Whew, it's been a while since I did one of these! And more importantly, this will be the last Nail School Diaries update ever, as I finished training as a nail technician last month. In fact, I was first in my class to finish, with three weeks to spare! (One-two-three GEEEEEEK). My salon and YouTube are all a go and there are lots of exciting times ahead.
I've made a FAQ video to go along with this last blog post; it's all about my nail school experience. The questions I answer in it are:
- How long was it?
- Where was it?
- Could you get a student loan?
- How big were classes?
- How many days a week was it?
- What was the class like? Was there any cattiness?
- What did you learn?
- What was the hardest and easiest parts of training?
- Was it easy to make friends with your classmates?
- What were the teachers like?
- What was the best and worst parts about the whole experience?
- Where are you going from here?
Also, there was a spider. A dead one, and I hate dead stuff, and I completely forgot about this incident until I went to edit and realised I had caught my reaction on film... it made for some fun editing.
^ Check out my photoshopping skills. Betcha didn't even know that rain was fake. #WINNING.
So, what did we do at nail school in the last eight weeks? A lot of it was much of the same - more sculpting, more tips, more pedicures, more assignments. That's why there was such a big gap in between these updates, plus I was very busy trying to get it all done.
I did a lot more sculpting, and finally started getting somewhere. Now to perfect my technique and get my time down!
Still not amazing, but much better than before! This was a couple of months ago too, and I've made some decent progress since then. I post everything on to Facebook and Instagram, so keep an eye out there for my more recent work.
What really overshadowed everything else though, was learning hard gel. It's such a strange substance! Just when I was getting using to liquid and powder, BAM here's something new. I do quite like hard gel though - it's not smelly, unlike L&P, and it has such a natural finish. The only thing that puts me off it is the removal - hard gel is much more for people who want long term enhancements on, as you can't completely remove them without damaging the natural nail - it doesn't soak off, and you need to leave a thin layer on. This was quite frustrating for me. Here are a few sets of hard gel I've done.
|Ugh, I can't look at these now without wanting to get a file and get those sidewalls down!|
|Rebalance of the previous nails. Done only after a week so I could pump out assessments - that's why there's not much growth.|
|These ended up a bit better.|
|Cute nail art on this one!|
Then we had a whole lot of hard gel removals to do, my fav... Here's one example.
I also had a few pedis to finish off... love that paraffin wax!
|This lady LOVED her polka dots!|
And that was it for the assessments. I just had a few more theory based things to do - like pull together a few displays and finish my last assignment.
We had a little look at nail art, but I didn't really learn anything new. I got to show a few of my classmates some of my tricks though, and it's always fun playing around.
Another girl and I decided to try out some 3D nail art using acrylic, which was heaps of fun. Love my little cookie monster! Also, see that little animal on the left-hand photo? It's MEANT to be a bear. And the orange and green things were meant to be leaves. Instead, everyone on FB was congratulating me on my beautiful "pig" and "fish." Haha, I'll keep trying...
I loved it though. Best schooling experience yet, I think, it was just so me - I never had to search too hard to find motivation. I'm glad I maintained my passion throughout, I was a little worried that I'd be totally over all the filing after week two, but thankfully that wasn't the case. Filing is NOT my favourite thing though. I doubt it's anyone's. Nail art, though, that's a whole different story ☺.
Hope you've enjoyed following my experiences through nail school! It's been awesome sharing it with you, and if I ever do anything similar I'll be sure to keep you updated.
I'll link to a bunch of related posts and videos, if you're new to the Nail School Diaries posts and want to learn more.
Nail School Diaries:
Week 19-27 (this post)
Why I chose to train as a nail tech
Making my salon - Nailed It NZ nail studio
Final video - Nail School FAQ