All too often, cosmetology schools in the U.S. aren’t putting their best foot forward when it comes to educating future nail technicians. For nail schools to get all As when it comes to training students for the real salon world, we need more dedicated nail instructors, increased hours, and a commitment to more than just the state board exam.
Karyn Lenhart had such a great experience at Citrus Heights Beauty College (where she earned her esthetics degree) that she went back to the same school for nails several years later.
Sidebar 1: How to Find a Great Nail School
> Look at the pass/fail rate. State boards typically publish these results (the number and/or percentage of students at each school who pass and who fail each state board exam). Look on the state board’s website and call the board if it’s not published online.
> Make sure the school has a designated nail instructor with experience doing nails professionally.
> Ask what the school will be teaching you specifically. Will it teach you how to sculpt? What about how to apply gel-polish?
> Find out what the student kit will contain and what products you will be taught on.
> What textbook does the school use? Many use textbooks by Milady. Others use their own proprietary books. Find out what topics the book covers.
> Ask how long it will be before you work on real clients.
Sidebar 2: Sign Up for Nail School News
We at NAILS Magazine want to be part of the positive change in nail schools. To that end, we have just launched a new e-newsletter specifically geared toward improving nail schools from inside the classroom and out. Dubbed Nail School News, it will give nail instructors, school owners, and other beauty school employees the edge to attract the best students, educate students for the real world, and increase your job placement rate. Sign up to receive Nail School News at nailsmag.com/enews/signup.