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Take The Leap: 7 Things To Consider When Choosing A Nail School



This is your sign to follow your passion. Begin by choosing the right nail or cosmetology school for you, as it is essential for shaping your career in the beauty industry. With so many options available and recommendations from your peers, it's important to have a checklist of things you need to consider before enrolling. Get your pen and paper out as we help you simplify your decision-making process! Here are some factors to keep in mind when selecting a nail school:



1. Location

The first thing to consider is your location. Make a quick search for local beauty schools near you! You may be living in a big city with a sea of options or in a less populated area with only one school in town. If your situation is the latter, just remember not to settle! You can always look into reputable online learning choices or schools from nearby cities. We also advise getting in touch with your neighborhood nail tech friends and seeking their advice about the nail schools you have shortlisted.




2. Local Requirements and Accreditation 

Every state has a different set of requirements for becoming a nail technician. One of the significant factors to consider is the nail school's accreditation and licensure. After finding nail schools around your area, ensure that they are accredited by a recognized accrediting body and licensed by the state. This will put your mind at ease because the school automatically meets the state’s educational and training standards.




3. Facilities & Equipment

After researching some recognized nail schools online, it's time to go see them in person! Depending on your interests, you can choose a modern and fashionable school or one that is basic and classic, especially if you are on a tight budget. However, one non-negotiable should be a clean and decent place. Nail schools educate about disinfection and sanitation; thus, the establishment should do what it preaches. Whether you enroll in a cosmetology or nail school, make sure the facilities and equipment are adequate for hands-on training. A well-maintained school will provide a safe and sanitary environment for you.




4. Curriculum

While you're becoming excited about the training rooms, don't forget to look at the curriculum and training programs given by the nail school. The school must provide comprehensive training, including disinfection, sanitation, nail techniques, and safety protocols. Your chosen school's curriculum may help you obtain a license from other states and will undoubtedly equip you for a successful career in business.




5. Instructors 

To become a skilled nail technician, you must first learn from an effective teacher. Check the qualifications and experience of the instructors and staff at the nail schools you're looking at. The more experienced or competent they are, the more they can contribute to your training by providing useful and inspiring insights and suggestions. What good is a curriculum if it is not delivered well? We strongly advise you to read reviews from previous students to see if this staff of professionals is genuinely invested in your success.




6. Least Expensive 

In this economy, we need to be wise with our financial decisions. As aspiring nail technicians, we must always consider the cost of the training, which includes tuition and other educational fees. Our iGel Beauties recommend choosing the least expensive school that will at least help you pass the practical and written exam. As you begin your career, it is advisable to save for tuition first and avoid the burden of student debt. Having no debt will come in handy when you open your nail business. Inquire and compare the tuition fees of various nail schools. Make sure you select a school that meets your budget and financial position.




7. High Completion and Passing State Board Rate 

Lastly, research the completion and passing rates of the nail schools in your area. The high rate indicates how effective their training is and whether the school is worth investing in. Entrusting your education to an institution with a high completion and passing rate will put your mind at ease. If the school provides us with everything we need, we must also do our part as students. Manage your expectations and work hard during training sessions. It will certainly pay off once you have graduated and passed the licensure exam.




It may seem daunting at first, but as your career progresses, you will realize how much of an inspiration you will be to future nail technicians. By keeping these 7 key points in mind, you will be able to select the best nail school for your dream beauty business. If you want to get additional guidance from experienced nail technicians, we invite you to join the iGel Beauty Facebook Community. Believe in your capabilities and be proud of yourself for taking the first step. Take the leap, and we are rooting for your success!