques.

 

Our spray tanning course is suitable for all levels of ability with no previous experience required, so nothing is holding you back! 

 

On completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate that you can hang with pride in your workplace and use to reassure customers that you’re fully qualified. 

 

Each tanning course is 3 hours long, making it quick and easy to become qualified and start attracting the clients. If you’ve always wanted to become qualified but haven’t been able to find the time, with our private course you can become an expert in a single morning. 

 

All of our courses are ABT accredited, meaning a community of expert beauty therapists nationally recognises them. That’ll give you a professional edge against other tanners who may not be qualified so that you can gain more custom. 

What’s Included In The Spray Tanning Course?

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All students who sign up to a course receive a free Posh Look kit that includes everything to help you get started. 

 

Industry professionals use Posh Look products, so you can be sure that you’re learning with the best quality materials and equipment. 

 

The Introduction to Tanning Kit includes:

500ml Posh tan

-5x record cards

5x aftercare leaflets 

 

The Complete Tanning Course Kit includes:

-Tent

-HV gun 

1x litre of Posh tan

Paper knickers 

Sticky feet 

Mop caps 

-Gloves

-Record cards

10x aftercare leaflets

 

If you want any additional products, these will have to be purchased at your expense.

Why Should You Do a Spray Tanning Course?

There are many benefits of completing a one-day spray tanning course, from enhanced awareness of legalities to better knowledge of the industry.

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Legalities 

Not only is a tanning course useful for learning how to deliver a high-quality service, but it also helps with legalities that come with starting your own business. 

 

Once certified, you can get insurance that’ll cover you and your equipment at work. So without a qualification, you’re at risk of having to pay out to replace broken or faulty equipment.

 

The course content also covers the health and safety procedures that are involved with a spray tan. For example, the importance of performing a client consultation before the process to outweigh any risks that could be involved. Risks can range from the client not being happy with the result, to more serious outcomes like an allergic reaction, so it’s important that you learn what to do in these situations.

 

As a result, gaining a private qualification increases your chances of being covered in different situations and gives you the knowledge to perform a safe spray tan. 

 

Knowledge

An industry accredited qualification can be the difference between winning and losing a client. It justifies why people should use your services over someone else’s. 

 

Tanning is a skill that requires practice and precision, so our private course will provide you with all the techniques you need to know. You’ll learn how to handle the equipment and tanning solution while knowing how to tailor the experience to different clients. For example, you must know what level of darkness to use on each skin tone and type. 

 

You’ll also learn how to appropriately engage with clients. Having excellent social skills and the ability to make people feel comfortable is at the heart of every good spray tanner. It’s an intimate process, and your client may dread getting undressed in front of a stranger. Therefore, you must be able to build a friendly rapport with them.

 

Completing a course will increase your confidence so you can deliver a professional spray tan without worrying about gaps in your knowledge. 

 

Business 

All students on the spray tanning course receive a training manual. It outlines how you can market your services and attract a wide range of clients. From tanning parties to flyering, we have lots of tips that’ll help you kickstart your business.

What Are The Benefits of a Spray Tan?

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There’s no doubt that spray tanning is popular, but how can you sell that to clients? Here are a few pointers you can use to encourage potential clients to get a spray tan. 

 

A spray tan will give the client an instant glow in a matter of minutes, making it perfect for special occasions. It also saves time in comparison to spending endless amounts of hours in the sun to try and achieve the same colour. 

 

The client doesn’t have to mess around with home tanning mousses which can be messy and difficult to apply evenly in hard to reach areas. 

 

If cared for properly, a spray tan can last up to a week. Some people like to get them for holidays so they look bronzed as soon as they step off the plane. 

 

One of the big positives about spray tanning is that it prevents UV damage which can cause skin cancer and premature ageing. Sunbeds have been directly linked to skin cancer. This can cause significant health problems for frequent users, so spray tanning is the perfect solution.  

 

For those who are pale and burn in the sun instead of being blessed with a gorgeous bronzed glow, spray tanning is a godsend and can be a real confidence booster. 

