Nails have always been prominent in culture. From the early societies of China and Egypt, using mixtures to stain their nails, to the introduction of synthetic nail polish in the 1920s in Paris, the healthy condition and decoration of nails have depicted status and beauty within society. Now, in the modern era, people are infatuated by their nails more than ever before. This has created new careers for those who are passionate about all things to do with nails. If nails are a personal passion of yours then a nail technician course can help pave a way to a career of your dreams.
What is a nail technician?
A nail technician is an expert in health and beauty who works to improve the condition of their customers’ hands and decorate their nails. This can involve anything from fixing and cleaning nails, to drawing intricate patterns that will reflect the fashion of the customer. As a nail technician you will inspect the hands of your customer to see if there are any changes you would suggest, you will then discuss with them what they would like carried out. Jobs you can expect as a nail technician include:
What will I learn?
On a nail technician course you will learn, in great detail, everything about maintaining and curing the health of nails, and also the different techniques and skills required to decorate nails. This is much harder than it sounds, especially nail art. Nail art is considered by many as an art so you will be taught methods similar to those you’d find in courses such fine art. Many courses will also include business lessons into their course so you can potentially work for yourself on completion.
The great thing about nail technician courses is that many offer qualifications at the end. You can get NVQ qualifications from level one to level three which will all look great on your CV and show potential employers that you have the knowledge and ability to work for them.
A career as a nail technician
To become a nail technician there are no specific requirements however there is a lot of competition for jobs, the qualifications and certificates you receive from extra courses will put you ahead of the other candidates. Once you land that first job you can expect to work in a salon with other technicians, beauticians and hairdressers. Despite your qualification you will most likely undertake training at first so you can learn the specific methods of that company. You will usually work nine till five and for your first job, earn around £12,000. As your career progresses and you gain more experience your salary can rise from anywhere up to £16,000 to £25,000. Building your expertise and taking other courses can help increase your salary; manicure, pedicure and nail art courses will increase your demand as a nail technician.
Increased experience and building on your CV will give you the opportunity to start working for yourself and maybe even open your own beauty salon. Before you do this you may wish to take some extra courses in business administration and personal finance, so you can learn what it takes to be a successful self employed nail technician.
A brief history of nail art
Interest in the condition and decoration of nails has been around since the societies of the ancient world, here some interesting facts about the progression of nail art: