About Top Talons

Nail & Beauty Training

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About Top Talons2019-05-07T19:54:45+00:00


Nail & Beauty Courses

What makes us unique from other nail and beauty training schools, why Top Talons?

As an ABT accredited and Beauty Guild Accredited Training Academy Top Talons have been an academy for over 20 years

If you are looking to begin a career within the beauty industry, or just retrain in a new area then you have come to the right place.

We have a dedicated training facility and you can rest assured our experienced and fully qualified team of accredited lecturers deliver the very best in training.

We will fully support you throughout your career and help you to become the best therapists you can be.

We offer train now pay later so you can start your new career from as little as £20 deposit.

Our fully accredited courses enable trainee’s to obtain insurance and work within the industry.

There are now many nail and beauty schools popping up everywhere, but they do not have the teaching experience that we have for nail courses and beauty courses. We can offer you the best experience and aftercare possible including practical advice on running your own business.

We are the leading and longest standing training provider offering a wide range of the most popular hair, beauty, nails & holistic courses in the industry.
Our head office is based in Chesterfield but we have educators in Mansfield, Worksop, Newcastle and Scarborough, Liverpool and more coming soon,  and our trainers are industry experts trained to very high standards.  Our trainers keep abreast of latest nail and beauty trends and keep up to date with the latest courses and work within the industry themselves..

Our nail, beauty and holistic courses are all fully insurable and course material is written to the highest standard and accredited by leading Beauty Guild and ABT. Our courses can be in groups or we also offer one to one  at your salon or venue.

Our Training Room

Our beautiful training room has been fully kitted out with no expense spared. We have all of the equipment and lighting to carry out successful nail and beauty training in relaxed surroundings which we are told creates an atmosphere which is easy to learn in.
Our training room is a good size, so trainees have plenty of space to work and is bright and well lit.

If you are arriving by car, we also have plenty of free parking on site right outside the training room. To see information on how to find Top Talons at Mardon House click for directions.


Many of our nail courses and beauty courses include the relevant kit for that course included in the price of the course if you choose that option. Kits can be expensive if you have to buy them extra and many other schools will charge extra for kits.

So please beware of the extra charges other schools may ask you to pay for products and kits. We have in-depth knowledge about nails and beauty and the products we sell. We can pass this knowledge onto our students so they may obtain the best results possible using our high-quality nail and beauty products.

We offer acrylic nail training and gel technician courses plus a variety of beauty, lash and brow specialist courses, and hair and makeup courses. Plus we offer the best prices for nail and beauty courses in the country, check prices very carefully to see for yourself the great value Top Talons can offer.


We have high quality training and tutors who are working in the industry, many of which have trained with some well known brands. Top Talons do not charge the high prices that branded training schools charge, but our quality is up there with the best.  We offer a comprehensive range of nail courses and beauty courses run by our highly qualified tutors who all have the relevant teaching qualifications.

Our experienced tutor’s design and write our nail and beauty courses so that they are easy to understand and focused on practical abilities. Our tutors can deliver high quality training, as they are very knowledgeable in their subjects.

As part of our on-going support, all our nail course and beauty courses are supported by comprehensive manuals that have been inspected for accreditation so that they pass the criteria that you need to be able to refer to after you nail and beauty courses. All of our nail courses and beauty courses are accredited for insurance purposes.


Top Talons began retailing products due to student demand for great quality at affordable prices. This has since grown to supplying salons and previous students through our online shop or via mail order. Our prices are very competitive as we try to keep our overheads low, so we can pass the savings on to our customers. You can be assured that some top brands as well as products designed and developed by Linda of Top Talons will be available for you to purchase online or by calling and speaking to us. We have in-depth knowledge of the products we sell, so can offer advice on the best products to use for your skills and customer base.

Our Nail & Beauty Courses

Our nail courses and beauty courses are fully accredited by ABT and many also by Beauty Guild. Our training is fast-tracked so you can start earning money in the beauty industry very quickly and we can offer guidance with this.

It is not just about the certificate, we offer ongoing support whilst you are practising.

We offer a comprehensive range of nail and beauty courses, including acrylic nail training, gel technician courses, brow and lash courses, makeup courses, hair courses and waxing and spray tanning to name a few.

Our friendly tutors who have REAL industry experience and are familiar with the very latest products and techniques which the helps our students.

Top Talons were one of the first providers of fast-track nail courses and beauty courses in the UK and many have now copied our proven methods.

We have built a reputation over the past years which is second to none. We also provide all students with a helpline number so even after they have qualified with us we are on hand to help and support, you are not left on your own.

