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Gel Nail Course
The Essential Nails Gel Nail Course will teach you how to make money making great Gel Nails for your clients. Gel Nails easier to create and apply compared to acrylic nails, making them a perfect choice for budding nail technicians wanting to build a small business from home or to work in a salon.
Gel nails are known to be odour free and chip resistant compared to a normal manicure making them a big hit amongst clients. They also blend in and mould seamlessly with natural nails, regardless of the shape and length of the nail, making the gel course an ideal one for beginners with no experience at all.
Gel Nail Course Options:
- Tuition & Theory Course - Nail Trainer®.optional
- Tuition,Theory, Tool & Products Course - Nail Trainer®.optional
- Full Course with all of above plus Assessment & Certification - Nail Trainer®.optional
You can be a beginner wanting to get a grasp of Gel Nails, Gel Nails Overlays or Gel Nails Extensions or you could be a practising nail technician wanting to keep up with the latest trends in the beauty industry. This Gel Nails Course will benefit you in every way.
This is an independent learning, flexible, at-home course that fits around your lifestyle and schedule. Lessons and theory are delivered on-line and you carry out the practical aspects of the course on your Nail Trainer practice hand. You can watch the lessons as many times as you wish and practice for as long as you need until you're creating perfect gel nails or gel extensions. No college commitments, commute or expensive fees - simple one-to-one, private tutoring at the comfort of your home. This gel nails course is especially designed for aspiring nail technicians, no previous experience or qualification is needed to complete this course.
• This Gel Nail Course is a comprehensive training course.
• It contains everything you need to become a Qualified Gel Nail Technician
• You watch your lessons on the devices of your choice.
• You have the option to include The Nail Trainer practice hand to create your Gel nail extensions and to simulate the experience of providing the service to clients in a salon.
On completing your Gel Nails cCourse:
• You send your finished nails to us for assessment.
• If you have reached the required pass mark we then issue you with your Nail Technician Certification.
*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.
Gel Tip & Overlay Course Contents
• The Nail Trainer® Practice Hand* • 9 Watt LED Lamp • Unlimited telephone support • Assessment and certification • 100ml Sanitiser • 100 practice nails • 100 x Cotton Wipes • Nail Clippers • 5 x Glue Nozzles • 100 extension tips • 15gm Builder Gel • 15ml Nail Varnish • 20ml Tip Adhesive • File and buffer pack • 10 x Workhorse towels • Gel Brush • Cuticle Pusher • Manicure Brush • 11ml Top Coat • 15ml Cuticle oil • 100ml Super Shine Wipe Off • Progress cards
Passing the course, entitles you to automatic membership of 'Aspire', our club for qualified Nail Technicians. Aspire members enjoy 10% discount on Professional Nail Products, access to business help and special offers. See essentialnails.com/aspire for more information.
Gel Nails (Extensions) Course Syllabus.
Essential Nails is the only distance learning provider that requires 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 online manuals, take the online tests 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;
Gels. 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, gels, 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 Gel overlay - 6 steps to perfect Gels.
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 Gel. 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.
Dehydrating and Sanitising.
The correct way of holding your brush.
Application of the bonding layer.
The effects of Acetone.
UV light boxes. Power and curing times.
Curing the bonding layer.
Application and curing of the building layer
Creating the correct shape.
Curing the building layer.
Removing the sticky residue following curing.
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 Gel to, and saved for assessment, at least 6 nails.
Step 5. Finishing. 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.
When to file Gels to shape.
The final application Gel, curing and cleaning.
Streamlining the left and right edges of the nail.
Smoothing the top, middle / left and middle / right.
Care and cleaning of your Gel brush.
Buffing to a high shine.
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 Gel 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 Gel, shaped and polished at least 6 sets of nails, with a recommended practice regime of completing another 54.
Conclusion. How to submit your completed nails.
Your test results, ENP certification and route to further skills.
Prices & Options
These are the prices for buying the course with a one off payment. Remember to add a Nail Trainer Hand if you don't already have one!
|Course Options||Description||Total Price||Course Only||With Accessory|
|Gel Extensions |
Tuition & Theory
|This option gives you access to the online portion of the course so you can start at a lower price and upgrade at any point if you wish. |
You also have options to upgrade to the Tools & Products option, or upgrading to the Full Course which include Tools, Products and Assessment & Certification.
|£49.99||Add Cart||Add Cart + Nail Trainer|
|Gel Extensions |
Tuition & Theory + Tools & Products
|This option gives you access to the online portion of the course so you can start right away. |
It also include the Tools & Products that you will need on the course. You can also upgrade to the full course from this option if you would like to add Assessment & Certification.
|£139.99||Add Cart||Add Cart + Nail Trainer|
|Gel Extensions |
Tuition, Theory, Tools, Products, Assessment & Certification
|This is the full course option which you can start right away and include the Tools & Products you need for the course and Assessment & Certification.||£279.99||Add Cart||Add Cart + Nail Trainer|
Have just stared and is going really well order came...
Have just stared and is going really well order came a lot faster than they said. Great to just do it in your own time when you can as I am a full time mum and in full time work too.
Great course! A great addition to add to my little...
Great course! A great addition to add to my little business
This was the 2nd course I did from Essential...
This was the 2nd course I did from Essential Nails, I really enjoyed the course I had already mastered a lot of the basics like prep, and tipping, so was able to complete this course with no problems at all. The gel included in the kit was easy to work w
I'm really loving this course. I already imagining designs I...
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Thank you to all at Essential Nails, great support and...
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Once I've completed my Gel course I will hopefully go...
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The Gel Course is a must (first course) if you are interested in nails. The lessons and book was very very useful also having Sarah to speak to when I needed to was great. My daughter no longer has to visit the nails shop because I happily do them for her a
This was a Brilliant first Course, The step by step...
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I have recently passed my gel course with Essential Nails...
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Great course very rewarding as a hobbie, or employment. Great support from all the staff at essential nails.
I bought this course after looking for something to do...
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I have just passed my Gel Nail course with a...
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I enrolled on the Gel course after starting the Spa...
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I have loved every minute of this course, i will do more training with Essential nails.
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Really good course, I learnt so much more than my...
Really good course, I learnt so much more than my college course where the tutor knew nothing about nails!
Great course really liked doing it!
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I am very impressed with the course. I'm...
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