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Students can absolutely go to shows & classes. Usually there is a student day at the larger shows and a discounted ticket rate for the students. Check with your school usually they are given the ticketing information. If not, give your local distributor a call and check with them.

Go to the calendar here @ that will give you complete information, web sites, contact information, phone numbers.

Before attending your first trade show I can highly recommend reading there few articles

How to Attend a Trade Show by Debbie Doerrlamm - Stylist & Salon Newspapers 9/2011

[url]So this is your first big trade show[/url] - Beautytech/Nailtech Forum

And lastly...

Whats the secret to getting the most out of a trade show experience?

Personally I say students should go to shows but lock up that Visa card please. You need more to focus on education, getting demos, talking to everyone at every booth. If you can't control your spending then pick up the little demo kits and play with them all.

Some shows are sponsored by your local distributor, they will usually be smaller with less companies represented. The products at that show will only be the products which that distributor carries in their stores. Manufacturers come and go at distributors, so your best bet is to see if you can get a show brochure to see what lines will be there. If your state requires CEU hours, there should be some classes available. And nine times out of ten the show deals are usually also available for that week in the stores. You can see if the manufacturers have trial kits available to purchase, that would probably be your best bet rather than investing in a huge Pro kit or larger products. My advice since your just starting out, get the trial kits, you'll go through many before you find the products or product line that's right for you.

Here are some tips on how to attend a trade show:

Go to the shows web site and get the class schedule, read it carefully and mark the *do not miss* classes Look over the floor layout and mark the booths you want to visit and work your way around the floor according to your marks
Dress comfortable professional, wear comfortable shoes or sneakers. Bring a jacket or sweater, some floors are very cold, some very hot.
Go with naked nails, get a demo at each booth that you can. Watch the procedure, ask questions. Note which company did which finger, so you can compare them later. Try not to judge the quality of the finished product as far as length, crooked, lumpy etc.. the techs who work the booths have been on their feet every weekend for months and probably work full time in a salon when not traveling to shows, the light stinks, the table is not "their table". What you want to judge is the system, the application method, the clarity, color.. that sort of thing.
Get lots of brochures and read them all over, not just the price lists Smile But the tech support the descriptions etc.. Ask the representative about classes.. where when how much, what's included.
Plan on getting to the show floor when it opens, and plan on staying until they throw you out Smile
Try and hook up with a more experienced tech to walk the floor with you. Your first show will be a bit overwhelming, but if you are prepared you will have a great experience Smile

Thanks to Alice Wallace who's words of wisdom contributed to this information.