Our Nail Courses and Beauty Courses arefor complete beginners and ages 16 upwards.
Why Choose Top Talons for your nail and beauty courses
Some Companies are offering up to 50% off their nail course and beauty courses how come?
Because they just advertise inflated prices and then offer you a discount. Have they ever been worth the previously advertised price. They are still higher prices than our courses even with their discounts!
Largest kit contents anywhere. Our kits are MUCH bigger than anyone elses. Check kit contents and sizes before booking with anyone.
Excellent reviews from students
BEST prices anywhere. People travel from countrywide to us.
UK’s leading fast track course provider with years of experience.
Nail and Beauty Courses are accredited and insurable by Beauty Guild, you can check us out.
Largest choice and quality training, new courses being added
Free after course support and friendly tutors, you are not alone after our nail and beauty courses
Nail and Beauty Course packages available
You can start your own nail and beauty business
Free advice on starting a beauty business, we have the experience
Salon training can be arranged, please call to check pricing
How can I learn 2 nail extensions systems in one day?
Because we only have small groups and 2-3 tutors. We have been doing our methids for 16 years teaching so we know it works.
Each section of the nail technician course is completed until you feel happy before we move on.
Nail students can learn from each others mistakes too. Many 2 day courses are the same in practical hours as our one day course.
Short course have been around for over 30 years its not a new thing. No one is saying you will be a competition winner in one day but it will set you off on your journey. You never stop learning if you are serious.
Many Companies may knock lower priced one day training, to make themselves seem more appealing. It may be they are losing customers to lower priced better value, quality. faster training and so.this is how they would respond. But we offer what customers want nowadays. When shopping around for courses research properly, many forums/articles are NOT impartial, even though you may think they are, do NOT believe everything you read. Some forums/articles may be brand bias and you would not know this!
Recently one student told us she had just been to a trade show and bought a full kit of a ' the most well know brand' gel polish, with no certificate asked for as she hasn't got one! Also, obviously not trained in that product. She also bought some acrylic powder and liquid from another well know brand and hadn't got an acrylic certificate. So she wasn't trained in anything at that point and still they allowed her to buy.
Do i need more training?
You always need to keep training and learning, however long you have been doing nails. We offer ongoing intermediate and adavnced nail courses, instead of making you pay and do it all on one go over a longer period like many Companies. With us you have choices. Yes, come back and do more training! Such as manicure pedicure, sculpting, pink and white, smile lines, stilletto shaping, 3d acrylic, glitter and colour fades. Still better value overall than other Companies, who may do this over 4 or 5 day where you book all in advance instead of deciding which you would like to do and when you are ready. You should never stop training actually. Someone we know recently asked about a training course and has been doing nails for 30 years, and had one of the first salons ever in the UK..
You could for example spend a whole day just on filing techniques, and a whole day on infills and rebalancing. But in the real world, people will not do or want to spend the time or money for this.
The owner of Top Talons has had 3 salons and 8 clients per day 5 days a week for over 20 years. Also taught in colleges and other private training schools. All from.... one day training courses ongoing! Who says they don't work.
Why don't you have training centres in my area like some other nails schools, then i don't have to travel so far ?
All they do is sub contract to other schools! and then charge you more, as everyone has to get paid! We could easily do this but, it can impact on the quality of the training, as the owner is not there to monitor the quality of the training. Sometimes, tutors may not be as vigilant when they are not being quality checked. It is easy to employ tutors around the country, that is the easy bit, but the risk is again the quality, So we feel it is better for you to travel to us and make sure you get the most from your nail course.
I have read, or a friend or nail tech has told me i should train with a well known brand, as i have seen their large adverts
Don't just believe everything you read. Also friends / nail techs may not know everything. Make your own mind up based on research in lots of areas. If you just read one thing somewhere, it will probably be bias or have reasons why it is saying this. Our genuine reviews from happy customers tell you about us. Also Beauty Guild are a professional body who accredit our courses. Many brands have large adverts for products and training and huge stands at trade shows. This all costs lots of money, your course wil cost more to cover their large adverts! Also may other nail techs may tell you to train with one brand or another -reason- they have trained with them, AND PAID ALOT OF MONEY, and so may think or say that you should too. WE are now authorised to train with NSI products if you want those.
