Friday, June 26, 2009

1st Week of a 4 Week Series...

1st Week of a 4 Week Series:Tammy Taylor

"EVERYTHING YOU Need To Know About Doing Beautiful Nails with Tammy
Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel"

"You have all been receiving your Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel Kits and your Nails are looking GREAT!"

I know this is all new to you and you have a lot of questions so I am doing a 4 week email Series on "EVERYTHING YOU Need To Know About Doing Beautiful Nails With Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel".

Each week I will be ANSWERING QUESTIONS, going over TECHNIQUES and explaining PROCEDURES. After you read your email each week print it out and save it in a Tammy Taylor Folder so you can always find it. Then you will be able to go to your Tammy Taylor Folder every time you have a question but do not have access to a computer, this is especially useful when you are at the Salon."

Have a Great Nail Day,

Tammy Taylor

The 5 Most Important Techniques you need to remember when doing Tammy Taylor Nail Gels:

1 - Floating Your Brush – This is the technique you use with your brush when applying Nail Gel.

  • To float means to hover the tip of your brush over the gel, lightly touching gel, the gel will follow the brush with hardly any pressure (use the touch of a feather). When working with gel think of applying frosting to a cake; if you press too hard you will put holes in your frosting and the cake will come through.

2 - Circular Motion – Use for Building gel up on the nail and for Moving gel around the nail without making the gel nail thin.
  • Apply a ball of gel to the nail and Float the brush on top of the gel, moving the tip of the brush in a circular motion. Again, think about frosting a cake when you move your spatula in a circular motion, you can build a little mound or a peak in your frosting; when you move your brush in a circular motion you build a little mound or peak in your gel.

3 - Stroking Motion – Use for Smoothing and Thinning out the gel on the nail.
Apply a ball of gel to the nail and Float the brush on top of the gel, lightly stroking out gel.

  • Again, thinking of frosting on a cake, when you are smoothing out your sides and lightly blending the frosting so it is even all the way around the cake, it is the same with the gel, use your brush in a light smooth stroking motion to smooth and blend.

4 - Quick Cure - a 15-30 second cure that hardens the gel just enough to stop the gel from moving; use this technique to create perfect white free-edges and to build arches in the nail.

  • Use a 36 watt UV Lamp.

5 - Full Cure – a 2 minute cure that completely hardens the gel.

  • Use a Full Cure after every layer of gel.

How to Build an Arch -
Make sure your Ball of Gel is big enough, about a medium size ball; to Build an arch put the ball of gel in that area; Floating your brush and using your circular motion, build it into a little mound with a peak, then let it settle just a little to where you want it, then do a QUICK CURE.
Do this on each nail, then do a FULL 2 Minute cure.

  • Important: Use a 36 watt UV Lamp with four 9 watt bulbs.

How to do a Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel Overlay over a plastic nail-tip:
I suggest doing an overlay on the natural nail instead of using a plastic
nail-tip whenever possible as I think it makes a prettier nail.


  • Prepare the natural nail and plastic nail-tip just like you would if you were doing a plastic nail-tip with an acrylic overlay.

  • Buff the natural nail with the Buff-It 180 buffer

  • Clean off the natural nail with a Wipe-It moistened with Clean-It

  • Glue on the plastic nail-tip using Tammy Taylor Tip and Repair Glue

  • Clip the plastic nail-tip to shorten (do not make the plastic nail-tip more than ¼ inch long as the gel is flexible and works better on a short tip)

  • File the plastic nail-tip flush with the natural nail and shape the free-edge to desired shape with the Shape-It 180 File

  • Dust off the nail with a plastic manicure brush

Then Starting at Step 6, on the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel application procedure; Apply Bond-It 2 times and let the Bond-It dry.

Continue on with the application of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel.

How to “Soak Off” Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel:

Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel soaks off in little chunks, separating it from the natural nail; it does not get soft and gooey like acrylic nails.

The fastest easiest way to “Soak Off” the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel:

  1. File the gel on nail down 50% to break the seal; this is very fast because the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel is really easy to file.

    a. Be careful not to file the natural nail.

  2. Place nails in only enough acetone to cover the nails completely.

    a. Add a few drops of Tammy Taylor Conditioning Cuticle Oil in the acetone to keep skin from getting too dry.

  3. Let nails soak for 10 minutes; then file off all of the softened gel.

    a. Be careful not to file the natural nail.

  4. Let nails soak 5 more minutes; then scratch off the surface of the softened gel with a cuticle pusher; the gel should easily chip off in little chunks.

    a. Be careful; do not pry off gel; if gel is not soft enough, then soak it 5 more minutes, or until gel is soft enough.

