The Nail On Sunday

The Nail On Sunday

Issue 9

Leo Ko-Nkengmo

Well, Hello all and welcome back to another fabulous edition of The Nail on Sunday. I don’t know about you but for some reason this past week, I have had so many techs and general people telling me that they feel completely deflated.

Whether this be because of the constant yo yo of the pandemic or the decline in all of are successes over the last year or so. Its been so difficult for everyone but we also have all of our own personal battles to fight too. Maybe this general lull in motivation, enthusiasm, energy and confidence is a product of our current environment. It definitely seems to be a common theme amongst many this past few weeks so it will come as no surprise to you that this issue of The Nail On Sunday is all about loosing your mojo and finding it again.

As always our fantastic team will communicate they’re own take on how they take on this situation in the hope that it will give you some inspiration to find you mojo again.

Finding your creative Mojo

Carly Dorman

Well this I have needed this myself this past week, I have really struggled with my own creative mojo feeling at a loss with my creative side.

Being so creative I always find this a struggle when my mojo goes it’s like your mind just goes blank. Some think I have found helpful this past week to try and reconnect with myself, so not being on social media as much as sometimes this can overload our brains so much to take in all the time and feel disconnected from the real world.

Another thing I have found helpful to going back to looking at creative things I really enjoy. Looking back at past work that really got my natural creative side flowing. Also talking it out with friends as at times we can have so much on our minds without realising it can’t create a mental block.

My challenge for you this week is if you are struggling with your mojo is to. Reconnect with yourself. Talk it out. Look back at when you felt at your most creative.

#Recreate a set you did before that really brought out your creative side. Some photos of creative nail art I would love to recreate and do more of is the line and freehand stencil art.

Mojo, where does it go?

Beverley Mcgloughlin

One minute it’s there then you just loose it without any warning. 

When you lose your mojo it makes you feel so fed up, especially if you look on social media and everyone around you seems to be on the ball.

I think we can sometimes forget that social media can easily portray a very different image to what we’re actually thinking and feeling, it can put a lot of pressure on us, to be ‘on it’ all the time.

Sometimes a few days out from things can help us regain our mojo. Talking to other nail friends that say it’s ok to feel like that, and there is no pressure to get back to it can help.

I watch lots of YouTube, and Instagram videos.  Seeing nails other people have done and watching new techniques, can help me start to regain my mojo and want to get back behind my nail desk. 

I feel that if you push yourself when you’re not ready, things go wrong, often with things you normally find quite easy, and this can make you feel worse than you did before.

If you need to take a step back and recharge then you can, everyone needs a break from time to time.

I think this most recent lockdown, with it being cold miserable, has left many of us struggling to find our mojo, but now the weather is picking up and we can start to have contact with clients, it may start to boost us again.  Seeing happy faces when clients get their nails back on, hopefully coming out of this final lot of restrictions and being fully able to interact with people will help us all feel so much better in ourselves again.

Missing Mojo

I have lost all my confidence, energy and enthusiasm, for want of a better phrase.  I can’t be bothered. Nails used to be fun ☹.  It’s all PPE this and COVID that! What’s the point?  People have commented telling me I have lost my Mojo!

Sound familiar? I have spoken to many Nail Techs and Beauticians over the last year who have tried putting a brave face on things but recently the cracks are beginning to show.

How are you feeling? Are you struggling? Do you feel despondent? Are you fed up of the emotional rollercoaster you have found yourself riding? You’re not alone!!

It is an undisputed fact that people working within nails and beauty are on the whole a positive and motivated bunch of people. They provide an atmosphere of fun, calm and relaxation to their clients – A Safe haven for clients to offload and bank their ME time.  But more and more are finding themselves questioning where has their work mojo gone and how do I get it back?

Fortunately, The Heff (Me) is here to guide you back to full mojo levels. In the following blog I shall provide you with some tips and strategies to turn things round.  Enjoy 😊

  1. Be Kind and Be honest (with yourself)

Ok, so you’re feeling ‘meh’ but the default reaction tends to be: pull yourself together, brush what is happening under the carpet, and resist what is actually happening

So many people try and keep busy and end up being totally unproductive just so they can avoid their thoughts and feelings – I am here to say PLEASE STOP.  This is where being honest is key. There is no shame in feeling low or lethargic when it comes to work. We have just gone through something that none of us who are living on this earth has ever been through before. So many of us are winging it, trying to get through to the other end with as little scarring as possible. It is OK not to be ok. 

Let me give you an analogy. You’re in a car with your partner going on a road trip. You happen to mention to your hubby/wife that you think you are not going the right way. Partner then gets a little mad insisting he (In fairness it is usually a HE 😊) is NOT lost. He continues to keep going round in circles causing more tension in the car and the relationship. Until he gets the map out and finally admits defeat and turns to his partner and says ‘I accept it – We are lost!’

This is a beautiful moment because we can only move forward and get to our desired destination when we finally admit we are lost. And when we lose our mojo, it tends to mean at some level we are lost. Embrace this and accept it. I assure you once you have acknowledged your thoughts and feelings and allow yourself to be in that moment – some clarity will come and you will feel lighter. No good decision was ever made stressed.  Once we relax we can start looking for solutions and solutions will tend to present themselves effortlessly.

  • Change your energy and lose all expectations.

Now you have a little clarity and the brain fog has cleared somewhat look at a summary of what is ACTUALLY going on? What is driving your behaviour – Is it work? Is it relationships? Is it lack of money?

Once you have figured out the cause (or 1 of them) look at how you view this? Is your self-talk negative? Are you saying things like ‘I don’t want to feel lethargic?’ ‘or I don’t like feeling like this and not having my mojo or energy? Or ‘I don’t like all the new regulations’ etc.  Once you have clocked the type of language you are using, consider if it needs changing to less negative wording. 

