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Six things to look for in a Professional Nail School
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH IS THE BEST NAIL COURSE FOR ME?
With so many nails schools, courses and nail products out there, how do I choose the one thats best for me and my goals? Because there is no governing body overseeing training standards in the nail industry, it is very important that you do your research before choosing a nail school.
Here are 6 extremely important things to look for in a professional nail school.
#1 – Work with a School that specialises in Nail Training
The Image Cartel has purposefully chosen to specialize in Nail Technology. Many other Nail Academies and Nail Suppliers in South Africa do everything related to beauty. We don’t – for the last 17 years we have concentrated on Nail Training and we are the very best at it. Our philosophy is simple – “DO LESS BUT DO IT BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE!”
#2 – Did a world champion Nail Tech design their training?
Before working with a school, find out who created their nail training curriculum. Many schools use generic nail training you can buy online. The Image Cartel uses proprietary Nail Technology products and a Nail Training System created by 9 time World Champion Nail Tech – David Fowler.
David Fowler is a 9 time World Acrylic Nail Champion – he is an ex-cop with a university education, tattooed biker, nail professional. David began doing nails over twenty years ago and rose through the ranks earning a spot to work with Hollywood Actresses and Musicians like Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Madonna and Halle Berry. He is experienced in consumer press photo shoots with supermodels and top celebrity events like the Oscars, the Grammy’s, and live on air television sales, David is known today as an industry icon and educator that shares all of his knowledge and experience with nail professionals worldwide.
Over the years, David has educated countless national and international champions to reach their goals. Today David has harnessed all of his knowledge and experience by developing a proprietary nail training system and complementary products – this nail training system is used at all Image Cartel Campuses.
#3 – Does the school give you a comprehensive business in a box?
When investigating Nail Training Academies, don’t buy on price alone. There is a reason why some training courses are so cheap. Before you do a price comparison, make sure you are comparing apples with apples. Ask for the training kit contents in writing – in fact, go to the Academy and ask to see the training kit.
Only train with Nail Academies that provide you with a complete Nail Technology Kit – i.e. a business in a box. A kit that contains Salon size products. You should be supplied with a kit that has enough Technical Product for you to complete your training, your portfolio of evidence and your practical exam and even start working on paying clients.
Unfortunately, most Nail Academies supply kits with sample products. Initially the course looks like good value for money; however, you get caught on the back end when you quickly run out of product. Then, to finish training and qualify as a Nail Tech, you have to lay out a lot more money for nail products.
At the start of each Image Cartel Course, every student receives a complete Nail Training Kit that is tailor made to the specific nail course they are studying. Take a look at the pictures below for examples of Image Cartel Nail Training Kits. Take note of the Salon Size products, tools, professional tip box, tip cutters, selection of files, hygiene and preparation products, and more. (By the way, every picture on this page shows a student working with her own kit)
After your training, to help you through the start-up phase of your nail business, in the event that you need to purchase any additional technical Acrylic, Gel and Gelpolish products, all students get 10% discount off of the online purchase of technical products for 4 months after they graduate.
THE NAILS2000 PRODUCTS USED IN THIS NAIL ACADEMY ARE MANUFACTURED IN GERMANY ACCORDING TO THE HIGHEST EUROPEAN STANDARDS AND ARE ISO 9001 : 2015 CERTIFIED. THIS MEANS OUR PRODUCTS ARE SAFE TO USE, PROVIDE CONSISTENT RESULTS AND HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED FROM MORE THAN 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE INTERNATIONAL NAIL INDUSTRY.
how do I know which nail course
IS RIGHT FOR ME?
The Image Cartel has a quick, easy, risk-free way to answer that question. Two Saturdays a month, we host a short Nail Technology Workshop at our head Office in Alberton, where we introduce you to one of the most exciting and fastest growing Industries in South Africa. We guarantee that by the end of this inspirational workshop, you will know if Nails is for you or not. This workshop is FREE, FUN and, if you attend, you are under NO OBLIGATION to train with The Image Cartel.
So, if you are serious about investigating a a full time or part time career in the Nail Industry, join us at our Main Campus in Alberton for a hands-on, one hour, practical Workshop and get all the knowledge you need about The Image Cartel and the Nail Industry to make the decision that’s RIGHT FOR YOU. Some of what you will learn includes;
- Why women spend so much money on nails and how you can benefit.
- Learn more about where the Nail Industry came from, where it is going and why it offers so much opportunity!
- Find out how we help Nail Tech’s all over South Africa earn R1000 profit per day.
- Experience Nail Art Demo’s on your Nails.
- Find out how to “Train Now and Pay” later with innovative and revolutionary finance.
Fill in the form below, and we will contact you to confirm your seat. These Workshops are small and seats are reserved on a first come, first served basis. For catering purposes please let us know if you are bringing anyone with you.
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#4 – Does the school use modern nail training methods?
Did you know that many schools facilitate nail training in a working salon while the trainer sits doing a set of nails on a paying client. Training is interrupted by phone calls and passing trade. Because we are a dedicated Nail School, our nail training takes place in a dedicate classroom, with no distractions or interruptions in your education.
The Image Cartel is also one of the very few Nail Colleges in South Africa that uses a “Nail Trainer” as part of the training process. (See the image on the left – you can also see students working on the Nail Trainer in most of the pictures on this page.) The Nail Trainer is just like a real hand with movable wrist and finger joints. The fingertips on the Nail Trainer can be removed and different size and shape nail beds can be attached simulating a finger. Your initial training is facilitated using the hand until basic techniques have been mastered. Then – you move on to live models.
Despite having small classes of only 8 -10 Learners, the Image Cartel uses specialised desktop projectors to project the step by step nail training onto a high definition screen. Whether the trainer is demonstrating a new filing technique, showing product application or examining the anatomy of a fingernail – you always get to see in high-definition exactly what a trainer is doing on the nail.
#5 – Are their Nail Trainers experienced professionals?
All of our Nail Trainers are passionate about the Nail Industry and have a minimum of five years experience working as a Nail Tech. Every year, all of our Trainers must attend a compulsory five day refresher course and an International Train-the Trainer event, hosted by Nails2000 in Germany. All of this to make sure our Trainers are on the cutting edge so that you get the very best Nail Courses possible. Most of our Trainers have won local Nail Competitions at Professional Beauty and our Head of Education, Tracey Owgan has won multiple International Nail Competitions. Each Nail Trainer contributes to your success by providing product knowledge, application techniques and valuable post graduation assistance to enrich your nail technology skills.
#6 – Does the school give you business and marketing support?
The Image Cartel is the only Nail Technology Company in South Africa that has a dedicated nail business training program for Nail Technicians. Here are some of the things we do to help our Nail Techs find clients, get their diary full and put money in the bank…
- Marketing Training: The hardest part of starting a nail business is finding clients. That’s why every Nail Tech that studies at the Image Cartel gets practical marketing training created by Industry Experts to help them acquire and retain customers.
- Marketing Tools: Our marketing training is complimented by ready-made, poster size, customizable marketing tools for social media, print and email. You get practical help promoting your nail, mani and pedi services every month.
- Start Up Support:To help you through the start-up phase of your nail business, all students get 10% discount off of the online purchase of all technical Acrylic, Gel and Gelpolish products for 4 months after they graduate.