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London, the capital city of the United Kingdom is among the most fashionable cities of the world. The Global Language Monitor ranked it the third (behind Milan and New York) among the fashion capitals of the world in 2010. It is therefore natural to expect the residents of London to be conscious about fashion and appearance. London’s beauty services industry is internationally renowned and influences the fashion and beauty trends of the rest of the world. The city has several internationally known salons and spas that cater to a clientele comprising the elite of the world. Manicuring (nail technician) services are highly sought after and becoming increasingly in demand.
How to become a nail technician in London?
There are several training schools available for aspiring nail technicians in London. Together they present a wide and disparate array of options to prospective students, variously equipping them to offer basic nail care services to the most advanced services such as nail art and artificial nail. One can also train under a practising nail technician and pick up knowledge of the various techniques and procedures. However, enrolling for an appropriate training programme is a better idea because it gives a sound theoretical foundation in the subject to the student.
As previously mentioned, in the absence of a licensing/regulating agency, the training programs offered are not uniform in their structure or content and each school decides what it should teach its students. Let’s now take a look at the major nail technician schools in the London area. Those wishing to learn nail technology can compare these schools and choose the one that best fits their requirements.
1. Nails and Beauty Academy
61 Link House, New Covent Garden Market
Nine Elms, SW8 5PA
Nails and Beauty Academy offers several training progammes in nail technology and these conform to the licensure requirements of various London boroughs.
2. Nail Training London
Lally Quayle, 44 Hillfield Road
West Hampstead, NW6 1PZ
This school offers training programmes in partnership with Nail Systems International, UK.
3. The Beauty Academy
William James House, Cowley Road
Cambridge, CB4 0WX
The Beauty Academy offers courses in various beauty services like beauty therapy, make-up, manicuring, pedicuring, nail extension, holistic therapy, facial etc.
4. Merton Adult Education
Whatley Centre, Whatley Avenue
This government owned training institution offers several vocational training programmes including nail technology. It is an ITEC approved school.
5. Morley College
61 Westminster Bridge Road
This is a private adult education college offering ITEC approved programmes in a various subjects. Day and evening courses are available.
6. Beauty Training Studio
10 East India Way
Croydon, CR0 6RZ
Beauty Training Studio offers short term courses in manicure, pedicure, gel, acrylic, fibre glass, nail art and body waxing, eyelash extension and make-up.
The above list excludes training centres offering short term training programs that give practical exposure to certain nail technician services. These are not nail technician schools per se and are targeted at beauty workers who look to add to their skills.