Nail technicians can be found in many salon and spa environments and a talented nail professional may be invited to work at any number of luxurious locations such as spas that are attached to hotels or resorts and independent beauty parlors that offer nail services.
Skills required of nail technicians include experience working with any type of polish or style such as gels, acrylic, Shellac and French tips. Nail technicians should also be well versed in popular designs, and they need to stay current on trends as there is always something new on the horizon for nails and beauty. Nail technicians should also know how to care for damaged nails and should be able to assist clients who may need repair on their nails.
As nail technicians have significant contact with clients, a positive demeanor and experience working face-to-face is essential. A great attitude will enhance the number of appointments a nail technician may bring in to their place of business. A nail technician will also fare best in salon environments with some retail experience as selling additional beauty products is encouraged.
Nail technicians may work a standard 9-to-5 schedule although many salons have hours before and after standard business hours so technicians should be prepared to accommodate a wide range of working hours during the day and evening. Many salons hire part-time and full-time nail technicians.
Educational requirements of a nail technician will often include obtaining a license from the state in which the technician wishes to practice and a certificate or degree in cosmetology or nail technology. Knowledge of sanitary practices and cleanliness is also mandatory for any nail technician. Many locations also require or encourage additional knowledge regarding nail physiology and body mechanics.
Nail Technician Tasks
- Maintain inventory and a clean workspace.
- Know and follow all health and safety regulations.
- Treat client nails, including applying polish, manicures, pedicures, paraffin and/or acrylic treatments.
- Communicate with clients about proper nail care and other services available in the organization.