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How to Train a Newbie Nail Tech

Every successful salon owner faces the challenge of a new hire. How do you get the technical and business skills of a newbie to match her excitement and potential?   

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The Apprentice

Donald Trump may have given apprenticeship some glamour, but aspiring nail techs have been completing these hands-on training programs for years pre-dating the hit show “The Apprentice”. (And instead of hearing “you’re fired,” nail tech apprentices hear “you’re licensed!”) Before you sign up for an apprenticeship, take on an apprentice at your salon, or set out to get your state’s laws changed on the subject, here’s what you need to know.

Establish a Successful Apprenticeship Program

Shear Savvy Secrets and Strategies for Successful Salon Apprenticeships is teaching salon’s across the country how to become a school of cosmetology and train apprentices right in their own salon so apprentices can become licensed in the beauty industry.

Pass It On: Become a Mentor

Being a mentor is more than a time commitment. Yes, you pass on your knowledge, and yes, your salon can benefit by grooming new employees. But mentoring also lets you pass your passion on to a new generation of nail professionals. Here are three stories of impassioned techs who passed their fire on to new people in the industry — and the very concrete rewards they still find in it.

Editor's note: If You Retrain New Hires, Consider Hiring Apprentices

Should more states allow apprenticeships as a viable educational option for aspiring nail technicians?

Just My Opinion: The School Owner’s Point of View

California Passes Student Intern Program

Students in a new California program can gain practical experience in a salon setting, which in turn allows salons to train potential employees and evaluate them at work.