In a perfect world, there is a long list of things that I could do. In a perfect world, money would be no object and I could rescue every unwanted & abandoned dog that I see on Facebook and give them a happy home with me. In a perfect world I could buy whatever vehicle I wanted for my family so that I could travel anywhere with BOTH my kids AND dogs in the same vehicle. In a perfect world, I could go on vacation 3 times a year and travel to new places around the globe. In a perfect world, I could do nails for free for my ‘clients’ so that any woman who wanted pretty nails could have them with all the swarvoski rhinestones their hearts desired.
We don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a real world where just about everything comes with a price tag. Often, those things feature a price tag that we can’t afford. So we work. We work to pay for those price tags, and budget ourselves accordingly. When we can’t afford it, we go without. We leave it on the rack at the store, or in the car lot at the dealership, or in the display case at the jewelry store. We go without it.
We.Go.Without. So can someone please explain to me why “we go without”, but don’t expect others to do the same? WHY do we go without, so that others can have what they want? Why do we go without so someone else can go on vacation, buy a new ring, drive a new car, talk on a new phone? Frequently in the nail tech forums there are discussions about service or class prices and without fail the following statements will be made “I can’t charge that, no one will pay it” or “Everyone deserves to have pretty nails, so I price myself to what they can afford” or as stated by many educators “I do it because I love it, not for the money”…. Why? Aren’t you worth it? I think you’re worth it! Can’t you do what you love AND earn a living? When do you EVER hear other Professionals in other industries make those statements? I’ll tell you when. Never!
We are in Business. What is Business? Business is defined as “1.a person’s regular occupation, profession, or trade.” AND “2.the practice of making one’s living by engaging in commerce.” What is “making one’s living”? It is “To earn enough income to support oneself and, if applicable, one’s family.” So if we aren’t making enough income to support ourselves and our family, then then we’re not running a business but a charity. Because if you’re giving yourself away, isn’t that what charity is? Giving away products and/or services for free?
The majority of Professionals that I know in this industry are “Independent Contractors” and not employees. From a Canadian Site (https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/laws-regulations/labour/interpretations-policies/employer-employee.html ) please review this table that defines the differences if you’re uncertain.
As Independent Contractors, our prices are determined by a multitude of things, not just product costs or an hourly wage. The obvious expenses are products, tools & equipment, business cards, advertising, licensing, insurance, rent, electricity etc. Don’t forget TAXES and Unemployment contributions, Pension Plan, etc This all needs to be included in your math. The government wants their cut. How about vacation pay or sick pay? Did you figure those into your calculations? The list goes on and on because we are independent contractors. We are not employees that can collect our paycheck at the end of the week after the Boss/Business owner has paid the rent, product costs, overheads and tax contributions etc. Nope. We have to take care of that ourselves.
I’ll stop for a minute to mention that Math is NOT my forte and I’m certainly no business expert. That’s why I have an accountant. I do the data entry but she does the math. If you want a Business Expert who EXCELS at math (see what I did there?), check out Tina Alberino’s articles and calculators. https://www.thisuglybeautybusiness.com/ She’ll help you sort out the math. That’s not what I’m doing here.
Ok, back to what I was saying. The list goes on and on and then on some more. Once you reach the end of it and you’ve added up the cost of everything on that list, you have some heavy lifting to do called ‘math’ (insert shudder here, what a horrible word). I refer you back to Tina’s expertise for that. But in a nutshell, you need to cover those expenses, earn a living wage AND a profit (to reinvest into your business). Whether you’re doing mani/pedi’s all day or teaching, the point of it all is “Making one’s living” “To earn enough income to support oneself and, if applicable, one’s family.”
If after it is all said and done, you’re not “making a living” as defined, nor turning a profit to reinvest into your Business, then you’re doing it wrong and running a charity, not a business. In a perfect world, I’d love to be a charity. Everyone loves to be on the receiving end and get stuff for free. I would love to teach for free and share my passion with anyone aspiring to be a nail tech. I would LOVE to dole out swarovski crystal rhinestones by the tonne for any client that wants them, and do freehand extreme nails that take 4hrs to do and charge a pittance just because the client deserves pretty nails. But….what do YOU deserve? What do YOU get out of being a charity? Your bills are still waiting for you. That car you want is still at the dealership. That vacation you have dreamed of is still just a dream.
