It sure has been a busy few weeks for me! It seems like the pace has really picked up, and I’ve found myself busier than ever. I’ve been a bit slow with posting lately, mostly because my schedule has been rather demanding. Luckily, though, it’s spring break from nail school next week, so I’m planning on diving back headfirst into creating fun and exciting new content for my faithful readers (*waves hello!*). Plus, I’ll be launching my new and improved blog next week! I’m so excited to share my new layout and design with you all. For today, I’m back with another installment of Adventures at Nail School. Read on to find out where nail school took me the past two weeks!
These past two weeks have been all about practice practice practice! It’s exciting to feel like I have learned the fundamentals; we’ve gone through our textbook and have seen demonstrations of most services (a few exceptions, including learning how to use the electric file, which I will be certified in), and now it is largely about getting in my practical hours. We spent some time last week writing up protocols for each service, so that we can really master each step. It went a long way in helping me feel confident that if a client walked in and said, “I want x, y, and z” that I would know just what to do.
We had an event at school this week, which was really great fun! It was an open house, and provided friends and family with the opportunity to come check out the school and see what the students are learning about. There were stations set up around the school, where visitors could come get mini-services, including a hand massage and accent nail (offered by me!) or a makeup or hair re-touch. I got a hair style, which was so fun! Here’s me on the big day:
Besides the event, I also learned a lot about working with clients. Lately, I’ve had the opportunity to do services for real clients, and interacting with them has been interesting and a learning lesson.
- Kids: I had never really done kid manicures before, and its much harder than I thought. This is for 2 main reasons. First, little kids cannot sit still. They want to see what you’re doing, and angle their hands in funny ways, so they can get a glimpse. Second, their nails are so tiny! I did 3 kid manicures this week, ranging in ages 5 – 10, and they all had teeny tiny nails. It was tricky!
- Pedicures: This isn’t a type of client (obviously!), but people are very funny about their feet, and doing pedicures is surprisingly intimate. Some people come in with smooth, cared for feet, and some people come in with…. situations. When people have a lot of problem areas, you need to be sensitive and caring.
- Clients who want to help: This is super annoying. Please just sit back and let me do my job. It’s fine for you to point out an area I missed or something you’d like me to pay attention to, but OH MY GOSH you need to loosen your control for a minute.
- Gratuity: At first I felt really weird about accepting tips, but now it really makes me feel like you enjoyed your mani/pedi/whatever. I always tip, but I hadn’t really considered that it’s kind of an emotional thing, a symbol that says, “thank you so much, I loved it!”
I’ll leave you with one more picture. This is a manicure I did for a 10 year old (10 or 11…) – she was great, and sat very patiently through the whole thing. She picked the colors and designs, and I think it came out great! She tipped me, and it was super cute.