  5. Once Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel is completely removed; apply Tammy Taylor Conditioning Cuticle Oil to nails and buff with the Tammy Taylor Buff-It 180 Gel Buffer.

  6. Wash hands with soap and water and dry thoroughly.

  7. Proceed with Nail service.

To find all of this information and more go to "Nail FAQ's by Topic".

Sign into the Tammy Taylor "Professional" website

Go to the Left Side-Bar of the Home Page

Click on Nail FAQ's by Topic

Click on "G" for Gel

Friday, June 19, 2009

Happy Father’s Day...

Happy Father’s DayTammy Taylor

I was thinking about Fathers Day coming this Sunday and thinking about my Dad, and what a wonderful Dad and Grandfather he is. I always go to him when I want to say something to my boys and I do not quite know how to say it; I will ask my Dad to talk to them because they listen to their Grandpa. So, when I came across this wonderful story written by a Grandpa it reminded me of a lot of things my Dad says and I wanted to share it with all of you.

Written with a Pen...
By Paul Harvey

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we might have made them worse. For my grandchildren, I'd like better.

I'd really like for them to know about hand-me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meatloaf sandwiches.

I hope they learn humility by being humiliated, and learn honesty by being cheated. I hope they learn to make their beds and mow the lawn and wash the car.

And, my cherished grandchild, I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen. I hope you have a job by then.

It will be good if at least one time you can see a baby calf born and your old dog put to sleep.

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother. It's all right to draw a line down the middle of the room.

When you want to see a Disney movie and your little brother wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him.

I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

Tammy Taylor & Her Dad, Ed Taylor

I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books. When you learn to use those newfangled computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.

I hope you get razzed by your friends when you have your first crush on a girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what Ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and get your tongue stuck on a frozen flagpole.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your grandpa and go fishing with your uncle. May you feel sorrow at a funeral and the joy of holidays.

I hope your mother punishes you for throwing a baseball through a window and that she hugs and kisses you when you give her a plaster of Paris mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and above all, happiness.

Happy Fathers Day

With love,
Tammy Taylor

Friday, June 12, 2009

"SCIENTIFIC PROOF that you will...

"SCIENTIFIC PROOF that you will be able to make the changes you need and they will be successful."Tammy Taylor

Don't be afraid to make changes in your business; the old saying “if it’s not broke don’t fix it" does not work in this day and age.

You cannot wait until it does break and try to fix it because, by the time it breaks it is too late; a good example is the GM car company. So look ahead and start thinking about what needs to change to help put you ahead in your business.

Change takes a lot of EXTRA ENERGY, and to put all that ENERGY into something that you are not sure is going to even make a difference is difficult.

When you are giving up a weekend or going into work an hour earlier each day, you may ask yourself "is this going to be worth it, or am I just spinning my wheels".

The not knowing if it is going to work, or thinking about being embarrassed if it does not work; or you make changes that do not turn out the way you wanted them to; can really be stressful, especially if you can't go back to the old way.

REMEMBER what the alternative is:

  • If you do not make changes, and you stay the same, it could cost you your business.
  • Businesses need to be reinvented continuously to FLOURISH.
  • That means change is necessary.

Quote by:
Winston Churchill
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

What if you could be 100% sure the changes you make will help you become more successful?

  • Would you then be willing to put the ENERGY needed into changing?
  • Yes, because you know it is going to be worth it!

D x V x F > R

This is a Scientific Formula for Making Successful Changes that was developed almost 40 years ago by David Gleicher and Richard Beckhard .

The Formula for Change" Gleicher's Formula" provides a formula you can use to assess the likely success of change programs.

Change is possible, because of the multiplication of D, V and F, if you do not have all three D, V and F, then the product will be low and therefore not capable of overcoming the Resistance.

The RESISTANCE FACTOR is what stops DREAMS from becoming reality.

D x V x F > R
Three factors must be present for meaningful organizational change to take place. These factors are:

D = Dissatisfaction with how things are now:

  • Are you completely happy with how your business is doing right now?
  • Do you have all the clients you want?
  • Are you making as much money as you need?

V = Vision of what is possible:
Have you ever dreamed of WHAT CHANGES you would make in your business if you had $100,000 dollars?

WOW! That is exciting just to think about. What DREAMS are coming to your mind right now? Are you dreaming big?

  • Are you VISIONING, changing the image of your Salon
  • Advertising more
  • Hiring an apprentice
  • Putting in a Spa Pedicure area
  • Going to more Advanced Education classes
  • Opening your own Salon
  • Etc, etc…

F = First, concrete steps that can be taken towards the vision:
What baby steps could you do right now to help accomplish this DREAM? There are a lot of things you could do right now, that do not cost a lot of money; they just take ENERGY and ELBOW GREASE.

