Nail manicurists and nail technicians clean, trim, buff and polish nails so that clients’ hands and feet always look their best. In addition to giving manicures and pedicures, you’ll offer advice on the best ways to care for the skin in these areas, give hand and foot massages, and more. Some nail manicurists also provide acrylic and gel nail services. Nail manicurists even get to express their creative side, adding artwork like stencils, glitter and gemstones to nails for a little extra sparkle.
A variety of tools and techniques are used in nail technician jobs. Brushes and buffers, fingernail files and cutters, cuticle trimmers and pushers, pumice stones and many other tools will be an integral part of your styling kit. You’ll clean and bathe clients’ hands and feet to prepare them for the transformation. You’ll use oils to soften cuticles and polish to create the perfect look. Sometimes nail manicurists even perform hand and foot massages to relax the client and make the service extra satisfying.
A comprehensive cosmetology education can take you far. See how these Regency Beauty Institute graduates have achieved their dreams of a career in beauty.
had two kids and wanted a new a career. Now she owns her own salon.
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left her corporate career for cosmetology and now works as a freelance stylist for photo shoots, videos and speaking engagements.
Good communication and sales skills are necessary for a nail manicurist career as you’ll frequently need to consult with clients on nail care products. A nail manicurist should be well-versed in skincare, especially the delicate skin on hands and feet. Nail manicurists may also be responsible for selling retail to their clients, including creams, lotions, polishes, and various tools.
A critical part of being a nail manicurist or nail technician is keeping your service area and tools clean. Each state has laws regarding sanitation that nail manicurists must follow closely. Infections can occur when conditions are unsanitary and word-of-mouth travels fast if you don’t uphold high standards of cleanliness.
Nail manicurists can work in salons, spas or stand-alone nail boutiques. You can even launch your own freelance business traveling to clients’ homes to perform services. A nail manicurist career can offer flexible hours as a part-time job or regular, set hours working full-time in a salon.
While there are shorter programs available that focus just on nail technician licensing requirements, having a wider range of cosmetology skills and a cosmetology license provides you with opportunities to broaden your career in beauty.
Nail manicurist salaries can differ significantly depending on the type and size of salon you choose to work in and the hours you invest. According to a 2007 survey by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, nail technicians make an average of $30,693 at full service salons and $33,148 at specialized salons – not including tips.
Regency Beauty Institute will prepare you to pursue a successful nail technician career or show you how to develop the skills to make manicures and pedicures an important part of the mix of services you provide to clients.
At Regency Beauty Institute, we offer a comprehensive cosmetology program covering manicures and pedicures, hair coloring and styling, skincare and makeup. Our nail manicurist curriculum includes learning all about:
- Nail structure, nail disorders & diseases, tools, products & manicure station setup
- Hand and arm massage
- Paraffin treatments for hands and feet
- Pedicures – tools and setup, foot massage, basic pedicure, footbath sanitation procedures
- Anatomy of hands and feet
- Foot and leg massage
- Artificial nails, special nail services such as hot oil treatment, male manicures, French polish and nail art
Plus, you’ll learn the business-building skills you need to build your nail manicuring clientele.
Enroll in Regency beauty school to develop your manicure and pedicure skills.
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Certain of these career paths may require additional training, experience or licensure, and others may not require a license to perform. Students should also be aware that (1) the law may differ by state as to the training, experience, or licensure that will be required for any of the career opportunities in the list and (2) state reciprocity laws may limit the application of program completion in one state to licensure in any other state.
Regency has not made and will not make any guarantees of employment or salary upon graduation.