Nails 101: A Student Blog

Meet Harriet

by Tracy Rubert | June 25, 2014

Hi! My name is Harriet Gibson, and I’m a trainee nail tech in the United Kingdom. I live in a sunny seaside town that not many people have heard of (Llandudno Beach in North Wales), but Prince William and Kate had their first home here and we're very proud of that! I’ve always been a diehard nail fan, and after having my daughter I decided now is the time to make the jump from hotel receptionist to nail tech extraordinaire. 

I’ve just completed my first year studying cosmetology and now it’s time to take on nails. I managed to get into Nailbase, which is VTCT-certified* and recognized as the school where excellent nail techs are born. I will be studying gel and acrylic nail enhancements, as well as advanced nail art and gel polish techniques. I'll be working 16 hours a week with real live clients (eek!) and spending another 20 or so on paperwork and practicing. I start on Wednesday, July 2, so no summer break for me, but I can’t wait to get started. I picked up my uniform yesterday and found out my trainer has been nominated for Welsh nail technician of the year, so it’s a really exciting time!

My true passion is nail art: I just won my first competition heat for WorldSkills UK, and I have the UK finals in November. The theme is “enchanted,” so hopefully I can use everything I have learned to create something magical to wow those judges!

 You can also find my nail art on Instagram.

Until next week!

— Harriet

*VTCT, Vocational Training Charitable Trust, is a government-approved awarding organization in the United Kingdom.

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