Howdy ladies and gents! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I posted, but I hope that 2018 gets off to a rolling start for all of you.
Now let’s get down to business. How many of you recall my Feb/2017 blog post about my gal Marie and her Horsey hands? If you don’t, please take a look here “She has Horsey-Hands!”.
It’s been a year since then, and there have been some changes in Marie’s nails. First of all, there was the launch of Famous Names Products IBX Boost in Vegas last year. Free free to visit my album on Facebook about that trip. It was quite the event! Facebook Album- Best Lil Nail Show In Vegas.
IBX Boost was added to the Famous Names Products product line-up in 2017. First launched in the UK, then the US and now arriving in Canada. It is a “FLEXIBLE and STRONG over the top universal nail coating that is the perfect compliment to the IBX System”. In my salon, I use it under Gel Polish services for added strength, like a lightweight armor. It gives that extra ‘boost’ of strength for those clients that struggle with gel polish but don’t quite need or want the strength of traditional Acrylic or UV Gel enhancements. It’s a soak-off gel, so right there is an added bonus in my eyes. I don’t like to use products that are buff-off. The less I buff/file the natural nail, the happier I am. Even under the lightest touch, buffing over time can thin out the nail plate. Nail plates that are thinned are compromised and weakened; providing a poor foundation for future services and more prone to breaking. Additional bonus- you do NOT have to soak it off. You can refill it! So now, for my gel polish services, I opt to file off the color until I reach the thin clear layer of Boost underneath. Then I refill the Boost, and reapply my color. This approach is FANTASTIC in two ways. 1-the client’s nails don’t have to soak in acetone which is drying (easily countered by Dadi’Oil, but drying none the less) 2-Less waste (I’m not contributing to landfills with tin foil and acetone saturated cotton 3- It saves me & the client TIME. Saving time means happier clients and that I can add more services to my schedule. It’s far quicker to file off than to soak off. Which is why many techs already file off gel polish for the purpose of saving time. I heavily frown upon this practice, unless there is IBX Boost or similar underneath because it’s physically & scientifically impossible to remove all the color without buffing the nail plate, which compromises the health of the natural nail which I am DEAD-SET AGAINST. I am in the business of beautifying natural nails, enhancing natural nails; NOT damaging them. So moving on, because that’s a whole blog post on it’s own.
When I went to the Best Lil Nail Show In Vegas, the Famous Names Pros’ Educator’s team attended a full day of training at the FNP Headquarters. We were updated on current products, we learned more about the chemistry behind the product line (ooooohhh that was my favorite part!), AND we were introduced to IBX Boost. I had the lovely opportunity to meet an online colleague and friend, Tracy Anne Shelverton, who flew in for the occasion. She had months of experience using and testing IBX Boost in the UK where it launched first. It was a fantastic afternoon! Now I need to point out before I continue: IBX Boost is NOT intended for extensions or for making nails longer. It’s a very soft product that flexes beautifully WITH the natural nail. It’s intended as a lightweight armor with only the occasional teensy weensy extension to even out an edge of a nail (let’s say a couple of millimeters?). BUT… (and you knew there was a ‘but’ coming) I like to push the envelope because that’s my way. Big surprise, right?
Once I received my own IBX Boost and brought it home to my salon, I started pushing the envelope right away to see how far I could take it. As noted in a previous Blog Post, “She has Horsey-Hands!”, we discussed the many ways in which Marie works hard with her hands. In her own words, she is a “Horse-Girl” and “Country Girl”. She’s not a city girl working in an office, wearing suits and going on business lunches. She gets down and dirty in the muck and stalls doing horse-stable work. Marie, as it happens, is my PERFECT test subject. She works very hard with her hands BUT she also follows my aftercare advice perfectly; using her Dadi’Oil and my Victorious Balm frequently throughout the day. She does NOT use her nails as tools, and wears gloves where appropriate. She is mindful not to bang them against things.
