Here are the main points
Everything you need is included, all the products, tools and equipment for each course.
Study at home using the on-demand tuition whenever is convenient for you so you can fit it in around your lifestyle and other commitments.
Practical work is completed on the Nail Trainer hand (included), on models for the Manicure, Pedicure and a live case study for the Gel Polish. Send in the Nail Trainer nails and photo’s of the models for assessment and feedback.
You have 12 months from the date of purchase to complete the courses but this can be extended if needed.
On successful completion of your course you will receive a fully accredited Diploma (All our courses are accredited by The Beauty Guild).
Suitable for complete beginners or to improve/update existing skills.
This comprehensive course is designed to teach you the skills and techniques
needed to become a successful Nail Technician in the exciting and ever-evolving world of acrylic nails.
The Essential Nails Acrylic Nail Course is designed to teach you all about how to create great Acrylic Nails, either as an overlay over the natural nail for strength and beauty, or over an extension tip to create long, elegant nails. Acrylic Nails have always been an important part of the nail industry and are one of the most sought-after nail enhancement treatments amongst clients, so once you have learned the skills you'll be earning great money either working from your own business at home, or as a professional in a salon. You watch the teaching videos and answer the test questions on line and copy what you see on your Nail Trainer practice hand. You then unclip your finished nails and send them to us in the post for assessment and certification. If you want to get started in nails, then this is the course for you.
Benefits of our Acrylic Nail Course
What will you learn on the Acrylic Nail Course
The course initially covers nail trainer basics, salon skills, chemicals used, health and safety, the parts of the nail and pre-service rules.
Techniques specific for Acrylic Nails.
You then move onto the techniques you will need to learn to make great acrylic nails, such as filing, prepping the nail, tipping, applying acrylic overlay, shaping and finishing and polishing.
The conclusion of your Acrylic Nail Course
The final stage of the course is about practice. You will practice on 5 different nail shapes fitted to thumb and fingers, using the nail trainer. At the end of this part of the nail course, you will have prepped, tipped, blended, applied acrylic, shaped and polished at least 60 sets of nails and will be competent to start working on paying clients.
Finally, you will submit your finished nails to us for assessment and if you’ve reached the required standard of nail technician competency with acrylics, you will be issued your certificate.
A truly practical course.
If you require further information on this course or any of our other courses, contact us on 01440 844 860
Acrylic Tip & Overlay Course Contents
• The Nail Trainer ® Practice Hand • Unlimited telephone support • Progress cards • Assessment and certification • Re-assessment if you fail. • 200 x Lint free wipes • Nail clippers • Manicure brush • 11ml Red Polish • 11ml Top coat • 100ml Sanitiser • 20ml Tip adhesive • 5 x Glue nozzles • File and buffer pack • 10 x Table towels • Stainless steel cuticle pusher • Kolinsky Acrylic brush • Dappen dish • 70gm salon powder • 200ml Acrylic liquid • Cuticle oil • 100 practice nails • 100 extension tips • acid free nail primer.
Essential Nails is the only distance learning provider that require students to submit finished nails for assessment and certification. Thus ensuring that a holder of a EN certificate has proved competency in producing nails to a high standard.
The course is split onto three parts; Foundation, Essential Techniques and Working the Whole Hand.
Part 1, Foundation;
You watch the video, read sections of the manuals, answer the question papers and where appropriate, practice on the Nail Trainer.
By the end of this section you will be able to;
Understand why clients want nail enhancements, and their advantages.
Identify the different nail systems and their advantages and disadvantages.
Understand the basics of being a Nail Technician.
Understand the advantages of learning from home and the route to getting qualified as a Nail Technician.
Getting ready to learn.
