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How to Become a Nail Technician and Why You Should

You can become a nail technician and begin a career of creative and professional fulfillment.

This is a career path that opens up a lot of new opportunities, including unequaled flexibility and independence.

It all starts by building the strongest foundation of technical skills. This is critical, because almost every state requires some form of certification that you can only get through formal education or apprenticeships.

So, how can you get started in this on this path to a new career?

You can take a look at what we’re offering this summer.

The Taylor Andrews Nail Tech Classes

Our Nail Technician courses can open up a range of possibilities for you in the beauty and cosmetics industries.

These courses were designed and customized by award-winning salon owners and the owners of Taylor Andrews Academy, Larry and Sherri Curtis.

This curriculum is specially tailored to develop your skills as you work toward becoming a licensed nail technician. Remember, you need this license before you can start working anywhere as a nail technician, so the sooner you get started with these classes, the sooner you’ll be able to jump into the industry.

These classes do more than teach certain skills. As you go through the program, you will be able to build out your own portfolio of beautiful work so you can demonstrate your abilities to potential employers or impress your soon-to-be clients. We want you to graduate the program with more than a certificate of completion. We want you to have something that will help carry you into your exciting new career.

While you are here, though, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure you have an exciting, educational experience. This may include opportunities to work with some of the best photographers in the industry or explore different trends in nail technology.

The Skills You’ll Learn

Our training program covers everything from nail art and design to using Acrylics, Gels, and more.

We want to build your foundational knowledge, which means we’ll also dive into the nail’s physiology and composition. After all, every artist has to understand their medium in order to get the best results.

We’ll also make sure you have a sound understanding in safety standards, infection controls, and other elements that you must know in order to be certified.

Of, course, we’ll cover all the essential, technical nails skills you need, including:

  • Acrylics
  • Nail Art and Design
  • Tips & Forms
  • Gel and Shellac Nails
  • Fills
  • Electric Filing
  • Manicures & Pedicures
  • Hand and Foot Massage
  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Paraffin Treatment

More Than Just Technical Skills

The above list covers the majority of your technical foundation in nail technology, but there are several other skills that you will develop as you gain more experience. This includes a range of interpersonal skills, because you’re going to have to maintain conversations with almost anyone or be able to sense when your client isn’t in a talkative mood.

You will also learn to provide guidance to your customers when it’s necessary. While many of them will know exactly what they want, others will rely on you to help them understand current trends and what will work for their personal style.

You want your clients to look good and feel good. Obviously, you’ll provide suggestions for people who don’t know what they want, but you may also have to steer clients who “really know what they want” in a slightly different direction that will be better for them. And you’ll have to do it in a way that is confident and non-condescending.

It can be tricky to manage, and for some new nail technicians, any kind of client communication and interaction can be challenging. However, when you keep building on your technical skills, this will eventually become more natural.

Is It Worth It?


Developing these skills has to potential to be very rewarding. You can build a regular clientele which can lead to a steady income. You will have an opportunity to express yourself creatively, and you will have the chance to constantly meet and interact with new and different people every day.

And that’s just for a start.

You can work as an independent contractor so you can set your own hours and work as much or as little as you like. You can build a business around your skills and even create a style that is completely unique to you.

You can be your own boss, or you can be the boss of others (if you’re interested in the management side of the business). In the end, whether you want to become a nail technician to build a solid business with many repeat customers or to push the art in new directions and work with some select clientele, it all starts with a strong education.