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Reviews From Happy Students

I did 4 courses here last week over 3 days the Defined Brows course, Lash lift & tint, UV/ LED Gel Nail Extensions course & Duo Gel 2 in 1 course.

The two trainers that i had throughout these 3 courses were amazing, so professional but also very friendly & helpful they completely put me at ease as this is the first time i have done anything in the beauty field & is a complete career change for me.

Linda & Howard who run the training school have also been amazing, they are also very professional & any questions that i have asked they have answered in depth all of them, they are very friendly, helpful & very supportive.

This is a fantastic training school & i would always recommend to anyone.

Thank you again Top Talons.  Chloe

Defined Brows course, Lash lift & tint, UV/ LED Gel Nail Extensions course & Duo Gel, Chloe

I had a great time learning gel extension and I absolutely love the duo gel. If I were to do another course in future I wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Please see my before and after photos. The before photo is of my nails when I got home after the course, the after photo is where I have touched them up and filed them Abit more and also added gel polish. I have had so many compliments I am very happy thanks so much!


duo gel., Ashley


I wanted to say thank you for the 2 courses I did with you – I had a great time and learnt loads. I would definitely recommend you to others and would come back. The only issue was the journey it took me 2 hours.

Since Monday I have done 2 sets with thr flexigloss i bought…here are the pictures! I like working with it a lot. I was wondering if you would be prepared to do a deal on them for me if i was to buy the whole set?

Thanks again


Various Nail Courses, Mathilda

“Hi Linda and Howard..
I just want to say thank you for making me feel welcome and comfortable whilst attending the courses, acrylic nail extensions and duogel, plus manicure and massage with gel polish. Thanks to the trainers who also work alongside too, very nice ladies.
Everyone was so nice and friendly throughout. All questions were welcomed and answered thoroughly and the information booklets to take away are also very thorough.
The treatment room is a lovely size and everything was just like an actual salon. I will definitely come back for any further courses I may like to try.
I also will be taking you up on the aftercare and advice part which you offer to everybody too.
Thanks again. “

Various Nail Courses

“First off I just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday’s course.
The gel polish and manicure course at Top Talons was marvellous. It was so nice to be in a room of people that loved nails as much as I did. Although I’d been practicing gels at home I still learnt a huge amount. All the stuff made me feel extremely comfortable, making the whole experience 10x more enjoyable. If I choose to do any more beauty/nail courses, Top Talons will be my first choice! ”

manicure and gel polish course

I did my Acrylic course at top talons! and I’ve also prebooked another course with them, and any other courses I need in the future I will be doing with them, they are amazing people made me feel so welcome, if I need to ask anything I know I can pick up the phone, they are also very accommodating to people’s needs, especially mine, I wouldn’t go anywhere else now for anything.

Their prices are very reasonable and the length of their courses are perfect if anyone I know of who wants to do any beauty courses I always recommend top talons


Acrylic Course, Haley

Thank you so much Linda and Howard, I’m halfway through my Duo-Gel & Acrylic course, you’ve been such a helpful couple, the lessons have been relaxed and friendly, with small groups and excellent facilities. I looked around at so many courses before choosing yours and I definitely made the right decision to go to Top Talons.

I’m looking forward to my next lesson.



nail extensions, Jean

Hi Linda,

Just wanted to say thank you for the course it was fantastic and i loved it. When you start the E-File course I’ll 100% be back!

I wondered if you could recommend any LED lamps that i could buy and also any websites for supplies? I know there are some on your site so i will be looking into those as well.

Much appreciated and thanks again

Amira 🙂

nail extensions, Amira

Hi Linda (top talons)

Thank you so much for today I really enjoyed my duo gel nail extension course, I loved how in depth it was considering it was a one day course, I already have 6 bookings for this week.

I will definitely be returning for more courses in the future, luckily I only live in Somercotes Derbyshire.

Thank you from Jasmin x

Duo Gel Extensions, Jasmin

“Hi Linda and Howard..
I just want to say thank you for making me feel welcome and comfortable whilst attending the courses, acrylic nail extensions and duogel, plus manicure and massage with gel polish. Thanks to the trainers who also work alongside too, very nice ladies.
Everyone was so nice and friendly throughout. All questions were welcomed and answered thoroughly and the information booklets to take away are also very thorough.
The treatment room is a lovely size and everything was just like an actual salon. I will definitely come back for any further courses I may like to try.
I also will be taking you up on the aftercare and advice part which you offer to everybody too.
Thanks again. “

acrylic nail extensions and duogel, plus manicure and massage with gel polish, Haley

Excellent training. Very friendly and helpful. Thanks. Andrea Johnson

Nail Course, Andrea

I attended your Russian lash course which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a really friendly/relaxing/comfortable environment whilst Cheska remained professional at all times. Cheska was constantly talking about the subject at hand (lashes) Cheska answered any questions and queries I had. I felt really at ease and welcome all day.  I travelled from Sheffield and would definitely return for any future courses I need. The whole team was really professional checking all was ok and if I needed anything.
Thank you all for a lovely experience.