At the end of this section you will have learnt all about the following subjects;
The contents of the kit of tools and products, what they are and what they do, specifically;
Acrylic Liquid. Acrylic powder. Cotton pads. Cuticle massage oil. Nail Adhesive. Nail Polishes. Top coat. Extension Tips. Nail sanitizer. Primer. Kitchen towels. Extender nozzles. Buffers. Kolinsky Sable brush. Cuticle pusher. Manicure brush. Files. Nail clippers. Dappen dish.
The Nail Trainer, time management and practice regime.
The outcome of this section will be that you'll understand how the Nail Trainer works and how its vital to learn and practice in a logical and consistent manner.
At the end of this section you will understand;
How you create a professional attitude, personal appearance and surroundings.
Why your appearance is important.
What qualities make a professional nail technician.
About good personal hygiene.
How prepare for and greet the client.
About good manners, courtesy and communication.
About how to deal correctly with colleagues.
About ethics in the work place.
About retail sales.
Chemicals - hazards and safety procedures.
In this chapter you will learn all about the chemicals used in the Nail Salon.
At the conclusion you will understand fully;
About the safe use of nails tools, specifically the file, buffers, sensitisation, electric files, UV lamps, tip removers, primers, acetone, gel prep, wipe off, acrylic liquids, accelerators, tip glues, acrylic powders.
About the safe storage, use and disposal of nail products and chemicals.
The risks of exposure to chemicals, both for you and your client.
The health hazards of dust and vapour through ingestion, inhalation, and absorption.
The basic chemical reactions that occur in the different nail systems; acrylic, gels and fibreglass.
Health and safety procedures.
At the end of this section the learner will know about;
Disease and bacteria.
Infection, why it happens and how to avoid it.
The differences between Sanitation, Disinfection and Sterilisation.
How to handle nail tools to eliminate cross contamination.
The parts of a nail.
Following completion of this section the learner will understand;
The names for different parts of the nail, how the nail grows and the different nail shapes.
About common nail diseases, how to recognise them and what to do about them.
About common nail diseases, those that can be dealt with by a Nail Technician and those that cannot.
At the conclusion of this section the learner will understand how to work through the pre-service check list before offering a service to the client.
Part 2 - Essential Techniques
In Part 2, you work through the practical aspects of learning nails. Working on the Nail Trainer practice had you are lead through a number of learning and practice lessons to build your hand-eye co-ordination, improve and speed up your technique and gain confidence.
Basic techniques - filing. In this section the learner will learn how to hold the file correctly, to minimise repetitive stress disorder and maximise filing accuracy and efficiency.
The correct techniques are demonstrated and a practice regime suggested.
At the conclusion of this section, the student will be able to file accurately, shaping a nail with perfect symmetry and even pressure using pre-determined file grips and finger positions.
The Acrylic overlay - 6 steps to perfect Acrylics.
The learner works on the Nail Trainer creating the extensions on the nails and saving them on special 'progress cards' at each step of the nail build.
Step 1 and 2. After working through this section the learner will have learnt about and had practical experience of;
Selecting the correct tools and products for the task.
Removing any old polish.
Preparing the natural nail to take the product.
The speed required to complete the task in a salon.
Preparing at least 10 nails, which are saved for assessment.
Step 3. Tipping. After working through this section the learner will have learnt about and had practical experience of; How to select the correct tools and products for the task.
Choosing the correct sized tip.
Shaping the free edge.
Sizeing the width of tip
Cleaning the tip's well.
Applying glue to tip.
Judging the correct amount of glue.
Placing the tip on the nail - the correct angle.
How to minimise air pockets.
Cutting the tip.
Streamlining the left edge of the tip.
Streamlining the right edge of the tip.
Shaping the free edge.
Thinning the free edge of the tip.
Blending the seam left, centre and right seam.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have tipped, blended and saved for assessment at least 8 nails.
Step 4 applying the Acrylic. After working through this section the learner will have learnt about and had practical experience of; How to select the correct tools and products for the task.
Cleaning and priming.
The correct way of holding your brush.
Cleaning and Wetting the brush.
Forming the Acrylic ball.
The different nail zones.
