How to become a Nail Artist/Nail Technician?

You are already a nail artist if you never leave your nails alone. If you paint them red with sparkles one day and the next there is gradient pink with white. But is nail art simply playing with colours at the end of your fingertips? Or is it something more? 

Of course from the Instagram trends of nails these days we see artificial nails, cuticle healing, french nails and so much more! And there is a profession just for people who love to play with nails! 

In this blog, we would tell you how to become a nail/artist/nail technician in very easy steps. 

What is a Nail Artist/Nail Technician? 

Nail artists do a variety of work which includes treating fingernails and feet, including trimming and removing cuticles, moisturising hand and foot skin, removing dead skin from both areas, and providing a light massage to improve what is included. They are trained in fingernail cleaning, filing, and care techniques Blood circulation and relaxation. 

 Nail specialists can treat natural nails and apply acrylic nails, gel coatings, or silk fortifiers. After these treatments, the nail can be finished with a simple polish,  French manicure, or a decorative airbrush design. Small accessories and stickers can be added upon request.

How to become a Good Nail Artist/Nail Technician ? 

  • Take up a good course

For immediate action, you can go for a short-term course in beauty or nail art. The following academies give a huge variety of courses for this – 

  1. VLCC Institute of Beauty and Nutrition 
    Advanced Nail Art and Extension 
  1. Orane International Beauty Institute Certification Course 
    Nail Art and Extension Diploma: 1 month 
    3D Nail Art Certificate: 2 weeks 
    Nail technician/nail art diploma: 2 months 
  1. Lakmé Academy 
    Nail art certification: 17 months 
  1. Jawed Habib Beauty School 
      Nail Art Certificate: 1 month 
  1. ISAS International Beauty School 
    Nail Art / Nail Extension Certification: 1 week / 1 month 
  1. YMCA New Delhi 
    Nail Art and Nail Extension Certificate Course: 1 month/rupee 25,000 
  1. Capil’s Hair and Cosmetology Academy 
    Nail technician certificate course: 1 month / Rs 35,000 
  1. Vibes Institute 
    Nail art certificate: 1 week
  • Qualifications needed to become a Nail Technician

You don’t need to be qualified to be a nail technician, but it’s highly desirable for your employer. A bachelor’s degree will definitely stand out from other candidates, especially if you are trained in specialised nail services such as acrylic nails. Once you get the qualification, you are more likely to get a job at a luxury salon or spa. 

  • Specialisations

The more skills and specialities you have as a nail technician, the more services you will be able to offer. This is especially desirable as it means that many salons and spas can offer treatment menus. 

You can specialise in various treatments including: 

  1. Acrylic Nail 
  2. Gel extension 
  3. Gel polish 
  4. Gel nail polish art 
  5. Mani-Pedi 
  6. Fibreglass expansion
  • Necessary Qualities 

There are certain skills and qualities needed to become a nail technician, and employers of these skills look for them in job seekers and interviews – 

  1. Excellent customer service skills 
  2. Best oral communication skills 
  3. Ability to work well by hand 
  4. Good concentration 
  5. Attention to details 
  6. Patience 
  7. Good hygiene habits 
  8. Basic computer skills for making reservations, etc. 

Nail technicians are in constant contact with their clients, so they need to ensure good talent skills and good customer service. If you don’t enjoy being with others all day long, nail design may not be the best career option for you, as you need to maintain a calm atmosphere.

  • What to expect?

When you work in a salon or spa, your time is often set. Saturdays are usually the busiest days in salons and spas, so most of the time you’ll have to work on weekends. Therefore, you need to be prepared to sacrifice part of the weekend. It should also be noted that most treatments are booked there, so you will have to work in the afternoon or evening.


And you are a nail artist! After your course, you can finally apply to salons or have direct placements and work as a professional nail artist/technician. You might have to go through the interview process though. Want to know how to ace that interview? Stay tuned for our next blogs! 

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  1. What is the difference between a manicure and a nail technician?

Ans. “Manicurist” is sometimes used interchangeably with “nail technician.” Like nail technicians, manicurists are licensed professionals. Most states require nail technicians to pass an exam and complete a training program, ‘apprenticeship, or both. 

2. How long does it take to become a nail tech?

Ans. This typically takes 12 months to complete as a mix of learning in the workplace and off-the-job study. 

3. Is being a nail tech worth it?

Ans. A career as a nail technician can be a very creative and rewarding one. As a professional nail technician, you will have the personal satisfaction that comes with making clients feel happy and confident. 

4. Do you have to be good at art to be a nail tech?

Ans. You don’t need to be an art major in college or have grown up in a creative family to be a successful salon nail artist. Nowadays if you have the desire to be a nail artist and the discipline to practise; the option is readily yours. There is no shortage of online nail art demos and strategies for improving techniques. 

5. How hard is being a nail tech?

Ans. You can have a long, fulfilling, creative career in a nail salon, but there is some hard work and effort required to get there. It’s important that you’re dedicated to this area of expertise, and that you can fulfil the requirements needed to get your career going.

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