For December's episode of "Confessions of a Nail Tech", our guest is Kamila! Known on Instagram as @glamliciousnails, she is an amazing nail tech from UK! She started doing nails as a hobby, being inspired by her best friend. One day, she decided to take some nail courses that made her stand out. She gets her inspiration from Instagram and Social Media and her clients! Nail accessories are her favorite ones when it comes to her personal touch on a manicure.
Let's discover her story!
MG : How did you get your start in your nail career?
I used to get my nails done by my best friend for quite a few years. I've always had crazy and creative designs. I consider myself very creative, so every set was an absolute pleasure to wear and watch her doing all those crazy designs. One day my friend has announced that she's moving out to live in a different country, I was devastated. I have tried loads of different nail technicians but no one could get even close to what I used to have in terms of designs and quality. This was like 10 years ago, so the creative designs weren't as popular as they are now. At this point completely devastated, I have decided to start doing my own nails. I have been watching my friend doing my nails for quite a few years so I've had an idea of how to do them. That's how it started, I was doing my own nails for a few years then started doing nails for my family and then I've decided to take a nail course. After this nails became my hobby, I've started to do them for more people in my spare time while working full time. I have moved in to UK and since living in UK I took my nail career to the next level, completing many more nail courses, having regular clients and participating in nail competitions.
MG: What challenges did you face a long the way?
I think the main challenge for me was working full time and doing nails after work full time while building my clientele. I used to work 7 days a week until late evening sometimes even night. I remember once this was Christmas period, I was so fully booked with no spaces left. My client badly wanted them done so we did her nails in the night time, she came for 23:00.
MG: Where did you get your inspiration from?
I used to go with the flow very often, which means just asking my clients to pick the color. I would then look for glitters, foils and other nail art accessories to match. Very often I didn't know what design I was doing or what I would use until I started doing the first nail. I also used to get inspired by some amazing nail techs trying to recreate designs or do them with my own twist!
MG: Your biggest tip for the perfect DIY manicure ?
My biggest tip for a perfect DIY manicure would be a good prep ! The nails won't last long if they aren't prepped them correctly. This includes pushing back cuticles, removing cuticles, buffing the nail plate and dehydrate. Second very important thing, get a high quality products like Madam Glam. Correctly prepped nails + high quality products will give you a long lasting manicure!
MG : How many nail polishes do you own? What are your 3 fav gels from Madam Glam?
I currently own 85 nail polishes and I absolutely love them all Is very hard to pick only 3 as they are all amazing but if I really have to my 3 fave would be: Class Dismissed,The Rulemaker and Night Shift.
MG : What nail trend are you loving right now?
I am loving animal print at the moment, but I am also enjoying hand drawn designs. Madam Glam has got perfect super pigmented nail polishes for this type of designs!
MG : What are your dreams/ goals for the future?
Well, I maybe aiming very high but I can't help it, my ambitions are high therefore, I would love to be famous in the nail industry. I would also love to win loads of competitions and take my career to the next level by becoming a nail educator.
MG : Which celebrity would be your dream client? Why?
Omg, that would be Cardi B. I love her music, she's so sassy, sexy, confident and she likes loads of bling and crazy nails. That would be a dream come true for me.
MG : What advice would you offer someone considering this career ?
My advice would be: Master the prep, structure, shape and consistency. Start with plain nails, don't throw yourself to a deep water not knowing how to swim. Pretty designs won't help if the nails don't have the correct structure. Slowly, keep adding minimal designs until you master the most important parts of doing nails.
MG: What is most challenging about what you do?
Being a nail tech is very rewarding career and I am very happy I can make my clients feel better, but this also comes with a cost that is reflected on our physical health. I guess the most challenging thing about doing nails is the pain- back, neck shoulders, hands. My neck and shoulders burn and hurt from the way I usually sit.