student issues


Week Nine: The Homestretch
  • October 27, 2014
  • Tisha Allen

It’s so hard to say goodbye, and sadly, that is what I’ll be doing next week. I’ll be saying goodbye to nail school and hello to the nail business as a licensed technician; this is once I pass my state board, of course.

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Keywords: air filtration   Naja Rickette   student issues   Valentino Beauty Pure  
Week Eight: Beauty Changes Lives
  • October 20, 2014
  • Tisha Allen

I am so excited to say that my nail tech school tuition will be paid in full! Last week, the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation announced the CND|BCL|Tippi Hedren Nail Technology Scholarship recipients, and I was completely surprised and honored to have been chosen as one of the 10 winners.

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Keywords: 3-D nail art   Beauty Changes Lives   CND   competitions   cosmetology schools  
Week Seven: Learning from an Industry Educator
  • October 13, 2014
  • Tisha Allen

This week we watched a demonstration with the wonderful Gisela Marti, the creative director for Tammy Taylor Nails. I was so excited to finally have a formal introduction to a brand and product line that I see so many nail technicians are committed to using.

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Keywords: acrylics   salon sanitation   student issues   Tammy Taylor Nails  
Week Six: Adventures With E-Files
  • October 6, 2014
  • Tisha Allen

This week was dedicated to increasing my speed. I get frustrated with how long it takes me to complete a full set of acrylic or hard gel nails, especially if I have to first remove 3-D nail art, embellishments, and/or glitter before I can even prep the nails.

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Keywords: e-files   social media   student issues  
Week Five: Pedicures and Publicity
  • September 29, 2014
  • Tisha Allen

This week I received my very first pedicure in class, did my instructor's nails, and got to be a star for a day!

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Keywords: Athena Elliott   CND   Nail Talk Radio   pedicures   student issues  
Week Four: One Month In!
  • September 22, 2014
  • Tisha Allen

An entire month of nail school already finished! I have completed 94 hours of my 240-hour course. In Florida you have to complete a minimum of 240 hours to qualify for the state board so you can obtain your nail technician license. Within this time, I have also managed to complete 40 of my 90 required nail services.

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Keywords: acrylic   CND   gels   Hand & Nail Harmony   Odyssey  
Week Three: Settling In
  • September 16, 2014
  • Tisha Allen

Slowly, I’m settling in and school is beginning to feel like home. Earlier in the week I was pleasantly surprised with a visit from my 4-year-old daughter, Demi.

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Keywords: children's services   cuticle care   cuticles   Doug Schoon   student issues  
Week 1: An Exciting Introduction!
  • September 2, 2014

Where do I begin?  I really have so much to talk about, and I am so excited! I never imagined that my first week would have been so packed with information on several different nail enhancement products and services, nor did I ever think that I would perform an actual manicure my second day of class — yikes!

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Keywords: CND   cosmetology schools   Essie   OPI products   pink-and-whites  
Meet Student Blogger Tisha Allen
  • August 21, 2014
  • Tisha Allen

Hi, I’m Tisha Allen, an aspiring nail technician who has vivid goals of taking the nail care industry by storm!

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Keywords: cosmetology schools   schools   student issues  
Week Three: Going the Extra Mile
  • July 21, 2014
  • Harriet Gibson

This week I have been doing some extra training aside from nails.  Here in the U.K., it’s expected that nail salons provide beauty and tanning services too. You’ve got to be a triple threat!

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Keywords: acrylics   clients   eyelash   schools   student issues  
Week Two: Real Live Humans!
  • July 14, 2014
  • Harriet Gibson

You may recall that I was worrying about working on clients last week. Well, it turns out that real, live clients caused me a couple of headaches in week two.

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Keywords: client issues   schools   student issues  
Week One: Hectic but Fun!
  • July 7, 2014
  • Harriet Gibson

My first week has been a hectic one, and my mind is well and truly boggled.

