Nail School // Recap of My First Two Weeks at George Brown College's Nail Tech Program

by - Sunday, September 24, 2017

When I sat down to write this post I knew I wanted to share with you that nail school has been going great and I am so so happy I'm doing it! The people are amazing, the instructor is really supportive, and I'm both learning new skills and brushing up on ones I knew already.

We have spent a lot of time working on a few general things so far: theory, sanitation and practical nail skills. We've been practicing on classmates for all but one mani so far, and my lovely classmates/models have been kind enough to let me document my work in photos to share with you. :)

Above is a shot of my first full and (mostly) successful manicure! The shade my lovely model is wearing is OPI You Don't Know Jacques.

Don't get on me about cleanup because when I did this mani I wasn't yet allowed to do any cleanup! Haha. We were just practicing our brush strokes and the amount of polish to have on the brush (along with all the nail shaping, cuticle cleanup and skin moisturizing).

When we were finally allowed to do cleanup, it was because we were taught to do a French Manicure by painting the rough shape of a white tip with polish and then doing all the shaping via cleanup before applying our pink. Unexpected for me, but it's REALLY easy to get the look you're going for that way! Essie Blanc is our white of choice in class, and we use Essie Mademoiselle for the pink.

Here's a look at the first French I did in class:

Pretty good if I do say so myself!! :)

Now, looking at the above picture you may be thinking: "Katherine what in the WORLD are you doing?"

Well, the day we did these nails we were practicing for our final exam where we will have to do a full manicure - first as a French and then (after removing the polish) we have to paint the same nails AGAIN with a solid colour. And we have to do it all in 45 minutes!

Considering most of us started out taking 2 hours to do a full mani, getting down to under 45 minutes is going to be a challenge! So for this look we had an hour to do a full manicure with one look on each hand. I finished at about 50 minutes so I was cutting it close! But I got it done, and I'm fairly happy with it.

The biggest challenge I've had so far has been doing cuticles... I am so scared of cutting people with the cuticle nippers! So that is taking me too much time currently, and it's cutting into my overall manicure time. Thankfully I have lots of friends who have volunteered to let me practice on them. ;)

Believe it or not, we've also already had our theory midterm! I spent my weekend studying, and I hope it paid off. We won't know until next week how we did, so I'll be sure you let you know in the next update!

One question I personally always wonder when I hear about bloggers working to become nail techs is: do you let classmates work on your nails?! Well, here's the answer from me...

YES I DO! It wouldn't be fair to expect my classmates to let me work on them without giving the same in return. We also have exactly enough people in the class (12) so that we can all work with one other person each day and have no one left out. :) Above is a shot of the French a classmate did on me in class for practice.

So I'm currently rocking nubs - the first day we did manis my nails were filed into their normal soft squares, but the second day to give my partner something to do I let her file them into rounds. I don't love it but it will grow out, so that's okay.

Next week we are starting our clinic days (aka working on the public!) and I think we might be doing gel? That or nail art - I can't remember what the schedule said and I am too lazy to go check haha. So I'll tell you all about that in the next update!

Overall I'm having a blast, and it's really helped to take my mind off of other stresses going on in my life currently. Who would have thought I would say something like that about school?!

Thanks for reading my update, and let me know what you think of my work so far! xx

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  1. That sounds so interesting yet funny, or maybe not when you have to do manis in a hurry haha!

  2. Love seeing this post. I won't ever become a nail tech but I'm so interested in it!

  3. The French came out great! I think I would let others do my nails if I was in a class also.

  4. This is so fun! I look forward to hearing more of your stories about nail school. I would be so nervous about having to do two manis in only 45 minutes on someone else. It really is hard to get used to doing someone else's nails.

  5. This is so much fun to read. I love the manis, the frenchies look so neat! Well done! I couldn't do it without tip guides lol ;-) Oh I wanna go to nail school too :D :D :D


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