Go Collegiate with Light Elegance

Light Elegance introduces an overhaul in its education program to pick up where beauty schools left off. 

With a goal to graduate classes of nail techs who are familiar with the company’s product line, produce consistently shaped and extended nails, and become better professionals, Light Elegance introduces an overhaul in its education program with Light Elegance University (LEU). To pick up where beauty schools left off, the program’s structure takes students on a journey through nail product chemistry, application, style, and technique. Those who complete the five-step program will earn a LEU Bachelor’s Degree only awarded to those who demonstrate an ability to shape and decorate nails professionally. 

After signing up for 16 hours of physical class time (which is held in different locations across the country), the program starts at the 100-level introductory course that provides a breakdown of the company’s entire product catalog. The 200-level course focuses on shaping extensions, the 300-level course is the LEU elective class that allows students to pick a focus topic ranging from glitter gel, nail art, and soak-offs. The 400-level class is the senior seminar that requires students to execute a live demonstration of an extended, decorated nail and includes an evaluation. Once students pass the four classes, a short written exam and a hands-on exam will be all that stands between the prospective graduate and a personalized LEU plaque.

“There is value in the face-to-face and one-on-one training and we are working on an online component that goes with the current classes to reinforce learning,” says Joseph McLellan, Light Elegance’s operations manager, who reveals LEU is gearing up to release an exclusive online software package for LEU students.

McLellan adds, with an in-house chemist on staff and a team of people producing American-made products, LEU emphasizes the significance of understanding the chemistry behind products being used.
“It’s in the branding of who we are and we lean heavily on that. Knowing the chemistry will help nail techs with the application, it makes them more successful with the products, and they can relay safety information to the client. We think the chemistry is important.”

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