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Keywords: cosmetology schools   EZ Flow   Nail Art   student issues  
Meet Harriet
  • June 25, 2014
  • Tracy Rubert

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Keywords: cosmetology schools   newbie   schools   student issues  
Update: I finished school!
  • April 28, 2014
  • Jessica

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Keywords: schools   student issues  
Guest Post: A Student's Trip Report from ABS Chicago 2014
  • April 2, 2014
  • Lucien Henderson

Nail manufacturer Lucien Henderson is attending nail school and instead of being an exhibitor at ABS Chicago, he went as a student this year.

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Keywords: Akzentz   America's Beauty Show   CND   Empower Nail Art   Essie  
Week 22: Beauty Changes Lives
  • March 31, 2014
  • Jessica

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Keywords: cosmetology schools   education   student issues  
Week 21: Are We Done Yet?
  • March 20, 2014
  • Jessica

Three weeks to go!

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Keywords: education   student issues  
Week 18: A Slow Valentine’s Week
  • February 19, 2014
  • NAILS Magazine

Valentine's Day is behind us. We practiced so much artwork with a Valentine’s theme, gearing up for our open house and Valentine’s events and happenings, and the only request I had was for Rasta colors!— JessicaNormal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONE

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Keywords: student issues  
Week 17: Almost Finished
  • February 10, 2014
  • NAILS Magazine

I'm on the home stretch in my nail program. I am ahead of schedule with required procedures — just a few pedicures left.As I'm getting close to the end, I have had more questions/concerns with my

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Keywords: pedicures   student issues  
Week 16: Busy Week!
  • February 5, 2014
  • NAILS Magazine

For the last few weeks I had been feeling kind of — I don't know — out of it. Like my skill level was going backwards and I was starting to think maybe I wouldn't be

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Keywords: student issues  
Week 14: Liquid-and-Powder and I
  • January 21, 2014
  • NAILS Magazine

Liquid-and-powder and I are starting to become friends...sort of. We have continued working on acrylics. I don't know why it's so frustrating for me. We have been repeating smile lines on our hands over and over.

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Keywords: student issues  
Week 13: Welcome to 2014!
  • January 10, 2014
  • NAILS Magazine

We made it to 2014! I’m excited that my schedule is back to normal. Three of the girls finished the program at school, so it’s down to just three of us. Since there were no new

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Keywords: acrylics   student issues  
Week 11: Field Trips and Visitors
  • December 18, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

This week was an exciting one. One of the owners from Bellini Beauty Bar came in to talk to us about their business and upcoming plans. I actually follow them on social media and I look

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Keywords: manicures   student issues  
Week 9: A Short Week of Practice
  • December 3, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

The holidays are here! Last week was short and sweet. We only had a handful of clients so it gave us time to get our own nails done. My classmate Sarah gave me an acrylic full

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Keywords: student issues  
How Can They Not Teach About Sanitation?
  • December 3, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Last week was very short for us at school, with Thanksgiving and all. We were working on waxing and models. All I have to say is it was very frustrating. My teacher was out the whole

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Keywords: Arizona   Colorado   student issues  
Week 8: Pedicures, Shellac, and Nail Art
  • November 26, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

This week wasn’t any different from last week. We wrapped up all the styles of pedicures. We had a slow week — it rained in San Diego, which is our idea of a snowstorm and most

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Keywords: student issues  
Kendra Is Frustrated With Nail School
  • November 26, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor’s Note: Kendra’s been busy over the last few weeks, but she’s here to check in with us before the holidays.Sorry I haven’t written in a few weeks. Last week we had seven chapters to get

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Keywords: acrylics   Arizona   Colorado   education   student issues  
Week 7: Pedis and Some Advice From a Beauty Veteran
  • November 18, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

I never thought I would say this but I could go without a pedicure for a few weeks…just a few!We went over pedicures from basic to every version of a spa-style pedi. We took turns performing

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Keywords: manicures   pedicures   student issues  
Week 6: Relaxing With Manicures and Pedicures
  • November 14, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Sorry for the small amount of pictures, I was getting massaged! Last week was all about manicures and pedicures and a ton of ways to massage your client.We went over the hot stone manicure, reflexology, and

