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How to Become a Manicurist

If you have patience and you are interested in beauty and fashion, you may look at becoming a manicurist.

Manicurists are workers who are trained to improve the appearance of the fingernails and cuticles of their customers. Their primary job is to ensure that the nails of their clients look great along with being healthy and strong.

Job

As a manicurist, typical job activities you may perform include:

  • Cutting nails
  • Cleaning and filing nails
  • Applying nail extensions or false nails
  • Decorating nails
  • Applying strengthening serums or liquids to nails
  • Painting nails with an airbrush
  • Repairing and looking after false nails and extensions
  • Advising clients on nail management
  • Recommend nail care products to customers
  • Massaging arms and hands
  • Applying creams and lotions to hands
  • Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene of the salon

Working Hours and Conditions

As a manicurist, you normally go for approximately 37 hours a week, which may include weekends and evenings.

You normally work in a beauty shop or nail studios. Depending upon the type of employment, you may have to visit clients in their homes.

Level of Employment 

 Salary per annum

 Freshers

 £12,000 to around £16,000 

 Experienced Manicurists

  Up to £25,000

Source: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

To be a manicurist, you do not require any specific qualifications. Nevertheless, when seeking employment it is advantageous to have relevant qualifications and nail services or beauty techniques.

To acquire skills and knowledge required for the task, you may undertake any of the following courses:

  • Tier 1 Award in Nail Treatments
  • Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments
  • Grade 2 Certificate in Nail Technology or Nail Art
  • Level 2 Diploma in Nail Technology Services

Such courses are widely available at local colleges or with private training providers. They are offered as part of general beauty therapy courses and qualifications.

You may also enter this profession through an Apprenticeships scheme.

Once hired, you may look at working towards various industry qualifications such as:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Nail Technologies
  • Stage 3 Certificate in Air Brush Designs for Nails
  • Grade 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Nail Services
  • Stage 3 Diploma in Professional Development for Beauty, Nails and Spa Therapy

To keep yourself abreast of latest nail trends, products and techniques; you may undertake short courses provided by manufacturers of nail products.

For continuing professional development and networking opportunities, you may refer to following links:

  • Habia
  • Habia Skills Academy

To become a manicurist, you must demonstrate the following:

  • Creativity
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Calm and friendly disposition
  • Patience
  • Polished and attractive appearance
  • Excellent organizational and customer service skills
  • Health and safety awareness
  • Knowledge of different nail painting techniques
  • Ability to use various tools skillfully

As a manicurist, you may find an easy work with:

  • Beauty and Hairdressing Salons
  • Health clubs
  • Cruise ships
  • Nail studios
  • Spas

After gaining significant experience, you may progress into managerial roles or start your own venture. You may set up your own salon or start a mobile business by visiting clients in different places. Further, you may move into training for nail product manufacturers, or start taking nail courses.

Useful links:

Last note: The success of a manicurist lies in making customers feel comfortable and at ease.

Image source: vico.com.ua

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