Hi there, everybody! I’m back with another installment of Adventures at Nail School. I didn’t get to update last week because I was so busy with my family visiting, but I wanted to fill you in on two great weeks.
We started working with nail enhancements last week, something I’ve been very excited to try. We worked with odorless acrylics, silk and fiberglass wraps, and UV gels. Although we will eventually learn how to do traditional acrylics, we started with the odorless kind – which… aren’t really odorless, but have less “off-gassing” to create the hardened surface, and therefore don’t have as harsh a smell. We had to work on some chemistry to learn about how these materials actually work, and it was quite interesting to learn about some of the ingredients that go into polish and other nail products. Because nail polish was first developed from car varnish (it’s true! It’s a crossover from the automotive industry), there were some very toxic chemicals in the ingredients. A lot of companies make 3-Free polishes now, and I would certainly recommend staying away from those chemicals (Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate or DBP).
Since nobody wants to get acrylics done by a total newb, we work on these fake hands with replaceable fingers and nail beds that clip into little grooves. I think they’re totally strange, but very useful! You can see that my dear lady has had better days…
That’s me posing with my weirdo hand. You may have seen this one on Instagram!
I found my first try at acrylics to be quite difficult. It’s definitely something that requires a lot of practice and patience. You can see the crazy shapes and thickness of my first set on my fake hand – they came out really awful, and I had to file so much for them to look at least halfway normal! I also tried to do a set of tips with gel overlay on another student, but they took nearly 5 hours to complete, and were also really wonky. I am sorry I didn’t get to snap a photo of that set – but it’s probably for the best, to be completely honest!
My dad and sister came to visit at the end of last week, so of course I took them to school so they could see what it’s all about. I gave my dad a MANicure (no polish for him), and I also got to do some nail art for my sister. I think they had a lot of fun, and I love the look we came up with for my sister.
One other super fun thing happened last week. I very suddenly needed to get some head shots done (for reasons that I will tell you about some other time… I know, the suspense!), so I got the full treatment at school. It was so fun! The lovely Megan, who works at Emerge Salon in Denver as a nail tech but is at school for her esthetics license, did my makeup. She did such an amazing job! It was very natural and lovely. And Raquel, who also happens to work at Emerge, did my hair. I felt so glamorous! My hair has never looked so good!