While perusing the isles of Sally Beauty Supply last week I stumbled upon something that really rocked my world. As many of you know I am also a licensed nail technician. After being out of the business full-time for several years I came back for what was going to be an exciting new beginning in the nail business.
After years of downturn in the nail industry, many exciting and new products began to emerge; one of them being gel polish, like Shellac, which skyrocketed every manicurists profits!
But, what did i see in Sally that made me so upset….mini bottles of Gelish gel lacquer being sold to the masses at Sally Beauty Supply! How rude Gelish.
I understand that everyone is out to make a buck in this economy, but to take a professional product like that and sell “over-the-counter” to consumers is a direct slap in the face to nail techs who profit and earn their living from providing the service.
In my opinion, Gelish just committed suicide by making this move. Who wants to use a product in their salon that people can just pick up in the local beauty supply store? I am further irritated that they didn’t even consider the people who first purchased their product, marketed it as a great alternative to Shellac when they had supply and demand issues.
I use Gelish products now, but as of 7/11/11 will discontinue and not reorder. I personally feel that they are about to do to the nail business now what “drive thru” nail salons did to the business in the early 90′s, devalue our service and rob hard working people who use these professional products to make a living.
Shame on you Gelish…shame, shame, shame! I’d like to hear what some of you nail techs think about this!! Please comment!