The instructor is retiring in 2022 from teaching a nail licensing course. All 2021 students must be done with their study by 2022. She will retire when the last 2021 student is licensed.
We would never be able to find another instructor like Mrs. Vivian that can be multiple staff members in one person to keep this place running. We will not be accepting any more enrollments after July 2021 to close the Nail Tech course in 2022 (or when the last student finishes within six months of enrolling). Mrs. Vivian was going to retire in 2020 but offered one more year of training during COVID-19 closures. Class day availability will start reducing in Nov 2021 to only accomodate finishing enrolled student's schedules. There will be no Saturday classes starting in Sept 2021 but Sundays and most weekdays are still open 10am-9pm to finish in the year (minus Nov/Dec holidays). We will become a Online Instructor School (just for licensed Nail Techs) in late 2022.
The instructor is an expert at getting students licensed! We have put over 100 licensed nail techs into Virginia in the past 15 years. If you want a nail license with training catered to your own schedule and learning style, then sign up before she retires from teaching a licensing course. This school offers one of the fastest and easiest way to get your nail license as long as you honestly study 30-40 hours a month. There is NO other school in the state that has an instructor with as much information as Mrs. Vivian has to offer during and after completion.
Message from the Instructor, Mrs. Vivian:
I have learned so much from doing nails 50-80 hours a week for almost 30 years. Nail Techs were highly respected and admired before the discount version took over in the late 90's-2000 in Virginia. I saw the nail industry change into a cheap and unrespectable service after 2000. It made me sad to see all my coworkers, schools and stores close in Richmond during that time. After working in so many types of nail salons and hair salons, I ended up going into the luxury Spa/Resort industry. I made incredible money and can share a side of the industry that most people don't experience. I want to be part of changing the industry into what it was before it became a quick (mostly unsanitary) production line. My #1 goal is trying to bring respect back into the nail industry and I can already see it happening!
I left my chemistry education career to become a nail technician and I don't regret it one bit (although I am using it to continue into the nail industry after teaching). This career has been the most amazing job to make my four children so incredibly successful in there lives because I could make what I want to pay my bills plus be at ALL the events to support them. I personally know that a nail license can provide so many amazing opportunities for their future to change thier lives and the people around them. With my experience I can guide students into a job field that is so incredibly versitile using my extensive knowledge of all the ways that a nail license can provide opportunites for each student's own personal life skills and talents to make dreams come true for them.
I have enjoyed teaching my students and it feels great to know that I exposed so many licensed Techs with the knowledge of quality standards to hopefully improve the quality of the nail industry. Seeing them go out to do different things that impact their lives and others made it all worth it. As a small school, I can adjust each student's learning style to fit them whether it is fast or slow. About 25% of my enrolled students come here from other schools that gave up on them or closed taking their money.
Teaching can be so rewarding but very exhausing with crazy long hours at a minimum wage salary that means less to me than helping students find a career path that can change their lives. I donate most of my teaching salary to help students in need anyways so it's not about the money. I have always made my income from doing nails on the side because it's still good money! I think of my students like my own children and I will be there after graduation to help with questions as they grow with their skills.
Wishing you all the best,