Posted by: k | March 7, 2010

Biting the Bullet, or Biting the Nail, Even.

As of yesterday, I am officially on my way to become a qualified nail technician.

It was about a 40 minute drive to the college, which I managed without too much hassle. I live in a bubble, see, and that bubble is quite small. Everything I do is within 15-20 minutes drive of home, and if something requires driving outside the bubble, I don’t do it. Driving as far as I did was a big deal – but I enjoyed it. I like driving, and that alone time was pretty cool.

Anyway, the course. It was a bit strange sitting in a classroom again after so long, but it didn’t feel foreign. Snippets of Year 12 Biology flashed before my eyes as we learnt about the components of the nail itself – did you know that we have not one, but THREE layers of cuticle? Yeah, me neither – and after lunch we began learning the basics of giving a manicure.

Now, this is the bit that soured the day for me. If you were a college, and offering in this case, a Certificate II or even a III in Nail Technology, would it not make sense to you that at least one of the students enrolled would themselves have a set of acrylic or gel nails?

Out of the 6 students in my class, four of us have acrylic nails. Myself included, obviously. I’ve been getting my nails done on and off for yonks, and the set I have now, I’ve had for over two years.

If you were the college, and were planning on having your students practice manicures etc on each other, would you not request in advance that students have their acrylic nails removed? You can probably see where I’m going with this…

I enrolled thinking that we would be practising on either plastic hands, or people willing to be guinea pigs. The thought of having my own hands done didn’t even cross my mind – I was the one that was doing the services, not receiving them.

Us students were informed yesterday (after they realised that two thirds of the class had acrylic nails), that they would either need to be removed by the next class, or we would have to bring a friend so that everyone could have a turn practising. Poor planning and foresight, in my opinion.

I am the one who paid upfront for this course, and therefore I am prepared to travel the distance to participate. It is not fair for me to request that a friend of mine, who has nothing to do with my education, give up half of their Saturday, and travel the distance I have to, so I can practice on them and keep my own nails. That would be rude and selfish of me. Therefore, I need to bite the bullet and get my nails taken off. And to be honest with you, I really, really, REALLY don’t want to. I know it’s stupid, but  hey, having my nails done is just me. Part of who I am. Also, I only got them done last weekend, and if I had been notified in advance, I would have had them taken off then, instead of paying $50 for a refill that needs to come off barely a week later.

The course is good, I’ve learnt lots, and there’s lots more to learn. But I’m just shitty that this was sprung on me at the last minute. I would have had a bit of a grumble anyway, but at least I would have had fair warning and I would have understood the reasoning behind it.

And I’ll tell you now, as soon as the course is done, and everyone’s finished practising on me, I’m going straight back to my own nail tech so she can reverse the damage of 4 months practice and put my nails back on how they were!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to study up for my first text next weekend…



  1. I can see how it would be frustrating that they didn’t tell you in advance – it’s a bit silly, especially since you’d think that people doing the course like nails and would therefore probably have their own nails done up with acrylics or other naily stuff.

    Oh well, hopefully it’s all worth it in the end when you come out an awesome nail artist!

  2. That is poor planning on their part – something like that should’ve been noted in the course paperwork/pre planning. How silly!

    (If I had a friend local doing the course? I would totally nominate myself to be the guinea pig!)

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