Nail Technician Job Description
What is a Nail Technician? What do Nail Technicians do?
A Nail Technician is also known as a
Manicurist. Manicurists work exclusively on fingernails.
Other nail treatments may include the application of artificial nail tips, acrylics or artificial nail gels. Some manicures can include the painting of pictures or designs on the nails or applying small decals or imitation jewels.
More detailed descriptions of a Nail Technician job duties include:
- Cleaning and sanitizing tools and work environment.
- Scheduling client appointments and accepting payments.
- Removing previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover and swabs.
- Cleaning customers' nails in soapy water, using swabs, files, and orange sticks.
- Shaping and smoothing ends of nails, using scissors, files, or emery boards.
- Applying undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brush.
- Advising clients on nail care and use of products and colors.
- Assessing the condition of clients' hands, removing dead skin from the hands and massaging them.
- Softening nail cuticles with water and oil, pushing back cuticles, using cuticle knife, and trimming cuticles, using scissors or nippers.
- Brushing powder and solvent onto nails and paper forms to maintain nail appearance and to extend nails, then remove forms and shaping and smoothing nail edges using rotary abrasive wheel.
Information on this page summarized from:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Manicurists and Pedicurists,
(2) Wikipedia contributors, "Manicure," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Manicure&oldid=471507375
(3) O*Net Online,Summary Report for:39-5092.00 - Manicurists and Pedicurists,http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-5092.00
(4) Image credit: Image licensed from Fotolia LLC
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