Without going into too much detail (happy to do a Live for you to explain further) the brain is just delivering more of what it perceives you want. It is just doing its job. 

Although you may be focusing on things you don’t want, the brain can only work out what is important to you by how you are feeling and thinking. 

By focusing on the things you don’t want, the brain is quite simply giving you more opportunities to feel that way.

So now you know that you are in control of how your life looks, its time to start doing more things that make you smile, happy etc.  Forget about the thing you have lost your mojo for – do simple things like walking, putting music on loud and dancing.  This will trigger the brain to start opening up more opportunities to feel more positive and before you know it your mojo will have returned.

  • If your lack of Mojo is down to work then I understand.

As mentioned earlier, PPE, EHO visits, increased cleaning, longer hours etc – who wouldn’t feel a little unenthusiastic but there is hope.

Do you remember the moment you qualified? Can you go back to that moment in time? Feel the emotion, remember the scene. The sounds etc? Now do you remember your first customer? The nerves, the excitement? Now can you remember your first positive review? How did that make you feel? You see, when we lose our mojo we constantly put a negative story in front of our minds – this then manifests more negativity as mentioned before (see how our brain kind of works 😊 )

So by going back to really positive times within your nail business, and consistently reliving those moments, it will rewire the brain and motivate you to reconnect with your business.

Even though we all say we are grateful for our customers I still hear many people complaining about the lack of them.  Focus on the ones you do have, make a point of looking at their eyes once you have finished doing their nails? Look how happy you have made them? The more you remain present with each and every customer and focus on how you are making them feel the quicker and easier it will be to reclaim that missing mojo 😊

As always,

Said with Love

The Heff

Joining The Industry – Getting Insured

Sam Windsor

This week in our “Joining The Industry” mini-series, we will be looking at insurance.

I have had the insurance conversation many times over, and I am always surprised when people don’t think they need it, either because they are “only in training”, or because they “only work on people they know”. 

You really should be insured before working on anyone other than yourself.  Just because you know the person you are working on it does not mean they wouldn’t make a claim against you if something went wrong!

Many insurance companies offer student insurance options, and reputable training providers should advise you that this is required prior to you working on models.

So now we have established there is a need for insurance the next question is what type?  There are many options on the market.  As an absolute minimum I would suggest Public Liability (to protect against accidents or injuries on premises), Product Liability (to protect against any harm caused by a product used or retailed) and Professional Indemnity (to protect against something you may do wrong whilst working).  There are also many other add-ons and option to choose from, and you should research these and weigh up if they will be beneficial to your own unique circumstances. Remember none of the ones mentioned include cover for your stock/kit or your premises. (If mobile you will also need to speak to your car insurance company to check if you are adequately covered.)

When choosing insurance don’t go purely on who has the cheapest price, this often means there is either a high excess (an excess is an amount you would need to pay towards each claim) or a lower level of cover.  Check the small print of what’s included so you don’t get any nasty surprises in the event of needing to claim. 

Finally, read the small print, and then read it again! Some of the clauses and terms of insurance are surprising, there will be things that you would expect to be covered that simply aren’t, and these can vary by company.  Always ask for confirmation of anything you discuss with the insures in writing (email) so that you have a paper trail (electronic trail) to refer to if needed.

This week in our “Joining The Industry” mini-series, we will be looking at insurance.

I have had the insurance conversation many times over, and I am always surprised when people don’t think they need it, either because they are “only in training”, or because they “only work on people they know”. 

You really should be insured before working on anyone other than yourself.  Just because you know the person you are working on it does not mean they wouldn’t make a claim against you if something went wrong!

Many insurance companies offer student insurance options, and reputable training providers should advise you that this is required prior to you working on models.

So now we have established there is a need for insurance the next question is what type?  There are many options on the market.  As an absolute minimum I would suggest Public Liability (to protect against accidents or injuries on premises), Product Liability (to protect against any harm caused by a product used or retailed) and Professional Indemnity (to protect against something you may do wrong whilst working).  There are also many other add-ons and option to choose from, and you should research these and weigh up if they will be beneficial to your own unique circumstances. Remember none of the ones mentioned include cover for your stock/kit or your premises. (If mobile you will also need to speak to your car insurance company to check if you are adequately covered.)

When choosing insurance don’t go purely on who has the cheapest price, this often means there is either a high excess (an excess is an amount you would need to pay towards each claim) or a lower level of cover.  Check the small print of what’s included so you don’t get any nasty surprises in the event of needing to claim. 

Finally, read the small print, and then read it again! Some of the clauses and terms of insurance are surprising, there will be things that you would expect to be covered that simply aren’t, and these can vary by company.  Always ask for confirmation of anything you discuss with the insures in writing (email) so that you have a paper trail (electronic trail) to refer to if needed.

Mojo (what a silly word!)

Leo Ko-Nkengmo

What does mojo even mean? Its a silly word right? I loose mine every so often. Sometimes for longer periods of time than others. I think its your mind and body telling you that you need to get off the hampster wheel every now and again and recharge. We all need to re-evaluate every now and again to ensure we are all heading in a positive direction. Its not a sin to drop everything now and again for your own sanity in fact i encourage it.

so if right now you are feeling de-motivated, deflated or just generall meh! its ok. own it. just do you for a bit. but each day write down what you think you would like to acheive. what it is that you want. and each day you will start to see a change in how you feel, how you think and how you takle things. The motivation is right there but you need to reveal it to yourself every now and again.

I find writing things down theraputic. I feel it gives me clarity and a sense of direction.

so try it. Take the time and embrace the loss of your mojo, but put in steps to regain.

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