What You Get
How our nail units get their energy to produce nail plate and what evolution did to make our hands one of the most amazing tools on the planet.
This is an 11 part series on Natural Nail Anatomy & Pathology. Each of the classes cost €35 excl VAT. It is possible to follow individual classes, but we highly recommend doing the full syllabus to get a well-rounded knowledge of the natural nail unit.
This is one of the most neglected parts of nail unit teaching on the planet, yet without our arteries, blood vessels and nerves there would be no nail unit and it shows what is really special about our line of work in the salon.
To understand that our nail units function apart from each other and also together – yes, we have 20 – and they are clones of each other but also independent of each other.
I am Tracy Anne Shelverton, passionate nail nut.
Mind you, I’m a nail nut and not a nail product nut. Other nuts in our business are nuts about products and the incredible things you can do with them. The most brilliant nuts develop enormous skills enabling them to turn nails into incredible pieces of art. My passion on the other hand focuses on the nail itself and on maintaining and improving its integrity whatever we build on top of it. And when I say passion, I mean the kind of passion, that wants the whole world to know about it.
My passion for the natural nail unit was driven by ‘gut feelings’ when I started in this industry many moon’s ago. Soon I realized that not all problems in the nail plate can be fixed by simply buying more nail products and that some nail problems can even by created by technicians that treat them to the best of their knowledge. If we don’t understand how the nail unit works then we can throw cream cheese at it and still not solve the problem.
So I started to read and learn. I got inspired and educated by Doug Schoon and other leading experts in the nail industry and realized that if we change the way we educate ourselves and others then we can also change the way we use our products. Using the right artificial nail product on the right nail plate is a must, but how do we know what to use when product manufactures only train us in product application and nothing else?
This brought me to where I am now. My place in our nail world is with the natural nail unit, its exactly where I should be, it’s my comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong, I love art, and colors and sculpting – I love all things that bling, just like all of you do, but what’s the point in all that beauty if when we remove the enhancement we need to keep our hands in our pockets for fear that someone might see that we trashed our nail plates along the way? Today if I remove my nail coatings what you see are intact nail plates – and that drives me forward every time again.
I teach an 11 week course in Anatomy and Pathology of the Natural Nail, taking you on a journey around the nail unit in bite size pieces that are easier to digest than trying to learn it all in a day or struggling through a book if reading is not quite your thing. We have found that it’s a really effective way to learn, we hope you will think that too
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How It Works
- Once you've enrolled, find your class in your class library
- Watch on any device, any time, for a period of 1 year
- Recreate and post your work in your Facebook Beauty Tutor Educator Group