How to become a Nail Technician

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: August 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Nail technicians are qualified professionals who provide nail treatments and enhancements including manicures, pedicures, nail extensions and artificial nail maintenance and removal. Many technicians also provide bespoke nail art using coloured varnish, transfers, gems and glitter. They advise their clients about caring for and cleaning natural and artificial nails, and are trained to recognise specific nail conditions such as fungal nail infections.

Nail technicians typically operate on a mobile basis, visiting clients in their own homes, or rent a chair or space in a nail bar, beauty or hairdressing salon. Experienced, established nail technicians sometimes provide nail services for commercial clients including model or advertising agencies that require nail technicians to provide nail enhancements for models appearing in magazine photo shoots and fashion catwalk events.

Nail treatment is not subject to statutory regulation. However, minimum qualification requirements are needed for registration with the Register of Beauty Professionals, which was set up by the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) in October 2013, in an attempt to address consumers' concerns about hair and beauty industry practitioners' competence and the safety of treatments.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a nail technician. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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