“We take a different approach to education. Instead of concentrating on selling product, we encourage our students to bring in their own,” says Shari Finger, owner of W. Dundee, Ill.-based Finger’s Nail Studios. Through her Nail University, Finger offers continuing education for nail techs. “Our non-product-specific approach allows the student to receive help with the products she is using every day — or a generic product will be supplied at no extra charge,” she says.

Only 12 students are accepted into each class, so everyone receives individual attention. Each technique class includes hands-on time to work one-on-one with an instructor. Technical subjects include acrylics, gels, wraps, nail art, and natural nail care. Along with technical education, each class has a special business section where subjects such as marketing, customer service, and business ethics are covered.

Nail University also offers private classes and classes designed exclusively for large groups such as distributors, associations, salons with in-house educational programs, and nail technology teachers.

To learn more, call (847) 428-4761 or visit www.fingersnailstudios.com.

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