Many other nail and beauty schools are new to training and so have little teaching experience.  Top Talons have been training people in nail and beauty courses for over 20 years and been in the industry for over 25, and our methods which we developed have been copied by many.


Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions that we are asked:

Will I Need More Training?2018-06-04T14:28:49+00:00

You always need to keep training and learning new skills and techniques, regardless of how long you have been doing nails or beauty. We offer ongoing, intermediate and advanced nail courses and add on beauty courses. Instead of making you pay all in one hit and do it all on one go like many companies offer, with Top Talons you have choices. You can come back for more training at any point in the future! You can attened courses such as manicure pedicure, sculpting, pink and white, smile lines. Still better value overall than other companies who may pack all of this training into 4 or 5 days where you book all in advance instead of deciding which you would like to do when you are ready. A good nail and beauty technician should never stop training and learning new skills.

Will I learn all about filing?2018-06-04T15:14:48+00:00

You will learn how to hold the file and the correct filing technique, 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 at filing.  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 the filing techniques. If you listen on your training day, you should pick up the principles of correct filing to enable you to practice to improve your skills.

Why Choose Top Talons for your Training2018-08-25T19:38:38+00:00

Firstly, we have over 20 years experience in designing and running nail and beauty training. There are many other reasons to trust us with your training, here are the key points:

  • Wide choice of nail courses and beauty courses including the new lash lift courses and brow definition and 3D brow sculpting courses
  • 100’s of excellent reviews from students
  • BEST prices anywhere. People travel countrywide for our training.
  • UK’s leading fast-track course provider with years of experience.
  • Nail and Beauty Courses are accredited and insurable by Beauty Guild and ABT, you can check us out.
  • Largest choice and quality training, new courses being added all the time
  • 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 prices
Why are your courses so cheap?2018-06-04T14:28:27+00:00

People frequently ask why our courses seem so cheap, we say we are excellent value for money not cheap, so why only question the lower priced courses? We’d advise questioning the higher priced courses and see what reasons they give to convince you they are worth it! We are confident they will not offer a better service then Top Talons.

What will my nails look like if I am being practised on?2018-06-04T14:59:45+00:00

Please remember that you are on a training day, you are not there to have a set of nails done.  Many students surprise themselves how well they do at their first attempt.  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 colleague, as everyone is there to learn.

It would not be professional to make your colleague 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.   Please be assured that all training is closely supervised, ensuring that the nails are done correctly. But, if your colleague is filing to hard, please let us know so we can help and advise.

What products do you train with?2018-06-04T15:06:43+00:00

We use Nouveau Nails for our nail courses which we have been using for over 12 years. It is 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 a 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.

What if other students are disruptive and I can’t concentrate?2018-06-04T14:28:15+00:00

We don’t allow any students to disrupt a class or other students, as everyone has paid to be there and deserves to have the same great experience.

What Class size do you have?2018-06-04T14:29:07+00:00

Generally, we keep class sizes small so we have a qualified and experienced tutor who can spend time with each trainee individually, ensuring they get the best possible knowledge from the day. If the course is a larger group all wanting to attend on the same day, we bring in more trainers to ensure the personal level of training is still available.

What are your kits like?2018-06-04T15:53:55+00:00

We have largest kit contents anywhere.  Our kits are MUCH bigger than anyone else’s.  Check kit contents and sizes before booking with anyone. Many Companies courses do NOT include a kit of any kind it would cost extra. Our kits are a comprehnsive set of products and tools to help you get started in the trade. Plese, call us for more details.

What are the hours for Nail course or beauty courses?2018-06-04T15:18:48+00:00

The course times will vary slightly depending on how the day goes. We let you know approximate finish 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. In this case, we will advise on what you need to do to successfully obtain your certificate.

What about home study?2018-06-04T15:29:45+00:00

We know this is convenient, but nails and 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 travelling for. You also get the advantage of our experience within the trade and learn much more than just the practical skills. You will also meet like-minded people who may become friends or future work colleagues.

Some companies do training around the country how come?2018-06-04T15:52:10+00:00

They just rent hotel rooms, which in our opinion is not an ideal learning environment.  We have a purpose built training room for all our courses so worth travelling for in our opinion. We now also have a professional training venue in Newcastle and Milton Keynes.

Some Companies are offering up to 50% off their nail course and beauty courses how come?2018-06-04T15:54:54+00:00

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!

Should I pay more for my training or do a longer course?2018-06-04T14:28:22+00:00

That is your choice, if you have the funds (and time) you may possibly decide to do this, it’s up to decide how you to train. Think about how you like to learn, some people find it easy to take a large amount of information in on various subjects over a short period. Others like to learn one skill, practice, become confident and then add more training over the coming months. We find our clients much prefer to train at their own pace like this.

