Nail Salon/Nail Tech Advice

Hey guys!

Today I’m sharing my latest video all about nail salon advice. I’m sharing some of my latest stories from my nail suite, and sharing some tips to help your nail business run more smoothly. Let’s get started!

Thank you all so much for watching! I hope you guys found this video helpful and hopefully found some new tactics for your business. I hope your day is awesome; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

How To Become A Nail Tech!

Hey guys!

Today I’m sharing a new video filled with my top tips that will help you become a nail tech! I receive quesitons weekly about nail school, how to become a nail tech, and how to get started in the industry. I hope this video will answer a lot of the questions you may have. Let’s get started!

Thank you so much for watching! I hope you found this video helpful and that it answered some of the questions you’ve had. If you are interested in a part 2, please let me know! I hope your day is awesome; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

Nails Of The Day!

Hi loves!

Today I wanted to share a manicure that I’ve been rocking for several weeks now. I recently played around with sculpting hard gel, and I loved the result! I created longer almond tips with the gel and had some fun with nail art on top. I created a custom glitter mix, some negative space designs, and threw in some rhinestones. I’m in love!


This manicure has lasted 4 weeks with no damage. Hard gel is definitely my top pick over acrylic any day. Above is the manicure in natural sunlight, and below is with my studio lighting.


Thank you all so much for stopping by! I’ve finally changed up this manicure with more summer colors and I can’t wait to share it. You will be seeing it in a tutorial coming soon! I hope your day is fabulous; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

Salon Horror Story | Monster Boss Story Time

Hi loves!

Today I wanted to share a story time video with you all! I’m ranting all about one of my WORST experiences working in a salon. I’m sharing my crazy story of a monster boss, illegal salon activity, and much more. I hope you enjoy; let’s get started!

Thank you guys so much for watching! I really enjoyed filming this video and if you’d like to hear more stories then let me know. I hope your day is awesome; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

Things To Consider Before Becoming a Nail Tech

Hey guys!

I’ve had a few requests to chat more about the topic of my nail tech career and some details about the logistics of the job. I have put together a list of things I feel are important to consider before making the decision to start a nail tech career. Some of these aspects are areas I wasn’t prepared for beforehand, and I’m hoping this will be helpful for you! Let’s get started!

No Steady Income Initially

To be blunt, one should expect not to have a steady income in the first months/year of your nail tech career. This applies to many jobs in the beauty industry because building your own clientele is a must. From my own experience, I’ve learned that you will have lots of down time in the salon while waiting on clients to come in. It’s important not to get too discouraged during this time, and use it to your advantage. I would suggest socializing with the customers already in the salon receiving other services while you have the time. You can also work on your social media presence, possibly creating a marketing plan for yourself, or sharing your business cards as much as possible.

Employee vs Booth Renter

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The typical set up when it comes to working in a salon, is you will either be an employee of the salon, or a booth renter. An employee works the same as any other job where your products and tools will (most likely) be supplied by the salon, taxes are taken out of your wages, and you receive a weekly/bi-weekly paycheck. This is nice if you are first starting out and cannot afford to supply your entire haul of equipment and products from the beginning. Being an employee also helps you as a beginner because the salon will be more apt to send new clients your way since you are their employee.

The booth renter aspect involves being responsible for your own products and tools, charging what ever prices you’d wish, and paying the salon for your space. As a booth renter, you can decide what services you want to offer, charge what you want, and be responsible for keeping up with it all for taxes. The booth renter has a lot more responsibility but it is my favorite. I’ve worked as both, and I enjoy being in charge of everything myself.

Constantly Adapting and Learning

As a nail tech, you will constantly be learning and evolving your skills. As the years go on, you will experience new trends and techniques that become popular for your clients. You will need to stay on top of these so you can offer the best and most popular services to your clientele. I’ve had clients come to me asking about a new technique for applying acrylic, and I had to educate myself and practice the technique so I could offer that for them. I love this aspect of my career because it ensures you don’t get “burnt out” of the same routine everyday.

