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Trends in Nail Education

Nail technology is as hot and happening as ever, with high-end services sought out by celebs and civilians alike. Kirsten Dunst may prefer white nails with newspaper print while Courtney Cox Arquette opts for textures and patterns created by sponges in red, silver, and gold paint (according to Celebrity Beauty Secret Goldmine), but no matter what the design, big names like these will shell out big bucks to keep their nails healthy, beautiful, and in style.

If you aspire to that kind of business and truly want to send your nail tech career soaring (and who doesn't?!), commit to staying abreast of the latest industry developments and continuing your nail education.

When you choose to pursue additional nail education, you'll be in good company. Many respondents to the 2007 Nailpro Salon Survey expressed a strong desire for continuing nail education in all areas, especially in gels; acrylic application; nail art; business; spa-level manicures and pedicures; and electric files. And according to NAILS Magazine 2007 industry stats and trends, you can anticipate the availability of college-level salon specialization courses as well as far-reaching curriculum designed by manufacturers and independent outlets in the not-so-distant future. Highly specialized technical courses in areas like medical pedicures, anti-aging treatments, and solution-oriented natural nail care based on biology and chemistry will crop up as well. And salon owners will be pursuing business degrees, while more MBAs will make their way into the nail technology industry and start their own salons.

The fact is, professional nail education is available all around you, in various classroom settings or online, with courses that are product-related or not at all. Education opportunities available to nail techs include technical workshops or seminars through schools or manufacturers; mentoring relationships; trade shows featuring guest artists or teachers; private classes in salons, spas, conference centers, and cruise ships; nail competitions that help you hone your skills; books, DVDs, and nail tech trade magazines; and many more.

Mentoring, for instance, is a critical component of continuing nail education. You might find a mentor from your school's nail technology program, a more experienced nail tech in your salon, or on an online mentoring forum. Mentoring in nail technology, as in any industry, can raise your level of job satisfaction as well as your marketability.

If you're committed to growing your business, set yourself apart from the competition with continuing nail education. Who knows? The next nail tech to the stars could be you.

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