 

By offering a spray tan, you’re giving your clients more confidence while also protecting their health. Many beauty therapists find it to be a very fulfiling job. 

 

If you’re still considering a spray tanning course or want to top up the knowledge you already have, then Posh Look’s private courses are the ideal and simple way to become qualified! 

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Our Dermaplaning Course: A Guide

Dermaplaning is one of the hottest beauty treatments on the market, as it leaves people with smooth skin and a glowing complexion. So, why not take advantage of its popularity and learn how to perform the procedure yourself with a Posh Look private training course?

 

Course Overview and Benefits

On our dermaplaning course, we take you through every step of the procedure, from preparation to finish. The thought of running a blade across a client’s face may ring alarm bells at first, but rest assured we’ll discuss and practice each step in detail so you can leave with the ability to provide a professional and safe service.

 

Our private dermaplaning course is perfect for people with busy schedules as you can become qualified in as little as 3 hours! You’ll come in at 9:30 am and leave at 12:30 pm a fully qualified dermaplaning expert. 

 

Anyone can enrol onto a private dermaplaning course, regardless of your experience level, so there’s no need to worry if you’ve never tried dermaplaning before! Posh Look training centres are fun and friendly learning environments and with a one-to-one course, you can really get the most out of your lesson.  

 

Our dermaplaning course is ABT Accredited (Associated Beauty Therapists) which is a training body that’s nationally recognised by a community of industry professionals, so your clients can be confident that you’re approved and qualified. To stay accredited, we must provide the highest quality training and learning environment, so when you choose Posh Look, you can be assured that you’re getting the best education. 

 

All students who sign up to the dermaplaning course receive a starter kit which contains equipment and information to help you complete your assessment. 

 

Course funding is also available through Advanced Learner Loans, should you require financial assistance to get started. 

 

Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate that you can display with pride to show clients that you’re qualified. 

 

What is Dermaplaning?

 

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So you want to add another service to your beauty therapist arsenal, but what exactly is dermaplaning? 

 

Dermaplaning is a form of physical exfoliation that uses a sharp surgical scalpel to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz). 

 

Your client should wait at least 3-4 weeks between each dermaplaning treatment. This will give time for the skin cells to regrow, so you can avoid damaging the client’s skin. 

 

The cost of a dermaplaning treatment is usually £50 plus, making it a profitable procedure as it requires little time and equipment.

 

Here’s a run-through of what the treatment entails, from start to finish:

 

-Begin with a client consultation to assess the skin

-Use a cleanser to strip the skin of oils and dirt

-Pat the skin dry with a clean towel

-Apply an oil so the blade can glide smoothly 

-Hold the skin taut and run the blade across the skin at a 45-degree angle 

-Work on one half of the face, then start on the other

-Brush the excess hairs from the face as they build-up 

-Apply a serum or moisturiser with SPF to promote hydration and protect the skin 

What Equipment Do I Need?

 

-A sharp and sterile surgical scalpel; the scalpel must be disposed of after each client to avoid transferring germs from face to face and spreading infection. 

-Cleanser; a high-quality cleanser will lift dirt, impurities and pollution from the skin to create the perfect base for dermaplaning. Some professionals use a skin peel to remove dirt from deep down. 

-Moisturising agents; it’s essential to use a moisturiser that contains SPF as the skin will be more exposed than usual and susceptible to sun damage. 

 

What are the Benefits of Dermaplaning?

 

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-Painless; despite the use of a sharp blade, dermaplaning is a painless treatment and should never be uncomfortable for your client. 

 

-Quick treatment; dermaplaning takes around 30-45 minutes and requires no downtime meaning it’s perfect for clients who have busy schedules. Some people even get it done on their lunch break! 

 

-Effective results; the use of a surgical scalpel enhances precision and is far more effective than shaving the face at home with a razor that has 2-3 blunt blades.

 

-Anti-ageing; this form of physical exfoliation promotes cell regeneration which makes the skin appear fresher and reduces the appearance of fine lines.

 

-Smooth skin; the removal of vellus hair makes the skin feel and look softer, which improves the look of makeup. 