Russian Lash Course, Dawn

I loved doing the acrylic nail course and I’m now wanting to do the duo gel one, I would defo recommend people I will send you some pictures of some nails I’ve done thank you for all the help and support on the day of my training xx  Tanya

Acrylic Nails, Tanya

Completed the Duo Gel course and loved it. Excellent facilities and trainers are very supportive. Would highly recommend. I have already booked a further 2 courses and looking forward to them. I travelled from Leicestershire. Thank you for my new skills   Cheryl Belford

Duo Gel, Cheryl

I truly enjoyed my day at Top Talons, i was made to feel very welcome.

My tutor for the day and this lady was lovely very helpful and very professional . I would definitely come back for more of her courses and i would recommend Top Talons to friends, family and strangers ..

Look forward to seeing you in the near  future

Much appreciation .. x

Regards Tracy

Hi Linda/Howard

Thanks so much for my course yesterday. Here’s my feedback below 🙂

‘I trained on the acrylic extension course yesterday. I was a little nervous when I arrived but Howard put me at ease straight away and led me into the training room. The training by Lauren and Linda was amazing and I learnt so much! Howard is very knowledgeable when discussing your business too! Thanks again so such a fabulous course! I can’t wait to book onto more!’

Thanks again


acrylic extension course, Sarah


I enjoyed the course, I thought it was well delivered ,each step was shown very clearly and we had a chance to ask questions when we needed to. I felt very comfortable and it was exactly as shown from there web-site. I would 100% recommend toptalons to Friends and family in the future I am coming back for an eyelash course and a duo gel course so I will be looking forward to it.


Acrylic Nails, Jodie

Thank you so much I attended on the 17th of June for acrylic and duo gel I got both of my certificates I didn’t think I would be able to do it because my nerves get the better of me but because you were so welcoming I felt really comfortable. There is just one question I’ve checked prices for insurance but do I’m unsure if I put professional or not? If you could help me I’d appreciate it.

Thank you

Jade x

acrylic and duo gel , Jade

Absolutely loved my facial course, had a fab enjoyable day. I travelled from Stoke as I wanted a reputable company that offers good quality training and was prepared to travel, I would recommend to anybody and have. I will be back as I have my eyes on at least 2 more of your courses, so will hope fully be back soon xx  Peta Larking-Taylor

Facial Course, Peta

I travelled from Leicester & was very nervous but had absolutely no need to be, I was put at ease straight away when greeted by Howard. I did the gel duo course & found it very interesting. The trainers explained everything really well & did not make me feel stupid when asking questions they were there to help & guide me which was a huge confidence builder as they were so reassuring. I will definitely return to Top Talons for other courses & would highly recommend it to anyone. Thank u so much, Emma Moss

Duo Gel, Emma

I did my eyelash extension course last Wednesday and I can’t recommend top talons enough, everything was all planned out and the day just flowed so well, I will 100% be back for other courses in the near future!! Xx  Leah-jade Williams

Eyelash Extension, Leah-Jade

Highly recommend. I’ve done the gel polish, acrylic and semi-permanent eyelash course. They are always very helpful and so friendly and welcoming. Look forward to the next courses.  Abbie Green

Gel polish, acrylic and semi permanent eyelash course, Abbie


After attending a course earlier this week and receiving my certificate I will definitely be attending top talons again for more courses, the kits are amazing value for money and most importantly my tutor was amazing.

I found everyone very lovely and helpful and can’t wait to attend more courses! Roll on next year.

Thanks, Georgie M Wl

Nail Course, Georgie

Dear Linda and Howard 

I would just like to thank you for the brilliant training in October. I just wanted to let you know business is going extremely well, I’m nearly fully booked to for the next 4 weeks. Everyone is extremely happy with their nails and coming back to me.

I’m still learning how to file quicker but it’s taking me 2.5 hours to do a full set of Gels and Acrylics now. I just wanted to share with you the most recent Gels and Acrylics I did because I’m proud and I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t have the training you taught me. 

So thanks again, I hope I will return again soon for further training. 

Many Thanks


Gel & Acrylic Nails, Kiera

I attended the full day Construct A Brow and Defined Eyebrow course and I absolutely loved it!! I didn’t feel intimidated or stupid at any point, I was encouraged and supported really well throughout. All of my questions were answered and I came out feeling confident and well informed. I’ll definitely be back for more courses and would highly recommend to others. Thank you so much. 