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Keywords: pedicures   student issues  
Week 5: Halloween Party and New Students
  • November 4, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Happy Halloween and hello to November. October went by way too fast! This week was not a typical one. We had two new students join us and a Halloween celebration at school. We worked on state

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Keywords: acrylics   pedicures   student issues  
Week 4: It's Already Been a Month!
  • October 29, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Wow! This week marks a month in the nail program. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! Over the weekend I was reflecting on life... where I've been, where I'm headed. I am someone that

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Keywords: acrylics   student issues  
Kendra's First Week
  • October 25, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

I started my first week of school on Monday and it was awesome. There were a total of nine students, including myself. The first part of the morning we went over school rules and what the

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Keywords: student issues   student tests  
Week 3: Information Overload — But I Love It!
  • October 21, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

We went over so many things this week. We went into more detail about Vinylux and the class got in some new fall colors. I love them all! Our instructor was attending some CND training all

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   products   student issues  
Meet Kendra
  • October 21, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

My name is Kendra Budjenska and I live in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colo. I just recently moved up here in August from Arizona (talk about a crazy weather change).

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Keywords: Arizona   Colorado   student issues  
Week 2: My Support Systems Means Everything
  • October 14, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

So last week was my first week and my boys were on fall break. It was nice to be able to start the night program without worrying about homework, dinner, and all the other mom duties.But

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Keywords: gels   student issues  
Week 1: Just Like Christmas Morning
  • October 8, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

I have officially completed my first week in the spa nail program! It was such an exciting week that I’m not sure where to start. Well let me just say the whole age thing I was

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Keywords: student issues  
Meet Jessica
  • September 30, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Hello! My name is Jessica Sandoval. I am 37 years old, a wife and mother of two handsome boys. I have run my own business but have never felt that passion, that “this is it” feeing.

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Keywords: student issues  
Team Gels or Team Acrylic?
  • September 6, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

If you would have asked me that question a few weeks ago I would definitely have said “Team Gels,” but finally after practice, practice, practice I think I have managed to get the liquid-to-powder ratio just

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   student issues  
Racking Up on Services
  • July 1, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Hello lovelies! Let me try to quickly get you up to speed on what’s been going on in my world as a nail tech student. In one word…everything. I’ll start off by saying that we had another OPI

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   student issues  
Catching Up With April
  • June 24, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

June 20This week has flown by!Monday was orientation, which just means we went over the huge handbook FULL of rules.Tuesday and Wednesday was spent on introductions and settling in. I had my first test later that

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Keywords: student issues  
Getting Caught Up...Being a Nail Student Is Busy!
  • June 7, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Hello lovelies! Sorry I've been M.I.A. from the scene lately but I've been super busy. I've learned so much in such a short period that I feel my head spinning at times. I'll do my best

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Keywords: gels   student issues  
Brushes, Brushes, Brushes
  • May 20, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

We really didn't do anything new in class last week. I practiced my overlays, sculpted nails, and nail art some more. I performed a few more manicures and pedicures; the good news is that I only

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Keywords: acrylics   products   student issues  
Old School Nail Art Video...and Lots of Flowers
  • May 8, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

I have to honestly say that it was very hard to get up and get to class on time today. When I woke up I wasn't really feeling that well — headache, queasy stomach, and tired.

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Keywords: acrylics   student issues  
Meet April
  • May 6, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Growing up I was always known as the smart one and my almost-twin (11 months to the day) sister was known as the beauty. These were the roles we embraced since this is all we heard.

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Keywords: student issues   West Virginia  
First Day Jitters
  • April 24, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Let me describe my first day of class in one word...awesome! Most of the girls there have already been there for a few days; I was the only one who was brand spanking new.