Should i pay more for my training or do a longer course?
That is your choice. If you have the money (and time) you may possibly decide to do this. However,one of our trainers paid £10.000 for her beauty/nail training over 10 months, and informed us that if she had her time again she would not do this. Another collegue who is now a make up rep, paid £12,000 for private training and said she told us she felt it was overpriced. Thats just 2 that we know.
Companies who charge more for longer courses want you to train with them, and obviously tell you they are the best, but we like you to make your own mind up. They will give you the ongoing support and backup and mentoring,.. so will we! They use excellent products- so do we! (except ours are better value) They have experienced trainers, - so do we! They have small groups, - so do we! They give you a successfull completion of course certificate - so de we! Except, we are accredited by Beauty Guild.
Yes we make a profit, as you will when you are doing nails, but we do not make as much profit as the larger Companies obviously!, as they charge more. That would possibly be something they may not mention! If they were VERY keen for you to be a perfect nail tech, they would train you totally free! But no, they charge you about £200 per day, as they are there to make money firstly!
You would obviously learn more over more days, but you would pay more. You can come back to us for more training in manicure, pedicure, intermediate and advance nail techniques acrylics, coloured gels, gel polish training etc. If you come back you will learn more! and of course same as them, pay more, but with us you get a choice.
Do i get an NVQ, VTCT like some Companies are saying?
Some Companies are saying there courses are to NVQ or VCTC STANDARD, so that you can be assured of high quality training recognised on a National Level. This is misleading as they are NOT offering you an NVQ or VCTC certificate for the course, as they are accredited by Beauty Guild same as our courses and give you their own school certificate. They are just saying the standard is similar, not that you get an NCQ qualification. We also can assure you of quality training! But without the misleading statements.
Do I need more theory?
Our nail and beauty courses are practical based as this is what you need to be able to do the treatment. We do go through basic principles on our courses. You can always learn more theory. You can buy numerous books on theory and nail technology and learn all day long, instead of paying us for that. Many longer course just charge you for going through the theory with you. Nail techs and beauty therapist are not doctors anyway and should not diagnose anything, but refrain from doing a treatment if there are any visible signs not to, which you would instantly see. If not sure you can call us after your nail course or beauty course for help.
People cannot believe how well known brands can be sold in poundland. Maybe they have been charging too much for years? Customers now want value for money in most things, ie products and training.
Top Talons, are like brands but cheaper! Brands charge high prices and then spend millions telling us they are worth it, and WE are paying for that!
What will my nails look like if i am being practiced on?
It is a training day, you are not there to have a set of nails done its a learning day. Many students surprise themselves how well they do. Many have commented that their nails are better than they have had in a salon. Yes the occasional nails might not be perfect, but it is advisable to be patient with your collegue, as everyone is there to learn. It would not be professional to make your collegue feel awkward if you feel you are better than them at first, or have had a go at nails before. All training courses whether college or other private schools and courses, there will be different levels of learners, where many make mistakes, that is what a training course is about. But, if your collegue is filing to hard, tell them! As your clients will! So, it would be helping them.
What products do you train with?
We use Nouveau Nails, which we have been using for over 10 years. An excellent product range with some of the best prices you will find and great quality. Most products are good if used correctly. Sometimes people can blame products for nails lifting and change to another 'brand', but it is usually application or client at fault. If you switch to so called more well known brands, you will pay much more for similar result, and if you apply these incorrectly, they will also not last. Many techs may buy into advertising and branding and that sometimes is why they choose a brand.. We do not allow cheap Chinese chemicals to be used on our nail courses. If you buy acrylic powders/liquid or gels from China or Hong Kong or buy cheap products from auction sites you may be risking allergies on your clients, as you would not know what is in them. These are not advised to be used on paying clients by professional nail techs.
