Scratch chats to Scratch Stars Awards winner, educator and founder of Nail Gaga, Erin Adeyemo…
What do you love most about being an educator?
I would have to say seeing a student I’ve taught grow into a successful, professional nail technician is the most rewarding aspect of my role. I enjoy passing my knowledge and experience on to others, and sharing my passion for our amazing industry.
How has the industry changed in your career so far?
The industry has changed so dramatically over the years. There is so much more available to technicians nowadays, both in terms of products and training. New techniques have been created, innovative products have evolved, which have enhanced and changed our way of working as nail technicians.
What would your advice be to a technician looking to become an educator?
I would say if you want to educate for a brand, do your research and make sure you join a reputable company.
Don’t just join any company that is looking for educators, join a brand because you love its product range and ethos. How can you educate with a brand if you don’t use it yourself? Or if you aren’t familiar with the knowledge and application required?
For any technician wanting to be independent and write their own course, I would say take your time – it is a long process! Keep the course content original and detailed. Also, get your courses backed by a reputable insurance company.
How do you balance salon life, educating, product distribution and family time?
Being a working mum, juggling a busy salon, teaching and distribution is certainly a fine art. I couldn’t do it if I didn’t love all those things!
Having a supportive husband and business partner makes it all possible. Being an inspiration to my children is my drive, and my passion for the industry has in turn become my success.
What are you looking forward to next year?
Next year will be as crazy and chaotic as this year! There are new products in the pipeline, new courses, new educators and international training – just to name a few! Watch this space.