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Keywords: acrylics   North Carolina   student issues  
White Scrubs...Who Knew?
  • April 9, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Picture this...I decided that I'm not going to buy my scrubs from Walmart. Why you ask? Two reasons. First, the fabric (to me) literally feels like it's going to take layers of my skin off; yes

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Keywords: student issues  
Meet Stacelyn
  • April 1, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor's note: We're excited to introduce you to several new nail tech students over the course of the next few months. Up first is Stacelyn Jones of Charlotte, N.C. Please help us welcome her to the

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Keywords: North Carolina   student issues  
Nikki Graduates
  • January 24, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

I did it finally! I am so excited! It felt like it was going to take forever to finish. Then the last day arrived and it seemed like I just started! WOO HOO! I am so

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Keywords: student issues  
Graduation Day Is Tomorrow!
  • January 9, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor’s note: Nikki sent this blog in on January 4 and I was out of town and didn’t get to post it until today. She’s graduating tomorrow from school! We wish her luck.)Here it is…almost the

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Keywords: student issues  
Holiday Nails and Practice!
  • December 14, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

It is so hard to believe I have less that 200 hours before I complete my nail tech course. I am so excited about it! My graduation date is Jan. 10, 2013. It seems like the

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Keywords: student issues  
Getting Caught Up With Nikki
  • November 5, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I have missed another week of posting to the blog. I am so sorry. I have been so swamped — but in a good way! School, kids, life, baseball, cheer… I could go on and on.

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   student issues  
Meet Rachael
  • October 17, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Hi Beauties! My name is Rachael Pearson. I am currently working at two different spas as an esthetician and spa manager in the Seattle area in the beautiful northwest. I have always enjoyed experimenting with my

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Keywords: student issues  
Weeks 6 & 7: Getting in Plenty of Practice
  • October 16, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I’ve been so busy— in addition to school, kids, life and everything else, I just started working on the Board of Directors for our children’s Little League. I love it. (Like I had spare time, right?)

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Keywords: acrylics   student issues  
Week 5: Feeling Inspired
  • October 2, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Last week one of the girls in my class graduated. She was awesome and my go-to person. If I had a question, she was the person I asked. I drilled her on gels, 3D art and

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   student issues  
What a Difference a Day Makes
  • October 2, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

The other day my instructor was ill so class was cancelled. At first I thought, bummer, and then I realized my house was empty! I could listen to music of my choice and work on some

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Keywords: student issues  
The Transition From Stay-at-Home Mom to Student-Mom
  • September 27, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

After leaving my world as a speech pathologist, I have always looked at mothers with careers in awe. How do you all do it? I had entertained the thought about going back to work shortly after

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Keywords: student issues  
Week 4: Rough Week with a Silver Lining
  • September 27, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Well, along with the good comes the bad right? I have openly expressed how much I am enjoying school and I love all of the new things I am learning. I am also learning in this

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   student issues  
Week 2: First Full Set and a Fantasy Competition!
  • September 14, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

This was an exciting week, to say the least. My school held a school-wide competition, between ALL the departments. The theme was fantasy. It was up to each person to decide if they wanted to be a

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Keywords: acrylics   student issues  
My First Few Weeks of Nail School
  • September 4, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Besides the amazing street education I am receiving in the break room, I really am enjoying my nail program. My teachers are terrific and supportive, as are the other students. In some cases, too supportive, the

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Keywords: manicures   student issues  
Week 1: A New Beginning
  • September 4, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

After getting my kids to school and watching my little Kindergartener cry because she just wanted to go home with me, I finally made it to my first day of school. I couldn’t wait to get

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Keywords: manicures   student issues  
Meet Nikki
  • August 30, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

My name is Nikki Moody. I am 39 years old, and married with four kids (ages 17, 16, 9 and 5). My oldest just started his senior year of high school and my baby just started

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Keywords: student issues  
Meet Alissa
  • August 28, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

For the past 11 years I have been a stay-at-home mom. Although I love being there for my husband and three children, I never thought I'd be away from the workforce for so long. I received

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Keywords: student issues  
Graduation!
  • August 22, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

After months of hard work, studying, and practicing the moment I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. Graduation! I still can’t believe it. My last week seemed to take forever. I thought my last day would

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Keywords: North Carolina   student issues  
Getting Ready
  • August 8, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I finished my last three pedicures and took (and passed) my last final! All that is left now is counting down the hours and then GRADUATION!! Now that I’m almost finished, most of the services go