Charlotte Rowley xx 

Brow Courses, Charlotte

Highly recommend. I’ve done the gel polish, acrylic and semi-permanent eyelash course. They are always very helpful and so friendly and welcoming. Look forward to the next courses.  Abbie Green

Gel polish, acrylic and semi permanent eyelash course, Abbie

I did a gel and acrylics course at Top Talons on the same day and it was brilliant, I couldn’t fault them. Not only were they lovely people, they made me feel welcome and they talked the group everything we needed to know before starting and they did brilliant demonstrations.

After reading the reviews before booking the course I knew I wanted to learn at Top Talons but it meant I had to travel 2 hours to get there, but after going there and experiencing it for myself, I was very glad I did as it was well worth the travel. I bought the large kit and was very pleased with it, overall the course was amazing and I will definitely be back to do more.

What was nice of them is that they do also have Tea and Coffee you can help yourself too throughout the whole time there.
Thank you Top Talons! Kiera Louise Angell

Gel & Acrylic Nails, Keira

I have done 4 courses here so far! (Manicure, pedicure, gel polish and waxing most recently.) All courses have had loads of information the trainers are so helpful and make you feel at ease and the kits are fantastic value for money especially if you are just starting out.

I have a further 2 courses booked and can’t wait to attend them as I know all the trainers really want you to succeed and be the best you can be, it’s not just a case of taking your money and that’s it!!

The fact that every course I have been on has had people travel from such distances also speaks for this places reputation! – Jenny Shepherd

Various Nail & Beauty, Jenny

I’ve recently completed a gel nail and manicure course. Loved it! Informal and friendly. I was a little concerned as I’m a mature student but no need to worry .. age is no barrier! I’m booked for a waxing course next … cant wait. Rachael Beaumont

Gel Nails & Manicure, Rachel

I’ve completed a Russian volume lash course with this training school and I can’t recommend them enough. From start to finish was brilliant and after the course, they are still there for help and advice. Thanks, Corina Sharpe

Russian Volume Lash, Corina

“Hi, Linda and Howard.
Forgive the delay, I have been that busy, its taken me until now to be able to take the time out to write this. So as promised:

I had spent many years working in the NHS and decided that at 57 years old I wanted to do something I had always wanted to do and that was to become a nail technician/beauty therapist. I found Top Talons after extensive research and travelled from my home in Manchester to Chesterfield to attend my first nail course. I came away on that first day of training knowing I had made the right decision (a big one at my age) and I told Linda and Howard, ‘I would be back for more courses’.

After several more courses and trips to Chesterfield I felt confident enough to start my own business. I had excellent advice from both Linda and Howard and it was now or never to start the journey! In the beginning, I worked from home, then as my clientele got bigger I rented two rooms in a local hairdressers. I found within a month I had actually done 38 Lash lift’s which really took off. This one treatment is so worth doing the training for. It is so popular! I now have established myself within my community, advertised in the local newspaper, have a Facebook page, twitter page, Instagram and am VERY busy! I love what I am doing and this surely goes to show that age has no relevance when it comes to training and achieving your dreams.

A huge thank you to Linda and Howard (and Marie) for their expertise, encouragement, professionalism and indeed friendship over the months that I trained with them. I wholeheartedly recommend Top Talons as more than just a Beauty Training School. Top Talons equipped me with the skills I needed to embark on a new career, start a new business and indeed be successful in that business. I remain indebted to you all.

Dawn Hartley

Various Nail & Beauty, Dawn

Hia. I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the team for your help on the one day acrylic extension course. I had a brilliant time and met some really nice people who were on the same beginners level I am at and felt the trainers were very knowledgeable, friendly and experienced people.

I have been getting my nails done for the past year and wanted to be able to do it myself as I bite my nails and have found having acrylic helps them and I can have them the way I like them. I live near Blackpool and was looking to go on a one day course but found the ones near me are spread over a number of weeks, not on for many more months and cost a fortune. I found the one day course at top talons and even though it was over 2 hours and 100 miles away from where I live, it was perfect as it was on 2 days later, happened to fall on my day off and was a good price. I rang the office the next morning and was accommodated to be able to fit on the course. I have been struggling with getting the right ratio of acrylic and found the feedback and tips I was given were super helpful and was informed that my brush wasn’t very good. I was able to borrow some products to use and found they worked much better and even bought some from the shop later on at a good price. I am still practising and feel I can get in touch with the trainers if I need advice at any time.

