As promised before I would like to introduce myself again and tell you my story !
My name is Karolina Tryc, I am 35 years old, I am married with 2 children (daughter 14, son 10) and I've been working as a nail technician since 2007.
My whole adventure with nails started quite randomly, as I never thought I will be doing nails, I thought I will be accountant or working in the office, but my life went in to different direction.
When I was 20 years old I left my home country, originally I come from Poland and came to live in London. Beginning wasn't easy especially that I become a mum soon after my arrival to UK.
For about 2 years I stayed at home being mum but I was so desperate to work that I was looking for solutions on how I can financially contribute and help out my husband. I was cleaning for people, ironing etc, one of my clients who I helped with cleaning, looked once at my natural, painted by me :) nails and said: Karolina it seems you have natural talent for nail art, people would pay you to have nails done like yours! And with that one sentence, the idea was born! From that moment I was searching and reading other nail technicians blogs, how they started working from home and it seems to be ideal for me as I could work around my family, my daughter was only 2 years old at that time. I've applied for my first beginner training and I started :)
I've set up this blog as I wanted to share with people pictures of my work and my passion for nails. At the beginning, it was very helpful with gaining new clients as I started working from home so there was no chance for passing trade.
And this is how it started for me. Since then I did so many training's that I lost count. It took me 6 years to work from home before I moved to my salon. During that time I developed passion for educating, first clients - about how nails should look like when are done properly - then educating future nail technicians. Teaching became my passion! I followed my favorite nail technicians and I wanted to be like them! My nail idols were working for company called Crystal Nails, so when I found out that they are coming to UK I couldn't miss my chance to be trained by them and to join CN team. Krisztina Ujvari, Barbara Ujvari, Gabriella Kovacs, Sebestyne Agnes, Zsuzanna Fekete, those were and still are just few names who I'm inspired to be alike.
Since 2010 I've been around Crystal Nails, In 2014 I became officially educator and in 2017 I've achieved the highest score again and again, I become Crystal Nails Absolute Master Educator in Gel, Acrylic, Crystalac and Art category, it means I can represent and teach for CN not just in the UK but also internationally. I am very proud of this title and I still keep pushing myself to be better and better! In a mean time, I went to college to get proper qualification, I did teaching course as well as PTLLs in 2014. Thanks to that I could travel and teach people from different parts of UK and even world. My biggest adventure so far was going all the way to South America - Chile and teach for CN over there. One of my biggest achievements as I had to overcome my fear of flying!
My journey didn't stop at just doing nails or teaching, I wanted to push myself even further and developed my confidence so I've been taking parts in nail competitions, with success :) I become TOP Tech UK twice in 2015 and 2016, after competing for 2 years I took a break, and now I am planing to start again.
And of course, I wouldn't be myself if I didn't want to do more! While I was pregnant with my son, I decided to set up online shop, so I could have something to do while on maternity leave, and that is how I created www.beautifulnailsshop.co.uk As my passion doesn't stop just at doing nails and teaching, but I genuinely love Crystal Nails brand!
So if you follow me, now you know a bit of my story! Even though I would like to teach more, I still love doing nails and be around my clients, as I am very lucky to say I have wonderful clients, and it is thanks to them that I am where I am now.
I should add that I am no longer work by myself in my salon, I have a hairdresser Bartek Kaczmarek - who has been with me over 3 years now, and he is not just work colleague but also a friend. I had few beauticians as well, but now my spare room is free again, so I am looking to rent it out. If you are interested and you are near me 320a Stafford Road, CR0 4NH, you can contact me :)
I think my story can give a hope to all working mummies, nail technicians with dreams that they all can be successful. It does take time, determination and sacrifice, but everything is possible!
I am working now towards teaching more!
It all takes time, as I am still a mum, most things around salon, sale, advertising, teaching nails I am doing by myself, but with my own pace I will get there, wherever it is :)
I hope you Enjoyed reading my story, If you need and advice, or If you would like to know more about my experience, feel free to ask in comments.
This blog is 8 years old and I meant to introduce myself again to remind everyone who I am, where I am and what I do, but there is always something going on and I never have time to do so. Even now I sat down to reflect on more current events.
Recently I took part in Crystal Nails educator training in Budapest. This course prepare nail technician to become educators. As I am already educator since 2014 you might wonder why I did it again? My answer would be that you never know enough, even if I go through the same techniques, I always pick up something new, new tips about products, new skills, new ways of teaching nails or art etc.
As educator it is very important to remind yourself all your knowledge and keep it up to date, keep practicing too. Plus we are all part of something bigger, there is big Crystal Nails family which I am part of. Crystal nails is not just brand or products, behind it are amazing educators and people, without who this would not be possible. People who are my idols and I inspire to be as good as them, that is why I love going to those training's.
During 5 days we learnt Russian manicure, perfect gel polish application, reverse tips thought by Edina Sikari, different salon shapes like Gothic almond, modern salon almond, pipe, square thought by Zsuzsanna Fekete and Alexandra Mehesz using different products like acrylics, hard gel, fusion gel etc and of course all amazing nail art techniques, gel painting, one stroke painting, 3D gel thought by Alexandra Mehesz and Agnes Sebestyen. Those educators are Elite and the top people to learn from :)
Participants who achieve 70% from everything are invited to participate in educator training again in April for free! That is their chance to be part of Crystal Nails international team :)
So you can all see it is all amazing to have that 5 days to sit down and practice! and you do that with your amazing friends from Crystal Nails Uk team! It is the best way to bond and to make more memories :) I should say thank you to boss of CN UK for this opportunity Annamaria Farkas, and my Crystal Nails family, my friends - Karina Perematko, Amanda Hawtree - Taft, Kara Evans, Tihana Besevic, Amalia Roiu, Patricia Szukits, Reka Kovacs for another great trip together!
