Nail and Waxing Specialty

EMCC student filing a client's nail
  • Program Highlights

    Nail and Waxing Specialty is a perfect course for students interested in launching a career in the beauty industry, but are not interested in hair styling. In this 2-year NYSED Approved CTE Program, students will have an in-depth focus on nails, temporary hair removal methods, and makeup. Students will learn natural nail care, manicures, pedicures, as well as a variety of artificial nail enhancement techniques, proper hair removal procedures including tweezing and waxing of the face and body, and beginner to advanced makeup techniques and applications. In year one, when students are safely and competently able to perform skills, they will be able to practice on patrons in a clinical setting. In year two, students will continue to practice and enhance their knowledge and skills with a weekly clinic. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be prepared to sit for the New York State Licensing Exams in Nail Specialty and Waxing Specialty. Students must complete 250 hours of theory and practice in Nail Specialty and 75 hours of theory and practice in Waxing Specialty, as well as be 17 years of age at the time of testing to be eligible. Students will also create a portfolio of work.

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  • High School Credit

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