About Us

The Academy

We are an exclusive training facility with small groups of students. Small classes are essential for optimum teaching and learning. Individualised attention is guaranteed as each student develops and learns the skills to be internationally qualified.

The Academy is conveniently situated in the heart of Cape Town near the bus and train stations.

Academy Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 - 14:00


10:00 - 14:00

Student Salon

Open every Friday 8:30 - 13:30 (pricelist on request)

Stockists of ENVIRON and SALONCARE products


The Academy is ITEC internationally approved. All lecturers are fully qualified and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities are in place.

The Principal

Lara Kawalsky

ND. Radiography, ITEC international diploma (Beauty Therapy, Nail Technology, Nail Art), Cibtac international diploma (Nail Technology), Cidesco international diploma (Beauty Therapy). B.Tech. Post School Education.

Lara has more than 20 years experience as a lecturer in Health & Skincare, specialising in Nail Technology. Her extensive experience in the field and educational qualifications has inspired her to open an Academy dedicated to the specialised training of students, leading to an internationally recognised diploma and exciting career prospects.

During her successful teaching career, many of her students have been successfully employed abroad, locally and on luxury cruise liners. We pride ourselves on successfully qualifying our students and finding them placements in the industry. Interviews with luxury cruise liner employment are held regularly at the Academy.


Full time course : 1 year

Beauty Specialist Diploma

  • Manicure and Pedicure
  • Make Up
  • Waxing
  • Skin Care
  • Business awareness and professional ethics
  • First Aid
  • Holistic Massage
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nail technology
  • Various product houses

On completion students will sit the

  • ITEC International Nail Technology Diploma
  • ITEC International Beauty Specialist Diploma
  • ITEC International Diploma in Holistic Massage

One Year Course Dates
Runs January to December OR
July to June

Short Courses

The Academy offers the following short courses:

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For further information and course fees please contact us.


ITEC international examinations take place in June and November.

Student Salon

The student salon offers a range of treatments at reasonable prices
Every Friday from 8:30 - 2:00.


Cruise liners recruit Beauty Therapists, Nail Technologists & Massage Therapists from all over the world. International cruise liner interviews take place throughout the year.

Let's Get in Touch

Lara Kawalsky

Cape Nail and Beauty Academy

4th Floor, Excelsior House

80 Harrington Street

Cape Town


Phone: +27 21 4654542

Fax: +27 21 4619236

Cell: +27 82 417 6610