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Introducing Gel Couture

Gel Couture is a fabulous new soak-off UV gel line that combines a range of super strong, durable sculpting gels and a complementary range of UV cured polishes. The brand was developed by the renowned Oksana van Tonder, a well respected veteran in South Africa’s professional nail industry.

  • 96 highly pigmented colours (scroll down for colour chart)
  • Clear Rubber Base for adding strength & superior adhesion
  • High gloss, no-cleanse Diamond Top Coat
  • Luxurious no-cleanse Velvet Matte Top Coat
  • Low viscosity sculpting gels in clear, white and 5 different cover pink shades
  • Cure under LED or traditional Tunnel UV Lamps (365nm to 405nm range) For best reults, use the Sun 5 Plus LED Lamp

Introductory Specials:

  • Order ANY 10 Gel Couture Colours for N$ 1,850 and receive a FREE Rubber Base & Top coat of your choice – SAVE N$ 370
  • Order ANY 5 Gel Couture Colours PLUS a Rubber Base & Top Coat of your choice for only N$ 1,125 – SAVE N$ 170!
  • Get 10% off any Gel Couture order valued at N$ 370 or more
  • Buy a Trial Kit for only N$ 100 – includes 5g each of a clear & cover pink sculpting gel PLUS 1 each of a 7ml Random colour, Rubber Base & Diamond Top Coat

Terms Conditions:

  • Valid until 31 October 2019 | Online orders only | Namibia Only
  • Coupon codes MUST be used when placing orders so you get your discount
  • FREE items must also be in your cart for coupon codes to work
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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.

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 from retail outlets and online 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)

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 and do not perform safety testing combined with incorrect lamps being used to cure UV light cured nail products.

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.

A large number of nail techs are often unaware of the risks associated with chemical overexposure, and are therefore unable to identify the symptoms or prevent allergies developing by following safe work practices. Get this information here.

Useful links:

Did you know?

  • We offer full training and ongoing technical support to our salon professionals – our educators and sales representatives are always happy to assist!

Train with us!

If you’re already a nail tech or if you’re a beginner, we have flexible, affordable training options to suit your needs!

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How much should I charge?

What is it?

Learn how to make sure that you’re charging what you should be, and how to maximise your profit per service

Ideal for the Nail Professional who wants to ensure her business’s success in the long term.

What you’ll learn:

How to calculate service costing accurately and other business basics essential for planning.

What’s In the Kit:

You receive a workbook and digital proprietary resources to make it simpler for you to do the math, without having a financial or business background.

How much does it cost?

N$ 500 all inclusive

How long does it take?

The course is comprised of two separate elements, combining both self-learning and in-class training:

  • Class takes one half day to complete with an educator.
  • Homework – You will need to do some work after the class to apply the concepts and practices in your business. This is not graded – but if you don’t do the work, you won’t benefit.

This course is suitable for any salon owner or beauty services provider.
Full payment in advance is required to register.

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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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Artistic Nail Design wins in 5 categories | NAILS Magazine Reader’s Choice 2018

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote Artistic Nail Design for NAILS Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards! We won in 5 different categories including Favorite Acrylic, Favorite Dip System, Favorite Gel-Acrylic Hybrid and Favorite Long-Lasting Polish!

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ibd Control Gel Now in Namibia!

Meet The Latest In Gel Innovation

ibd introduces the latest in gel nail enhancement innovation: Control Gel. A new pro-hybrid gel that conquers the complexities of hard gel and acrylics in a simple, premixed tube.

This LED/UV formula is perfect for overlays and extensions, with a faster and uncomplicated application. The unique formula stays in place, moves when you need it moved and has slight self-leveling properties that assist effortless application. Control Gel is lighter than acrylic and hard gels, without sacrificing strength and stability and also without the monomer odor or excess dust.

Discover The Benefits

The combined efficiencies of gel and acrylic are wrapped into an all-in-one, odorless, ultra-light and light self-leveling formula.

  • LIGHTWEIGHT and super STRONG
  • Combined benefits of hard gel and Acrylic in a NEW FORMULA that CONQUERS complexities
  • Allow for total CONTROL of the product PLUS light self leveling
  • Perfect for beginners

Special Offer

Terms & Conditions

  • Special offer is available on pre-scheduled class dates at selected venues only – see store for dates
  • Payment plans are available – classes can only be attended once all fees are paid in full
  • No Coupon code necessary! Prices advertised already include your discount 🙂
  • Simply book your date by buying your course from our online shop, and make sure your fees are paid in full before then
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Electric File

What is it?