Applying the Overlay zone 1 - the free edge.
Applying the Overlay zone 2 - nail crown.
Applying the Overlay zone 3 - cuticle
Blend the entire surface.
Cleaning and care of your brush.
Acrylic setting times.
How to check the Acrylic has set.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have applied acrylic to, and saved for assessment, at least 6 nails.
Step 5. Shaping & finishing to a perfect glass like surface. After working through this section the learner will have understood and had practical experience of;
How to select the correct tools and products for the task.
How to recognise the correct shape required.
Streamlining the left and right edges of the nail.
Smoothing the top, middle / left and middle / right.
Buffing and applying cuticle oil.
How to ask for payment.
After application sanitation.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have shaped, and saved for assessment, at least 4 nails.
Step 6, polishing. To enhance and protect. After working through this section the learner will have understood and had practical experience of;
Ridge fillers and hardeners.
Nail polishes and applying the polish.
How to mix the polish.
Techniques for a shaky hand.
Top coats, and interlocking to avoid smudging.
Colour combinations and matching complexions.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the polishing techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have applied polish to, and saved for assessment, at least 2 nails.
Part 3. Working the WHOLE HAND. Improving technique and speed. In this section the student starts practicing on 5 different nail shapes fitted to thumb and fingers. At the end of the section the student will have prepped, tipped, blended, applied Acrylic, shaped and polished at least 6 sets of nails, with a recommended practice regime of completing another 54.
Conclusion. How to submit your question papers and completed nails.
Your test results, ENP certification and route to further skills.
If you're looking to expand your skillset, there's no better
time to master the art of Gel Polish application. Gel polish is the go-to
choice for natural nails and extensions, offering a glossy, long-lasting finish
that clients love.
Gel Polish Nail Course
Gel Polish is perfect for natural nails and nail extensions. It is quick to apply, has a glossy finish that does not lift, chip or wear for 14 days.In this Gel Polish Course we will teach you:
How gel polish works
UV light box safety
Preparation of the natural nails
Perfect Gel polish application in solid colour and French on the Nail Trainer.
Professional Application and removal on a live model.
All tools, products, training online, assessment, certification and unlimited student support are included. Your tutor will be Essential Nails, nail expert Sarah Gooderham. Sarah will share her top techniques. You'll work on the unique Nail Trainer® practice hand and a live model to complete your portfolio. Once you have learnt, practiced and perfected your techniques you simply return your portfolio to us for assessment. We'll assess your work and issue your recognised certificate, to show your clients you are a professional Gel Polish Technician.Please Note: Before starting this course, you need to have completed one of the following courses with Essential Nails; Manicure & Pedicure, Gel Tip and Overlay, Acrylic Tip and Overlay, Fibreglass Tip and Overlay or Acrylic Sculpting. Or have completed a course elsewhere that covered health, hygiene and sanitation.
Gel Polish Course Contents
• The Nail Trainer® Practice Hand • Welcome Letter • Training Online • 25 Refit Nail Trainer Nails • Assessment Folder & Question Papers • Progress Card • Student ID Tag • Client consultation forms • Unlimited Support • Assessment and certification • Gelaze® polishes; - Red Riding Hood - Rose Quartz - Satin Sheets - Happy Pink - Millenium • Gelaze® Top Coat • Gelaze® Base Coat • 9 Watt LED Lamp • Stainless steel cuticle pusher • 10pk orangewood sticks • Gel Wraps • Gel Wipe off • Gel Soak off • Lint free wipes • Table towels • Cuticle oil • 3 x files*Gelaze® polish colours may vary.
As a nail technician, it's important to have a well-rounded skillset that includes both manicure and pedicure services. Providing a basic manicure is a fundamental service that every nail technician should be able to offer.
Manicure Course & Pedicure Course
Every Nail Technician should be able to provide a basic Manicure service for their clients. Good Nail Technicians will be skilled in both Manicure and Pedicure.
