Manicure classes are typically available through diploma, certificate and associate's degree programs in nail technology and cosmetology. Students can look to community colleges, beauty schools and technical colleges for these programs. Basic admissions requirements include a high school diploma.
Depending on the program, the discussion of manicuring can occur in a series of standalone courses or within a general cosmetology class. Hands-on experience is an important component of a manicuring program and can be had through laboratory exercises, as well as through a student-run salon that some schools operate. Program length varies by the number of credits (general education is needed for associate's degree programs) and training hours, due to state licensing regulations.
Courses can contain the following material:
- Nail extensions
- Pattern design
- Nail health
List of Courses
Beginning Manicure Course
Basic manicure classes cover manicures, pedicures, nail extensions and acrylics. Students learn about basic manicure art, which includes shaping fingernails and creating patterns and designs on the nail. Students practice applying soothing lotions and nail polish to people's fingernails. They may practice by giving manicures to classmates or to clients in a school-run salon.
Safety and Sanitation in Cosmetology Course
In a safety and sanitation in cosmetology course, students learn about the various bacteria present in nail and hair salons and ways to maintain a hygienic practice. Throughout the course, they practice basic first aid and safety practices to create a safe and healthy setting. The chemical makeup of different products used in manicures is analyzed. Students learn which products must be kept separate in order to avoid health risks. As a cosmetology course, this course may covers sanitation for all aspects of a beauty spa or salon.
In intermediate courses, students learn more advanced manicuring techniques. These techniques include applying artificial nails and designing patterns and other nail art on clients. Students also practice providing other nail and hand care beyond painting and designing nails; this care includes using moisturizer to heal cracked skin and giving hand massages. They may learn basic reflexology.
Nail Repair Course
Students learn how to use gels and nail wraps to repair nails that have been damaged. They also learn how to apply acrylic nails and instruct clients on proper nail care. Techniques like buffing, filing, silking and adding tips are also covered in a nail repair course. Students examine a wide variety of nails in order to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy nails. They study bacteria that can hurt nails and the skin beneath it and learn ways to kill the bacteria.