Becoming a nail technician is one of the shortest routes to enter the beauty field, especially in the field of manicuring. However, aspiring nail technicians/manicurists need to successfully complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician or manicuring program. Then they need to complete all the state licensing formalities/requirements (applicants need to be at least 16 years old and possess a high school diploma/ equivalent) and pass the state exam for licensure (except in Connecticut).
You may contact the National–Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology or the Professional Beauty Association or the American Association of Cosmetology Schools for further information.
Manicuring combines art, skill and most importantly passion. If you decide to be a nail technician or a manicurist, you need to be highly creative, have the patience/customer care skills, possess a strong passion towards the beauty industry. Nowadays, nail technicians/manicurists are expected to have marketing skill as well.
Licensed and reputed nail technicians/manicurists usually take their time in talking to their customers, analyze their nail/skin and then recommend the most suitable style/treatment for their customers. They may also discuss about the pros and cons of various treatments, follow-ups needed, etc.
Although the manicuring procedure seems quite simple, it has its own complications as it involves working with chemicals, glues, sharp tools, sterilization, etc. There are cases, where the customers’ valuables being ruined by accidental spillage. Therefore, it is highly recommended to invest in liability insurance, so that it can cover the compensation payment and legal fees.
Listed below are some of the safety measures observed by the manicurists:
- Sterilize all the relevant tools or use disposables whenever possible
- Make sure the work area is comfortable and clean
- Intensely analyze the customers’ nails/skin
- Ask questions regarding allergies or other relevant health issues
- Moisturize nails to minimize dryness created by the nail polish removers
- Use appropriate tools
- Never take a short cut and more