Welcome to the site.
Yes, there are quite a few men who are nail technicians. Some of the really big names like Samual Sweet, Leighton Denny, Tom Holcombe to name but a few are all men !
We have quite a few Geeky men on here as well :)
I'm not sure what Academy you are talking about as there are two that I'm aware of.
I am only familiar with the one and they DO NOT have a good reputation.
Have a look at the attached thread...
I've had a response back from Rosemary, however, she can only speak for the materials that she uses for her brushes.
The answer is a bit vague, but given the one statement she makes, I'm inclined to believe that perhaps the animals are killed..... I could be wrong.
I did reply back...