What are they?

  • This weekend move everything out of your Salon, clean your Salon from top to bottom and Re-paint all the walls.
  • Make a WEB Page for your business
  • Print out 500 Flyers and pass them out in the next 30 days
  • Etc, etc...

R = Resistance

Now you can do the FORMULA and see if you are going to be able to make Successful CHANGES.

D = Dissatisfaction with how things are now
And your…
V = Vision of what is possible:
And your…
F = First, concrete steps that can be taken towards the vision:

SCIENTIFIC PROOF that you will be able to make the changes you need and they will be successful.

Have Fun, Get Excited, Use your ENERGY to Make Changes, and you will love your business even more, because you will see it every day becoming more Successful!

With love,Tammy Taylor

Friday, June 5, 2009

Best of the Best 2009 "The Tammy Taylor Nail Squad"

Best of the Best 2009 "The Tammy Taylor Nail Squad"

Tammy Taylor Nail Squad 2009

(BACK ROW) Karen Williams, Ann-Marie Fiducia, KarlaSandlin, Cheryl Bergmann, Lisa Santos, Janene Bushey, Virginia Stultz, Sharon White, Kimberly Avery, Edie Carpenter, Tammy Anderson, Nikki Voltmer, Nicole Holland, Corine Hughes, Robin Lewis, Ann Hardwick

(FRONT ROW) Sontay Jackson, Renae Sewall, Alethia Hall, Tammy Taylor, Mary Stokus, Diane Tyndall, Diane Warth & Tamara Weeks

This week here at my Corporate Headquarters in Irvine, California I had the most Wonderful and Exciting Nail Party. I was able to share 3 whole days with some of the BEST NAIL TECHNICIANS in the world my "Tammy Taylor Nail Squad".

They came to California for Re-Certification and to learn about all the New and Exciting things that are happening here at Tammy Taylor Nails.

I just loved being around these women with all their enthusiasm, their true passion for nails and for helping others; there was such a comradery we felt like a Sorority.

We were able to just talk and talk about nails, clients and business because we all have the same love for nails and we understand each other, and that is what made it the most fun.

These 3 days flew by so fast we were crying when it was over because we were already missing each other.

Nail Squad Girls You are Truly the Best and I Love You,

Tammy Taylor

Mary Stokus - Director of Education for Tammy Taylor Nails

Mary Stokus - Director of Education for Tammy Taylor Nails

What it takes to be on the "The Tammy Taylor Nail Squad":

The "Tammy Taylor Nail Squad" is a Team of Nail Technicians, Salon Owners and Instructors who work full-time and still take time out of their busy schedule to help others; who are still in nail school, just starting out, or those that are struggling with perfecting their nails or having a hard time building a clientele.

The "Nail Squad" has a true Passion for Nails and for People.

  • They are big hearted, helpful, caring Educators who Love to see others succeed.
  • They put their whole hearts into being the best Nail Educators, and HEART is what it takes.
  • Doing beautiful nails is an important part of being on the "Nail Squad" and these women do beautiful nails; but the most important reason these women were chosen to be on the "Nail Squad" is their LOVE of NAILS and their LOVE of HELPING others achieve their full potential.

To VIEW all of our EXCITING photos click here.

The "Nail Squad" does Private lessons & Group lessons, for licensed Nail Technicians, Salon Owners, Nail Students, School Instructors and School Owners.

Mary Stokus is my Director of Education and my Nail Squad Leader;

Mary has been exclusively Tammy Taylor since 1997. Her passion for the nail industry started at a very young age and was instilled by her Mother, Anna Maria, a Cosmetology Instructor and Salon Owner. One of her fondest memories as a little girl was when a Tammy Taylor Educator visited her home to teach a one-on-one class to her Mother and sister (also a Tammy Taylor Nail Technician).

From the moment Mary started as a Nail Technician, she understood the importance of furthering her education. She flew to California and attended a 2-Day Advanced Class by Tammy Taylor herself; from then on Mary was unstoppable. She joined the Tammy Taylor Team and started teaching classes. And since 1997, Mary has earned her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Management and is a Licensed Nail Instructor. As the Director of Education for Tammy Taylor Nails, Inc., her position allows her to help and train other Professionals, Salon Owners, and Instructors throughout the world on a daily basis.

If you are interested in taking classes, booking a class for your school, becoming a Tammy Taylor Preferred Salon, or you would like to learn more about becoming part of my Nail Squad: please contact Mary Stokus at or contact a member of our "Tammy Taylor Nail Squad" directly by e-mail.