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How to Be an Example to Your Students

Whether you realize it or not, as an instructor, you are a leader for your students and their first introduction to the beauty industry. As their leader, it is your responsibility to inspire them to learn and to be their mentor as they learn to navigate the industry and discover who they are in the business.

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Week 25: Professionalism Is Everything

The biggest thing that happened to me this week was that I received a certificate for professionalism in the school spa.

Call for Student Nail Bloggers

Instructors, NAILS Magazine is looking for our next student blogger for NAILS 101: A Student Blog. Do you have a new student or know someone who will soon be starting nail school? Does this person love to post online and have a true enthusiasm for all things nails? We want to hear from her or him!

Week 23: Practicing Nail Art

Before I started this journey to becoming a licensed nail technician I was always fascinated with nail art. There are some amazing nail technicians in this industry doing some creative things with nails as their canvas. I consider myself a creative person, and this week I was put to the test.

5 Ways to Encourage External Learning

A common challenge many instructors face is keeping students interested in and excited about learning beyond the classroom. Here are five ways you can expose your students to learning outside class.

Week 22: So Tired!

Exhaustion is the name of the game. I can only imagine how it is going to be as I progress in the industry as a professional. But at the end of the day, at least it will be my choice how I do it and not someone else’s.

Week 21: Gel Enhancements

This week is so exciting for me because I have fallen madly in love with gel enhancements. I had the opportunity to practice with builder gel and it was such a great experience for me. I really had fun with it. My instructor said she believes I've found my niche!

Veteran Nail Tech Publishes a Book for Recent Grads

Veteran nail tech Tiffani Douglas has written a book, Straight Outta Beauty School, and launched an online community to inspire and help new beauty professionals jumpstart their careers.

Display Gets Student Nail Art Noticed

Nail instructor Kim Meecham has found a unique way to show off the nail art done by her 11th grade class at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic District Secondary School in North Bay, Ontario.

Week 20: Following My Vision

I sat this week and really reflected on the fact that soon I will be done with school and I will be sitting before the state board to become licensed. I remember starting this program thinking that it would be the longest eight months of my life.