Companies who charge more for longer courses want you to train with them, and obviously tell you they are the best, but we’d 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! They have experienced trainers, – so do we! They have small groups, – so do we! They give you a successful completion of course certificate – so do we. They are accredited by Beauty Guild – so are we.

Yes,  we do make a profit, as you will when you are working as a nail tech, but we like to pass savings onto our clients through better value training, meaning our profits are smaller. We are not greedy with high prices unlike some of the bigger companies.

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 advanced nail techniques acrylics, coloured gels, gel polish training etc at any time you wish.

I’m going to buy my products from USA as they are cheaper is that OK?2018-06-04T15:43:50+00:00

These Companies offer ‘free shipping’. That is shipping from their end in the USA. THEY are not responsible for YOcustomsoms and excise bills, you are!

You should pay VAT and import duties if your order is £135 and VAT over £15 order.

If you keep ordering you will be spotted and receive an extra bill from Customs and Excise. Please note that avoidance of VAT and import duties is illegal.

I have been told that I should train with a well known brand, is this right?2018-06-04T14:28:31+00:00

You may have been told about a training course by a friend or have seen a glossy ad in a trade magazine. Our advice is just don’t believe everything you read. Also, friends/nail techs may not know everything or be bias to one brand. Make your own mind up based on research in lots of areas. If you just read one thing somewhere, it will probably be biased or have reasons why it is saying this. Our genuine reviews from happy customers tell you about us and the quality of our training. Also, the Beauty Guild is 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 lots of money and your course will cost more to cover all of this! Many other nail techs may tell you to train with one particular brand because they have trained with them, they may have trained a while ago and the company recommended may not offering value for money now or the specific training you want. Do your research and make your own mind up. If you want a chat about our nail training, please feel free to call us for a chat at any time.

I can get lots of acrylic powders and coloured gels cheap on E bay cheap what about those, will they save me money?2018-06-04T15:40:42+00:00

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 the 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 about remaining professional and honest with your customers as we are, building yourself a good reputation If acrylics and gels are cheap, 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 thinking of doing nails and beauty but not doing a course – is that OK?2018-06-04T15:48:53+00:00

Many people might consider this as they wish to save money by not spending on courses. But you would not be insured which is unfair 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 so you can be properly trained and insured.

How can we check Top Talons is a real company?2018-08-25T19:36:56+00:00

You may have doubts about buying online so we would like to give you some advice on how to independently check our credentials.

One way to verify our details would be to go to www.yell.co.uk , click here to see our Yell page.

We also supply you with a landline telephone number, not just a mobile

You can also see us on the website of the Guild under their accredited training schools section. Click to see our link

If you have any questions please call 01246 569818 and we will be happy to answer you.

or email: [email protected]

How can I learn about nail extensions on a short course?2018-08-25T19:38:24+00:00

Our one-day courses will equip you with the techniques to start a nail or beauty business. Everyone including us should keep training to learn and expand your skills and knowledge. Some people add new skills to their portfolio on an on-going basis, others will be making a success of earning a wage from their initial training and time constraints or finances will prohibit further training.

We only have small groups and 2-3 tutors. We have been doing our methods for over 20 years teaching so we know it works really well, producing sucessful nail and beauty techs.
Each section of the nail technician course is completed until you feel happy before we move on. Nail students can learn from each other too. Many 2 day courses are the same in practical hours as our one day course.

Short courses have been around for over 30 years, so it’s nothing new. 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.

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. Make your own mind up what nail or beauty products you choose to use.

Does everyone pass?2018-06-04T15:16:32+00:00

It is not a guaranteed certificate. We want you to be the best you can be and will help you as much as possible. We may require case studies or offer you to come back for free for more help. You a get a certificate for successfully completing your chosen course, as with most private training schools.

Many private courses in nails or whatever subject offer a certificate of successful completion of a course.

Do you offer eyelash extensions courses?2018-06-04T15:47:00+00:00

We offer eyelash extension courses and lash lift courses, so you can add this to your services. We also offer kits for this too, and FREE training with our largest eyelash extensions kit.

Do we learn about infills?2018-06-04T15:11:03+00:00

We cover infills at the end of the nail course. Yes, obviously we cannot do an exact infill, as your colleague has not had their nails on for 2 weeks. Many courses will get you to come back to do a day or half day just on infills, AND CHARGE YOU ABOUT £100. This is a great idea, as you could then spend all that time practising infills, BUT in reality, most of our students don’t need to come back as 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 initial prep and application was done to perfection.