At Christmas, she had busted a nail so I applied a tip under her IBX Boost and Gel Polish so that no one would know and so that her holiday nails would be perfect. Can you tell which of those nails is not like the other’s?
In our Educator’s class we were taught to extend only marginally. Please note: IBX Boost is NOT as hard as traditional Acrylic, nor UV Gel and it’s NOT intended to be. It’s not intended for tip&overlay services, nor for sculpting typical extensions. I would equate it’s strength to a strong natural nail. Natural nails are between 50 to 100 layers. Clients at the 50 layer mark have thin, floppy, bendy nails that don’t hold product well. Clients at the 100 layer mark grow their own nails quite easily and rarely if ever suffer product chipping because they have a strong foundation. In my humble opinion – IBX Boost is like a nail at the 100 layer mark.
At her appointment after Christmas, she had busted another nail. I was going to apply another tip only to discover that my nail-resin had sealed itself shut. Now what to do? Well… time to push the envelope. I had done so previously on another client, but not quite as long as this. We discussed the option together and she agreed to let me experiment. We did a LONG extension with the IBX Boost. Please note the Index finger. That is IBX BOOST, not hard gel or acrylic!
How are the nails faring? How is that IBX Boost Extension holding up?
Have a look. What do you think? I spent the afternoon with her in the stables yesterday. I personally witnessed how hard she works, mucking a stall, dealing with tack, cleaning the hooves, etc Reminder: It’s the index finger of the right hand.
From this happy experiment, I learned that for clients who are mindful of their hands and who usually manage a bit of length quite easily, you CAN extend IBX Boost longer than a few millimeters. That extension will equate in strength to a strong natural nail (ie: about 75-100 layers).
If you don’t have IBX Boost, maybe it’s time you did so that your clients can have Horsey-Hands too!
PS: Thank you Marie for your Horsey-Hands and Friendship xoxo ❤
It’s all the rage! Artificial nails that are kinder to your nails! Faster to apply, easier to remove! Won’t damage your nails like Acrylic!
Wait. We’ve heard that song before, haven’t we? Didn’t someone sing that song when UV Gel launched? Didn’t we hear that same song again when Gel Polishes hit the market? Everyone wants healthy and strong natural nails. This isn’t new. Neither are Tip-n-dips, they’re not new and neither are their marketing tactics.
Tip-n-dips aka ‘Gel Resine” aka “Resine et Poudre” aka “Acrylic Dip” aka “Powder Dip”. Here on out, I’m calling it T&D in the interest of brevity.
T&D recently is touted by Brand Manufacturers and Distributors as ‘the newest thing’. I have been using T&D since back in the early 80’s, about 30yrs ago (eeeeks, showing my age!), so first off, it’s NOT so ‘new’. In Quebec Canada, they have been popular for decades.
All sorts of promises and claims are spouting up everywhere. I blogged about some of those claims last year https://straightfromvictoriouship.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/honesty-should-be-a-trend/. Please take a moment to read that, then come back here. In short, most of the claims are marketing nonsense. That should be no surprise. Most marketing is word-play, to lead you to think a certain way, to influence you to make a purchase.
So what is T&D? First and foremost, as I explained in the previous blog- it IS an Acrylic product! It’s the application of Resin adhesive (made from acrylic cynoacrylate.) and Polymer Powder (traditional Acrylic Powder, usually a combination of polyethyl methacrylate/PEMA, Acrylate copolymers, and PolyMethyl Methacrylate/PMMA). HEY Look at all that ACRYLATE! Yes folks, that IS Acrylic!
There are brands that wish to mislead you and tell you it’s “silk powder” or “calcium powder” and/or that it’s infused with vitamins and calcium. Good luck looking for an SDS (Safety Data Sheet) for a T&D powder that doesn’t list acrylates in it’s ingredients. There is no such thing as calcium nails or silk powder nails.
