CND Trains Tricoci Techs

By Jan Hillenmeyer | 10/28/2010 10:07:40 AM


More than 120 nail technicians from Chicago’s Mario Tricoci salons were introduced to CND’s Shellac UV Color Coat System during an all-day training session at the Medinah Center in Addison, Illinois.

The event was arranged by the local SalonCentric distributor and featured eight CND educational ambassadors, ready to bring the Tricoci techs up to speed on this profitable new service.

Jan Arnold, CND co-founder and style director was the special guest who set the tone with her morning presentation. Beginning with “CND From A to Z “ Jan covered the company’s history, products, mission, and place in the world of beauty and fashion. First and foremost, she explained CND is 100 percent devoted to the professional with a commitment to new product innovation, education and one of the industry’s largest research and development facilities.

“When we hear about a problem that a nail artist is having," said Jan, “I always think, this is not magic, there is a solution.”
She told the audience, “ With hands and feet, we have 20 opportunities to delight our clients.”

A fashion icon herself, Jan then revealed the big nail color trends for fall/winter 2010, straight from the international Fashion Week runways. Three trends and shades from the CND Look Book to keep an eye on this season are Night Factory, featuring Urban Oasis; Power Surge with intense reds like Rouge Red and Fire Berry, and Space Cocoon with Silver Chrome and Putty. The varied combinations achievable with CND’s crème colors and Pearl, Shimmer or Sparkle effects create a nearly limitless palette of colors.

Next came the introduction of Shellac. It looks like polish and it goes on like polish, but the comparison stops there. Jan explained that Shellac spent five years in CND’s R and D lab being tweaked and honed until the result was a service that is fast, easy, incredibly durable and will not damage the natural nail. The system includes a new  UV lamp that cures all five fingers at once.

CND Facilitator Kristina Estabrooks demonstrated three different applications before the techs broke for lunch, after which every one had their own “Shellac attack.” That included me! The delightful Deborah Perrin-Segura, CND education ambassador and owner of Debzart Salon and Spa in Tulsa, transformed my embarrassingly badly maintained nails with a Shellac service.

The process includes a base coat that cures under the light for 10 seconds, two coats of color (Jan selected Fedora, a rich very dark wine shade for me) that cure for two minutes each and a top coat that cures for 10 seconds. The new lamp digitally counts down the time for fool-proof timing. At the conclusion, the nails are good to go with no additional drying time and no fear of chipping or dulling for approximately 14 days. Be sure to remind your clients that a once or twice daily application of CND Solar Oil is crucial for optimum results.

Shellac is removed by applying wraps saturated with pure acetone (it must be pure, diluted acetone won’t do the job) and removed in ten minutes. When the wraps are slipped off, product comes with it. If any remains, it can be loosened with an orange stick. No soaking required!

My nails were bare, but Shellac can be applied over gel nails, as well. There are 12 Shellac shades and 12 more are coming out in March. My Shellac-ed nails are shiny, glass-like and smooth--just as the name implies. To learn more, visit

CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold presented CND From A to Z and the latest nail color trends for fall/winter 2010.

CND Education Ambassador Kristina Estabrooks demonstrated three Shellac applications on Elaine Sauer of Mario Tricoci salons.

Jan Arnold selected Fedora, a gorgeous rich shade, for  my Sellac service





ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jan Hillenmeyer

Jan Hillenmeyer is the News Editor of Modern Salon magazine.


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