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These handouts are for your use and for educating your students. Feel free to print out the handouts to share with your fellow school employees or give to your students. You will need Adobe Reader to view the forms. Please visit Adobe Reader site to download it.

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How to Talk to a Client About Athlete’s Foot

Use this handout to help your students learn how to discuss athlete's foot with clients.

Keywords: athlete's foot   instructors   nail school   student issues  

Handout: Acrylic Application Basics

Use this handout to help your students practice basic acrylic application techniques to increase their speed and confidence.


Keywords: acrylics   instructors   schools   student issues  

Handout: Basic Nail Art

While not required to pass the state board exam, nail art is a terrific add-on service for your students to begin learning in school. This handout includes 12 essential nail art strokes, plus 17 beginner designs for them to practice with.

Keywords: beginner nail art   instructors   student issues  

How to File 5 Basic Nail Shapes

Most clients lean toward one of five basic nail shapes: square, round, oval, squoval, or pointed. Use this handout to help your students decide on the proper shape for each client and to learn some techniques for filing it just right.

Keywords: filing techniques   instructors   nail shapes   nail students   shaping nails  

Handout: Color Theory Part 2

Use this second handout on color theory to teach your students about matching nail color to clients' skin tone.

Keywords: color theory   instructors   nail school   student issues  

Handout: Color Theory Part 1

Use this colorwheel handout to teach your students about color theory. Look for Part 2 next week about matching color to clients' skintones.

Keywords: colored gels   instructors   nail art   nail students   schools  

Five Ways to Improve Your Polish Application

A neat, quick, accurate polish application is one of the most important aspects of providing high-quality service to your clients. Use this handout to help your students learn the best nail polish application techniques to increase their speed and confidence.

Keywords: education   polish techniques   student issues  

Quick Quiz: NAILS Vocabulary Quiz 3

Use the NAILS Magazine Encyclopedia to quiz your students on the following terms they should be familiar with as professional nail techs. You can also create your own vocabulary lists with definitions by using the NAILS Encyclopedia.

Keywords: quiz   student issues   student tests  

Handout: How to Handle Difficult Clients

From flakiness to rudeness to indecision, some clients will inevitably display more less-than-considerate behavior than others.The following are some tips for handling your more challenging clientele and making the salon run as smoothly as possible in spite of bad behavior.

Keywords: clients   difficult clients   student issues  

Handout: How to Pass a State Inspection

Although there is a universal sanitation procedure, which is to clean with soap and
water and then disinfect with an EPA-registered disinfectant, every state has its own
requirements and regulations for sanitation, so check with yours. Here are the basics.

Keywords: education   salon inspections   salon sanitation  

Handout: How to Help Your Students Choose the Right Salon

How do you help your students choose the right salon to work in after graduating from nail school? Use this handout to help your students approach the task methodically to make the process a little less difficult.

Keywords: cosmetology schools   education  

Handout: Should You Focus on Natural Nail Care?

In the past, the nail industry was all about artificial nail services. While this is still very much the case, the trend is shifting. Use this handout to help your students decide if they should focus on more eco-friendly products and natural services.

Keywords: education   natural nail care  

Booth Rental or Full-Service Salon: The Pros and Cons

One of the biggest decisions new nail techs ponder is whether to rent a booth or to work on commission. Use this handout to help your students understand the difference between renting a booth and working in a full-service salon.

A Nail Tech's Guide to Essential Oils

This handout provides the properties of some of the most popular essential oils for nail services, plus some handy tips on working with these aromatic substances.

Keywords: aromatherapy   essential oils  

The Cold Hard Truth About Starting Out as a New Nail Tech

This handout, intended for nail students and newbie nail techs, tells it like it is, with advice from those who've been there on how to create your own success and provides a list of things you may not have realized about the job.

Keywords: building your clientele   newbie   work life balance  
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