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Keywords: gels   student issues  
Week 13: Done With Finals!
  • August 6, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Done with finals! I stressed so hard before the written final, I was just positive I would show up and no answers would come to me when it was time for the test. I sat down,

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Keywords: student issues   student tests  
Client Health Scare
  • August 6, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

This week began normally: clients, pedicures and studying. However, all of that normalcy changed when my classmate’s client became sick. Two young ladies came in to get their nails done. After getting her tips put on,

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Keywords: student issues  
Job Hunting and Client Frustration
  • August 1, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Summer break is over and after a week of studying and YouTubing myself silly, I am focused and ready to knock these last few weeks out. I have four weeks and six pedicures left, so my

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Keywords: acrylics   pedicures   student issues  
Week 11: Final Countdown
  • July 26, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Week 11 is here with only two more to go. August 1st is our written final and then August 2nd will be our practical. I’m starting to get nervous. Have I been a good enough student?

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Keywords: student issues   student tests  
Week 10: Missed Blog and Winding Down
  • July 18, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

So sorry to miss last week’s blog everyone! With the 4th taking out two days of our class time that week and then getting a new computer that I had zero clue how to use, I

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   student issues   student tests  
The End Is In Sight
  • July 3, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I now have under a 100 hours left to complete my program. Only 6 pedicures, 2 finals and about 4 weeks stand between me and graduation. I am so excited!We had a new group of students

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Keywords: student issues  
An Awesome, Awesome Day
  • June 26, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I don’t even know where to begin to tell you all about last week. I’m still floating on cloud nine, so before I begin rambling let me just start at the beginning. I’m a quiet person;

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Keywords: student issues  
Week 7: Misadventures in Gel
  • June 25, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

This week we learned about gel nails, overlays and extension. The only bad part is that it is new to all of us — including the teacher. LOL. So we learned it together. For the last

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   student issues  
Attitude Matters
  • June 19, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Have you ever had one those days where everything seems to go wrong? I recently had one of those days and let me tell you it was no fun.The day began normal as usual, practicing acrylic

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   student issues  
Week 6: Substitute, Overbooking and a Very Special Client
  • June 15, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

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Week 5: Fixing Bitten Nails with "Buttons"
  • June 11, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

This week I finished all of my training acrylic exercises and got the chance to work on a technique I have been itching to learn — buttons! One of the hardest types of nails for extensions

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Keywords: acrylics   student issues  
State Board Practice
  • June 11, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

This week was better than last. I had a few gel-polish and pedicure clients. For some reason I get assigned most of the gel-polish applications. The extra practice has definitely helped me with my time and

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   North Carolina   student issues   student tests  
Week 4: Getting in a Lot of Practice
  • June 6, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

It has been a sad week in our school — we lost two students. One was becoming a very close friend and had to withdraw for health reasons. I am going to miss her and her

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Keywords: student issues  
A Slow Week and Practicing at Home
  • June 6, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I have officially reached and surpassed (by 20 hours) the halfway point of the nail program. My excitement is growing more and more each day. In just a short while I will graduate from the program,

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Keywords: student issues  
Week 3: Salon Practice and a Miracle Manicure
  • May 29, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

This week we started seeing paying clients, and I also got to work on my “freebie” and on another teacher from cosmetology. At our school, we are allowed to choose one person who can come in

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Keywords: student issues  
Pedicures, Nail Art, and Acrylic, Oh My!
  • May 21, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Pedicure season is in full swing. WooHoo!! Doing pedicures is one of my favorite services. I love when clients leave the pedicure throne and say how much better their feet feel. Between clients and classmates, I

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Keywords: acrylics   student issues  
Week 2: Manis, Pedis, and Initiation
  • May 18, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONEWell my fellow nail lovers, this has been a very busy week. We learned and performed manicur

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Keywords: pedicures   student issues  
Catching Up With Starr: In The Beginning
  • May 14, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

When I started school at the end of 2011, my first day of school was nerve racking. It had been quite some time since I’d been in school and I didn’t know what to expect. Sure

