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A nail technician is a health and beauty professional who works to improve and decorate a customer’s nails. Sometimes called a manicurist, the nail technician is a person who performs a manicure, pedicure, nail polish painting, nail extensions, nail sculpturing and one who can create funky tattoos, glitter designs, airbrush canvas, and psychedelic decorated gemstones on toe or finger nails.
The purpose of this job is very close to the definition given in the summary. It is a cosmetic position, in that a nail technician will work to improve the look of their clients’ nails, as well as looking after the health of the nails themselves. The work itself tends to take place in a beauty salon, which usually rents rooms out to nail technicians where they can take care of their clients.
The process of nail technician work tends to run as follows. You greet your client and inspect the hands for signs of disease either of the hands or nails. You then discuss what work the client wishes to have carried out, which could be anything from a basic manicure (or pedicure), as well as cleaning, filing and preparing the nails for other treatments. These decorative treatments could be glitter, gemstones, extensions or almost any design of the customer's choosing. The technician can also be asked to maintain, fix or simply replace existing nails too, and will be expected to have the knowledge to advise on aftercare, so that the nails are looked after and look their best for as long as possible.
A good thing about this job is that being a nail technician strikes a nice balance between science and art, as there are routines and techniques that you must master in order to become proficient at it. However, when you do bespoke designs on people’s nails, including stencilling and freehand, it gives the nail technician the latitude to use their own imagination to create unique patterns.
As you might imagine, a large majority of clients wishing to see a nail technician tend to be female, though males having manicures and the like is not completely unheard of. Consequently, you will find that the vast majority of nail technicians will be female, and indeed the health and beauty sector as a whole is an industry very much dominated by females.
One thing that is very important, as it is with anything involving the wellbeing of people, is Health and Safety. A nail technician has certain tools, such as files and brushes, and these must be used carefully. Furthermore, due to the contact with various people, these tools must be kept clean and ready to use at all times, and there are usually strict hygiene rules that ensure that this is the case. With the need to use certain chemicals when applying different shades of varnish and false nails, a nail technician must also store and utilise these chemicals in the correct way, as well as ensuring adequate ventilation for themselves and the client when they are being used.
In terms of hours, it can be almost whatever the technician wants. As you can work on an appointment basis you can take on as little or as much as you want, structuring the work around a full day or half day. As well as just doing nails, a lot of technicians are experienced and qualified in other areas of beauty treatment, and as such do nails as part of an overall work day. It is really up to the individual.
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