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. Our experienced instructors at Nathan Layne Institute are ready to teach you the skills you’ll need to become a successful nail tech.

From vibrant nail art that showcases your talent to luxurious spa treatments that leave guests feeling pampered, a professional nail technician or manicurist can serve clients in a variety of ways. Let us show you how you can pursue a fulfilling career as a nail tech helping clients feel beautiful and cared for.

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A nail tech career can open up a whole new world of beauty. With training in nail care, you can be creative and love your job every single day.

Our instructors and staff are practitioners who are connected with other salon and spa owners, and we have your back when it comes to helping you find job opportunities. Why wait? Contact us to learn more about Nathan Layne Institute’s nail tech program today.

Nail Tech Program Overview

If you’re looking for a stepping-stone into the beauty industry, our nail tech (manicuring) program is a great way to get in. Over the course of our 400-hour curriculum — which can be completed in as little as 13 weeks — you’ll learn many skills and services, including:

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

Once you have learned the basic theory topics, our nail tech students begin hands-on practice. After learning and practicing the basics, you’ll move quickly into a professional setting: the Nathan Layne Institute spa and salon, where you can fine-tune your technical skills while learning how to develop rapport with clients.

Through this learning, you’ll have the support of our knowledgeable, licensed instructors. As a student, you will have full access to salon-quality brands in our classrooms, such as Morgan Taylor and Gelish.

Personal Branding as a Nail Tech


Along with the technical side of nail care, our nail tech students also learn how to navigate the branding and business end of beauty with instruction designed by owner Nate Shaw, a veteran of the salon business and product retailing. Under his guidance, you’ll learn valuable skills you can take with you beyond the salon floor, such as:

  • Business strategy

  • Networking

  • Client relationship 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. When you study at Nathan Layne Institute, you are encouraged to develop relationships with your clients in the student salon so that you begin to build your book of business. We encourage you to develop a clientele that will follow you to your first job as a nail tech, because your success is most important to us.

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. We’ll show you how and give you ample opportunity to showcase different skills for that portfolio.

Your Future Career Options After Nail School

A future in nail care can take you in many different directions. Land a job in a salon as part of a professional beauty team, or enjoy the freedom of working for yourself. As fashion trends evolve, there’s always room to grow and find new ways to flex those creative muscles.

Here is a sampling of some of the jobs you may pursue in this field:

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

At Nathan Layne Institute, we want to adequately prepare you for real professional work, not just passing your board exams. As a result, we bring in visiting guest industry professionals and connect our students with area employers and local beauty businesses during your time in school. With a host of valuable career connections at your fingertips, you’ll gain a solid foundation in more than just the basics.

Start Your Nail Tech Journey

We want to help our students make schooling affordable. Financial aid options are available, depending on eligibility. Our admissions and financial aid team members can talk to you about your situation to recommend ways to pay for your Nathan Layne Institute program.

Upcoming Start Dates: Nail Tech Program
June 18, 2024
August 20, 2024
October 15, 2024
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Where will your future take you? Contact us today to learn more about our nail tech program and how you can join.

Want to learn more than just nails? Check out our cosmetology program for lengthier training that will give you a huge array of options for a beauty career.

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