Lacquerbar U

We help aspiring nail technicians create art and make money, honey.

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Lacquerbar U Online Manicuring Certification Program

When it comes to nails, beauty schools teach you barely enough to pass a state board test. So we created a 100% online, part-time course to teach you not only the most modern manicuring techniques, but also the business skills that will help you build a lifelong money making career.

Whether you’re right out of beauty school, or a working hair stylist looking to add variety to your schedule, our 6-week program for aspiring manicurists and cosmetologists is flexible to accommodate full or part time working professionals who want to up their nail game.


Lacquerbar U is the most bang for your buck

Nail industry shows and bootcamps in LA and NYC are fun and all, but most of us ain’t got time or money for that. And with Lacquerbar U, you’re getting the latest manicuring techniques, nail art how-tos, salon/studio ownership do’s and don’ts, social media marketing advice, and more – all in one program, accessible online, wherever you live.

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We know you’re trying to make more money and not just spend it, so we’re offering flexible payment plans to fit your budget!

If you are currently enrolled in a state accredited beauty school program, you are eligible for a student discount!

Lacquerbar U Online Nail School

Applications due September 16th!

Fill out our short application by September 9, 2019 to apply for Lacquerbar U’s 6-Week Online Manicuring Program. Applicants will be notified of admission by Friday, September 13 2019 and your first day of Lacquerbar U starts Monday, September 23, 2019!


meet your Mentors & educators

Every week, during your 6-week program, Lacquerbar U will host two interactive, live online Q&A sessions with successful beauty founders and talented nail artists. Meet and learn from some of the best in the industry!

Greg & Habib Salo, Young Nails Founders

Greg, became a licensed nail technician after switching gears from firefighter training. He is energy personified and has a true passion for developing the best professional nail care products and education. His brother Habib, jumped in a few years later, bringing his creative mind for business, marketing and strategy. Unexpectedly, they are the perfect team. Today, more than 20 years later, Young Nails Inc., is a professional nail care manufacturing company exporting to over 40 countries worldwide and distributing domestically to over 3000 stores. Respected for their next-level product innovation and education. Their mission is to bring you the best quality products and they’ll show you how to use them with incredible results. Visit to learn more and shop their products.

Sam Pasaye, Nailart fairy Studio owner & Freelance artist

Samantha Pasaye specializes in natural nails and freehand nail art. She kicked off her career at Olive & June Beverly Hills, where she was previously their lead and training manicurist. She is now the owner of Nailart Fairy in Los Angeles, and also a freelance artist for Dime Nails LA. You can follow her on Instagram at @nailartfairy and book appointments with her at

Dr. Tye Caldwell, Shearshare cEO & Co-Founder

Dr. Tye Caldwell is the Cofounder & CEO of ShearShare, the first on-demand salon and barbershop space rental app. Recognized as a tech visionary and industry pioneer, Dr. Caldwell’s mission is to help nail technicians, hair stylists, and barbering professionals around the world maximize their earnings potential. By redesigning access to business-to-business tools that we don't think about until it's too late – from taxes and workspace on demand to insurance and mobile payments – Tye is enabling more than 1,200,000 licensed professionals to build their businesses on their terms, while salon and barbershop owners make money on unused space they already have. Rent salon space by the day in more than 460 cities! Learn more at

Laurel Maha, Freelance artist & LeafGel Educator

Awarded as SF Weekly’s Best Nail Artist of 2019, Laurel Maha is a cuticle Chagall. Operating out of Snailart Studio in San Francisco, Pizza Perfect Nails is where to go when inventive, masterfully executed nail design is required. Maha is a Swarovski certified nail artist, has been formally trained at Future Nail School in Japan, and is also a Leafgel Brand Educator. Follow her on Instagram at @pizzaperfectnails and learn more about her at her website,

Heli Prilliman, Lacquerbar Founder & CEO

Heli Prilliman is the Founder and CEO of Lacquerbar, a brand marketing expert, and a founding team member at Fivestars, where she helped thousands of small businesses across the country get their customers to come back more often and spend more when they do. Lacquerbar was founded in 2016 and created to revolutionize the nail salon industry. Heli is doing this by building a #girlboss inspired, customer experience focused nail salon. To continue this vision, she launched Lacquerbar University with live online educational content. Prilliman is innovating the $20B nail industry by helping nail techs' turn their licenses into lucrative careers.


Kristin House, Lacquerbar HEad of Education & Training

As Lacquerbar and Lacquerbar U’s training and education initiative leader, Kristin is no newbie when it comes to the nail beauty industry. Her experience ranges from salon management, nail brand ambassadorship, to working behind the scenes on extravagant nail artistry at fashion shows around the country. Kristin’s passion for education is what drives her to ensure that Lacquerbar U is accessible, cutting edge, affordable, and convenient for everyone who has the same desire to grow.


What content you’ll learn each week

Week 1

Lacquerbar U is officially in session! We’ll be starting off by getting down to the basics, from nail anatomy, to knowing your worth and learning how to properly price yourself.

Week 2

Time = Money. When in service you’ll find yourself running into time consuming issues, in week 2 we’ll guide you how to effortlessly move through these situations with our focus on manicures.

Week 3

This week our service topic is all about knowing how to give the best pedicure, an amazing massage, and touching on medical conditions to be aware of. On the business side we’re giving you the down-low on clients, how to retain them, but also knowing when to call it quits.


Week 4

In week 4 we’re jumping into Acrylic and Hard Gel! E-filing? We got you boo. We’re also getting into the world of coworkers, communication, conflict resolution, and competition drama. Remember, we all go up together!

Week 5

Now we’re getting into the nitty gritty. This week we’re going over your career options, taxes, insurance, State Board, and budgeting yourself.

Week 6

In the past 5 weeks you’ve learned A LOT. It’s now time to show you off to potential clients, this last week is all about social media and marketing yourself.


Let's do this!

Lacquerbar U Student Application

Thank you for your interest in our inaugural course of Lacquerbar U!

In this application, we want to get to know a little bit more about YOU – the artist, the hustler, the aspiring nail tech that you are. Don't worry, this application is less about your manicuring or business experience level and more about getting to know your background and future goals.

We've packed this program with amazing content, coursework to build your portfolio, and incredible nail industry leaders to take you to the next level. Since spots are limited, we want to make sure our first students are not only creative, but also team players (we all go farther when we work together!) and hella motivated to build a money making career doing what they love.

Applications are due September 9, 2019 – space is limited so apply before it's too late!

Full Name *
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Since every state varies in cosmetology/manicuring laws, this info helps us understand where you're working from so we can better customize your course content.
Like we mentioned at the start of this application, we want to make sure our first students are not only creative, but are also team players (we all go up together!) and hella motivated to build a money making career doing what they love. In a couple paragraphs, tell us a bit about yourself, explain why you're interested in being a part of the program and what you hope to get out of it for your career.
As a part of getting to know you, we would like to hear from the people that support you and your growth. We recommend anyone you have worked for, worked with, and/or someone who has mentored you over the years. List their full name, phone number, and their personal or professional relation to you.
What would you pick their brain about? Where or what would you eat? What tea would y'all be serving? This is just for fun and another way to get to know ya better. :)