 

-Skincare; cleansing and moisturising products can penetrate deeper into the pores after a dermaplaning treatment as the skin is more exposed.

 

-Suitable for everyone; dermaplaning can be carried out on all skin types, making it the perfect procedure for anyone looking for smoother skin.

 

-Minimizes the appearance of acne scarring and discolouration

 

Myth Debunking – Many people think that shaving facial hair will cause it to grow back thicker and darker, but it grows back at the same rate. You can promise your client they won’t be growing a beard after their dermaplaning treatment!

Are There Any Risks Involved?

If your client has any worries or if the thought of carrying it out on someone else still scares you, then you can be assured that dermaplaning is a low-risk procedure when carried out by a qualified professional.

 

In the first few hours and days, there may be some minor side effects: 

-Slight redness is common in the first few hours following a dermaplaning treatment

-Some people may develop whiteheads in the following days, but these should settle down 

-Scarring and infection are very rare and will only occur if the treatment isn’t carried out by a professional

 

While dermaplaning is suitable for all skin types, it shouldn’t be carried out on people with active acne as it’ll irritate the blemishes and make it worse. Likewise, the treatment shouldn’t be performed on people with thick facial hair as it can grow back sharp and sore. 

 

During the consultation, ask your client if they’ve recently had botox as they would need to wait at least 14 days before dermaplaning.

How Can The Client Protect Their Skin After Dermaplaning?

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So your client can make the most of their treatment, there are suggestions you can give them to follow in the days after their dermaplaning. 

 

-If possible, avoid makeup for 24 hours because the skin is more exposed and makeup would soak deeper into the pores, which may cause blemishes.

 

-Apply SPF daily to protect the sensitive skin from enhanced sun exposure. This is something you can advise your client to do daily regardless of the dermaplaning treatment, as it is useful for anti-ageing. 

 

-Avoid further exfoliation as there’ll be no more dead skin to remove on the face, and this can instead cause hyperpigmentation.

 

If you’re considering becoming a qualified dermaplaner, Posh Look private courses are a great way to get started! We cover everything in-depth, so you have the confidence to carry out the treatment safely and to a high standard. Head to the training page for more info. 

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20 Halloween Nail Designs for 2019

Spooky season is officially upon us, and that can only mean one thing – Halloween nail designs! Black cats, pumpkins, dripping blood – you name it, we have a nail design for it. From outright spookiness to more understated Halloween vibes, we’ve picked out twenty Halloween nail designs that are bound to get anyone into the scary spirit.

#1 Snakey, Snakey, Snakey

No one likes a snake, but when they’re on your nails, they look super cool. This set makes us want to sign up to our nearest coven and become a full-time witch.

#2 Ghostess with the Mostest

 

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This ghoulish nail design is for the gals who don’t play around when it comes to Halloween. Get the nail art brushes out because these cute lil ghosts create an edgy, minimalist look perfect for trick or treating.

#3 Country Pumpkin

 

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All the colours of spooky season. Nothing creates that cosy Autumn feeling like warm oranges/browns and this nail design gives an understated nod to Halloween with plenty of pumpkin vibes.

#4 Life’s a Witch

 

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Feeling witchy? These monochrome moons are the perfect Halloween nail design for creating magic potions, AKA pink gin and tonic.

#5 Too Blood to be True

 

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Dripping in gold? That’s so last season; we’re all about dripping in blood now. This super chic Halloween nail design will turn heads at the house party.

#6 I’ll take mine de-coffinated

 

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A girlier take on Halloween nail designs, this pretty pink coffin set has a subtle touch of spookiness with little web and spider embellishments.

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#7 Beauty and Brains

 

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We’ve got love on the brain for this *unique* set. Pointy claws are just perfect for this time of year and really turn up the fierceness from 0-100.

#8 You won’t like me when i’m fangry

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We’re suckers for these nails. This clever Halloween nail design makes your nails look like they could be in an extra in Twilight.