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Keywords: gels   student issues  
Week 1: I Hope There's Still a Class Next Week
  • May 11, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Well this was an odd day. The first and only day of class this week and there may not even be a next week. Each class has to have a minimum of 8 students and sadly

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Keywords: student issues  
“Springing” Forward
  • March 15, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Ah, spring! It’s such a lovely season of new beginnings and growth that features beautiful displays of color and light. Now that I’ve finished school, I get to actually sit back and enjoy the beauty around

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Keywords: student issues  
LaTia Is Ready for 2012
  • January 12, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Happy 2012!! My, what a crazy holiday season this was! Between school and the normal holiday madness, I feel like I haven’t been to sleep in ages. With the New Year comes new possibilities, and I’m

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Keywords: student issues  
Marti Graduates and Passes Pre-State
  • January 10, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Big hello to everyone! I have now graduated from the nail technician program at VOGUE dba Huntington Beauty College. I am now in the salon learning more and more and preparing for my state board exam. Time

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Keywords: student issues   student tests  
Shopping! (On a Budget)
  • December 14, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

 I have a confession... I'm a bit of a product junkie. Hair products, makeup, bath products, you name it. So, it's no real surprise that I'm a bit obsessed with nail products, as well. It's also

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Keywords: products   student issues  
Frustrated Nail Student Ahead
  • December 1, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

The fact that the nail program at my school only has two students enrolled (myself and another awesome woman) should have been my first clue that I would eventually hit what I’ve affectionately termed “the wall

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Keywords: student issues  
Working with Gels
  • November 10, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Recently, I've been practicing more with gels. I think it's a beautiful medium, and one that I would really love to master. But I must admit, I find it to have a steeper learning curve than

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Keywords: gels   student issues  
50 Hours Left!
  • October 26, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

The last hours seem to last the longest. I'm still not to the 450 hour mark, which will complete my program. But I have under 50 left! The days have been so slow and lately I

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Keywords: student issues  
Finding Balance
  • October 25, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Oh, free time! How I miss you so! Such is the story of my life these days. Being in school and working a full time job on top of freelancing as a makeup artist means a

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Keywords: student issues  
The First Few Weeks of School
  • October 17, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

These first couple weeks of school have been such an adventure! In terms of theory, we’ve talked about having a professional image, manicuring, infection control (eeeww!), and some of the history of the profession. In the

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Keywords: acrylics   student issues  
Finished the Textbook
  • October 11, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Hello my fellow readers and nail lovers, I hope the past week has been as rewarding to all of you as it has to me. The salon was slow once again. It seems like the only

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Meet LaTia
  • September 28, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor’s note: Marti is still blogging about her school experience, but since she’s going to be finishing up school in the next month or so, we wanted to get our next student blogger started now. Look

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Wedding…Funeral…Exams
  • September 16, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

My end in the nail technology program is weeks away from completion. Due to missing four days last week, I am doubling up on exams so I can get done quickly. We covered chapter 10 (chemistry),

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Chemistry Class and Minx Nails
  • September 1, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Let’s start with theory. This week we studied and reviewed Chapter 10: Chemistry. That included Matter and Potential Hydrogen (Ph). This chapter covers a lot of material. I had anticipated that chemistry would be challenge for

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100% and a Snakeskin Pedi!
  • August 23, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I raise my glass to this past week. It was the best week at school thus far. One, I took my test over Chapter 9: Diseases and Disorders and received 100%. Two, I obtained some snakeskin

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Lots of Pedicures and Some Retail Too!
  • August 5, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I am the queen bee of the perfect pedicure — in my own mind of course! I haven’t tested lately. I only have six tests left and this is symphony to my ears. It means the

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Ready to Paint the Town Red
  • July 21, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Last week I was tested on deep anatomy of the skin, skin health, aging, disorders, and prevention of skin problems in the salon. I passed with 100%. A good instructor (Miss Bethany) really makes a world

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Oooh Snap! First Half Down...Catching Up With Marti
  • June 29, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

