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How to Become a Nail Technician

People are visiting nail salons and beauty shops that offer nail services because a professional manicure has become a favorite indulgence. It's a relaxing bit of pampering that makes you look and feel good. Whether your preference is for something subtle or Avant-garde, nail art lets everyone show personality and creative flair. You can learn to deliver beautiful designs at a nail art school in Orlando, Florida.


Becoming a nail technician is about much more than applying polish. It's a chance to meet a variety of people and use your creativity to build a clientele that always asks for you. It's a way to get paid for doing something you enjoy that provides a service people want. Starting with nail courses for beginners, you'll learn the basics of nail care and design, the importance of safety and sanitation, and the fundamentals of communicating with clients and providing good customer service. Becoming Licensed Different states have different requirements for licensing nail technicians. Requirements can vary from 250 to 600 hours of training. Some states require an apprenticeship. Eligibility for licensing is usually handled by a state regulatory board that sets the required number of hours of classroom and practical cosmetology instruction by an approved program needed for licensure. It's important to always check the current requirements for your state before you begin a program. Once a student completes the nail training courses and meets the practical experience requirements, some states may grant a license. Others require candidates to pass an exam that includes both written and practical components. Choosing the Right Nail School As you look for a school, it's important to ask about the courses they offer to make sure the program provides comprehensive training in the field. Look for a program designed to help you successfully complete the requirements to be eligible to register as a Nail Specialist with your state's Board of Cosmetology. A strong program curriculum should provide in-depth knowledge that includes:

  • History of nail technology

  • Foundational skills

  • Safety precautions

  • Sanitation/sterilization procedures

  • Instruction in how to do manicures and pedicures

  • Knowledge of the proper equipment for nail care, including salon and spa equipment

  • Acrylic nail systems and techniques

  • Gel nail systems and sculpting techniques

  • Applying nail tips, wraps, and extensions

  • Natural and artificial nail care

  • Nail diseases and disorders

  • Nail design, nail art, and nail art products

  • Effective communications and recognizing different communication styles

  • Customer service training

Once you've selected a school, you'll need to enroll. Many schools require a copy of your high school diploma and a deposit. Be prepared to buy a nail kit for the program. Once you've completed your program, register with the state board to complete the exams if required for a license in your state. Where to Work Licensed Nail Technicians find employment in nail salons or with a mobile nail service (their own or someone else's), at spas and beauty salons, at resorts and country clubs, in some retail and personal care stores, and on cruise ships. While most nail techs work for a salon, others open their own businesses. Some teach nail technician training in Orlando, Florida. Some even develop their own line of nail polish and other nail care products. This growing field offers opportunities for professional development and expansion. Hollywood Institute in Orlando provides professional training and education in health, beauty, and wellness-related career fields. Email info@hi.edu today for information about their nail technology program.

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