Monday, March 2, 2015

Nail School Weeks 6, 7, & 8: Ready, Steady, Acrylics!

In weeks six through eight, we really focused on honing our acrylic skills in preparation for the full evaluation. In addition to our regular daily clients, we practiced our acrylic sculpting on classmates, our mannequin hands, and our skill sticks. My class has been progressing at different rates; for me, my full acrylic evaluation came at the beginning of week eight.

Pink and white fever
We made quite a bit of headway in our pink-and-white sculpted acrylics. We practiced choosing the right nail forms for each individual's nail beds, and then did some drills on the various stages of sculpting. We did a full set of acrylics on our mannequin hands. We continued to work on our skill sticks to get the fundamentals of sculpting down pat!

At my school, we have two acrylic evaluations before we are released to do them for clients. The first is a three-finger evaluation on one of our fellow classmates, which you can see below. No oil is to be applied, as the instructors need to be able to see the nails as they are! My three finger evaluation went okay, though I know there were (and are) areas I had to improve on.

Once you pass your three finger evaluation, you have to bring in a model to perform a full set in two hours. I brought in my dear mommy! She sat like a champ as I went over the two hour time limit by about a half an hour. You can see my completed set below. Not too shabby for my first go, eh? I passed the evaluation and immediately was assigned a client for another full set! Nerve-wracking!

I also began doing acrylic fills at this time, and was given my first demo with the electric file. We don't use it for much, but there are certain circumstances that require it.

I imagine that my updates will become much more infrequent from now on! I think going forward, it will be a lot of client work and honing previous skills, versus learning brand new ones. We'll see!


  1. How did you find your nail school? I've Googled nail schools in my area and have come up with two full cosmetology schools, and one that says they do a just nails program, but their website is VERY sketch.

  2. Great to hear your progress so far. Awesome that you passed and have client work :)

  3. love to see this things.

  4. ValiantlyVarnishedMarch 2, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    You did a great job for your first full set on a person! Sounds so nerve-wracking!

  5. Your mom's acrylics look amazing! I was never good at pink and whites! But I was REALLY good at talking clients out of getting them. LOL

  6. Awesome nails, what a progress! I wish I had somewhere to practice acrylics, I suck! But yours look already professional!

  7. The nails you did for your mom look beautiful! Would love to see pics of clients that you do in blog posts, even if you're not learning anything new :D

  8. Love to visit this amazing blog , very inspiring, for sure many girls need to come here. Thanks for sharing, awesome!!!


  9. Seriously Nails invited me to follow you. I think its fabulous how you blog your experiences through school. When you are ready, please contact me and I can send you a free sample of our lint-free, disposable luxurious towel to use with your nail services.

  10. David Pedicure SpaMarch 12, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Great pedicure spa nails. Thanks.


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