#9 I’ve got my eye(s) on you

 

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I spy with my little eye…the perfect Halloween nail design! The evil eye is a Halloween look that’s rarely executed, so stand out from the pumpkins and witches with this creepy set.

#10 Green with Envy

 

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Want a Halloween look that stands out, but you’re not about the nail art life? Go simple yet effective with this slime green set.

#11 Black Like My Soul

 

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Black and Gold tips fit for Morticia Adams. Switch up your colours to black, greens and oranges, to take any manicure from mundane to spooky.

#12 Chilled to the Bone

 

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Pick up the bone because these nails are calling your name. These funky little skeletons add life to an otherwise dark manicure (ironically), making for a fun and festive set.

#13 Reach for the Stars

 

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Not a fan of the dark side of Halloween? Be a fortune teller or angel with this light gold set that gives off major astrology vibes.

#14 Vampy

 

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Sink your teeth into this one. We love these vampy stiletto nails that’d look perfect wrapped around a glass of red wine.

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#15 Barbie’s Web

 

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Pink to make the spiders wink. Barbie’s take on Halloween, this pretty spider web design is perfect for celebrating the girliest of Halloweens.

#16 Too Ghoul For School

 

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It’s a chic AF Halloween with these babies. Half and half nails are definitely in, so why not make it a little festive with a deep green colour and some spooky rings?

#17 Like A Bat Out of Hell

 

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French fade – but make it scary. These spooky little bats are the perfect addition to any Halloween nail design, especially if you’re going for a vampire look.

#18 Bootiful

 

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This manicure is scarily good and on-trend! Try not to scare off your Halloween party guests though.

#19 CUTE-ICLES

 

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Taking the cuticles to a whole other level, these cute pumpkins are perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit if you don’t want to go down the scary route.

#20 Relight my fire

Halloween nail designs don’t have to be dark and scary. Incorporate creepy patterns like snakes and flames but make them girly like this pink and white set.

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If you try out any of these designs, make sure to tag us and use the hashtag #poshnailz – we’d love to see your Halloween creations! Head to our previous blogs for Summer and Winter nail design inspo. 

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Manicure Beginner’s Guide: What Are The Differences?

French, acrylic, gel, squoval… If you’re not familiar with nail technology, then the terminology can feel like a foreign language. But, not to worry because we’ve created a guide to the types of manicures a nail tech can offer so that you can become one of the pros in no time!

General Nail Prep and Rules

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Before any manicure you should:

-Soak the nails in warm water 

-Remove remnants of old nail polish, then file and buff the nails for a smooth base

-Ask the client if they have any known allergies eg.latex

-Have a consultation about the type of nail shape and design they want

-Clip the nails down and gently push the cuticles back to neaten the edges

 

TOP TIP: Don’t cut the cuticles because this can hinder nail growth and cause them to grow back harder.

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What are the different types of manicures?

 

Manicures come in all shapes, sizes and designs. The main types of manicures are:

 

  • Acrylic 
  • Gel 
  • Dip powder

 

Whatever your client opts for, it’s essential to be clued up on every kind of application, so we’re going to take a look at each one in-depth. 

Acrylic 

Acrylic nails have become increasingly popular in recent years as people strive for impressive manicures, with plenty of length and precision. 

 

For acrylic application, you’ll need a variety of equipment to get started. Check out our blogs on Nail Technician Equipment for an extensive list of everything you should have in your kit. 

 

The benefits of acrylic nails:

-Durable and hard to break

-Large surface area to create intricate nail art 

-Can create super long nails easily 

 

You can apply acrylics with extension tips or shape them yourself with acrylic overlay. Extension tips are applied to the ends of the natural nail with glue and cut down to the desired length. Acrylic is then applied over the top, from the base of the nail to the tip of the extension, and filed down to create the basic nail shape. 

 

For the application of acrylic overlay, nail forms are applied under the natural nail to act as a guide for shaping the acrylic. Once a general nail shape has been achieved, a file is used to create more precision and clean up the edges of the nails. 

 

Acrylic nails can be formed of coloured acrylic or clear acrylic with a gel polish colour over the top. 

