you work from home as a Nail Technician?
Nail Technicians can earn a lucrative income in the Beauty business,
with manicures and pedicures always in demand. This is a job that
can work at from home, as a full-time career, or as a part-time extra
way of making money. Nail technicians work in many areas of the beauty
and health business such as hairdressers, spas, hotels, specialist
nail salons, resorts and cruise ships. Nail technicians can work for
someone else or as self-employed.
It is possible to study from home for a nail technician diploma. Contact
The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists to find professional training
which will allow you to gain a diploma.
Training courses for Nail Technicians
There are various qualifications available, including the NVQ Level
2 in Nail Services (for junior technicians) and NVQ Level 3 in Nail
Services (for senior nail technicians), the BTEC National Award, Diploma
in Beauty Therapy Sciences, the VCTC Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments,
the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology, and also the CIBTAC Nail
Many local colleges offer nail training courses and qualified nail
technicians have gone on to work in top salons, hotels and cruise ships.
well as manicures, a trained nail technician can also offer the application
of artificial nails, nail extensions, nail art, gel manicures, nail
repairs and specialised hand and foot treatments. The work can be creative
and interesting, as you can use many decorative treatments utilising
glitter, gemstones and extensions. There are always new fashions and
techniques for nails, often highlighted by celebrities.
There is an interesting mix of science and art with this job, as you
work with the latest materials to achieve fabulous results on your client's
nails. You also need to enjoy working closely with people.
If you are talented and personable and offer reasonable and competitive
prices you will soon build up a good client list. If you plan to work
as a nail tech or manicurist from a home salon you may need a licence
from your local environmental
It's important to research nail courses and the companies
that offer training. Talking to nail professionals about all aspects
of hand and foot care is a good place to discover other's recommendations
and experiences. Nail
Find out about fake and natural nail care
Top Tips for Strong Nails
Follow these tips to keep your natural nails strong and healthy:
- Wear nail varnish - just a clear coat if you don't want to use colour.
This will make you more aware of your nails, so you'll remember to
put on rubber gloves for washing up, cleaning, gardening, etc and
take care of your pretty nails. Also, it can protect and seal your
natural nail oils in, but avoid quick-dry nail varnish as this product
can contain be drying.
- Paint the inside tips of your nails with clear polish or nail strengthener,
it'll help strengthen them.
- Apply a daily coat of protein formula strengthener (like Sally Hensen
Maximum Growth) if you're having trouble growing short nails.
Repeat this for a week, then remove and start again if you still need
- Don't use your nails as tools to prise, pick or scratch with - they'll
break and think how long they'll take to re-grow! Treat them like
jewels NOT tools!
- When you use a keyboard, calculator or mobile phone don't hit the
keys with your nail tips, use your finger pads to prevent weakening
and breaking your nails.
- Use a moisturiser everytime after you've had your
hands in water - keep pots of protective moisturising cream by your
sinks and treat your hands and nails after each wash. A nail strengthening
cream like Hard as Hoof can be even used over nail polish,
and really helps keep your cuticles and nails moisturised. Using a
handcream with a sunscreen ( SPF rating of at least 15) will help
protect you from age spots and wrinkling on your hands.
- File in one direction only - a back-and-forth action weakens the
nail. File the nail from each side to the centre of your nail in gentle
sweeping strokes. Professional grade nail files made of glass are
far kinder than metal files for natural nails, and can be used on
artificial nails too. Glass nail files will give you the smoothest
finish and are more gentle than cheap emery boards. They are easily
cleaned by rinsing in warm water, so are more hygenic. Filing is less
likely to break a nail than cutting them.
- Avoid acetone based varnish removers where possible - they are very
- Massaging the cuticle bed and buffing gets the blood flowing to
the nail and promotes healthy growth. However, don't buff your nails
more than once a week as it does remove a layer of nail and so thins
the nail plate. You can weaken your precious nails if you overdo it.
- Apply a cuticle oil (like almond oil) or cuticle cream (like Burt's
Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme) and an intensive hand cream
(like Atrixo Regenerating Treatment) every night before you
go to sleep. You can increase the effectiveness by putting on cotton
gloves to keep the moisture in.
- Don't cut your cuticles - gently push them back after a bath or
shower. The cuticle is important as it forms a protective seal to
keep water and germs out. Keep using a cuticle cream or oil daily
to keep nails supple.
- Apply a smear of petroleum jelly to your cuticles after your morning
shower - it will help keep the moisture in.
- Drink plenty of water daily as your nails are actually 16% water.
- Calcium is important - milk, yoghurt, cheese. Also biotin helps
nail growth - 2.5 milligrams of the vitamin daily can help improve
hair and nail condition. Eating a healthy balanced diet containing
fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, beans, lean meat
and fish will help with nail condition.
- Always wear protective gloves when gardening, doing any cleaning,
using harsh soaps, cleaning products, chemicals and of course washing
up. Have plenty of gloves at hand around the house. Cotton gloves
save you snagging your nails when you are doing laundry or other housework.
- Choose the cotton lined rubber gloves as they prevent your hands
- When you wash your hands or feet make sure you dry them really well
to avoid fungal infections - a little talcum powder on your toes after
drying is a good way to make sure they are really dry.
- Garlic is supposed to be a natural strengthener for nails! Some
people claim that placing their nail tips in a fresh peeled garlic
clove once a week can really help keep your nails strong. Or try chopping
up a garlic clove and adding it to your nail base polish, so you get
the natural strengthening chemicals that way.
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Lots of great free information on choosing and
maintaining fake nails
What type of fake nail is best? Which type of fake nail is strongest
and lasts the longest? How to grow and maintain natural strong nails,
and the latest news and trends in nailcare.
Acrylic fake nails
Generally,acrylic false nails are the strongest fake nail available.
They come in a two-part mix which is applied to your own nails in two
or three layers in order to build up a new surface.
Once the acrylic mix has been applied, it will harden after a few minutes
and can then be filed and painted as required. Acrylic nails will need
filling every couple of weeks as your natural nails grow out.
Acrylic can also be used in conjunction with artificial nail tips to
extend the length of your natural nails.
Gel nails are painted on in much the same way as Acrylic Nails, but
are hardened or cured using a special UV lamp. They are not considered
as strong as acrylic nails, but can provide a more natural looking finish
and are kinder to the natural nail.
Gel can be used for tip overlays, short extensions and silk or fiberglass
can be added for repairs or extra nail strength.
Gel overlay manicures, or 2-3 week manicures, are
when a coat of gel 'polish' is applied to each nail. The gel needs 30
seconds under a UV light to set it. A second or third coat is applied
and dried under the lamp. The polish can be clear, coloured or french
The manicure should last for at least 2 weeks without chipping or needing
maintenance, and can be a helpful aid to help nailbiters grow their
nails out. The gel is a strong, bonded base coat which can help prevent
your natural nails from splitting, peeling and chipping. Gel overlays
have a natural feel compared to false nails, and your natural nails
won't suffer as much as they do under acrylic nails. Gels should enable
the wearer to grow their own nails to a good length.