Sidebar: Your nail plates have absolutely no use for nail enhancement products that contain vitamins or calcium as they can’t absorb them. Additionally, your nail plates are dead. The only way vitamins are of any benefit to your nails is through ingestion so that your blood stream can supply the matrix whilst it creates the nail. (See here to hear what leading Industry Chemists have to say on the subject: https://straightfromvictoriouship.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/do-nails-eat-andor-absorb-vitamins/)
I hear the cries “it’s gentler to the nails”. I have said it before, and I will say it again – Nail enhancements are inanimate. They do not ‘cause’ damage. What cause damage are the techniques used to apply and remove them by either the Nail Technician or the Consumer. Whether it’s Traditional Acrylic, UV Gel, T&D, Gel Polish: if any of these are NOT applied in the correct fashion and/or removed in the correct fashion, you will have damage. NONE of them are ‘gentler’ to the nail plate.
What causes Damage? 1-Improper prep 2-Improper removal 3-Picking/prying/forcing off enhancements 4-overfilling during any of the other stages. These issues do not change just because someone changes the product. These issues happen with ALL systems: Gel polish and/or Shellac, UV Gel, Traditional Acrylic, T&D, Wraps, etc. I have seen damage result from the misuse of ALL product lines and brands. If you google, you will find the same results. There is no such thing as a ‘less damaging system’. Only less damaging techniques!
Now I’m sure some have their knickers in a twist and have come to the conclusion that I don’t like T&D. I suggest that you scroll back up and read my words again. Here, let me help you. I said ” I have been using T&D since back in the early 80’s”. Yes, have been using and still use it today. Although it’s not my preferred system, it has it’s uses. There is no such thing as “one size fits all” in life, it’s a fallacy. Same applies here. What do I use it for? I like to use it to create an extension under gel polish for my gel polish clients when they break a nail and don’t want to have an obvious odd finger. I use it for clients wanting only very temporary nails for short term who prefer to soak off at home (such as high-school graduating students).
Here are some Pros and Cons for your review.
– Quick to apply
– Usually, easy to remove
– Usually, soaks off quicker than traditional acrylic
– Low odor
– Usually thinner than traditional acrylic, thicker than gel polish.
– Stronger than Gel Polish aka Shellac
– Lower cost
– Brittle and porous, prone to ‘clouding’ due to micro fissures (miniature cracks).
– Does not rebalance/refill well, requires frequent soak-offs and new sets to maintain.
– Takes longer to soak off than Gel Polish aka Shellac. May even take as long as acrylic depending on how many layers the Technician applied.
– The frequent soaking off ‘can’ lead to drying out the nail, and the constant blending of nail tips ‘can’ lead to thinning of nail plates.
– Not as strong as traditional Acrylic or Hard Gels.
– Can’t repair single nail without removing and starting fresh.
Now to address common myths about T&D.
“You can’t create an apex“. Actually, yes you CAN create an apex via sectioning your layers of application. It’s all in technique.
“They can’t be worn long“. Yes, they CAN be worn long. As with every other system; be it gel polish, traditional acrylic, uv gel; length is determined by the client. Is the client heavy handed or not? Does she lead an active lifestyle or hold a job that is harsh on her hands? With T&D, these considerations are no different.
“You can’t do a pink and white french“. Well, this one is somewhat debatable. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, I suppose. You can either use a french tip, or use the dipping method. However, it will NEVER look as a proper french should, with a crisp smiling line, no matter how much you practice. If you’re not fussed over a crisp smiling line, then enjoy. Personally, I am NOT a fan of the fuzzy french smile. Looks smirky to me and no one likes being smirked at.
“You’re limited in art“. No, you’re not. You can do glitter fades and color dips, encapsulation, and a bunch of other things. Just like with other systems, you have to use different techniques to achieve the look you want.
“I’m allergic to acrylic, so I can wear T&D“. WRONG!!! T&D is an acrylic product, so if you have acrylic allergies, do NOT wear T&D either.
