I’ve been in the industry for nearly 16 years now and teaching for over 9. I am so proud to be the Head of Education for CJP!
Nails wasn’t something I honestly thought I would ‘get into’ as the only experience I’d dabbled around with beauty wise, was when we had to do ‘day release’ in the last year of school before choosing our options ha-ha! It was that or mechanics!
I left school and started an apprenticeship in Surface Finishing on Super Yachts and had nearly finished my qualification when sadly I fell and seriously injured my back resulting in surgery.
At this point I felt like my life was over as the one thing I had wanted to do, my body wouldn’t physically let me. So between feeling sorry for myself and wanting to do a job sitting down, somehow I fell into nails in 2008, and even now I can’t believe how far I’ve come, I’ve never planned anything I just feel so grateful that I still enjoy it and I get to share my passion with others. And if you know me, you’ll know I still get to mess about with bodywork here and there as I love classic cars and have quite a collection. I can honestly say I feel my career has excelled based on the experience I had learning a different trade of surface finishing and having an eye for detail has allowed me to share new techniques and adapt them to the nail world!
In the Nail industry there are so many different directions you can take and it really depends on how far you want to go in a certain direction too, there’s only so many hours in a day lol!
I still love doing clients, but I also love teaching, and I’ve found that although I can teach most things my main trade is sharing how to get amazing salon nails in a salon time frame, I do it every day myself so when I teach, I’m always sharing the best ways to get the look and style a student desires, which ultimately leads them to having more business and turnover right!? Teaching has taken me all around the world in person and now diversifying online too!
Being affiliated with CJP Nail Systems since the start has been something I’m so proud of, Jemma is not only my amazing friend but we share the same passion for wanting change and wanting to create something by nail techs for nail techs, Jemma and her family are obviously the magic behind CJP and I adore their ethos! We have worked so hard creating the education program for CJP and I have been overseeing some amazing educators helping them teach with my manuals and for the last 4 years we’ve been researching and developing hard gel, but sadly Covid put a halt to its release so that’s a new step for us soon too!
Something a lot of people don’t know about me is I ‘ghost-write’ for companies and government education programs (mainly overseas) with bringing Nail education more up to date- and I really enjoy this as I like to stay behind the scenes haha! But this means CJP will always be up-to-date and at the forefront of education bringing what we do in the salon straight to the education programs first.
I teach and update the educators as we go and with yearly classes to ensure they are passing on the latest and best techniques teamed with Jemma’s knowledge of products, the industry and being the first to release new innovative creations, CJP are definitely trend setters when it comes to products and education!
I also teach too still, you may not find a lot of courses here to buy as I am very booked up in advance with education, doing 1-2-1 training and a lot of Zooms teaching across the world, so like the other educators if there is something you need and don’t see it please don’t hesitate to pop me a message on my academy page.
I can’t wait for you to join me, whether it’s with me or one of our educators sharing some of my tips and tricks and I look forward to seeing your creations!