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Outline of Manicuring Program

The professional nail care business is a billion dollar industry with promising opportunities. Our students are challenged to meet and surpass the state-required skill level, by incorporating all of the current trend techniques and business training.

Manicuring: (600 hours)
– Manicures and pedicures
– Acrylic nails
– Fiberglass nails
– Sculptured nails
– UV light nails
– Gel Nails
– Schellac Nails
– Spa procedures
– Nail art
– Professional and business skills
– State required procedures like sanitation

Salon Realities

We believe the number one way to teach our students how to be successful in a salon, barbershop, or spa is to simulate that environment throughout their time at the Academy. Out of this belief, the Academy team developed Salon Realities to create this atmosphere on the educational level.

The student body is divided the into salon teams and challenged with real-life situations they may encounter when working. The teams compete against each other on a monthly basis in the areas of guest count, requests, product sales, and attendance.

Each team is set as a functioning salon including positions of:

Owner/Salon Manager (Academy Educator)

Student Salon Co-Managers (Academy Students)

Student Council Member (Academy Students)

These roles will allow students to:

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Honor Certificate Program

Students can customize their program by participating in Honor Certificate program. Honor areas include:

Upon completing the criteria for an Honor Certificate, students will receive a verification they may include in their future portfolio, setting them apart from the competition.

Portfolio Building

Portfolios are a crucial part to getting started in the industry. When interviewing, employers will review portfolios to gather knowledge about a candidate’s skills, talents, accomplisments, and reputation as a future professional.

To prepare students with this important tool, portfolio building is incorporated into all levels of coursework. Seniors will complete a well-crafted portfolio with photos, certificates, and other materials that will support their future success as a manicurist.

Licensing Detail

Our manicuring program includes 600 hours of theory and hands-on coursework to provide students with a well-rounded education and preparation for the state licensing exam. The Missouri State Board requires 400 hours for the Manicuring/Nail Technology course. After researching the current industry standards and trends The Academy of Hair Design requires 600 hours to satisfy the educational training of all services and equipment, and allow sufficient experience with guest services. Also, students testing in bordering states will have sufficient hours to meet requirements in those states. Discover more about the various training programs offered by Academy of Hair Design.