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March Training Specials

A special treat for Walvis Bay & Swakopmund Nail techs – join us on Saturday 14 March 2020 for a full day of learning & fun!

Nail Artist & International educator, Tanya Gunning will be hosted by EnVee Nails Namibia for yet another informative and intensive training session. Two separate classes will be held to help nail techs learn new techniques and discover fantastic new products that are designed specifically to help you grow your business and make more money.

  • For the electric filing class, we’ll be teaching nail techs how to use an electric file safely and correctly. Two kit options are available to choose from – basic & full kit.
  • For the Gel Couture class, we’ll be introducing you to the wonderful new Gel Couture product line and how to use it correctly for overlays, sculpted nails and a touch of nail art.

Windhoek techs won’t lose out – dates are included for each class on each of the links below. As these classes are on special, please note that registrations must be done by 7 March 2020 to qualify.

For full details about the classes and to book, please click on the links below:

Registrations for all classes as above close on 7 March 2020

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Learn how to use Artistic Putty

Creating fantastic quality nail enhancements has never been faster or easier! All the struggles we’ve had for years as nail techs with traditional gels & acrylic systems have now been solved:

  • No need to mix – everything you need is right in the tube
  • Perfect mix ratio every time in a pre-mixed formula
  • No running, no chasing – goes where you put it and stays there ’til you cure it
  • ZERO product wastage!

Your clients will love…

  • Nails that last for weeks without breaking or lifting
  • Healthier nails – no more soaking off every few weeks
  • NO SMELLY MONOMER

You’ll love it because…

  • Easy filing reduces wrist & joint pain associated with acrylics & hard gels
  • Less airborne dust during filing
  • Superfast application and maintenance
  • Very economical – get up to 100 services out of one 60g tube (works out to around N$ 10.00 per service)
  • Compatible with all other Artistic Nail Design professional systems
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NAILS Magazine 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards

Every year, NAILS Magazine – the world’s biggest trade magazine for the pro-nail industry – allows the world’s nail techs to reward top brands with the Reader’s Choice Awards for innovative products released onto the market.

The top five favourite products are chosen by votes gathered by nail techs all over the globe, making this particular award especially coveted – because the winners are chosen by US, the nail pro’s.

This year, two of the top international brands we represent made it into the top 5 favourites in several categories, once again!

  • Favorite Dip System – Artistic Nail Design Perfect Dip
  • Favorite Gel Enhancement System (Hard Gel) – IBD LED/UV Clear Builder Gel
  • Favorite Gel-Acrylic Hybrid – Artistic Nail Design Putty & ibd Control Gel
  • Favorite Long-Lasting Polish (No Lamp Required) – Artistic Nail Design Colour Revolution

Why not treat YOUR clients to some of the the world’s BEST professional product lines? You’ll enjoy better quality products, longer lasting nails and much more profit!

If you’d like to try out these amazing products, please register as a nail tech with us. If you’re already registered, please head on over to the online store to place your orders 😉

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Why we’re an exlcusive “Trade-only” supplier

As a responsible trade only supplier, our mission is to promote safe salon products that comply with EU & US safety standards. We educate both consumers and salon professionals alike about the importance of obtaining quality education and sourcing safe products.

This is why we ask for, and only supply to nail technicians who can provide proof of training.

As a nail product supplier to the professional beauty trade, I have a duty of care not only to my nail technicians, but to all the people whose nails they do. By making sure the products I sell are in the right hands, it limits the risks my clients, and theirs, are exposed to. I’ve built this business on integrity and passion, so, for me, it’s always been about the nails, not the money…

Tanya Gunning – T&Z Managing Member

Our primary concern is that the number of allergic reactions to nail product ingredients is reaching epidemic proportions. The increasing number of people buying and using counterfeit or grey market UV cured nail products without the proper training is the root cause of the problem. (This is a fact, backed by research & statistics from the British Association of Dermatologists, and it is on the rise in Southern Africa too!)