 

Acrylic nails are dried under a UV light for a glossy finish. After the application, apply cuticle oil to soothe the nails and add extra shine. 

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Gel

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Gel nails are often used to create a more natural-looking manicure, although you can offer hard gel extensions too.

 

The benefits of gel nails:

-They cause less damage to the natural nail than acrylics

-Much quicker to apply

-Protect natural nails from dirt and pollution 

-Can create nail art with different colours

 

A base coat should always be applied before colour, to prep the nail and create a smooth base. Once applied, a colour of choice is painted over the top in layers and dried under a UV light to create a glossy finish. 

 

You can purchase gel nail polish in a wide variety of colours, including neons and shimmers.

 

Gel extensions are created using hard gel. The application technique is similar to that of acrylic, except gel is more flexible and easier to work with. Gel extensions are perfect for clients who want length but enjoy the benefits of gel nails.  

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Dip Powder

A less mainstream option, dip powder nails are created by dipping the nail in a fine loose powder that adds pigment. The nails are dipped and coated with a clear polish multiple times until the desired level of pigment is reached.   

 

Although this is a quick and easy process, the main issue with dip powder nails is hygiene. There are significant problems with dipping multiple fingers into one pot of powder, so it’s hard to perform this type of manicure if you have a lot of clients. 

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What are the different nail shapes?

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Whether you like long talons or prefer a classic, short look, there’s a nail shape out there for everyone. Practice different nail shapes so you can offer all of them to your clients. 

 

Coffin nails, (not as scary as they sound) are associated with the funeral prop because they taper off at the end and have a flat tip, just like a coffin. This shape is extremely popular and you’ll find it’s a regular request at the salon. 

 

Stiletto nails are for the extroverts amongst us who want fierce nails to match their personality. A lot of people like to go suuuuper long with their stiletto nails; however, they can look just as good at a shorter length too. 

 

Square nails are self-explanatory. Get the nail file at the ready, because this shape is all about sharp, precise edges. 

 

Round nails create a cute, natural look and are often paired with nude colours or french manicures for a soft and girly effect.

 

Oval nails are similar to rounded nails, but they taper more at the tip, while squoval nails are a more boxy version of the oval.

 

Lipstick nails aren’t very common and are certainly not to everyone’s taste, but they’re worth a mention. The tip of the nail finishes at a diagonal angle, mimicking the shape of a lipstick bullet.

What are the different nail styles?

Texture

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Play around with matte polishes to create different textures. Use a mixture of matte and glossy nails in one manicure to make it look more interesting.  

 

Metallic and foil nails are pretty easy to get to grips with once you have the equipment. Use foils like gold leaf to create pretty designs and accent nails. Metallic polishes and chrome powders will add an extra touch of glamour to an otherwise standard manicure. 

 

Transparent nails are a super popular trend at the minute and look impressive when embellished with rhinestones or other accessories. 

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Acrylic Sculpting

Acrylic sculpting is perfect for creating 3D designs that will really wow your clients. It’s a pretty advanced skill to learn, so it’s better to get to grips with the basics of acrylic application before attempting this. With practice, you can sculpt anything from roses to bows.

 

Nail Art 

Handpainted nail art is an impressive service you can offer to clients. From flowers to intricate patterns and designs, you can practice painting anything you like. It’s a good idea to learn popular designs; for example, flames have been a recent trend on the nail scene.  

 

The french manicure is a classic design that has remained popular for decades. A twist on this classic is the French fade. This is created by blending coloured acrylics into one another, so it can be a little trickier to perfect if you’re a novice at acrylic application. 

 

Similarly, ombre nails are created by blending different coloured acrylics into each other for a bright and stunning effect. 

 

Rhinestones are perfect for making any manicure look expensive and to create an eye-catching 3D effect. They’re great for special occasions or for when you fancy injecting some glamour into your nails. 

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20 Summer Nail Designs for Summer 2020

Summer 2019 saw flame tipped nails, and star encrusted acrylics, but what does 2020 have in store for our manicures? We’ve picked out 20 Summer nail designs that’ll be HOT next year. Take a look…

1. Melted Nails

 

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When it’s so hot your nails melt, right? Not quite, but these rainbow waves create a fresh and vibrant effect for the Summer months.

