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The global nail industry is growing year on year with business post-pandemic booming more than ever. This explains why so many people are turning their passion for nails into successful careers by joining existing salons or setting up shop solo.

If you’ve ever considered a career as a nail professional, we’re here to help. In this blog, we’ve collated our simple 5 step guide on how to become a nail tech.

Grab your notebook and let’s dive in!

How to Become a Nail Tech

Step 1: Do Your Research

Before becoming a nail technician, it’s important that you understand the market and the services and products that are on offer. Think about how you could create a competitive edge to your industry, and what you can offer that other nail techs can’t.

Use social media to explore trends, techniques, products and designs. You may want to create a social media account of your own and start following brands or technicians you are interested in, as well as media that focuses on the nail industry. After this, you’ll slowly start to understand your own style in the world of nail art.  

Whether you’re working exclusively with HEMA free gel polish or prefer a classic acrylic build, the possibilities for your personal niche are endless!

Become a Nail Tech

Step 2: Take a Nail Technician Course

While you don’t have to take any formal qualification to be a nail tech in the UK, you’ll need to organise an apprenticeship or a college course in order to work for a professional salon. You’ll need to learn nail anatomy, how to keep tools and your station clean for hygiene reasons, different manicure and pedicure techniques, nail artistry and how to apply gel-based nail products like HEMA free gel polish.

Wondering How to Find the Perfect Course?

  • New products are coming forward in the industry all the time, so you’ll need a course that is up to date with what nail art clients are looking for.
  • Do some research online and find a programme that offers actual work experience where possible, so you can practise what you’ve learned.
  • Many colleges offer flexible courses that enable you to balance studying with other commitments.

TIP: If you’re not sure about going all-in with a nail tech course just yet, why not set up a home-based nail art business instead? You can offer painting or nail art without any formal qualifications, and this will allow you to build up a portfolio of designs for future inspiration.


Step 3: Ensure You’re Certified to Practice

If you’re hoping to get a job in a salon, make sure to research any requirements you need to practise as a nail technician. For example, you may need to complete a certain number of training hours, or take a health and safety course in order to open your own premises. Having certifications will also help to enhance your credibility in the industry.

Step 4: Experiment to Find Your Style

Get experimental with different colours, patterns, designs and products, and keep up to date with the latest trends and techniques by subscribing to industry media and events. It might also be a good idea to invest in a high quality nail kit and start practising skills and techniques at home. You may want to offer discounted or free services for a while to get some experience and to receive any feedback.


Step 5: Create a Network of Professional Contacts

An essential for any successful business is building your professional network to gain a good standing in your industry.

As an aspiring nail technician, you can attend industry events, workshops and trade shows to connect with fellow nail technicians, salon owners and brands promoting nail products. It’s also a great idea to engage with the nail community online by joining forums, and grow your network on social media. As you gain confidence and experience, focus on building a loyal client base who keep returning again and again for your services.

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