Oooh Snap! First Half Down...Catching Up With Marti
The past month of nail technology school has been so stressful and very hard to juggle school, studies, and time with my daughter. I begged and felt so confident to hit the salon floor after watching all the demos, little did I know that I was getting thrown out there the next day after my last blog and I freaked! I felt nervous and not prepared. It was as if I was scared of the public; that's not like me at all. I am that person who is not frightened of the public, but when performing a service on a client it all changes. I became more critical of myself and felt like I could not do it. I had to and I did it and did it well. After that initial plunge it was a piece of cake.
My only complaint is that the state of Indiana does not require gloves to be worn in the salon when handling clients; therefore gloves are not permitted at my school. This infuriates me especially after Chapter 5 Infection Control: Principles and Practices. How can I get my school to allow the use of gloves for universal precautions?
So far all of my clients have rescheduled and even give me tips. Last week I gave a hot oil manicure to an 8-year-old princess that was handing over her crown. She loved it and she and her mother are on my list now. I love people and love to make them feel happy and beautiful! Theory was a breeze in the beginning. I spoke of infection control — it was hard but nothing compared to anatomy. In fact, infection control made me want to take the universal precautions and make good use of non-latex gloves in the salon.
For anatomy, I found out I have to learn in two weeks what the cosmetology students learn in 11 months; I will be tested two times. My first anatomy test I got 98% — big sigh. Just ask me any bone or muscle or nerve. My school teaches you the basics when it comes to practical. The art and fun nails (stiletto nails ) are up to me to learn myself using the basic techniques taught and I have done just that! Check out my pictures below and see if you can tell what I've taught myself. Please wish me luck through the second half of my schooling. I hear the material gets more challenging than anatomy. I can and will make this my success story. SNAP!
This was my fist attempt using absolute acrylic to create a sculptured stiletto nail.
Here's my second attempt. Both times I used OPI Absolute acrylic.

Here's my first set of gel nails.

Here is my first attempt at nail art.

My instructor, Miss Bethany, allowed me to try a gel nail on her with colored glitter.
— Marti

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