If you’ve ever watched any of my videos, you’ll know it only feels right to start my first blog with a
WOW. I actually can’t believe I’m writing this. My very first blog for my very own website designed to support the growth and development of nail techs all over the world. And we’re going to do it in the only way we know best…. TOGETHER!
SO let’s start at the beginning…. Guys…. I honestly won’t ever be able to describe the feeling I had during lockdown after completing my first live masterclass. Coronavirus had hit, me and my team had walked away from two of our salon/academy premises, turning off the lights, locking the doors, pulling down the shutters and getting into our cars, not knowing if or when we would be able to return. Myself and my two business partners have given the last three years of our lives to those salons, and if we are honest it hasn’t always paid off. Because that’s the thing isn’t it, everything is a risk. And when you’re new to business or running your own salon, you don’t know what you don’t know. But what we did know was what felt like our whole world was locked inside those salons… and we had no idea when we would be able to open them back up.
It was the lowest I’ve felt in a long time, and although a tiny voice was telling me this was the break I had always needed…. ‘I wish the world could pause for a while’ I often used to say. Well it was pausing, that thing I had wished for was happening, but I now really couldn’t imagine anything worse.
Our business was our lives, and our business had been taken away from us… Where did that leave us?!
I tried watching TV, it lasted minutes. I tried going for walks, my anxiety was just crippling me and I found I actually didn’t even want to leave the house. I cried every day for two whole weeks. So I figured the only way I was going to overcome the next few months was to find a way to ‘work’ my way through it, after all, that’s all I’ve ever known. Before we closed, alongside my clients I spent most of my days teaching nail art to nail techs as private 1-1 sessions, so I decided I was going to try and still do this by holding an online nail art masterclass. Before I could talk myself out of it I got straight onto Picsart, my favourite visual creator app, made a poster and advertised on my Instagram page for the following week. ‘If I even get 10 people watching, I’ll be delighted’ I thought to myself… The main memory I have from that night is calling my mum and dad and shouting ‘I HAVE ALMOST 120 PEOPLE BOOKED ONTO THE CLASS!!!!!!!’
My first masterclass I ended up with 180 people watching. I could not believe my eyes. 180 nail techs!!!!! Wanted to watch me!!!!!! Drawing stars!?!?!?!?! I was so so so so nervous, I knew how low I had been feeling and therefore knew how everybody watching would be feeling too. I just wanted to make people smile for the evening. Make everybody forget the nightmare we were in. Make everybody just have fun.
I figured if I could just be myself I’d get through it. But I remember as I drew my first design my hands were trembling so bad! ‘Amy, have a glass of wine!’ one of the viewers commented, so that’s exactly what I did! And as I finished the first design I felt the anxiety slip away from me and my passion took over. I was so at ease. I felt like I was sat in my kitchen with a bunch of great friends, having a good gab and drawing nail art. It was something I never ever could have imagined but as I ended that first live, I sat in disbelief at what had just happened. We had spent two hours drawing together, and when I asked the question at the end ‘would you all come back if I hold another, I couldn’t believe how many people said YES!’.
That night as I got into bed and cuddled into my dog Kiki, I was just stunned. I knew the feeling I had at that very moment was a feeling I had to keep recreating over… and over… and over again. And not just in lockdown either. As I lay in bed that night I created this website in my head, where everybody had a friend. A website that allowed people to connect, grow together, learn new skills, get lost in what they loved and meet new people to share their passion with. As I lay in bed that night, I imagined feeling this happy for the rest of my life.
As I lay in bed that night, The Nail Tech. Org was created.
In the midst of a world pandemic, I had found what I had been looking for my whole life. My true, true, happy place.