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How to become a Nail Technician

Nail Technician
avg. starting salary

Want a new career at your fingertips? You should become a Nail Technician…   Nail Technicians help people look after and improve the general health, care and appearance of their nails. Typically, they are found working within beauty salons or nail bars. However, many Nail Technicians also work on a self-employed basis, travelling to client’s houses to perform a range of treatments. Typical duties for a Nail Technician could include:
  • Greeting clients
  • Cleaning and filing nails
  • Administering treatments, such as manicures or pedicures
  • Painting and decorating nails
  • Applying and removing false nails, acrylics and gel coverings
  • Repairing any broken or damaged nails

For anyone looking to become a Nail Technician, a passion for the health and beauty industry is absolutely essential. You’ll need excellent interpersonal skills, and be able to put all of your clients at ease with any treatments they choose. Objectivity will also be key. Although your opinion will also be valid, unfortunately you cannot always guarantee good taste… Other key skills for a Nail Technician include:
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Creative flair
  • Patience
  • Tact
  • A natural sense of fashion
  • A good eye for colour


Trainee Nail Technician

Up to £14,000

Nail Technician

Up to £24,000

Salon Manager

Up to £30,000

"I absolutely love being a Nail Technician. For many people, their nail appointment is something they really look forward to, and it’s a really great feeling being that ray of sunshine in people’s days. The hours can be quite long, and I often work late to accommodate people, which is a bit of pain. But I get to meet loads of new people, and do what I love. I also haven’t had to pay to get my nails done for about five years. It’s pretty much win-win."

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