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 all the time know her calling could be in nails…or nail schooling.

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

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

Sarah Thompson (ST): I’ve all the time preferred doing nails or getting my nails accomplished, however I didn’t get into the business till after my son was born. I didn’t wish to return to my former job as it could imply he could be with a babysitter for 12 hours, so my husband and I had been brainstorming what I might do nearer to house. My husband recommended I get into doing nails as a result of my nail tech on the time, Roberta, was tremendous busy after which I might 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 might prepare one on one. I used to be solely licensed a pair weeks when Roberta knowledgeable me that she and her husband had been transferring to Atlanta, Georgia, and she or he wished to know if she might put my title on an inventory for her purchasers. So, I began with a good clientele.

NP: Inform me about your nail journey over time?

ST: I ended up doing nails for 13 years out of my house studio, and I started pursuing images on the facet. 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 girls 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 area 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 house with cash in your pocket and never have hours of photograph enhancing to do. I questioned what I used to be pondering once I gave up nails!

I labored out of there briefly earlier than transferring 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 happy with what we had constructed, however I spotted after nearly 5 years, I used to be not a boss form of particular person, so I offered our salon and moved again house 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 purchasers’ 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 ft and never turning again. It was the most effective resolution I ever made.

My purchasers 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’d be focused on for Canada. Initially, I wasn’t certain 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 help 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 at the moment are, 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 methods to use them correctly whereas giving ideas and methods I had discovered alongside the best way.

NP: What positions or occasions helped you grow to be a fantastic 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.Okay. nail tech and educator, was touring from the U.Okay. to show a course in British Columbia, so I flew west and took my very first continued schooling class, and I might have cried. The nail world had advanced a lot and left me sitting within the mud. I had no concept what an apex was or methods to 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: Before everything, it could be my U.S. workforce. They’re all superb, and we’ve grow to be a bit household. Secondly, I’ve met so many unbelievable individuals and good nail techs due to TGB, together with these from lessons I’ve taught or magnificence exhibits now we have attended.

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

ST: I’m hoping to be higher than I’m at this time each as a nail tech and a instructor. 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 adjustments are you hoping for in nail technician schooling transferring ahead?

ST: On-line schooling is helpful you probably have primary data of a topic, however I’m a really hands-on particular person, so I discover it almost inconceivable to study one thing new on-line. Subsequently, I hope individuals focused on 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 basic with minimal nail artwork, whether or not it’s a easy nude builder or a strong colour. Then once more, I’ve days the place I’d love so as to add crystals to each nail; it relies on my temper.

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

ST: Don’t be too laborious on your self once you’re simply beginning out, however all the time take satisfaction in your work, and be fussy, in search of these positive particulars. All the time attempt to be higher than you had been yesterday, don’t evaluate your self to others, and by no means ever cease studying.


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