The Martin Academy of Gel Nails over the past six months has been overwhelmed by the interest and response to its gel course in Galway.
The team have been meeting the growing demand for nail technicians in the west of Ireland. The business is the brainchild of beauty therapist/business owner Naoise Martin who has set up the academy because she was having difficulty finding suitably qualified staff for her own salon, The Beauty Lounge, in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre. Ms Martin is well qualified to train others as she has 17 years' experience working and training in the USA, UK, and Ireland as a nail technician.
"I am focused on attention to detail and passionate about perfection," she said. "I will be providing advice on all aspects of gel nail application and also the right products to use to get started in the nail business. It is essential to use the correct products to ensure that customers get the best and most long lasting result."
She says that for women getting their nails done is the ultimate 'me' time. “One little treatment can make you feel so much better about yourself. It makes every woman so happy to look down at the perfect set of nails."
The course will run over three Sundays and there will be a practical exam at the end of the term.
Naoise Martin says the nail business is certainly a growing industry. "There are great opportunities for people to make some extra money, or make a career out of nails. Something that suits a lot of people is the fact you can work from home. If someone has a flair for nails, they could make a great income because the demand is there. Something that must be emphasised is that you do not need to be a qualified beautician to become a nail technician, it is completely separate to other beauty treatments. There is also a significant shortage of male nail technicians."
The testimonials from recent graduates of The Martin Academy include the following: "Naoise is extremely good at what she does, she always ensures you understand everything and is eager to encourage, she is extremely hands on with her examples which I found to be priceless." — Jayne.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this course, would absolutely recommend it : )" — Verona.
"Thank you for everything Naoise, the course was amazing and very enjoyable and I can't wait to get started." — Hazel.
The February course is now booked out, but bookings are being taken for courses running in March and April. Spaces are limited. Contact The Martin Academy on 086 7256334 or [email protected].