The best Nail Techs will mould these basic services into the ultimate in luxury nail services by adding those special touches that bring their clients back for more, time after time. This is what we teach you in the Essential Nails Manicure course and and Pedicure course: We'll teach you not only the basics, but also those special, pampering spa services that will bring you more clients and extra income.
There are two courses in the box:
You can choose to do either Manicure or Pedicure or Both.
The course covers the NVQ curriculum and provides all the tools and products you need. • This Spa Manicure Pedicure Course is a comprehensive training course.
• It contains everything you need to learn professional Spa Manicure and Pedicure treatments.
• Over 2 hours of incredible tuition, tips and techniques from nail guru Jacqui Jefford and international Nail Technician Denise Wright.
• All techniques are demonstrated on live models, however you can use The Nail Trainer® practice hand (available to purchase separately) to practice your shaping, preparation and polishing technique.
On completing your Manicure Course and if completed, the Pedicure course; • Simply return your completed case study work book and question papers to us for marking.
• We will then assess your work, and if it is of a high enough standard we will issue you with your certificate. There are separate certificates for Manicure and Pedicure.*The Qualification/Certification that you receive is issued by the Essential Nails Institute and is nationally recognised within the nail industry. What this means is that you will be able to gain your professional indemnity insurance with our certificate. This insurance will cover you to work from home, mobile or in a salon.
Spa Manicure & Pedicure Course Contents
• Spa Work Book • Client Record Cards x 12 • Unlimited telephone support • Assessment and certification • Re-assessment if you fail • Skintruth Cuticle Massage Cream 100ml • Skintruth Creamy Cuticle Remover 200ml • Cuticle Oil • Orangewood Sticks pack of 10 • Skintruth Nail Buffing Cream 50ml • Skintruth Nourishing Hand Lotion 200ml • Luxury Foot Spa • Foot File x 6 • Polish Remover 100ml • Skintruth Replenishing Hand Mask, 100ml • Stainless Steel Cuticle Nipper • Barbicide ® Solution 473ml (16fl.oz) • Skintruth Refining Hand Scrub 100ml • Stainless Steel Cuticle Knife and Pusher • Base Coat • Skintruth Revitalising Hand Soak, 200ml • Stainless Steel Toe Nail Cutter • Top Coat • Cotton Wool Wipes x 100 • Natural Nail Files x 5 • Beijing Nail Polish • Sterilising Jar • Mont Blanc Nail Polish • Manicure bowl • Champagne Nail Polish • Toe Nail Clippers • Intensify Strengthener • Toe Separators • Skintruth Hygiene Spray 200ml • Leather Nail Buffer • Massage Oil 500ml * Please note that on odd occasions we may have cause to substitute items. We will always replace with similar products of the same value or greater.
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I enrolled in the complete course and started with Acrylic Nail in January 2018. I had never worked on any nails before prior to doing these courses so I didn’t know how difficult it would be or how long it would take me.I submitted my work only 8 weeks after starting the course and passed with distinction 38/40. That was the confidence boost I needed and I realised that for the first time ever, I had found something which, not only did I love doing but I was actually good at! I can’t thank Essential Nails enough for this incredible journey!
My name is Kylea Wherry and I decided I wanted to start a career in nails after the birth of my first son, My job as a mental health worker at the time couldn’t offer me the flexibility I needed as a new Mum, so I decided I needed to take a different career path and chose Essential Nails.
Deciding to become a nail technician was the best I’ve ever made, the flexibily of self employment means my first job will always be Mum, which is what I wanted.
I found Essential Nails and took a plunge and enrolled for the Complete Nail Technician Course, which I have since finished, I then did my Maintenance Course and just finished my Acrylic Course. Next courses on the to-do list are the Nail Art Courses. Essential Nails have helped me through it all and given me a new lease of life doing nails, which I find so enjoyable and relaxing which in turn makes my clients enjoy their experience.
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