The past month of nail technology school has been so stressful and very hard to juggle school, studies, and time with my daughter. I begged and felt so confident to hit the salon floor after watching

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Week 2: Demos, Demos, Demos
  • May 16, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Week 2 was stressful but thankfully it flew by and is now in the past. Throughout the whole week the inner me was begging to get out on that salon floor. All I can say is

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Week 3: Full Week on the Floor
  • May 10, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

This was a very hectic, stressful week — I was on the floor all week and had testing again on Friday. It was fun, but I am very tired at the end of the day. Most

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Week 2: Freshman Final and On The Floor
  • May 2, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Well, I made it through the second week. It was pretty stressful overall, but a good experience. After theory class we continued learning how to glue tips on. I still have trouble with that but as

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Meet Marti
  • April 27, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

My name is Marti Bishir and I’m 34-years-old living in Peru, Indiana. Nails have been a part of me since birth. Art is something that always seemed like a pipe dream to me as it wasn’t

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Week 1: Shock and...Well, Just Shock
  • April 12, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I was so excited for the first day of school. I made sure I had everything set out the night before. I was eager to meet the other nail techs that would be starting the same

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Meet Mallerie
  • April 4, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

My name is Mallerie Hendrix and I love the arts. Anything that allows you to work with your hands and directly make people happy immediately gets my attention — be it music, fashion, or beauty. I

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Week 12: Beyond School to Infinity of Nails
  • April 1, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

These past few weeks have been something of mixed emotions. I am happy because my school days are coming to an end. Yet, I’m sad because I have made some really good friends and love being

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Week 10: Finishing the Book
  • March 11, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

This week has been so crazy. I decided to post tons of photos because I am taking and finishing up the tests for this nail program. Finally, the light is shining and I feel great. We worked

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Week 9: Anatomy, Skin, Disease and Electricity
  • March 4, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

I am sorry I didn’t post last week. Everyone at school was sick with either pneumonia, strep throat or the cold. I was out for most of the week due to having walking pneumonia and a

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Week 7: Gels and Fiberglass
  • February 18, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

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Week 6: Creative Artist
  • February 11, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

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Weel 3: Manicures and Pedicures
  • January 21, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

This week has been fast-paced because of missing some school last week due to my wedding. But now that the dust has settled, I am a full-time student. I have posted a lot of photos and

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Week 12: Graduation Week!
  • January 13, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Without a doubt this was my easiest week yet. Despite the fact that I had to take an exam with 220+ questions on it and get all my ducks in a row to graduate, the week

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Week 1: Nervous and Excited About Starting School
  • January 11, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

My first week was something I was not in for. Let me back up and tell you when I enrolled. I was given a set of rules to go by. I thought, “I can’t do this.”

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Meet Susan
  • January 5, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor’s Note: Karyn will continue to blog while she waits to take her state board exam. Since we planned for this blog to have more than one student blogger at a time, we’re happy to introduce

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Week 11: Prepping for California State Boards
  • January 4, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

This past week was probably my busiest week yet at school. We had two mornings of running through the practical exam for state board, studied the bones and muscles and other basic anatomy in theory, plus

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Week 10: Still Busy and Still Waiting for My Test Date
  • December 28, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

This past week was absolutely crazy. Between the people who wanted to get in at school and all my clients I took care of outside of that, I worked my butt off. Even after I got

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Week 9: Staying Busy for the Holidays
  • December 20, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

This past week was fun. It was busy! Everyone is getting ready for the holidays and starting vacations so they all want to look their best. We stayed busy Thursday, Friday and Saturday with clients. I

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Week 8: Celebrating My Birthday and My Hard Work
  • December 14, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I have officially pre-applied to take my state boards. One can only hope that despite how slow the Board of Cosmetology has been at getting dates back to students, I will end up with a date

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Week 7: Moving on Out
  • December 6, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I am going to pick this week up where I left off with last week. I made the decision to move my business and I am already happier about my job then I have been in

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Week 6: Thankful for Family (and Frustrated with Business)
  • November 29, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The absolute best part of this week was that I got a much-needed five days off. I literally only had one client between Thursday and Sunday and was so happy to get time to clean my

