A Nail Doctor? Why Not ?

(Photo Credit : Girls-need.blogspot)
(Photo Credit : Girls-need.blogspot)

When I came to US, I was worried about my nails.As you can see, a pedicure and manicure are luxuries known to me after 24 hours looking for news.  I brought with me a nail cutter, and a nipper but was still troubled because after my first visit to the nail saloon I discovered they don’t “operate” on a nail like in the Philippines.

When I say operate I mean a nail technician or nail doctor don’t go deeper into the nail and operate on growth areas.  Nail “doctors” used much of the nail pile and sponge and a massage instead of operating the toe. Yes, I remember a time when I was not able to walk for a week because the toe got infected, and I have to take anti-biotic. But I have a friend who would look for the best hand to do an operation on her feet.

She claims as she was told that her ingrown is deep already. Funny also that these manicurist back home are prepared with enough cotton if it gets bloody and capsule already pulverized to be placed on the sides of the toe.  But seriously, over here at Charlotte most of nail saloons are owned and operated by Vietnamese. I have yet to see one operated by a Filipino or manned by Filipinos. The nail technician (manicurist/pedicurist) is either male or female (back home it is always a woman otherwise the manhood is in question).

 I asked Janice, a Vietnamese nail technician, how many years she has been working on nails, and where she learned the trade. She said 5 years. I was not surprised to hear she learned English in Manila. She studied how to do the nails in a Nail school in US. She added the Nail school teaches a wide array of skills- including: manicures, pedicures, acrylic nail application, nail art, nail health. Every year updating an education is a must to be.  It means one can ask a raise in pay so to speak. It is like continuing education to me in the field of law, and medicine.

Whoa! Continuing education, while in the Philippines until now we discussed the issue on the K-12. A program which makes mandatory kindergarten education for five-year-old children and two additional two years of senior high; while the rest here even if it is working on nails are updating education. The curriculum of the K+12 programs will focus on the core subjects –Mathematics, Science and English– with electives that are sensitive and responsive to the learners’ interest and local industry needs.

Education is indeed a lifetime process, and never ending one, even vocation course. It could be learned from a formal or informal way. If formal then at the end of the study, a certificate awaits which will be used in looking for a job. Most of the disagreements into K-12 are more on the extra year in school for students. Most of those objecting are the parents (reason is obvious); objection also is based being a copy-cat from the education system of US, and so other objection.  It is my opinion that K 12 is only the start of a real overhaul in the educational system. Philippines lagged behind among Asian countries where we used to lead. Philippines are the only Asian country with a 10-year-basic education. In a report it was stated Philippines is one of only three in the world, the other in Africa. But going back to my nails, I prefer now cleaning without taking the ingrown, and or picking the dead skin thru the nipper. But between us, had I known I would in end up here in US I should have taken cosmetology with major all-around including manicure instead of a paralegal.

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