GLOBAL CAMPAIGN:Tips on how to work safely and prevent nail product allergies

Most often, the products responsible, originate from Asian manufacturers who use industrial chemicals (not cosmetic grade); they also rarely perform the required safety or quality control testing during the manufacturing process.

Another cause of allergies is associated with incorrect lamps being used to cure UV light cured nail products, paired with repeated and continuous skin exposure to uncured, and undercured nail coatings.

Unfortunately, the intricacies behind working safely with UV cured nail care products are not properly understood by the average consumer.

Even more concerning is the fact that many nail technicians are not taught the importance of chemical safety when they get their training. This is attributed to the fact that the majority of Namibian nail training providers do not provide the full Nail Technology syllabus on their courses. In fact, there are currently less than 10 educators in Namibia who are qualified to teach nail technology!

As a result, a large number of nail techs are unaware of the risks associated with chemical overexposure, and they are therefore unable to identify the symptoms or prevent allergies developing by following safe work practices.

As a nail technician, it’s extremely important to understand that people entrust you with their well-being every time they sit at your table. Educate yourself about the risks. Make the changes you need to. Be responsible.

If you or anyone you know has developed sensitivities or allergies to nail product ingredients, please share this page with them 😉

They can also join the international Nail Technicians Allergy Support Group on Facebook for more information and support.

Would you like to upgrade your skills & knowledge as a nail tech? check out our training options!

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Enter the 2019 BFLE Nail Art Competition

CALLING ALL NAIL TECHS!

Bio Sculpture Namibia is hosting the second annual Nail Art Competition at the 2019 Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Expo and invites all nail technicians to enter.

Show off your AMAZING skills in one of two categories, and you could walk away being this year’s winner!

No matter what product line or system you use, so long as it’s professional, you may enter.

For more details, please contact Jaco Kruger at
061 306 448

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5 Things You Should Know About E-files

Whether you’re a veteran e-file user or you’re thinking about taking the plunge for the first time, you’ll want to hear this powerful argument in their favor, as well as some valuable tips on how to shop for and maintain your unit.

E-FILES SAVE LIVES!

Well, not really lives per se, but they do save limbs and careers. But “E-files Save Lives” would make an awesome T-shirt, don’t you think? Did you know that nail techs who hand-file for their entire careers are much more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and other nerve/tendon/joint-related conditions as a result of wear-and-tear on their bodies? All that movement and muscle we put into our arm and hand while hand-filing really takes its toll over time. E-filing is a great way to allow an advanced tool to do the work for you. Not only that, but you can be much more precise and efficient.

With a hand file you’re limited to just one flat surface that can be difficult to maneuver into tight areas — like around the cuticle area and sidewalls. It can also be much more labor intensive to remove old product and lifting with a regular file. Because e-files and bits have become so specialized, we are now able to do a full service from start to finish with less physical exertion, a lot more precision, and even more efficiency. An e-file can do everything a hand file can do, and 10 times more. Plus your hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder will thank you.

RPMS MEAN NOTHING WITHOUT TORQUE.

Imagine a car that can go 500 mph. Wow, that’s fast! Now imagine that same car trying to pull a trailer full of unicorns. Same car, but now it struggles. It can’t go 500 mph and it can’t haul unicorns. Why? Because it has speed, but not torque. RPMs (rotations per minute) are often what nail techs look for when shopping for an electric file, but RPMs only tell you how fast the e-file can spin. It does not tell you how well the e-file can function when actually filing a material, nor its ability to keep driving that spinning action when it encounters an opposing force.

Torque is a really important factor in e-filing. Torque is the rotational power in the actual spin itself. Just as a linear force is a push or a pull, torque can be thought of as a twist. It’s a twisting force that causes the rotation in the first place and determines how easy that rotation is. An e-file without torque and without rotational power will slow down and struggle when applied to a surface, and you’ll notice an audible decrease in pitch on the machine. A good e-file should maintain the same speed and rotational power whether it’s spinning in the air, filing on gel, or filing on acrylic.