Thank you again

Kind regards


Acrylic Nails, Victoriana

Had a fab day training at Tops Talons, from a complete beginner, I’ve now just started up my own business. Will definitely be back soon for more training! Had patience and could ask anything you liked. Felt completely at ease – Natalie Brown

Nail Courses, Natalie

I would highly recommend Top Talons, the nail course was very good. Very helpful from the first phone call, helping choose the right courses begin with.
Looking forward to returning for more courses soon. Sheridan Woods

Nail Courses, Sheridan

Really have enjoyed the classes that I have taken and will defo be back for more. Thank you, Linda, Marie and Howard.

Nail Courses, Alison

I did my acrylic and tip & dip qualifications combined. I’ve was a long but very enjoyable day and the training was great. I may be back soon to do a gel conversation course. Claire Perkin

Acrylic & Dip Nail, Claire

“Fantastic, informative course with patient tutors (even for beginners like me). Well worth the travel from Birmingham! Thank you Top Talons Lauren

Nail Courses, Lauren

I thoroughly recommend Top Talons. They have a great reputation and it is well deserved. Linda and Howard know their stuff! The training is brill and the welcome warm!

I travel from Manchester although there are training schools nearby me, I know that at Top Talons I am getting the best training at a good price. I intend to go on and start my own business in nail services and can only thank Top Talons for giving me not only confidence but the ‘know how’.

Thank you, Linda and Howard! – Dawn Hartley

Various Courses, Dawn

Thank you for a great course. I came from near Huddersfield for a one day manicure, pedicure and gel polish course and the trainer was really good and friendly. She was supportive but I didn’t feel like I was being watched!
Had no problems finding the place and would recommend you to other people and if I want to do any in the future.
Thanks again  Julie

manicure, Pedicure & Gel Polish, Julie

Really recommend top talons .. so welcoming and all such lovely people. Will definitely be doing more courses here..thank you, Kirsty Hirst

Nail Courses, Kirsty

I’ve just finished gel & acrylic nail course and would just like to say thank you to Linda she is an amazing teacher makes you feel so comfortable and relaxed. Will come back for more training and will definitely recommend xxx Gemma Johnston 

Gel & Acrylic Course, Gemma

I have attended 2 different courses through top talons and have loved both of them. Marie is lovely and very easy to talk to and the set up is great. Will definitely be using them again for future courses!  Kimberley Kiddier

Two Nail Courses, Kimberley

I really enjoyed the eyelash extension course I recently attended. Everybody was so lovely and welcoming!. The course tutor was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend top talons.  
Thank you, Melanie 

Eyelash Extension, Melanie

Did my gel & acrylic course 26th March.  Linda & Howard are so lovely.

I was very nervous at first but Howard made me feel at ease straight away I would highly recommend top talons and can’t wait to do more courses
thank you, Linda & Howard xxxxxxx  Sarajane

Gel Polish & Acrylic, Sarajane

Another fantastic course done, it’s always laid back, fun & very informative learning with Maria, thank you! Also thanks Howard & Linda for your brill customer service, I will see you again soon x  Emalou

Various Courses, Emalou

Great training, Marie, Lynda & Howard all very welcoming and more than happy to help.
This was my 2nd course and I will happily return for more in the future. Emma

Various Courses, Emma

Acrylic nail extension course

My first set of nails on my sister today. 


Acrylic nail extension course , Denise

I attended the beginners acrylic nail course recently as I was really interested in learning the correct techniques for applying nail extensions..I have only done them on myself previously and wanted to work on other people, we were shown step by step by way of a demonstration broken up into sections so as not to overload us and then we worked on each other..Linda and the tutor (sorry Ive forgotten her name) were on hand at all times to help out if we became unstuck.

 I produced a great set of nails and was shown the correct filing procedures and hints and tips along the way..throughout the day Howard and Linda shared their knowledge of the nail business and the do’s and dont’s of being self employed etc.

I found the course really enjoyable and I feel I  definitely benefitted from it and acquired a qualification as well! Win win..I would  highly recommend Top Talons above any other training centres..and so affordable too. I cant wait to put my new skills to good practice..

From a happy customer. Keep up the good work


From a happy customer., Denise

The acrylic tip & dip course that I attended on Sunday was fantastic! Linda is such a good tutor and the business tips that Howard gave were excellent! The whole atmosphere was very relaxed which I’ve sure aided the learning process. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and I am booking more course dates in the future. I can highly recommend Top Talons & thank you, Linda & Howard, for a fabulous day!  Dawn

Acrylic Tip & Dip, Dawn

Really enjoyed my course’s, I did the facial course & eyelash extension course & the tutor Maria was fantastic & has so much patience for her students. I now have my own little beauty salon & I can’t wait to do more course’s to expand my knowledge & services.
Thank you very much,
Emma Price

Facial & Eyelash Courses, Emma