Nancy Mohr's Story
I was 30 years old, educated in business, but being held back career-wise by the constraints of physical disabilities. I knew I needed to find something to help my single income family from drowning, but I couldn’t afford the child care needed to attend school.
I’ve always had a love for art. Creating beautiful things is exciting, fulfilling, and a natural desire for me. I found a video online through social media about nail art, and it was like a lightbulb flicked on. That was it for me, I knew what I wanted to do – but how would I accomplish my goals from home?
I researched. I went online and I found all the information I could about online schooling and home-based learning. I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t wasting time or money on a program that wasn’t reputable.
Mirage Spa was a no brainer. PTIB Registered, you earn a registered diploma, certified instructors with decades in the industry, personalized videos and feedback on your work, internationally known, and you can study at your own pace anywhere from any device. All that was left to do was register. I chose the Fully Certified Nail Tech course.
The day I received my kit to begin the first module was one of the most exciting days in my life. I couldn’t wait to dive in. But Mirage is smart in the way the course is designed. You spend a lot of time learning the science and methodology behind the nail products and application. You learn in depth about the structure of the nail and the dangers of improper care. This is not a two-day certification course, this is an in depth education system to properly prepare you to have a successful career as a technician. This knowledge is invaluable. It makes the difference between a professional nail tech and someone who just “does nails”. When it finally came time to do practicals and really dive into the gel and acrylic I was ecstatic!
Something that I found particularly valuable during this course were the videos Susan recorded while marking my work. She spoke in a straight forward manner, with firm but polite critique. She pointed out areas where I might need to do a little more practicing, and of course she commended everything that was done correctly. Susan explained things in a way that was easy to understand and offered helpful advice to correct any mistakes.
Cheryl is so kind and is available to answer questions and help you along the way. Although I took this course from a distance, I do feel that I made a connection with these women, and it didn’t take long to find that there is a wonderful team of women encouraging one another in the Mirage Spa family.
The Milady textbook provided for the course is so important. It’s full of all the most up to date information about the industry. Just about any question you can run into while learning can be answered in the book. I keep it handy in my nail studio for my own quick look ups, or to help answer a question a client might have about their nails.
Mirage Spa also offers additional opportunities to learn from remarkably skilled professionals in person. I was so fortunate to be able to attend one of these two-day classes with Phoenix VanDyke. I earned four extra certifications, and an absolutely priceless experience. It strengthened my knowledge of using gels and advanced gel sculpting, shapes, and furthered my education in e-filing.
I finished school with confidence. I felt ready. It sparked a fire in me that I am so thankful for. I have spent nearly every day for the last year doing my own studying and networking, and I have connected with some of the front runners in the nail world. I have set my goals, and I am now working hard to meet them. I continue to practice different techniques every day, and I look forward to more education opportunities that Mirage Spa has to offer!
I have taken a huge step towards my ultimate goal. I am making money to help my family, working from home at my own discretion, and I absolutely love what I do. With time, patience, and hard dedication I feel that anybody can make a successful career in the beauty industry. It begins with Mirage Spa Education, and determination.