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Week 10: Two-Week Fills and Pink-and-Whites on a Nail Biter

by Joliessa Seguin | August 31, 2017 | Bookmark +
I performed a fill on my instructor's nail.

I performed a fill on my instructor's nail. 

Wow, this week flew by. On Monday, we continued to work on sculpted pink-and-whites. I'm getting better, because of how time consuming they are, they're not my favorite service right now. My goal is to reduce my spent on pink-and-whites since they're are a very popular service.

We also practiced two-week fills. We didn't have any live models for this assignment, so our instructor allowed each of us to fill in one of her nails since she needed a fill anyway.  I was a little nervous because I thought about how bad it would be if I ruined my instructor's acrylic, but I kept in mind that I've been practicing. I did well! Being confident in your abilities is very important.

The next day, our assignment was to complete a full set of tipped pink-and-whites on a live model. My model was a nail bitter, which is a challenge in itself. I've worked on this particular student before, so it allowed me to be more comfortable working on her hands, which was helpful. While the service wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, I wish I would have used a natural-colored tip instead of the white. Because she was a nail bitter, the position stop (where the tip is adhered to the nail) covered half of her nail plate. I wanted to use the white tips for a guide but I realized white is not a good idea with nail bitters. Regardless, I had completed another full set! I was harder on myself than I should've been, but she loved them and that's what matters. I also checked on her nails at the end of the week and they were still looking good. 

Here are the pink-and-whites on tips. #EndNailBitting!

Here are the pink-and-whites on tips. #EndNailBitting! 

Wednesday was our module final, which the class always gets nervous for, but everyone passed again. I don't know why we get so nervous. 

Our new instructor has been really adamant about working on live hands due to the fact that we are going to the floor in less than a week. My classmate did an overlay on my hand. I have to keep them short for my job as a server, but overall I love them. Shortly after that, I did a fill on another one of my classmates. I'm getting better and better every time.

The before and after photo of a fill I did on my classmate.

The before and after photo of a fill I did on my classmate. 

I decided to end the week doing sculpted pink-and whites with a 3-D flower and I loved how they turned out.

I'm trying to speed up my service of sculpted pink-and-whites. Here I did them with a 3-D flower.

I'm trying to speed up my service of sculpted pink-and-whites. Here I did them with a 3-D flower.

Practice makes perfect and patience is a virtue. You may not be where you want to be now but that's where the journey is taking you to.

Stay strong my fellow nail techs! 


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