August 2012

Jaime Schrabeck

The Nail Extension | by Jaime Schrabeck


Education Etiquette

 If experience were the best teacher, the beauty industry would have no need for formal education.

Those interested in becoming a nail professional would purchase supplies, open for business and practice their manicuring skills on unsuspecting clients. In time, they might learn how to do quality work (without hurting their clients) and succeed financially, but that's not very likely.

Experience can be the most inefficient, unreliable and dangerous way to learn, and some manicurists will never become skilled or successful, no matter how much experience they have. Quality education should be the foundation of our technical expertise; hours of direct instruction/guided practice can easily supersede years of trying. But if education has this potential, why do educators complain that it's hard to fill classes while manicurists complain about the lack of education?

Instead of complaining, we should consider how we can mutually benefit from the learning process. Beyond the mere transfer of knowledge, we can explore new ideas, solve problems, inspire each other and advance the professionalism of our industry.

By following education etiquette, both students and educators can play their respective roles:

For Students

For Educators

Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. owns Precision Nails, an exclusive nails-only salon in Carmel, California. She can be reached at