For the consumer: My advice to you is to choose a salon based on safety, hygiene and education. Do NOT choose a salon based on whatever brand or system they are using, or marketing spiel they are handing to you. Type of brand or system is no indicator of what kind of salon they are. Find a salon and/or tech that you can talk to, that is open to answering all of your questions with high standards of hygiene and education. For more information on how to choose a salon, visit here to learn more https://straightfromvictoriouship.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/9-things-to-know-before-your-next-manicure/
Now would someone mind pulling that 45 from the turntable, it’s a broken record – Better for your nails – and getting on my last nerve.
From: https://www.facebook.com/notes/victorious-nail-styles/9-things-to-know-before-your-next-manicure/269620509868854 dated 7March2014
Athena Elliot’s Checklist as featured on ABC 20/20 on March 7th, 2014
BeforeYou Go For That Pedicure, Be Sure Take a Closer Look at Your Nail Salon
By JOSEPH DIAZ and SARAH LANG
When it comes to nail salons,it’s not just about the glitter and polish. Before you make that next trip toget a manicure or pedicure, heed this advice from industry insider AthenaElliott.
“There is a lot of money tobe made out there. And unfortunately, there is a lot of money to be made, atyour cost,” Elliott told ABC News’ “20/20.”
Tune into “TrueConfessions” on ABC News’ “20/20” on TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET
Elliott has been a nailtechnician for 34 years. After realizing how many of her peers ignored theindustry’s sanitation protocol, she said she wants to expose the habitualhorrors that put customer safety and health at risk. So every week, Elliottgoes undercover and reviews salons’ cleanliness for her website,safesalonrating.com.
“What [customers] don’trealize is that there is … really danger lurking everywhere,” Elliottsaid. “The potential for infection is greater than people realize.”
Here are some of Elliott’s tipsfor what to look for in a nail salon.
Nail Salon Know-How: 9 Things to Know Before Your Next Manicure
1. Communicate With Your Technician, Do SomeResearch Online
“Are you communicating with your nail technician? Are they notlistening to you?” Elliott said. “There is more to having a goodservice than just picking out your nail color. If you can’t communicate,chances are you won’t be happy with your service. Miscommunication is a primarycause of nail salon infections and lawsuits from infections.” Check if thesalon has an Internet presence, reviews and if you can find out anything aboutthe salon’s protocol.
2. Ask How They Disinfect Their Tools
When visiting a salon, learn more about how the salon disinfectstheir tools. “Do they use the state’s protocol with liquid disinfection,or do they use an autoclave to sterilize their implements?” Elliott said.These are both acceptable and what you should look for in a safe salon. Anautoclave, according to Elliott, uses steam and pressure to kill all livingpathogens. Don’t be afraid to say, “Can you show me how you disinfect yourpedicure chairs? Can you show me your cleaning log? Are you using single-usefiles on me?” said Elliott.
3. Are the Technicians Wearing Gloves?
A good sign is a technician wearing gloves. A survey by NAILSmagazine revealed only 17% of nail techs wear them regularly. According toElliot, gloves can help reduce the transfer of bacteria to a client.
4. Is the Floor Dirty?
Check out the salon’s floor, and make sure it’s clean.”Because if there are scattered clippings from people’s toenails andfingernails, as if I am the 20th client of the day, that’s the first thingthat’s going to turn me off,” Elliott said. “You should be cleaningup, after every service.”
5. Inspect the Bathroom
“If you walk into a salon and the restroom is not as clean asyou like your restroom to be at home, you should take that as a sign,”Elliott said.
6. Are They Reusing Dirty Tools?
Watch where the salon employees pull their tools from. “Arethey tools that have already been disinfected and that you can tell, or arethey being pulled out of a kitchen, you know, out of your drawer?” Elliottsaid. Depending on the state’s laws, some tools may be single-use items. Besure to check your state’s cosmetology rules and regulations to know what toolsare approved or banned and how they should be cleaned.
7. Know What Chemicals They Use
You should always know what the chemical is that they’re using onyou, Elliott said. “It should always have a clear, defined label,”said Elliott.