2. Polka Dots

 

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Polka dots are a classic pattern and create a super cute effect when transferred to the nails. Go minimalist with tiny dots and use different colours for a vibrant, Summery look.

3. Bold Cuticles

 

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Because who wants plain old cuticles? AKA the reverse French manicure, this playful design will make your nails stand out from the crowd.

4. Real Flowers

 

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One of the most popular Summer nail designs, these fresh and floral vibes are perfect for the transition from Spring to Summer. Use real pressed flowers and clear varnish to create a strikingly unique manicure.

5. Coloured Tips

 

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The cutest neon tips to bring little rays of sunshine to your nails. If you want to go super Summery, you could experiment with a different coloured tip on each nail!

6. Half Moon Nails

 

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The half-moon has been a popular design since the 1920s and shows no signs of slowing. Match different colours to create vibrant looks – think orange and yellow.

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7. Neon Ombre

 

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Neon pink is like Barbie gone wild, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Experiment with neons by creating ombre effects – a big trend for Summer 2020.

8. Colour Blocking

 

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Why stick to the same colour on both hands when you can have a different look on each one? Use contrasting Summer shades to create an eye-catching manicure that’s worthy of insta.

9. Metallic Nails

 

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Metallic nails are perfect for all those Summer parties as they’re glamorous and sleek. Add glitter to a metallic set to really ramp up the attitude!

10. Mermaid Nails

 

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Subtle mermaid nails are super fun for the Summer season and perfect for a holiday by the sea. Use coral shades and stencils to emulate the look of a mermaid tail.

11. Glass Nails

 

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For a sleek and sophisticated Summer nail design, look no further than glass nails. These beauties are created using clear acrylic and glossy varnish for a high-shine effect.

12. Milky Nails

 

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Milky nails are probably the most understated of Summer looks and are perfect for clients looking for a classy set. What’s more, white shades complement a deep Summer tan perfectly.

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13. Sunflower Nails

 

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Yellow and Sunflowers – could this set be any more Summery? Stick to embellishing an accent nail, rather than the whole set, if your client doesn’t want to go too bold.

14. Matchy Nails

 

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For the coolest Summer look, coordinate your nails with the rest of your outfit. Go bold with neons or match pastel tones. Whatever you choose, it’ll create high fashion vibes.

15. Feeling Fruity

 

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Strawberries, lemons, oranges – the possibilities for fruity summer nail designs are endless. Pick your fave fruit and combine it with a matching colour and voila, you have the perfect Summer set.

16. Butterfly Fly Away

 

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Butterflies have been a hot trend throughout 2019 and are set to continue into 2020. These lovely little creatures are full of colour, so you can choose to go minimal like this set or create some funky nail art.

17. Short Nails

 

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Lemon yellow – the ultimate Summer colour. Short square nails can really pull off bright colours like this, so try out different shades, and you may find yourself converted from acrylic.

18. Designer Nails

 

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Gucci, Fendi, Prada? Whichever designer is your fave, you can now dedicate your nails to them. Try handpainted nail art or stamps to create impressive looks.

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19. Neon Claws

 

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Stilletto nails bring the attitude and fierceness just in time for Summer. The bold colours and glitter on these babies make them the perfect holiday or festival set.

20. All That Glitters

 

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Glitter nails are the perfect glam Summer nail design. Whether you’re holidaying all Summer long or keeping it lowkey, everyone needs a little sparkle.

If you love any of these Summer nail designs, head to the shop on our website for products that’ll help you recreate them! Check out our previous blog post for some Winter inspo.

20 Winter Nail Designs To Try This Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…besides the dark mornings, slushy roads and flu jabs that is. BUT, whether you’ve got the Winter blues or you’re so excited for Christmas that your Turkey’s already in the oven, we’ve got the perfect Winter nail designs for you to try on your clients.