Look for an e-file that has a smart motor that adjusts as you work. Often times techs who have a low-torque e-file apply more pressure or increase the speed on their machine to compensate for the loss in filing power, but this very action is what can lead to heat, damage to the nail plate, and other potential injuries to the client. With a high-quality e-file only a light touch is needed, and the bits and motor do all the work for you. So don’t get fixated on a specific RPM number as it really isn’t a good determining factor of power. Look for and ask about rotational power (torque) as well.

JUST SAY NO TO VIBRATION.

The Beach Boys got it wrong. At least when it comes to e-filing, there’s no such thing as “good vibrations.” With e-files, vibration is absolutely something to be avoided. Some e-files on the market shake so much they feel like they’ll wiggle right out of your hand. A good e-file should not vibrate much, if at all, when turned on, nor should the vibration increase with the speed.

What’s so bad about vibration? It can be very uncomfortable for your client as she will feel the movement and repeated pounding on her nail plate. In some extreme cases where there is prolonged and improper use, it can even damage the client’s matrix, causing abnormal nail plate growth. Vibration also makes it difficult for the nail tech to be precise. If your e-file is jumping around while filing in a tight area, you may end up hitting skin or causing other damage. Lastly, vibration is also damaging to a nail tech’s hands and arms. The extra muscle you end up using trying to maintain control and a grip can lead to joint, muscle, and tendon damage.

When shopping for an e-file, hold it, turn it on, and turn it all the way up to see if it shakes. A quality e-file will not shake or shimmy in your hand at all, even when turned to the max speed, and when filing on a material it should feel smooth, not bouncy.

One more note about a bouncy e-file: If your e-file doesn’t vibrate in your hand, but it bounces or vibrates when you’re filing, it could be that your shaft is bent from dropping your handpiece. Do an eyeball check on your bits while they’re spinning to see if they are truly spinning straight or if they are whipping around like a lasso. You’ll see a sort of blurry ring around a bent bit while it’s spinning fast. A bent bit or a bent shaft in a handpiece can cause unwanted vibration while working. Sending your handpiece in for maintenance can usually resolve this issue, but it’s important to keep an eye on the condition of your e-file as you work on clients.

THE HANDPIECE IS WHERE ALL THE MAGIC HAPPENS.

A lot of nail techs think the power control unit (aka “the box”) is where the motor is, and they throw their handpiece around like a sack of potatoes. The handpiece (the portion you hold in your hand) is the most important part of your e-file. It’s where the actual motor and all the expensive parts and technology reside. The power box — or battery pack, if you’re using a portable model — is actually just the power control that provides the right amount of electricity to your handpiece and allows you to turn it on and off and control the speed. Take great care in protecting both, but especially your handpiece.

IT’S THE TECH, NOT THE TOOL.

E-files often get a bad rap. When we see pictures of rings of fire, nail plate burns, and injured skin we assume it’s the evil e-file at work. In truth, an e-file really can’t do any damage without a nail tech wielding it. The big question is how can nail techs learn to use an e-file properly? Well, it’s much like learning to drive a car. It takes instruction, lessons, and careful practice. You’re going to have an accident here and there, especially in the beginning, but the goal is to learn and improve.

My biggest tip is not to work on a client until you can work on your own hands without cutting yourself. Once you’re ready to start working on clients, feet are a great place to start. Toes, toenails, and feet are usually much less delicate, less sensitive, and you won’t be as nervous because you’re further away from the client’s vigilant gaze.

Also, many believe hand-filing is safer than e-filing, which is not necessarily true. Although you need to know how to hand-file before you e-file (hand-filing is a very important and fundamental skill and it comes in very handy when the power goes out or your e-file is being repaired), hand-filing has just as much potential to cause damage as its automated colleague. It just depends on who is the person doing the filing and how well trained they are. Education is key, and practice really does make perfect.

*Original Article written by Elizabeth Morris