8. You Shouldn’t Be in Pain
Pain is absolutely a red flag for Elliott. “It’s about goingto a place that makes you feel comfortable about the service that you arehaving,” Elliott said. “And if you are met with that kind ofresistance, you need to search [for] another salon.”
9 Take This Precaution Before Your Next Pedicure
Never shave before going to the nail salon. “It’s a portal ofentry for the bacteria to go in,” Elliot said.
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Copied from my “Notes” on my Facebook Biz Page: https://www.facebook.com/notes/victorious-nail-styles/do-nails-eat-andor-absorb-vitamins/143596875804552 dated 18Feb2013
Nails can absorb water.
But can they absorb and METABOLIZE vitamins and minerals & strengthen the nail?
The story from Nail Talk Radio.
The actual story starts at 44:30 of the recording.
Some comments shared on the show:
AthenA and Naja contacted Industry Scientist- Doug Schoon. Some of the things they report he said were that that it’s very difficult to penetrate the nail plate with anything but water. That the nail plate contains virtually no calcium & that calcium is NOT a benefit to the nail. He also states that vitamins may not be added to cosmetics because they have no nutritional value. If vitamins are added to artificial nail coatings, most will remain trapped inside the nail coating and very little if ANY will be able to penetrate the nail plate. If vitamins did penetrate the nail plate, they would not help except for those that are free-radical scavengers could prevent formation of potentially damaging free-radicals, kind of like vitamin E.
He also states ‘puffery’ is one thing, but companies that make blatantly false claims such as ‘chemical free’ should not get your business. He says the best way to keep nails healthy is to properly apply and remove nail coatings. Improper removal of nail coatings causes a tremendous amount of damage to client’s nails and is easily avoided.
AthenA and Naja also chatted with Industry Chemist – Jim McConnell. He shared with them “any company that makes a claim that putting calcium or any other additive into a uv nail product is simply selling you more than uv gel (insert humour/sarcasm here). Don’t take these claims to heart, and think about whether a mineral or oil when added to a uv gel could actually make your nails stronger, OR is it just the gel making the nail stronger (as in not affecting the natural nail at all, but simply PROTECTING it with an armour).
If you want to keep on top of things in the Industry, you can find Nail Talk Radio here on Facebook at
And their online radio station is found here http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nailtalkradio
Athena & Naja give the straight talk on the nail biz! Current trends, interviews w celebrity manicurists, industry leaders & product reviews. Experts nail it right here! WHEN IS NAIL TALK RADIO ON? Monday evenings …
Your Eponychium is showing and what are you going to do about it!
Well…. not a lot because it is supposed to show a little. It has a job to do.
When a client sits at my table, one thing I always make sure to do while performing PREP is to discuss the eponychium, it’s purpose, and the difference from the cuticle.
ahhhhh haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa The cuticle. You think you know what that is, right? Ummmm nope, you probably don’t. In all my years, I have not had one single client sit at my table that KNEW what it really was.
Why is that?
It’s because, in some cases, bad information is passed on from educator to student. An educator that hasn’t updated their own EDUCATION. At other times, the tech does know the difference BUT doesn’t explain because she figures you don’t really need to know and you probably don’t care.
I have learned otherwise. My clients do want to know and they DO care.
Soooooooooo what is the conversation I have with my clients? Well, I direct their attention to the eponychium – that ridge of skin found at the base of the nail plate. I explain that the eponychium is much like rubber on a car window. In simple terms: it keeps crap from getting into the matrix such as dirt and bacteria. It’s from the matrix that the nail is developed and grows and the last thing you want is an infection in there that can termporarily OR permamently distort the nail plate OR WORSE cause the nail never to grow again. So in short – NEVER cut the eponychium, never break the skin of the eponychium. We only gently push it with a ‘cuticle pusher’.
A CUTICLE PUSHER?
Yeah, I know, it’s a misnomer, but that wasn’t my mistake, so let’s leave bygones as bygones LOL Anyway, the Eponychium has a job to do. It is the security guard for the Matrix. So DON’T CUT IT. Now, the cuticle. What is this cuticle everyone talks about that we have to remove? I explain that it is a very thin layer of dead/dry skin that remains attached to the nail plate as it grows out and leaves from underneath the eponychium. THAT we can remove. We can use a cuticle removal solution and pair that with a ‘cuticle pusher’ (there’s that funny name again) and gently scrape the cuticle from the nail plate.
