Nail Technician Skills

A successful Nail Technician must keep a neat personal appearance and a clean work area. It  is also helpful to have an understanding of fashion and art. Interpersonal skills, image, and attitude play an important role in career success. As client retention and retail sales become an increasingly important part of salons' revenue, the ability to be an effective salesperson becomes ever more vital for salon workers.

Some cosmetology schools consider “people skills” to be such an integral part of the job that they require coursework in that area. Business skills are important for those who plan to operate their own salons. Additional desirable Nail Technician skills are:

  • ability to select the right equipment
  • ability to manage time effectively
  • ability to deal with the public and knowledge of customer and personal service
  • good arm hand steadiness
  • good finger dexterity
  • good near vision

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) O*Net Online,Summary Report for:39-5092.00 - Manicurists and Pedicurists,
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