What is a Nail Technician?

nail-technicianDo you want to become a nail technician but are not quite sure how to go about it? You will find all the information that you need right here. Going to have your nails done by a technician is such a fun thing to do and it seems like most women really enjoy this form of pampering.

If you, yourself, have an interest in fashion and beauty then this type of job may be just up your alley. All you really need is a little creativity and the patience to learn new things. Keeping up with the latest fashion trends will go a long way in your design work also. If you are interested in what a nail tech is read on.

What are the typical hours and salary?

Typically if you were employed in a beauty salon you would work around 37 hours per week and have a starting salary of approximately £12,000+ per year. The hours and salary may vary depending on the salon you work at and your expertise in the field.

Self Employment

You also could work for yourself and be self-employed if you wish. There are advantages to this: flexible working ours, you could set up your own hours and schedules and arrange to meet your clients either at your home or theirs.

If you choose to take this route and start your own business then be sure to contact your local authority’s environmental health department. They can tell you the guidelines necessary regarding safe working practices and can advise you on any licensing requirements that may be necessary in your area.

What skills am I expected to learn?

  • Be able to perform basic treatments such as manicures and pedicures. These treatments are the bread and butter of this type of service and every technician should know how to apply them.
  • You will need to give customers advice regarding fingernail care.
  • Store varnishes and chemicals correctly for health and safety reasons.
  • The ability to follow procedures with meticulous hygiene.
  • Be able to use your tools carefully thus avoiding any damage or infection that could be caused to a client’s natural nails.
  • Clean and file your client’s nails.
  • Verify any signs of skin trouble or problems before you begin the treatment.
  • Be comfortable advising your client and any suggested products.
  • Apply false fingernails and extensions as well as repairing these when necessary.
  • The ability to decorate the clients fingernails according to the client’s wishes whether this be with coloured varnish, glitter, transfers or gems or airbrushing.

Good organizational skills and a positive personality will also go a long way in dealing with customers and time schedules.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

In reality, there are no specific qualifications necessary for this job but it would be very advantageous for you to take a course and attain qualifications in nail services – even if you know treatments already.

  • Most employers look for an NVQ (or equivalent) qualification.
  • To be able to charge clients while being self employed you need  the be insured – just in case anything goes wrong. To get the insurance you need to have accredited diplomas in the treatments you will be applying.

Training Courses

These courses can be taken at your local college or with a private trainer – if you don’t have time to attend classes however you can learn and practice at home with one of the pack from EssentialNails.com. Courses such as these, will teach you the basic skills such as how to give a manicure and/or pedicure, apply gel acrylic nail extensions etc. You can also learn how to use many different products and give treatments in nail art and design as well as learning about the different duties that will need to be performed in a salon setting as well as health and safety issues to consider.

For more information and details on becoming a nail technician you may want to check out the various bodies governing this art on the Internet.