I was recently asked if I would like to attend a training course for ‘Swarovski Bling toes’ down in Dublin at a nail and beauty training academy called ‘ASU’. I jumped at the chance!
The training academy was fantastic. They run courses like clockwork every single month for dozens of different treatments. You don’t actually have to have any previous beauty training behind you to attend any of these courses which is great for beginners and enthusiasts.
The staff were amazingly friendly and extremely professional – these girls really know what they are talking about! The downstairs of the academy consists entirely of an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ showroom where you can purchase all of the fantastic products and accessories they have to offer. I could have spent an absolute fortune!
For more information about the professional products which they sell, and to see a list of training courses that are on offer, have a look at their website www.asunailandbeauty.ie.
Once we’d been shown around we made our way upstairs to the classroom, took a seat and had a read through the Bling Toes Manual and other paperwork that had been given to us whilst we tentatively waited for the training to begin.
Our educator on the day was a lovely girl called Laura who couldn’t have been more helpful or knowledgeable about the course. The class began with a bit of information on the treatment itself, the products involved and the importance of client consultation prior to completing the treatment on any customer. Once Laura was happy we were all up to speed with the necessary info she got straight into a demonstration of the treatment which we all eagerly watched, taking in all of her advice and helpful tips along the way.
Finally it was the moment we had all been waiting for… it was now our turn to have a go on each other’s tootsies, so we paired up and got busy! My partner went first while I kicked back and watched her showcasing her newly learnt skills. Having the treatment applied is a really relaxing experience… I could barely keep my eyes open. This procedure is all about pampering and really is the ultimate treat for your feet!
This lavish pedicure is created by the individual placement of genuine Swarovski crystals being set into a clear gel overlay on to every single one of your toenails.
We used the smallest crystals to give the maximum sparkle. The nails last up to 6 weeks so would be ideal for any brides wanting a bit of extra bling on their wedding day, lasting right through to their honeymoon or even just for those of you who are like me and enjoy a bit of everyday sparkle in their life!
I was disappointed when my treatment was finished but was keen to give the technique a go for myself!
I was impressed with the quality of the gel that we were provided with in our kits as it was very easy to work with. Once the crystals were applied to the gel and cured under the UV lamp they were stuck there for the long run!
This brings me to the little tool I was most excited about… the wax pencil AKA The Amazing Picker Upper’! I have spent years using bits of blue tack, dampened cocktail sticks and various other makeshift tools to lift and apply crystals to nails. This pencil actually revolutionised my work… I’m not exaggerating!! It is literally just a pencil with white wax down the centre instead of lead. All you need to do is touch the top of the crystal and it sticks to the end of the sharpened wax ready to be applied to the nail. You can purchase these from ASU for ONLY €1.50! This pencil made the whole process of applying the bling toes much easier and allowed you to get into a soothing rhythm.
Once everyone had completed at least two big toes Laura began talking us through the in’s and outs of after care for your Bling Toes and demonstrated how we should safely remove the crystals from your clients nails.
The final part of our training, which I thought was very helpful, covered how we should price the treatment in our salons and even how we should go about marketing the treatment.
Sometimes beauty training courses can be very daunting but I can honestly say I didn’t feel one bit uncomfortable or nervous at ASU. The staff couldn’t have made us all feel any more welcomed or valued. The training course itself was superb, covering every possible aspect of the treatment and I loved every minute of it. I will definitely be back down to do a few more courses in the ASU academy and I couldn’t recommend it enough to any of you who are considering signing up to a training course, whether it be just as a new hobby or even as a new career.
Article by Louise Henry
Louise joined The Beauty Cloud team in May 2014 as our Nail expert. She is a fully trained & qualified Nail Technician running her own little nail bar in Bangor, The Nail Room at Salon75.
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