Constant new products
Many Companies are bringing out new and extra products. It is all more for you to buy! Thicker gels extra colours in gels and acrylics, new primers. One lady we know who has been doing nails for 35 years (one of the first in UK) never uses primer! Are all these new things really needed. That is why again, we are so honest. Don't forget, the more products you buy from a Company as they tell you you NEED it, the more money they make!
We now have just become authorised stocksist of NSI nail supplies. So you can choose to opt for NSI in your nail kit. All prices are shown on the relevant nail courses page if you go for the NSI option.
I am thinking of doing nails and beauty but not doing a course
Many people might consider this as they wish to save money or not spend on courses. But you would not be insured. Is that fair to your customers, as you would be self taught and uninsured. Would you want an untrained therapist possibly burning you with wax that is too hot or filing a hole in your nail? We try to keep our price of courses as low as we can so that hopefully it can be affordable and then you can be properly trained and insured.
Do I learn removal?
Yes we show you the optimum and quickest way to remove nail extensions with the new Magis foil removal foil wraps, which use less remover product and help eliminate spillages. You will get 20% off on the training day if you wish to buy more of these, as you would use 10 for every set of nails you remove.
What about infills?
We cover infills at the end of the nail course. Yes obviously we cannot do an exact infill, as your collegue has not had their nails on for 2 weeks. Many courses will get you to come back to do a day or half day on infills, AND CHARGE YOU ABOUT £100. This is great idea, as you could then spend all that time practising infills, BUT in reality most of our students will not come back,due to time and cost, they prefer to cover this on the training day. If a set of extensions is applied well and filed well, then when it comes to infills within 2 weeks, they are easy, as the initilal prep and application were perfect. But YES please come back and do a full day on infills and pay more! Or just cover it on your training day, its up to you. my nails don't look perfect, do we learn removal?
Yes, the nails might not be perfect on a training course. You can remove them yourself at home after the course, as you learn removal on the nail course training day.Will i be great at filing?
You will learn the techniques and how to hold the file, but perfect correct filing can take numerous sets of nails to be an expert. Even on a 4 or 5 day course it does not necessarily mean you will be an expert filer. Even techniques such as building an apex, perfect smile lines etc will take numerous sets of nails to perfect. You could spend a whole day just on filing. If you listen on your training day, you should pick up the principles of correct filing.
Does everyone pass?
You a get a certificate of successfully completing your chosen course, as with most private training schools.
Including many well known branded certificates, see here, check the link to see what other branded certificates would say, which will say virtually the same as ours. Except ours are accredited by Beauty Guild.
Many private courses in nails or whatever subject offer a certificate of successful completion of a course. A recent interior design course £700 that i did, you get a certificate of successful completion of the course (same as our certificates) and they are linked to a University!
Nail or beauty course times
The course times will vary slightly depending how it goes on the day. We let you know approximate finsih times when you book. Please do not rush off at the end, as if you have not successfully fully completed the course requirements a certificate will not be issued.
Can i earn money after the courses?
We let you know what your potential earnings could be, not to persuade you to train with us but, because it is true and we have the evidence not just from the owner, who has been making a living doing nails for years but from many students who tell us and reorder! If you do nothing after your course, you will earn nothing in the nail industry. If you advertise and practise you will earn money. Nothing comes easy it needs effort. The nail business like any other is competitive, you have to be good and reliable and work hard. Doing nails is not easy, even tho a good tech will make it look so, but if you work hard it is rewarding and very profitable. So YES you can earn money from our nail and beauty courses, so if you are looking for extra income or a part time income choose our courses.
As it is a beginners course can i do more later?
Yes it is the basics of starting you in the nail extensions business. We offer intermediate and advance nail courses such as sculpting stilletto and 3D acrylic, glitter fades, colour fades etc... But you can choose whether to do more or not, all as usual excellent prices.
We are an open and honest Company providing a value for money service and want you to decide for yourself if what we offer suits you. Many larger Companies do not publish training course prices on their websites! We do. Thats how open we are.
Why are some Companies charging more for one day courses in nails and beauty?
Firstly because they can! Secondly, they may work in conjunction with other training schools if they have training venues all over the country, so both parties have to make a profit and so charge you more for the same courses or they have expensive premises to rent.