Learn how to safely and correctly use an electric nail file. Help reduce fatigue, minimise your risks of developing carpal tunnel or repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and speed up your service times.

Ideal for the Nail Professional who wants to upgrade her skills to include use of an electric filing system.

What you’ll learn:

E-file techniques | E-file care | What bits to use and when | Bit care

What’s In the Kit:

The kit for this course includes:
Carbide safety bit | Diamond Prepper | Sanding bands with Mandrell | Professional Electric file unit

If you have already purchased an e-file elsewhere, you are welcome to bring it along, please check with us that it meets the recommended specifications. In this event the training fee below is applicable.
More information on why just any old e-file isn’t OK

How much does it cost?

Option 1 – N$ 750 NO equipment; manual is provided

Option 2 – N$ 1,900 – includes training, required bits and manual

Option 3 – N$ 6,350 ALL INCLUSIVE

How long does it take?

The course is comprised of two separate elements, combining both self-learning and in-class training:

  • Class material is supplied ahead of the class date so you can familiarise yourself with what we’ll be doing on the day. You will be tested approximately one month after the class date .
  • Classes takes about one half day (4 to 5 hours) to complete with an educator. We show you how to work with the equipment safely and correctly, and you will work on practice hands and live models.
  • You are required to complete and pass a practical exam in order to obtain your certificate.
    Exams take place approximately 4 weeks after the course.

This course is not suitable for beginners.
Proof of training and full payment in advance is required to register.

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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

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Nicolene Vermeulen

A bit about Nicolene

Nicolene is the owner of Walvis Bay based nail salon, Nails by Nicky and nail technician school, eNVee Nails Namibia. She has more than a decade’s experience in the industry, and started doing nails in 2006.

She started her teaching career as an educator for Bio Sculpture Namibia in 2015 and recently joined the T&Z Trading team. We are also proud to announce that Nicolene is also an authorised NailArtiste instructor, offering nail courses according to the North American Standard Nail Technology curriculum.

Nicolene is very passionate about nails. Her number one priority is to prepare all her students for the revolutionary changes that is taking place in the nail industry in Namibia. The relationships she has built with her clients and students through the years are priceless.

Nicolene is married and a mom of two beautiful little girls. She loves to spend her free time with her family.

Products & Systems she works with

  • Artistic Nail Design Putty
  • Artistic Nail Design Rock Hard Acrylic
  • Artistic Nail Design Colour Gloss
  • ibd Hard Gel
  • ibd Just Gel Polish

Some of Nicolene’s work

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Tanya Gunning

A bit about Tanya

Tanya has been a nail technician since early 2001, and like many local nail technicians started out her career by attending an informal nail course. Back in those days, not many options were available to Namibian nail techs, and her initial education was a weekend-long course which included Silk & Fibreglass Nails and Gel Nails.

Being a creative and technically minded person, she had many questions for her educator afterwards about the “how’s” and “why’s” behind what she was taught, which, she realised, could not have been included in a quick 3-day course.

Since then, it has been her mission to inform and educate both herself and others about the professional nail industry on an ongoing basis. In 2005, Tanya redid her nail tech training (from scratch), and became a fully qualified professional nail technician & educator. She has helped many aspiring nail technicians expand their knowledge beyond the basics that are taught on most Namibian nail courses available.

In 2015, she co-founded the Namibian Beauty Industry Professionals Community (now the NBIPA) as part of a collective vision to begin regulating the Namibian Beauty Trades. Due to the rising number of unqualified persons providing salon services, it has become essential for all beauty industry professionals to safeguard their livelihoods by introducing regulations and standards in the industry. This is also the year in which T&Z Trading was founded

In 2016, Tanya was selected to become a brand educator for Artistic Nail Design as part of the South African team of representatives. This was also the year that she partnered with TAOND to bring the renowned online Nail Technology training programmes to Southern Africa, trading under the banner of NailArtiste.

Aside from her qualifications in the nail biz, Tanya also holds a diploma in Business Management and is a digital marketing specialist.

Products & Systems she works with

  • Artistic Nail Design Putty
  • Artistic Nail Design Rock Hard Acrylic
  • Artistic Nail Design Rock Hard Gel
  • Artistic Nail Design Colour Gloss

  • ibd Control Gel
  • ibd Acrylic
  • ibd Hard Gel
  • ibd Just Gel Polish

Some of Tanya’s work