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A nail technician is a trained professional, specializing in offering a range of nail treatments to clients and working to improve both the condition, health and appearance of their client’s nails. A nail technician typically works in a salon or nail bar, but there is also the option to work self-employed as a freelance nail technician, working from home and/or mobile, or starting your own nail business in a fixed premises. 

Managerial roles within nail salons are particularly sought after, allowing you to perform treatments alongside an administrative aspect of your role, amongst many other positional benefits. Requested treatments for your clients could range from a basic manicure treatment to a bespoke decorative design, including nail art or extension processes; requested treatments typically correlate with the latest nail trends. Nail repair is also popularly requested, especially for clients with extensions.

Due to the nature of the job, it is important that nail technicians are aware of the health and safety procedures, as well as hygienic requirements, before embarking on a role in this industry. The Beauty Academy offer a wide range of treatments to assist you in launching into this chosen career with the appropriate knowledge. 

Personal attributes for this specific career path include a tactful manner, considerable patience and the ability to work calmly under pressure is essential. To embark on a particular career route including salon or nail bar managers, it is important that you are able to make both your staff and clients to feel relaxed and welcome in your company.

Excellent managerial skills are essential if you are looking to embark on a role like this and maintain a reputable brand identity within your position, ensuring both staff and customer satisfaction within an efficiently run and sustainable business. Interpersonal skills are necessary to successfully network potential clients, as well as a tactful and diplomatic manner in the company of clients to ensure repeat custom.   

You will develop all the appropriate technical skills for this career route during your training, covering the basics of hygiene in the workplace, health and safety factors, contraindications, working to an industry-required standard.

If you are looking to work as a salon or nail bar manager, our Level 2 qualification courses are recommended, however this depends on the role that you are considering and its requirements.

Opposed to being self-employed, working in a premises such as a salon or nail bar enables you to benefit from structured work hours that are typically 9-5 (you may be required to work Saturdays as salons are open over the weekend).

You may have further flexibility of hours whilst in a managerial role, and benefit from also completing office work due to the administrative side of the position, giving you more variety of jobs to do. Structured working hours may be desirable to some, however other may find this problematic if they have alternative commitments, such as young children and prefer to be self-employed. You will earn a regular wage and benefit from a steady source of income to ensure financial stability.

Furthermore, it is often not just the treatment that client’s look forward to, but often client’s enjoy the overall experience of the massage and having a connection with their therapist, so nail technicians find their role particularly rewarding.

Once you have had experience in a managerial role within a salon or nail bar, you may wish to consider opening your own premises.   

Alternatively, with further progression and once teaching qualifications have been acquired, you may also want to advance into teaching students and becoming a Beauty Tutor for private and further education beauty colleges.

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It is important that if you are looking to work as a nail spa or salon manager in employment, you hold the required qualifications to ensure you have the appropriate skills and knowledge to be considered for these positions. You will need to be working to an appropriate level of practice, including hygiene standards and health and safety factors to avoid incidents within the workplace.

Your training with The Beauty Academy will cover this vital information, along with the required practical skills to assist you in achieving your chosen career within this exciting industry.

  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    I made a last minute decision to attend the ‘dry manicure and gel polish’ course and so glad I did! The tutor (Donnamarie) was so passionate and inspiring that she gave me the confidence I needed. Everything was well explained and the group was small enough get the best out of the day.

    Gemma Hacker

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  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    I’ve obtained multiple qualifications with The Beauty Academy over the years. It has improved my skills and I have gained confidence. The training is thorough and the course works around you, the tutors are all great! I will definitely book another course to keep up with the beauty industry.

    Sabine St Hilaire

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  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    I have done a few courses at the Cambridge and London venues and loved all of them. Staff is very friendly and professional at the same time which makes it easy to learn the theory and also the techniques. Teachers pay attention to each student and gives honest advises and support. I highly recommend The Beauty Academy for everyone.

    Ernesta Davailyte

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Our expert team of tutors based across our 10 Training Schools are all qualified to the highest levels, still practising in the industry keeping their skills up to date and with years of industry experience to share with their students. All tutors are friendly and welcoming, making you feel totally at ease whether attending for your very first course or your VTCT qualification assessment days.