What’s the first step for a new manicurist?

Getting started with a career as a nail technician or manicurist has endless possibilities from positively impacting society to getting self-satisfaction and financial reward. Millions of men and women adore well-shaped, clean nails with some kind of artwork through nail paints. For them, personality grooming also involves taking care of nails along with the clothes, shoes, hairstyle and overall good looks. Many have shared their experience of increased self-confidence and overall positivity after having a manicure. A good manicurist has a power to boost people’s self-esteem and if you have that skill then you have already nailed it!

Although there are many online nail design academies available that offer different payment plans and free bonuses it becomes inconvenient to enroll in such courses specifically) when a person has a full-time job or a busy home routine with kids.

So here is a basic step by step guide for those who are ready to jump in to begin their career as a manicurist.

Essential Nail Tools

Some of the essential nail tools are proven to be a blessing in a new manicurist journey. Purchasing the right tools helps in quick,skilled and easy hands-on learning. Bu} the basic stuff first and then add the accessories as you get better at it. The list includes:

*Nail cutter

*Cuticle pusher


*Nail File


*Nail brush

*Orangewood stick

*LED/UV lamp (LED lamp is quick in drying)

Manicure Stuff

Other things required by a nail technician include:




*Nail polish remover

*Manicure bowl

*Nail enhancements (gel and acrylics)


*Nail polish shades


*Hot oil

*Massage cream



Step by step procedure to use the above tools may vary from place to place but there are few ultimate steps to achieve healthy and glamorous nails look. But before starling the manicure, make sure to disinfect all the tools in an autoclave to maintain hygiene standards. Here is the right way to proceed.

1 Cleansing

Make sure to remove the previous nail polish. This can be trick} sometimes specifically when your client is wearing a darker shade such as red or deep pink. To avoid staining the cuticle, press the removing wipe over the nails and then wipe it along the length of the nail after 10 seconds. Repeat if required.

2 Sanitize Hands

When you are working with a client, it is important to sanitize both hands and arms. You can use the spray sanitizer and then wipe it off using a cotton ball.

3 Nail Trimming and Filing

Trim down the nails if they are too long. Then use a soft nail file to shape them as the client desires. For exfoliation, use the nail buffer. Filing should be done before soaking the nails to avoid nail splintering and breakage.

4 Cuticle Care

Apply some cuticle cream or oil over each cuticle. Massage the cuticles while applying firm pressure and soak in warm water for 5 mmutes. Dry the nails using a towel and use the cuticle pusher or orangevvood stick to gently push the cuticle back into its place. Avoid removing the cuticles as they help to protect against various infections and prevent the nail from damage. Use the nail nipper lo remove any excess cuticle.

5 Hand Massage

Use a good hand cream or moisturizer to give a relaxing massage to the client You can also learn more about basic hand massage movements.

6 Polishing

Use lint-free wipes to remove the leftover oil before applying nail paint. Always use acetone-free polish remover to prevent any damage to the nails. Polishing is done m 3 steps.

*Base-coat – It prevents the nails from staining

*Nail shade – Select the shade and apply 2 coats of polish, each after two minutes

*Top-coat – It prevents the polish from chipping and gives the glossy and v elvet) finish A good nail polish application involves a hairline gap between the polish and the cuticle.

7  Drying

This is the most sensitive step in this procedure. If you have used the gel polish, you must dry the nails under a UV or LED lamp to prevent any damage or chipping. Regular drug store bought nail polishes do not require such lamps for drying.

Last but not least, practice and consistency will support you to develop your own solutions for any of the problems you may face.

The three main points to keep in mind are preparation, polish application and practice. If you start to follow all these steps, you will become a professional manicurist soon!