Nails 101: A Student Blog

Week 11: Almond Nails and the Creative Touch

by Gregory Fletcher | November 18, 2019 | Bookmark +

This week was a short week due to the Veteran’s Day holiday. BTW, I hope everyone took the opportunity to express their gratitude for our veterans’ service and their sacrifices to defend the freedoms we enjoy.

We had two tests this week: 1) UV and LED Gels and 2) The Creative Touch. I previously touched on gels in last week’s blog so I won’t rehash the details here. The Creative Touch chapter was interesting and much more fun than say, the chapter on Nail Disorders and Diseases.  The Creative Touch chapter introduced Color Theory and the color wheel to us. I had previously thought that certain colors looked good together… who knew there was an entire science behind why some color combinations look drab and others pop! The chapter also covered nail art brushes and different techniques used to achieve various results. While I have long admired the fantastic nail art created by talented nail techs, I never really considered nail art as something I would explore in any significant way. However, due to the manner in which our Milady textbook broke down some simple art techniques I just may venture further into the world of nail art. I may even attempt something beyond the simple 5-dot flower I learned a few weeks back.

As the semester winds down, we are preparing for our final written and practical exams, so what time is not spent on client services is primarily used to practice on liquid and powder and nail tips application. I used some of the unstructured time this week to practice liquid and powder application. Therefore, I have included a picture of Thelma with a new liquid and powder set of nails. (Yes, Thelma has a close friend named Louise.) This was my first attempt at almond shaped nails, and I think I did OK for my first time. Thelma’s reaction was characteristically muted. 

As I mentioned, this coming week is the final week of the semester. During the week we will have practical finals on sculptured nails, artificial tips, and disinfection procedures. And on the last day we will have a 100-question final exam covering all the chapters we studied this semester. So please keep your manicured fingers crossed for me!


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