Do I need to spend 3 years at college to get a qualification in nails or beauty?2018-06-04T16:22:58+00:00

We have great tutors who have REAL industry experience and Top Talons were one of the first providers of fast track nail courses and beauty courses in the UK and many have now copied our proven methods.

Top Talons have built a reputation over the past years which is second to none.  All of our nail courses and beauty are taught by fully qualified educators with experience in the industry and are familiar  with the very latest products and techniques which the helps our students.  We also provide all students with a helpline number so even after they have qualified with us we are on hand to help and support, you are not left on your own.

All of our courses are accredited so you will be able to obtain insurance to work in the trade. The pace of training after your initial nail training depends upon how fast you want to learn and of course what time you have free. We can have you earning money in much much quicker than spending 2 years at college.

Do I need more theory?2018-06-04T14:56:09+00:00

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 to top up your knowledge. Many longer courses from other companies just charge you for going through the theory with you with no practical experience.

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. You can also now buy theory online courses from beauty Guild.

Do I learn removal for nails?2018-06-04T15:07:56+00:00

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.

Do I get an NVQ, VTCT like some Companies are saying?2018-06-04T14:53:02+00:00

Some Companies are saying their 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 just the 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.

Can i go to the wholesalers to buy products after your course?2018-06-04T15:36:00+00:00

Why do that when you will pay considerably more? As wholesalers have their stores and staff to pay, plus they want huge profit margins! With many well known training brands, you have to buy the products from them afterwards as they do not sell them to wholesalers. You can buy our high quality products at great prices by mail order or through our website. The choice is yours.

Our products usually cost less EVEN with the postage added on than going to the wholesalers.

Many well known brands will not sell to you 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. If they were so keen for you to be ‘great’ nail technician surely they would charge you less or even free!! But no, THEY want to make big money out of you.

Can I go on a conversion course with another brand after your courses?2018-06-04T15:37:57+00:00

If you see a course you like the look of, just ask them! But please be aware of marketing tactics, 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! Make your own mind up, 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 client’s skin and nails.

Can I earn money after a nail course or a beauty course?2018-06-04T15:23:52+00:00

We let you know during your course what your potential earnings could be. This usually involves doing further training, this is not to persuade you to train with us. We have clear evidence from salon owners and from many students who tell us additional training has been a great help in earning more money and reorder with Top Talons!

If you do nothing after your course, you will earn little to nothing in the nail industry. If you advertise and practise you will earn money and build your business. Nothing comes easy it needs effort. The nail business like any other is competitive, you have to be good, reliable and work hard. Doing nails is not easy, even though a good tech will make it look so. 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.

Can I do more later once I’ve done a beginners course?2018-06-04T15:25:44+00:00

Yes, it is the basics of starting you in the nail extensions or beauty 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.

A Few Facts About Top Talons

We are one of the most experienced schools in the Country offering nail, lash , brow and beauty courses and the first and original.   Our customers say we are more experienced and the best and now other people are copying our courses.  That’s how good we are at 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.

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 be misleading.

We do not necessarily have therapists on our courses, our students are from all backgrounds and ages, so you will never feel out of place. Very few wear a ‘uniform’, just arrive in casual clothes.

People are travelling from around the country to Chesterfield, to attend our nail and beauty courses due to the fantastic unbeatable offer.  We are a genuine Company so don’t be worried  We are Beauty Guild accredited and ABT, and we are happy for you to check us out!

Too good to be true?   It’s good AND TRUE!!

We can understand people thinking our courses and prices are too good to be true, as we are all sceptical these days. Check our accreditation with Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists.

People sometimes question our excellent prices and we know most courses are much higher priced than ours. Why not question their high prices not our lower prices!  We know with our courses you will get value for money and we get business!

Customer Reviews


“I trained today on the acrylic course & all I can say is Linda & Howard are just brilliant, very friendly, welcoming, the course was just amazing, learnt so much, Linda was so thorough with each Step and made sure we understood, we did troubleshooting which was really helpful for the future when your own your own, but there only a phone call away if you ever get stuck!! Thank you ”  Sophie

Acrylic Nail Course, Sophie

Me and my sister took on our defined brows course here today! I just want to say Howard and Linda are fantastic! From the phone call back in December to our course today 27th jan,they couldn’t have been more helpful! It’s been a delight working at their beautiful home with them, their course was fantastic! and we are definitely booking on more! We can’t wait! What a great day today has been! A huge Thankyou!

Brow Course

I attended top talons to do acrylic and gel nail course I was so nervous but everyone was so lovely extremely friendly everything was explained in full detail and we were not rushed what so ever I would recommend top talons to anyone and will be returning to do other courses thanks for everything. Becky.

Acrylic and Gel Nails, Becky
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