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Week 5: Showing Progress
  • November 22, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Wow, this was an easy week. Even though I had long days every day due to my self-inflicted work schedule after school and an emergency run to the AT&T store to replace a non-functioning cell phone,

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Week 4: School + Work = Overload + Sick
  • November 15, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I have to say that week four was highly uneventful. It started with a Tuesday that was so slow in the clinic all the students were basically practicing on one another. This isn’t a bad thing,

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Week 3: Salon Practice and Sanitation Lessons
  • November 8, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

My first full week of working on clients in the school was a welcome change form the pace of the week before. We were finally working on clients and were out on the main floor of

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Week 2: Preparing to Work on Real Clients
  • November 1, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The start of week two immediately began with changes. Our teacher was called away on a family emergency and we were going to have someone new help us finish out the week before our “Freshman Final”.

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First Week of School
  • October 25, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Walking in the doors of the beauty college as a student for the first time in nearly seven years was so odd. It smelled the same, it looked basically the same and the girls were exactly

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Meet Karyn
  • October 21, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor's Note: Now that Maricha has graduated, she will continue to blog while she starts her new job and prepares for her state board exam. Our plan for this blog is to have more than one student

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It’s OVER!
  • September 21, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

September 21, 2010I can’t believe that only a few short months ago (four to be exact) I began my journey to become a licensed nail technician. This is a bittersweet moment for me. I am excited

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My Floor Plan!
  • September 8, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

September 8, 2010Here is a mock floor plan I included in my business plan final project. Just thought I would share!— Maricha

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These last weeks of school…
  • September 8, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

September 8, 2010Man, have these last weeks of school been tough! I passed the chemistry/anatomy test (call me Dr. Stallworth), participated in three Nail Idol competitions, created a business plan as my final project and am

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The Man, the Myth, the legend… Mr. Mario Tricocci
  • August 24, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

August 24, 2010Last week, I had the honor and the privilege to hear and meet Mr. Mario Tricocci. For those of you who don’t know, Mr. Tricocci is the world-renowned hairstylist who hails from Italy. He

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Art imitates life — I think…
  • August 24, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

August 18, 2010As my program winds down, my instructor has found a great way to keep us using our skills that we have learned and shift our thinking to something TOTALLY different — nail art. She

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Call Me Representative Maricha
  • July 6, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

July 5, 2010After a unanimous vote by my classmates Saturday, I was voted as the Nail Technician program’s representative to the Tricoci University Student Council!As the representative, I am responsible for relaying my program’s needs and

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The Results Are In…
  • June 29, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

June 29, 2010 AND I PASSED!!! That’s right; I passed all of my tests with A’s!!! I am now able to work on the clinic floor — meaning I can now take clients at school! I am so

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Acrylics, Gels, and Wraps — Oh MY!
  • June 22, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

June 21, 2010So for the last week and a half, we have been learning about theory and working on acrylics, gels and wraps. Before we began, I was sooo nervous. It sounded like the three of

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Back to the Future
  • June 17, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

June 17, 2010 So here I am. Thinking about what I am going to do after September 18th (graduation date). While I have no definite plans, I do have short-term and long-term goals.  Here are some short-term

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Agony of De “Feet”
  • June 15, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

June 4, 2010This week in school we learned about pedicures. Pedicures deal with the feet. Yes, the feet (don’t cringe, it will be OK).We began with the theory portion of the lesson. Theory is when we

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Manicure Anyone?
  • June 2, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Saturday, May 29, 2010Today started with a test… AND I PASSED!!! Well, I did more than pass — I got a 100%!So after the test, my instructor told us it was time for a practical on

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The Big Day
  • June 1, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Today was my first day at Tricoci University as a nail tech student. To say that I was nervous was an understatement. Never mind that I have been in school since 1987 (kindergarten

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Orientation!
  • June 1, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

May 19, 2010Orientation —  to prepare you for whatever your endeavor is. I went to the nail technology orientation for Tricoci University today. I almost got emotional when I drove near the school. Yes, emotional. I

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