From vibrant nail art that showcases your talents to luxurious spa treatments that leave guests feeling pampered, a professional nail technician or manicurist can serve clients in a variety of ways.  If you have an eye for fashion trends and enjoy letting your creativity shine, an in-demand career in nail care might be for you. The instructors at Nathan Layne Institute of Cosmetology are ready to pass on the tools of the trade while also providing opportunities to kick-start your career post-graduation.

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Start Dates
February 20, 2024
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October 15, 2024
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Now’s the perfect time to pursue a career in cosmetology, esthetics or barbering. We’ll even help you find a job after you graduate! We offer financial aid to those who qualify and our schedule allows you to have the perfect school/life balance.

Our Manicuring and Nail Technology Program

If you’re looking for a steppingstone into the beauty industry, our manicuring/nail technology program is a great way to get started. It is a 400-hour program that you can complete in as little as 3.5 months. Our comprehensive courses cover several areas, such as:

  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring
  • Acrylic nails
  • Gel nails
  • Nail forms
  • Nail art
  • Nail Design
  • Sanitation
  • Safety and hygiene practices

Students work on real guests and have full access to salon-quality brands in our classrooms, such as Morgan Taylor and Gelish. After learning the basics, students move into the spa and salon where they can fine-tune their technique and strengthen client rapport with the support of our knowledgeable instructors by their side.

Brand Growth and Opportunities


Along with the technical side of nail care, students also learn how to navigate the branding and business end of beauty with instruction from owner Nate Shaw. Under his guidance, students learn valuable skills they can take with them beyond the salon floor, such as:

  • Business strategy

  • Networking

  • Client building

The spa and salon floor is more than just a place where you’ll practice — it also serves as a launching point for your personal brand. Students are encouraged to book clients they can take with them after graduation. Our professional learning spaces are also where you’ll start organizing and growing your portfolio of nail artwork in preparation for that first job interview with a prospective employer.

Enhance Your Potential As A Professional

A future in nail care can be as flexible or as defined as you make it. Enjoy the freedom of working for yourself or land a job in a salon as part of a professional beauty team. As fashion trends evolve, there’s always room to grow and find new ways to flex those creative muscles. Here are just some of the jobs that may await you in the field:

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  • Spa/salon nail technician
  • High-end spa nail technician
  • Nail salon owner
  • Nail salon manager
  • Social media beauty influencer
  • Nail education specialist

At Nathan Layne Institute of Cosmetology, you’ll also benefit from listening to industry professionals, visiting employers in the area, and networking with local businesses along the way. With a host of valuable career connections at your fingertips, you’ll gain a solid foundation in more than just the basics.

Become A Licensed Nail Tech or Manicurist in Idaho

Begin a bright future as a licensed manicurist or nail technician. Nathan Layne Institute of Cosmetology is here to help you get started on your journey toward a rewarding career in nail care. To find out more about financial aid options and our current program schedule, reach out to us today.

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While we don’t have the opportunity to use Nathan Layne Institute nail products (we hope to see them on the horizon!) we still promote the Nathan Layne Institute mission throughout our program. We believe in leaving the planet in better shape than we found it. It’s important to us that our nail students still live and breath the Nathan Layne Institute lifestyle. If you think that a nail education from Nathan Layne Institute is right for you, we invite you to explore our program today!

How to Pay for School

We want to help our students make schooling an affordable option. Financial aid is available to those who qualify, be sure to contact us to learn which programs apply. Learn more here.

Program cost information is below:
Tuition: $5,200.00
Book & Kit: $1,539.62 (non-refundable)
Registration: $100 (non-refundable)
Sales Tax:  $92.38
Test & Licensing Fees $296

TOTAL:  $7,228.00

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What will you do? Where will your future take you? Contact us today to learn more about our brand new program!

Want to learn more than just nails? Check out our cosmetology program!

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