The weekend of March 1-3, thirteen nail technicians from around the country were hand selected to congregate at INM’s headquarters in Anaheim, CA to participate in INM’s first ever Elite Educator Training.
The 3 day extravaganza was organized and ran by the remarkable, and newly appointed director of education for INM, Lorena Marquez, a 26+ year nail tech veteran who has competed in over 200 competitions.
We laughed, we cried, we worked out butts off, and learned a ton.
We started off the first day with an initial ice breaker, not only to get to know one another, but also to familiarize with each other’s artistic and creative abilities. We were assigned a homework assignment prior to the weekend, where we had to create a nail design in 6 steps or less. We than presented our work in front of the class. After all the presentations and ice was officially melted, the initial training day was devoted to acrylics- Pink and whites, and colored acrylic, using INM’s numerous and beautiful powder paint acrylic powders. We were partnered up, and got to work.
The second day of training was devoted entirely to gel- both traditional hard gel systems, the Entity gel system, and soak off gel polish, Gelavish. We really got to get creative and have fun when it came to designing nail art with INM’s Gelavish soak off gel polish.
The third and final day was split into two parts. The first half of the day each educator was assigned an INM product they had to present and “sell.” The second half of the day was devoted to an exam to test what we’d learned the last couple of days. We first had a 40+ question fill-in the blank exam that tested our knowledge of the INM brand, its history, and all of their products. Than we had the practical part of our exam, where we were all partnered up and had 2 hours to perform 4 nails. Two acrylic nails, one pink and white, one artistic colored acrylic. And 2 gel nails, one a pink and white performed with traditional hard gel, and the second nail being a nail art design of our choosing using Gelavish soak off polish.
The educator training closed with a fabulous dinner/ awards ceremony at The House of Blues in Downtown Disney. Christian Mans, was the star winner of the weekend, taking home 3 trophies. Jessica Luna, Shannon Weissinger, and Elyse Perry also went home not empty handed. Nonetheless, we are all winners.
All in all, it was a fabulous weekend and a tremendous experience. We built relationships with fellow nail techs that will last a lifetime.
The INM Elite Educators include: Tara Cote, Sheera Gerth, Deneen Daniels, Elyse Perry, Sharon Midgley, Christian Mans, Jessica Luna, Isabel Olmeda, Tita Carter, Shannon Weissinger, British Burnett, Diane Self, and yours truly Merrick Fisher.
For more information on INM and their products, check them out at: www.inmnails.com