#1 Cable Knit

 

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Don’t just wear your cable knits this Winter, get them on your nails too! This is a super cute 3D look made from acrylic that creates the perfect cosy Winter vibe – think big nights in and hot chocolate.

#2 Deep Red

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Deep red is the perfect colour from the beginning of Autumn all the way through to the end of Winter. This classy shade can be dressed up or down with glitters, matte shades and diamantes.

#3 Clear Acrylic

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Clear acrylic is one of the biggest nail trends of the year and looks super pretty when embellished with dainty gold designs. These little gold stars are perfect for that cool girl Christmas vibe.

#4 Marble Effect

 

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These Matte black and marble beauties are probably more for the Scrooges amongst us, but they’re a super cool and understated Winter look.

#5 ICY

There’s nothing like a bit of sparkle during party season, so glam up your manicures with glitters, diamantes, jewels – whatever you can think of!

#6 BROWN tones

 

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Winter is all about treating yourself to a bit of extra chocolate here and there, so why not have chocolate nails too. This simple, warm brown set really turns up the cosy vibes without having to be OTT.

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#7 Snowflakes

 

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Combining cutesy with sophisticated, these snowflake stiletto nails are perfect for anyone who wants to get into the Christmas spirit.

#8 Minimalist Nail Art

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You don’t have to break out the acrylic to create a stunning winter nail design. If your client prefers a natural look, these teeny tiny baubles are bound to impress.

 

 

#9 Chevron

 

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Chevrons are a timeless nail design, but they can be glammed up for the Winter months. Adding gold leaf and a striking red will turn normal chevrons into a set of nails fit for Christmas Eve.

#10 A Geometric Christmas

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Get edgy with your Christmas designs and try geometric versions that give a subtle nod to the festive season. This gorgeous deep green set combines glamour and nail art to create the perfect Winter look.

#11 Reverse French Manicure

 

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The reverse French manicure is a hot Winter nail trend and can be jazzed up with different colours to make it more festive.

#12 Keeping the Autumn Vibes Alive

 

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This look screams pumpkin spice latte. Play on the ombre trend that’s been popular all through 2019 using Autumn/Winter colours to match the season.

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#13 Metallic Nails

 

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Winter, AKA party season is all about glam dresses and high end looks, so you need the perfect nails to match! Metallic nails are a fashionable way to glam up any outfit and attract all the right attention at your Christmas party.

#14 Neon Manicure

 

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Just because Summer’s over, that doesn’t mean you have to ditch the neon and break out all of the dark colours. Small flecks of neon, especially reds and greens, create an alternative Winter style.

#15 A Sophisticated Halloween

 

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Do you love Halloween, but also work a corporate 9-5 job that wouldn’t approve of pumpkin and blood dripping nails? If so, play on the colour palette instead and take Halloween to new sophisticated heights.

#16 Matte, Matte and More Matte

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Dark blue can sometimes be overlooked as a Winter colour as people focus on reds, greens and icy blues. This unique matte set with gold nail art creates a beautiful night sky effect that’s bound to get compliments.

#17 I like my nails like I like my coffee…

 

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Extra-long nails are definitely in this season. Black nails may not be to everyone’s taste (ie. your grandma) but they create a super cool look and definitely give off Winter vibes. You can apply black in different styles and patterns to make a nail set more unique and eye-catching.

#18 Festive French Fade

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The French fade has a place in everyone’s hearts no matter the season. However, you can glam up this classic with winter colours and embellishments to create a fierce set of claws.

#19 Gold Finger

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Gold nails are 100% a winner during party season as they add a luxurious feel to any look. You can go metallic, gold leaf or keep it simple and classic but either way, your nails will look stunning.

#20 Tortoiseshell

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Tortoiseshell has been on-trend all Summer and you’ve probably seen it on everything, from belts to sunglasses. But it’s now becoming a big Autumn/Winter nail trend due to its warm colour palette and realistic look. The popular pattern can be switched up with different designs, such as this half and half nail.

Any of these looks can be recreated using Posh Look products, available from our online shop. From gel polish to acrylics and glitters, we have everything a nail tech needs to create stunning winter nail designs.

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