I can't wait now to share all my knowledge with students and to use my new skills on clients!
Some of many pictures I took during my trip!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my little adventure in Budapest, as always you are all welcome to join me on my next courses! and if you need any Crystal Nails products please check out my online shop www.beautifulnailsshop.co.uk
If you are dreaming about becoming nail technician this training is the answer. The way it is constructed is to give great platform to learn for complete beginner. After this training you should be confident in basic traditional manicure, gel manicure and basic gel nail extensions.
Training is fully accredited and insurable with ABT.
Hello everyone, I am just recovering from very busy 3 days competing at Nailympia. It has been crazy time when I pushed myself on so many levels. I am still quite exhausted physically and mentally. I was questioning myself why I am doing this to myself ?! Today I can answer :)
I am doing it to better myself and competing amongst so many talented nail technician motives me to be as good as them or even better one day. All of us who competed knows that competition itself is just the end of long and tiring preparations. But that what makes us better as we not just to beat other nail technicians but actually better ourselves, to beats our weaknesses! I definitely achieved that :)
I am very happy that I took 2nd place in stiletto :) and become again Top Tech Uk 2016, that is for all my lovely clients! It is very rewarding and the best feeling when you are on the stage receiving the award. I want to congratulate to all participants for taking part in this experience as I know it is not easy! Congratulations to all the winners!
Thank you to all my lovely models Anna ZuzAgnieszka KępaAgnieszka Nowak Kasia Kowalska Monika Rychtyk for their time not just at the competition but for time they let me practise :) Thank you for all the support from my Crystal Nails UK team Karina PerematkoPaulina ZdradaKerry MooresAnnamária FarkasAmanda Hawtree-Taft! And thank you for all lovely comments from my fellow nail technicians Katie BarnesAmanda GravesFereida LydiateMagdalena SmorgaNatalia Oszterman and girls from crystal nails Hungary Alexa MéhészÁgnes Sebestyén wish you all, all the best !
And of course Thank you All judges and organisers for Nailympia :)
Crystal nails hard gel sculpting workshop level 2 This class has been developed to teach the Crystal Nails methods of reverse sculpting with hard gel. The Crystal Nails Hard Gel Sculpting 1 course is essential before this class.
The main aim of the course is to enable the student to: • To apply a reverse pinks and white and reverse pink and colour(s) free edge sculpts • To improve filing and finishing skills
Cost £90 for 6h day ... Students will need to bring or order: • CN Preseptic Spray • CN Cuticle Tool • CN Wooden File • CN Professional Files – Blue and Green • CN Dust Brush • CN Nail Prep • CN Butterfly Forms • CN Flex Cut Scissors or Nail Scissors • CN Primer/Primer Pen or Acid free Primer • CN Gels - Universal Base Gel, Titanium/Xtreme Clear Gel, Cover Pink Gel, Builder Pink 2 Gel, Builder/Xtreme White Gel • CN Pinching Tweezers and Clamp • CN Gel Brush #4, Firm Gel and Merlo 2 • CN Xtreme File 100 and 150 grit • CN Acrylic Sander Buffer 100/180 • CN Top Shine • CN Cuticle Oil
The "One Stroke Technique" is a double loading technique that consists of loading a brush with two separate colours. With this technique you will be able to achieve the shading and highlighting in one stroke. Speed up your salon–work – these are really 10 minutes nail arts!
We offer you with this training an access to the garden of flowers. Learn, how to: * create miniature paintings with one movement * make shadowing and contours paralelly * paint beautiful flowers with water based paints * create simple but colourful backgrounds and colour fadings with sponges
COURSE DURATION: one day, 10am- 4pm
PRODUCTS, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:... * Barbara II Brush - £10.15 * One Move I Brush - £12.60 or II or III * Nail Art Tip Stiletto White - £5.45 * Buffer White - £0.90 * Dust Brush - £2.00 * Decoration Needle - £9.30 * One Move Acrylic Paintings 1 white , 3 yellow, 40 mauve, 18 green, 8 dark red, - £3/each
Before One Stroke workshop, it is essential that you attend the Fine Art Class to gain basic skills in hand painting.
TRAINING COST: £90 + kit cost
( £45deposit required to secure your place which isn't refundable) Includes training, manual and certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course.
6 hour practical workshop. This course will provide you with the experience to use the specialist tools and techniques required for Crystal Nails fine nail art work.
This is your first step to ensure your artwork is presented with a look of quality and professionalism. During the day you will be shown how to prepare, tailor and take care of your brush, paints, and tools, the correct paint consistency to enable you to work smoothly and you will know the technique vital to make your work stand out from the rest. This is the beginning or your nail art journey and once mastered will enhance whichever nail art class you proceed on to.
The cost of the day is £90 a deposit of £45 is required to secure your place Student kit cost is £34.10 Bank transfer A/C: 73901262 S/C: 20-84-17