So there you have it, the difference between the Eponychium and Cuticle.
yes, I know that terms ‘cuticle pusher’ and ‘cuticle oil’ are really ridiculous, but what can I say… they’ve been around longer than I have hehehehehe
Please visit these two links for further details and info.
One is a video provided by the lovely HOlly Schippers aka Fingernailfixer and the other is an article by Scientist Doug Schoon featuring diagrams with further explanation.
and video by Doug Schoon http://www.dougschoon.com/video-Wheres-The-Cuticle.html
(Original Source for this Blog Post is my “Note” as it is featured on my Facebookk Business Page, https://www.facebook.com/notes/victorious-nail-styles/your-eponychium-is-showing/236253373205568)
Recently there have been several discussions on nail tech boards, groups and forums with regards to which Nail Conditioning Oil (aka “cuticle oil”) is better, and what is the primary difference between the two?
Nail technicians (myself included) reviewed the MSDS (Material Safety & Data Sheets) for both products and we found that Dadi’Oil contained Tocopherol, while Solar Oil contained Tocopheryl Acetate.
Jim Nordstrom is the creator of BOTH oils. When I asked him on the subject, this was his reply.
“Tocopherol is NATURAL Vitamin E. It is a potent anti-oxidant. The Acetate is SYNTHETIC and it is not a potent anti-oxidant. I have been told that is has about 1/100th the anti-oxidant activity that the natural version has. ”
So, as I’ve said many times on the forums; if YOU were going to do something a second time and recreate it, wouldn’t you IMPROVE upon the original? Jim Nordstrom did in fact IMPROVE upon the original. He brought you Dadi’Oil.
Dadi’Oil contains 3 Certified Organic Oils, and 21 Essential Oils. It also contains Natural Vit E (Tocopherol) and NOT the synthetic version (Tocopheryl Acetate).
So for those of you with a great appreciation and preference for Natural and/or Certified Organic Products for Skin Care, you will likely prefer Tocopherol, the Natural form of Vitamin E.
There is a GREAT deal of difference between the two, in my humble opinion. Further research into the differences provides the following information that was common amongst several resources.
Tocopheryl acetate is derived from Tocopherol, by a process that uses Petroleum. Tocopheryl acetate is the ester form of Tocopherol, meaning it has an alcohol in the structure.
Short Detour: Please be reminded that Petroleum is derived from Crude oil. It sits on the skin’s surface and potentially blocks pores. It can not be absorbed, the molecules are too large. It will trap dirt and bacteria.
The natural Tocopherol is better retained by the body compared to the synthetic form Tocopheryl Acetate. “The bioavailability (available for use by the body) is 2:1 for natural-source Vitamin E over synthetic Vitamin E.” (In other words, you need twice as much Synthetic Vit E to equal Natural Vit E.)
Borochoff, M.D. of Houston, Texas points out, “When present in nature, vitamin E is found only in the alcoholic form. It oxidizes readily. But when it is extracted in esterified form as an acetate, the vitamin E cannot be oxidized. To act as an anti-oxidant the vitamin supplement has to oxidize itself to prevent the oxidation of something else surrounding it. If it cannot oxidize, the vitamin E form is worthless as an anti-oxidant. In contrast, the primary benefit looked for in vitamin E is its anti-oxidant qualities.” Thus, the tocopheryls (synthetic form) do not serve as anti-oxidants.”
Keeping in mind that when we use Vitamin E in skin care products, the purpose is the ‘anti-oxidant’ properties!
Not only did Jim improve upon the original, but he is also providing a product that provides Nail Technicians and Clients with better value for their money! It’s well known that when using Natural and Organic ingredients, that a little goes a long way. Less is MORE.
