They will also need to be able to recognise conditions effecting their clients nails such as fungal infections and advise them on products and nail care.
A nail tech(nician) can be trained in a number of different treatments which are commonly requested by clients. They include:
- Acrylic and/or gel extensions
- UV gel polish
- Pink and white overlays
- Nail art
Note that you will not be required to learn/perform all these treatments to work as a nail technician. Having said that knowing how to perform a manicure is pretty much essential.
The work flow will typical consist of:
- Checking the health of your clients nails – looking out for any evidence of disease etc.
- Discussing with you client what treatment he or she wishes you to carry out, this could be anything form a basic manicure to applying advanced nail art designs.
- Advising your client in basic after-care procedures so that he or she can maintain the look for as long as possible.
Most technicians will conduct their work in a nail or beauty salon or spa, though many work from home or visit the client in their home.
How Much Can I Earn?
If you work full time employed by a salon or spa you will earn anything for £13,000 to £21,000 per annum. When starting a career in beauty, including nail services, it is always advisable that you spend at least some time working with others while you learn the ropes.
Many choose to become self employed and start their own business either by owning their own salon/nail bar, working from home or as a mobile therapist visiting clients applying treatments in their home. When you become proficient in a number of skill you can quite easily charge your clients up to £50 per hour.
Employed (working in a salon/spa)
If you want to be employed in a salon or similar environment where you are working for someone else most employers will require that you have at least an NVQ level 2 qualification or equivalent. You can read more about the course here.
Self employed (working from home or as a mobile technician)
If you have no intention of working as an employee and just want to start you own business an NVQ is not required. What is required to conduct treatments on paying clients though is professional indemnity insurance.
To obtain insurance for the treatments you wish to apply you need to have a diploma in each of those treatments. This is thankfully a very simple task as all that you need to do is attend a day or half day course learning the treatment and then demonstrate that you can perform it at the end. You will them receive you diploma so that you can get insured and start charging clients.