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Head Educator For The GelBottle Sarah Thompson Shares Her Journey as a Nail Tech

Head Educator For The GelBottle Sarah Thompson Shares Her Journey as a Nail Tech


She is a lead educator for one of many greatest international gel nail manufacturers, however Sarah Thompson didn’t at all times know her calling can be in nails…or nail schooling.

Nevertheless, the skilled nail trade stored calling to her, and although she even tried to depart it as soon as, it stored bringing her again. She lastly was the place she was meant to be with the model she was meant to be with. Be part of us as we go on her nail journey!

Nailpro (NP): When/how did you notice that being a nail technician was your calling?

Sarah Thompson (ST): I’ve at all times preferred doing nails or getting my nails executed, however I didn’t get into the trade till after my son was born. I didn’t wish to return to my former job as it will imply he can be with a babysitter for 12 hours, so my husband and I had been brainstorming what I may do nearer to dwelling. My husband prompt I get into doing nails as a result of my nail tech on the time, Roberta, was tremendous busy after which I may make my very own schedule!

I contacted Roberta to speak, and she or he thought it was a good suggestion that I pursue this. Then she gave me a quantity for a girl with whom I may practice one on one. I used to be solely licensed a pair weeks when Roberta knowledgeable me that she and her husband had been shifting to Atlanta, Georgia, and she or he wished to know if she may put my title on an inventory for her shoppers. So, I began with an honest clientele.

NP: Inform me about your nail journey through the years?

ST: I ended up doing nails for 13 years out of my dwelling studio, and I started pursuing images on the aspect. Each proved to be an excessive amount of, so I gave up nails to discover this new profession in addition to working at my husband’s enterprise.

It was nice for a bit, however then I used to be contacted by a few ladies who wished me to do their nails as they hadn’t discovered a nail tech they wished to stick with since me. So, I arrange a small house at my husband’s auto physique restore store, and that’s the place my nail journey began again up. It was good to do your work and go dwelling with cash in your pocket and never have hours of picture modifying to do. I questioned what I used to be considering once I gave up nails!

I labored out of there briefly earlier than shifting to my images studio, after which my husband and I opened a tanning and nail salon in our small downtown space. The salon was superb, and I’m tremendous pleased with what we had constructed, however I spotted after virtually 5 years, I used to be not a boss sort of particular person, so I offered our salon and moved again dwelling simply because the world shut down in March of 2020. I spent the following three months throughout lockdown taking workshop after workshop with nail artwork, however I additionally took prep lessons, which had been my favourite.

NP: How did you come to The GelBottle?

ST: The merchandise that I had skilled with and used faithfully for 17 years weren’t working for me nor for my nail technicians on the salon — I used to be sad with the outcomes and began to fret about our shoppers’ nail well being. A girl I adopted on Instagram who used the identical merchandise I had was making an attempt out The GelBottle, so I requested why she was switching over. She defined she was having all the identical points I used to be. Then I reached out to The GelBottle who put me in contact with TGB President/CEO Michael “Mike” Hollman within the U.S. because it had simply launched there earlier that yr. After a pair months of chatting with him, I positioned my first order, leaping in with each toes and never turning again. It was the very best determination I ever made.

My shoppers whose nails barely maintained for 3 weeks beforehand had been now getting long-lasting outcomes of over 4 weeks, and so they had been coming in saying, “What are you utilizing on my nails? They’ve by no means been higher!”

NP: What led you to get into schooling for The GelBottle?

ST: Mike had talked about The GelBottle Academy coming to the U.S. and had requested if it was one thing I might be fascinated with for Canada. Initially, I wasn’t positive as a result of I didn’t suppose I had the persistence for it — it seems I do, and I fairly get pleasure from it.

I flew to California the primary week in March of 2020 to assist the launch of the Academy within the U.S., and I used to be enthusiastic about turning into the educator in Canada, however the world shut down two weeks after that and put it on maintain. Later in 2021, Mike and Helena Bonney, the pinnacle of the Academy, reached out to see if I’d nonetheless have an interest, which I used to be, so we relaunched my first programs in March of 2022.

My ardour for schooling grew as a result of once I first began utilizing nail merchandise, there weren’t movies like there are actually, and the Academy didn’t exist. It was all trial and error with what labored and what didn’t. I didn’t need anyone to wrestle like that, and I wished to assist train individuals about merchandise and use them correctly whereas giving ideas and tips I had realized alongside the best way.

NP: What positions or occasions helped you change into an amazing educator?

ST: Sadly, my first mistake was after I did my preliminary coaching, I didn’t do any continued schooling after that. I didn’t take a refresher course till December 2019! 19 years of doing nails with no refresher was an enormous mistake.

I found Chrissy Pierce, a U.Ok. nail tech and educator, was touring from the U.Ok. to show a course in British Columbia, so I flew west and took my very first continued schooling class, and I may have cried. The nail world had developed a lot and left me sitting within the mud. I had no concept what an apex was or construct it. My thoughts was completely blown, and from that time on, I vowed to by no means cease studying.

NP: What do you’re keen on about working for The GelBottle?

ST: At the beginning, it will be my U.S. group. They’re all superb, and we’ve change into just a little household. Secondly, I’ve met so many unbelievable individuals and sensible nail techs due to TGB, together with these from lessons I’ve taught or magnificence exhibits we have now attended.

NP: What are you hoping for the way forward for your profession within the nail trade?

ST: I’m hoping to be higher than I’m in the present day each as a nail tech and a trainer. I additionally wish to develop as an individual and develop my enterprise, so who is aware of…However, I’m wishing it’s one thing extraordinary!

NP: What modifications are you hoping for in nail technician schooling shifting ahead?

ST: On-line schooling is useful if in case you have fundamental information of a topic, however I’m a really hands-on particular person, so I discover it almost unimaginable to be taught one thing new on-line. Due to this fact, I hope individuals fascinated with doing nails don’t rely solely on YouTube or Instagram to find out about merchandise or methods; they need to take the time to finish in-person coaching and licensure. We’re engaged on revamping our Academy curriculum, and I’m excited to see TGB stage up our coaching.

NP:What are your favourite kinds of nails/designs to do?

ST: I like clear and traditional with minimal nail artwork, whether or not it’s a easy nude builder or a strong coloration. Then once more, I’ve days the place I’d love so as to add crystals to each nail; it will depend on my temper.

NP: If there’s one piece of recommendation you possibly can give a brand new nail tech, what would it not be?

ST: Don’t be too laborious on your self while you’re simply beginning out, however at all times take delight in your work, and be fussy, searching for these advantageous particulars. At all times try to be higher than you had been yesterday, don’t examine your self to others, and by no means ever cease studying.



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