Despite providing you with a higher end product that uses more costly ingredients, Dadi’Oil is still priced competitively. How do I know they are more costly? From my own forays into making natural skin care products such as body balms and such, and purchasing the necessary ingredients to make them. I can tell you that I found Natural Vitamin E (Tocopherol) to be more expensive than it’s synthetic counterpart Tocopheryl Acetate.
So ask me again why I think Dadi’Oil is better?
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If you need any clarification, please don’t hestitate to ask.
Other Nail Technicians and Stylists will feel my pain, and regular client’s will nod their heads knowingly as they’ve sat there with me when I have received ‘one of those’ types of phone-calls.
The reason to read the menu – KNOW your options. Yes, you should know them before you call. I have lost count of the times I have received a phone call that went like this:
- Caller: Hi, how much for a French?
- Me: What kind of French would you like?
- Caller: I just want a regular French, how much is it?
- Me: Well, do you mean Natural Nails with a Nail Polish French, or Natural Nails with a Shellac French, or UV Gel/Acrylic French extensions?
- Caller: I just want a French! Why won’t you tell me how much?!
Not all salons offer the same services, and/or use the same service descriptions. This is why reading the menu and service descriptions is important. I’m a Grand Master Nail Stylist, my menu is LONG and the options are limitless. I have no way possible of knowing exactly what is on your mind. To BEST meet your needs, I need your help to answer your questions. I need to understand your expectations.
We spend hours preparing a service menu that is clear, and outlines everything that you need to know. We’ll go over it back to front, sideways, inside out and upside down. Sometimes we have more than one version; one for brochure, one for website, one for online booking system and etc. Some of us will bust our nuts providing detailed descriptions of our services so that everything is clear and all the answers are there for you to find. BEFORE you contact us. BEFORE you sit down for your appointment. BEFORE we begin your service.
Why am I emphasizing ‘before’? Because we are paid for our time. When we book appointments, they are booked by time required for that service and frequently clients are scheduled back to back without a thought for a ‘break’. Unless you specify and/or ask for a ‘consult’, we do not include extra time in your appointment. Sorry, but that is the reality. YES of course you may ask questions, and it’s our pleasure to answer them… within reason. But if you are unsure of what you want and intend a 30 minute discussion, and you think that you might have 50 questions to ask us; then you really ought to book a consultation. That is what a consultation is for: answering questions, providing options and ideas to best meet your needs and goals. To best satisfy YOU.
Many salons will offer you a consult free of charge, as long as you book an appointment for said consult. I offer FREE consultations with pleasure. In fact, I ENCOURAGE consultations. But I do need to know ahead of time in case the person booked after you doesn’t want to start her appointment 30 minutes late.
Which brings me back to ‘Read the Menu’. Yes, the one we laboriously spend hours creating. My most sincere apologies, but I most certainly can NOT read out the entire menu to you over the phone and all it’s options. If I’m busy on the phone, then I can’t do nails. It’s that simple. I’m sorry that you felt I was unreasonable to request you visit my webpage and or schedule a consult for me to go over my entire menu in minute detail. BUT the lovely lady seated in front of me will NOT appreciate it if I take a 20 minute phone call during her time that SHE is paying for. She wants me to herself, she wants my undivided attention devoted to HER and HER nails. That’s what SHE is paying for.
So I beg of you, if you have absolutely no idea what you want, PRETTY PLEASE WITH A SWAROVSKI RHINESTONE ON TOP read the menu before you call. Read the descriptions of the services. PLEASE refer to my Facebook page as I strongly suggest to look at pictures and to get an idea of what you want BEFORE your scheduled appointment. And PLEASE request a Consult.
There is nothing I like more than to give a client exactly what they want and then have them leave with a million dollar smile. But if our time is cut short by 30 minutes playing 20-questions, sadly there won’t be time to give you what you want. 😦 If I have a client booked immediately after you, and we have used up 20-30 minutes of your time just to reach a decision on nail art… The odds are pretty high that you will NOT get what you want and I’ll have to do the ‘short version’ to finish you in time for the next client.
As a proud Nail Stylist, the ‘short version’ is the absolutely LAST thing I want to do….