Nail Technician Courses
Yes, it seems getting your nails done is one cosmetic luxury that most ladies (and some men!) won’t live without in modern times. A recent survey in a leading women’s magazine had women citing that their nails were part of their self-expression, femininity; and having them manicured or painted boosts their self-confidence and self-esteem. This is all good news for those working in the industry and those contemplating entering it.
As a Professional Nail Technician – expect to work in a nail bar or a beauty salon. Some Nail Technicians hire a space in a hair/beauty salon, or choose to work from home or visit clients in their own homes.
A Nail Technician’s role is to apply false nails, nail extensions or decorate nails by using a number of different techniques. It is important to discuss with the customer the most appropriate type of nail extension and the options available for decoration. You will then clean the customer’s nails to rid any bacteria and provide a manicure before applying false nails or extension. Ultimately, you may decorate the nails by using a number of techniques such as applying a coloured varnish, glitter, gems, or stencilled designs painted with an airbrush or you may choose a free-hand design.
However, there is a serious dimension to the work carried out by a Nail Technician. You have to check the customer’s nails for signs of skin or nail disease. If there are signs of disease, false nails or extensions will not be applied. In the nail industry health and safety is vital. The chemicals that are used can be extremely dangerous if they are used or stored in the wrong manner. The proper maintenance of nails is necessary to prevent damage to the natural nail.
What skills are needed to be a Nail Technician?
In order to be a nail technician you should:
- enjoy working with other people
- be creative and artistic
- be patient, well organised and methodical
- have excellent customer service skills
- have an active interest in the latest fashion trends
- be able to stick to rigid health and safety procedures
There are a variety of different classes you can attend in order to become a qualified Nail Technician. They mainly fall under two categories. Firstly, nail Classes for nail maintenance: This is where most Nail Technicians make their ‘steady’ money. As the natural nails grow the enhancement moves with it and alterations are needed to keep fingers looking kept. This is how technicians build up repeat business and a regular source of income. Secondly, there are various nail Classes for nail art. These classes allow those in the area to be creative and innovative.
Kilroys College offer a Nail Technician Specialist Diploma training course, via distance learning.This Nail Technician course is an excellent way to learn the skills and acquire the knowledge you will need to succeed in this very popular activity as a professional or as a hobby. As well as learning how to dress nails professionally, as part of your course you will also cover all the areas you need to work as a nail technician, such as the anatomy of the hands and skin, and the health and safety aspects of work.
Throughout this course:
- You will learn about the importance of good grooming and various forms of good communication.
- You will be able to carry out a consultation and maintain client records. You will learn to differentiate between sanitation and disinfection and how to carry out the necessary procedures.
- You will learn how to recognise and understand the consequences of cross infection and the methods necessary to avoid them.