What about home study?
We know this is convenient, but nails ansd beauty are a practical skill which we feel requires an ACTUAL tutor showing you how to do the treatment. So we feel it is worth traveling for.
Can i go to the wholesalers to buy products after your course?
Why do that when you will pay considerably more? As wholesalers have their stores and staff to pay for, plus they want huge profit margins! With many well know brands, you buy the products from them afterwards! as they do not sell them in the wholesalers. Same with us with our high quality products but great prices by mail order, but again this is up to you, you are free to choose. Many well known brands will not sell to you. Why? Because they make you train with them before you can buy! Nice business if you can do it... Charge for your training AND charge you high prices for products..
Can i go on a conversion course with another brand after your courses?
Ask them! We can offer you all knowledge of NSI products as we are authorised distributors of NSI. A conversion course is PURELY A PRODUCT DEMO DAY, NOT a nail course! We know, because we have done the NSI conversion course when we became authorised distributors. If you have read on an internet forum that a particular product is best, why does it say this? Could it be that the forum is controlled by the distributors of that product!!! Do not believe everything you read just because it is a forum! HAVE A MIND OF YOUR OWN. We sell lower priced products and higher priced NSI products, you choose. All our products are good quality. You should not be using cheap products from the Far East usually purchased on E bay, you may be risking your clients skin and nails.
I have seen where i can get lots of acrylic powders and coloured gels on E bay cheap what about those, i think i will buy them as they will save me money?
Professional acrylics and gels are made in UK, EU or USA. If you buy unknown brands from E bay (that could even be free postage from Manchester) they are still originally from Far East. You do not know what chemicals are in them and so could be risking your client. Is it fair to use such products on a paying client (however much she is paying even if it is a friend) when they would assume you are using a safe professional tested and proven product. It is not just about saving money, it is surely about remaining professional and honest with your customers as we are. If acrylics and gels are cheap in price ask yourself why. Professional high quality products are not cheap unfortunately, but they will be safe and perform well for you and your clients.
I am going to buy my products from USA as they are cheaper what about this?
These Companies offer 'free shipping'. That is shipping from their end. THEY are not responsible for YOUR cutoms and excise bills! YOU ARE.
BUT you should be paying VAT and import duties if your order is £135 and VAT over £15 order..
If you keep ordering you will be spotted and recieve an extra bill, and it is also illegal.
Do you offer eyelash extensions courses?
Yes we now offer eyelash extension courses, so you can add this to your services. We also ofer kits for this too, and FREE training with our largest eyelash extensions kit.
We are one of the most experienced at offering nail courses and the first and original Nouveau Nail Courses training school, offering Nouveau Nail
courses, INCLUDING NAIL TRAINING KIT. Our customers say we are more experienced and the best and now other people are copying our nail
courses! That's how good we are at nail training! We created our methods of providing nail courses and it works! Why not give our nail courses a try?
Read our genuine reviews from happy nail training students about our nail courses.
On our nail courses, we offer traditional acrylic liquid and powder system NOT UV ACRYLIC, which is not popular with clients or salons. Other nail
courses may seem cheaper but product sizes in kits may be smaller or THEY HAVE NO KIT, or, they do not tell you sizes of products in the kit which may
We do not necessarily have therapists on our courses, our students are from all backgrounds/ ages, so you will not feel out of place!
Very few wear a 'uniform'. You can potentially earn as much in 2 days as a regular full time 5 day a week job.
Or just do your own nail 8 times and get your money back for the course in what you save!
People are traveling from around the country to Chesterfield, to attend our nail courses due to the fantastic unbeatable offer. We are a genuine Company
so don't be worried We are Beauty Guild accredited, check us out!
Too good to be true? Its good AND TRUE!!
We can understand people thinking offers like this are too good to be true, as we are all sceptical these days. Check our accreditation with Guild of professional beauty therapists.
Peole sometimes question our excellent prices and we know most courses are much higher priced than ours. Why not question their high prices! We know with our courses you will get value for money and we get business!
Maybe people have been charging too much for years!! Why because they can and have done for years, but customers now are more savvy.