Your First Salon Typically Isn’t Your Last Stop

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This is important to realize at the beginning of your career, so you don’t get discouraged when your first job doesn’t work out. Personally, I have worked at three different salons in my career as a nail tech so far. Its important to know that it is totally okay for you to shop around if you are in a salon that doesn’t quite fit your needs, clientele, or services. You can discover that perfect place for you that will allow you to thrive professionally.

Thank you guys for reading! I hope these points were helpful to you all and please let me know if you have any questions. I hope your day is awesome; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy

On Location Clients!

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to share a few of my on location clients from the weekend. These services were performed on site and on their natural nails.

This first service was a matching natural nail manicure and pedicure. I used China Glaze If In Doubt, Surf It Out and Out The Door Topcoat.


This service was a summer themed gel manicure and gel pedicure on natural nails. She wanted a pedicure that would last without having to re do them every couple weeks. We went with Gelaze Pink Voltage on the toes for a neon look for the warmer months. She also wanted a clean look on the nails, so we went with Gelaze White on White.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope your day is fabulous; love and light! :)

XX, Amy

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YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

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On Location Wedding Nails

Happy Monday loves!

Today I am sharing my step by step process of what happens when I work on location. I worked on a wedding party this past Saturday at the gorgeous Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, and I thought you all would enjoy learning what all goes on. I provided gel manicures and gel pedicures on the bride, mother of the bride, and three bridesmaids in the bride’s suite. It was a tight squeeze with so many people getting hair, makeup, and nails done at once.

Once I arrived, I also learned that everyone had to be done an hour earlier than originally scheduled, so I had to kick it into high gear! These kinds of situations happen pretty often when working with a wedding party because there is always so much chaos going on at once. The trick for nail techs is to stay focused and get into a good flow when it comes to doing the services. Below I’m sharing each step in my process, with a few photos. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Greet the Client and Set Up Work Space


Once I arrive, I like to greet the bride and the rest of the bridal party that I’ll be working on. This is when I discuss color options with the bride and she decides what she wants everyone to get on their nails. I then scope out an appropriate space with a chair and table, and then set up. I like to lay down a towel and a disposable manicure towel on top. I then add my tools, products, and polishes.

Step 2: Begin Manicure and Pedicure Services


When I am working on a clients who are getting manicures and pedicures, I like to do one set up and work on their nails and toes completely before moving to the next person. In this case because of the time crunch, I had to work on a bridesmaid while she was getting her hair done. This meant I sat on the floor and did her pedicure (which was easier than it sounds). I also had to work on each hand one by one because I had to maneuver around the hair chair and hair stylist. To keep everything sanitary, I like to lay a towel down on the client’s lap while working on her nails.

For the rest of the clients, I had to sit next to them on a rounded couch and move from the couch to the floor for manicures and pedicures. A huge tip is to bring an extension cord with you for your UV gel lamp. In this case it definitely came in handy for me. I had to move the lamp around the floor and couch for each client. In the end, I finished four gel manicures, one gel polish, and four gel pedicures in four hours.

Step 3: Clean Up, Check for Touch Ups, and Take Photos

Once I have finished all of my clients, I will go through each person and make sure everyone is satisfied with their nails. If there is any touch ups such as smudge paint, or an additional nail art request, I will do that now. After that, I go through and take photos of all the nails for my portfolio.

Throughout the services, I keep a plastic bag nearby for my trash and put the used implements inside as I go.  This makes clean up at the end of the services super easy. All I have to do it pack up all the products and tools back into my train case and take my trash bag with me.

Step 4: Thank the clients, share your card, and exit

When you are completely finished with the services and clean up, it’s time to leave. Make sure you thank your clients and wish them a wonderful day. You can also use this time to share your business card with the other clients there that didn’t’ book you themselves. It’s also a good idea to share your information with possible other vendors there such as the photographer, videographer, or caterer.

Thank you guys so much for reading! I wasn’t able to vlog this job this time, so I hope this helped you learn a little more about mobile services. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. I hope your day is amazing; love and light! :)

XX, Amy


Email: polishedbyamyy@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: Polished by Amy

Instagram: @polishedbyamy