Find out how to (Not) Turn into a Nail Tech


Once we final left our hero …

For individuals who don’t know me … and for these for whom I’m only a hazy pre-pandemic reminiscence … permit me to briefly introduce myself and summarize the place I left off my story.

Again in September 2019, I began attending nail school at a local people school. Issues went nicely … I labored and studied onerous. I did nicely in my principle classes and persistently bought good grades on the checks. The sensible a part of nail class began out slower for me. However I might inform I used to be a minimum of bettering with apply.

As I mentioned – issues went nicely for the primary semester. I bought good grades and bought some sensible expertise. And none of my classmates ran in terror on the suggestion of a apply service from me. After the primary semester ended there was an prolonged break till the second and remaining semester was scheduled to start.

The second semester started the primary week of March 2020 and … nicely, I in all probability don’t have to let you know what occurred subsequent. Nail faculty closed throughout the first week of March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now, I don’t wish to examine the relative tragedy of getting one’s nail tech profession interrupted with the devastating impression COVID-19 has had on tens of millions of people and households world wide. But I believe we are able to all agree the pandemic has been horrific. Finally, due to the general international effort to fight the scourge it appears to be like like we could quickly see the pandemic in our collective rearview mirror. It stays to be seen what the “New Regular” will appear like however it positively must be higher than the previous fifteen months has been.

Anyway, time handed and ultimately I used to be in a position to resume nail faculty in late Fall 2020. To this point the group school has not resumed providing manicuring courses and has no plans to take action within the close to future. Thankfully, I had remained in contact with classmates from my first semester of manicuring faculty and I in the end enrolled in a non-public faculty, Jasmine Magnificence College, the place another former manicuring faculty classmates had subsequently enrolled.

Though personal nail faculty is dearer than public faculty, I found there have been some particular benefits to resuming my classes at Jasmine. First, the college granted me full credit score for the classroom hours I had beforehand accomplished on the group school after I offered an official Proof of Coaching from the prior faculty. Though acquiring the Proof of Coaching from a shuttered faculty proved to be a problem, via perseverance I ultimately acquired it.

Second, since I already had an entire faculty package and textbook from the prior faculty it was not vital to buy these objects once more.

And third, as a result of the nail courses start each week it was not vital for me to attend till the subsequent semester rolled round to start courses.

In prior installments of this blog I coated what attending the group school nail program was like. In some ways attending the brand new faculty was just like the prior one.

As soon as once more, I used to be the one male within the classroom; or as I see it – the lone thorn in a bouquet of roses.  

Though there was some shock on the a part of my new classmates at my arrival, my (feigned) confidence and work ethic quickly led to their acceptance of me as considered one of them. Plus, it didn’t harm that there have been some former group school classmates current to vouch for me.  The best way I in the end knew I had been accepted occurred the day I used to be first requested “We’re all pitching in cash for tacos for lunch, you need in?”

Nonetheless, there have been additionally ways in which my second semester was completely different from the primary semester. In some respects the environment was extra relaxed than the group school. The latter had among the really feel of being again in highschool in some methods; that’s extra regulated and fewer versatile. That isn’t to recommend the personal faculty college students have been any much less critical about their faculty work. The truth is, I’d say in many of the instances simply the alternative was true. To make clear, because of the relative low value of attending the group school program there have been a good variety of college students who weren’t absolutely dedicated to a profession in nail know-how. Their obvious curiosity degree was extra of a “I’ll do this and see what occurs.” angle. Whereas the Jasmine college students’ involvement extra intently matched their monetary funding.

The extra tangible distinction between the 2 faculty experiences was that on account of Pandemic restrictions no apply consumer providers have been permitted. The truth is, not even the scholars practiced on each other. Licensed nail technicians studying this weblog could have issue comprehending how a nail program couldn’t embody engaged on apply shoppers – and I fully perceive that response. The hands-on apply is one which I used to be accustomed to throughout my first semester and certainly numerous my earlier weblog installments describe experiences with numerous apply shoppers. Even the classroom instruction was cut up between classroom and on-line instruction. In lieu of the classroom time usually spent on consumer providers we centered extra on principle instruction and mock state board examination apply.            

A partial mitigant to the dearth of consumer providers within the classroom was the college’s encouragement of participation in an externship program. The State of California permits cosmetology college students to finish as much as 10% of their required classroom hours in a taking part salon. In California which means manicuring college students can work as much as 40 hours in an precise salon beneath the steering of a licensed nail technician. I used to be lucky sufficient to determine a taking part salon and thus took benefit of the externship program. We in fact adopted all relevant state mandates for magnificence salons. I’m grateful to the salon and the shoppers that allowed me to reap the benefits of the externship alternative. 

In future installments of this weblog I’ll cowl extra about training for the state board examination and the precise examination expertise.

Till subsequent time … sayonara muchachos!


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