Vinylux Summer Brights Kit Giveaway!
First things first! I’m doing another giveaway! Another Vinylux Summer Brights Kit. To enter, you just need to comment below in the comments section and tell me a favorite summer memory–you can enter once a day too if you’d like so write back each day with a new summer memory. I’ll start it off 🙂
Here are a few rules:
1. Contest ends June 14-Flag Day!
2. I’ll ship anywhere, but won’t guarentee a safe arrival of the product.
3. You can enter daily by commenting on this post and telling me some of the reasons you love summertime! Or by sharing this picture on Instagram daily and tagging me in the pic with the hash tag #chicnailstylesgiveaway. Find me on Instagram @chicnailstyles! 🙂
Becoming A Nail Tech Was A Fun Journey!
A lot of girls in the beauty industry always knew they wanted to be a hairdresser or a nail technician or a skincare expert ever since they were litte. I wasn’t necessarily one of those girls although from as long as I can remember I’ve had a fascination with wanting my nails to look amazing.
In high school I applied for several colleges and thought for sure I would go to school and get my degree, although I wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in. I went to Alaska four or five days after graduating from high school and worked at Glacier Bay Lodge for the summer and I think that threw all my college plans out the window. I had a little bit too much fun and didn’t realize college was actually fun and not just a bunch of hard work.
Coming home from Alaska, I moved back to Panaca, Nevada where I was raised, and worked as the assistant volleyball coach for a season at the high school. I then made the big move to St. George for a brief stint and then on out to Connecticut and worked as a nanny for six months which was a great experience!
After all the moving around in my early years I learned family was the most important thing in my life and settled in St. George, which is where I have been ever since. I met my husband Jason the first month I moved back and worked in his restaurant, The Fairway Grill, for over a decade. The restaurant business was reallly tough but my husband and I learned so much and it offered us so many opportunities we may never had received otherwise. We were in business with his brother for all those years and back in 2008 we finally decided it was time for us to part ways, which was probably one of the toughest decisions we have ever faced.
It was a really bad time to decide to start our lives over because the Great Recession was just starting to build in momentum and neither of us could find jobs. I eventually landed the Store Manager position at Bath and Body Works and did that for almost a year before I realized corporate retail management was not for me. Although that position was extremely demanding, I learned so many valuable insights with The Limited Brand about marketing and training and selling.
We decided when I put in my notice at BBW to short sale our house, which thank goodness did not go through because I LOVE my house. It’s the cutest little cottage right downtown in St. George. Here’s a pic:
Isn’t it adorable! 🙂 Here’s a pic of me and my hubz and son in our front yard too..
We have so many great memories at this house so I was thrilled when we were able to keep it. The short sale process was a nightmare, as I’m sure many people can relate to, and thank goodness we were able to work out a deal with our bank in order to keep it. I should tell you while we had the restaurant we were also investing in real estate and moved every two years or so–I was even a licensed realtor for about five years! We’ve had some very elaborate houses over the years but my little 1950’s downtown cottage has been my favorite home by far. I have a lot of hopes and dreams for this house…
So back to my story…I started nail school at Hot Nails Salon in Washington, Utah right after I quit working at Bath and Body Works. Jason and I thought we were going to have to move out of St. George because we were having such a hard time finding jobs. We considered moving back to my hometown in Lincoln County, Nevada and even considered moving up to Juneau, Alaska for Jason to finish his degree up there. Nail Techs are in high demand in rural areas it seems…
I honestly am a little bit surprised we decided to spend thousands of dollars on my nail course at the time because money was pretty tight, but I figured it would be something I could do no matter where we went. It was one of the best decisions we made and everything in life has been falling into place ever since….
Nail school was a blast and upon graduating I worked at Hot Nails for a few months before I transferred to Studio 359 just three blocks away from my house and worked there for about three years.
When I first started working at Studio 359 my husband was working from home as a Front End Web Developer so I could spend a lot of time down there building my clientele. I absolutely LOVED working in the salon and having the opportunity to meet so many interesting people! I think one day I will go back to the salon enviroment–possibly even next year as soon as Westin is in school full time.
Being a nail technician is just the same as running any business!
I have a lot of business experience so I think I understood customer service and business models pretty well and I was able to operate with a full clientele within two years of receiving my license. It didn’t hurt that Studio 359 is probably the busiest salon in town either. 🙂 It was a demanding career as well and could be extremely difficult trying to schedule my clients around my homelife, which I think ultimately helped me to decide to take some time off to be with my son more (and hopefully have another baby!).
I love that I am able to continue “working” in the beauty industry through my blog! I want to stay up on current trends and products so that when I do decide to re-enter the workforce 100% I won’t be totally out of the loop. I am also slowly working on finishing my degree through online classes and hopefully will have a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing within the next year! I currently have no intentions of pursuing a job with another company…I love being self employed and just love working on building my business and seeing it evolve on a daily basis!
If you have any questions about running a nail business, I would love to help you out!
Ask me anything about your nail business! I will try to answer as best as I can! Also be sure to enter my contest by telling me your favorite summertime activities! Or by reposting the pic on Instagram! Enter daily for more chances to win!
Oh! I wanted to share a few pics from our family vacation to Sedona, Arizona! I got to spend five days with my brothers and sister and mom and dad and stepmom and stepdad and 8 neices and nephews and my handsome hubby and wonderful son! It was awesome! It was also the reason I’ve been MIA the last ten days!