The art of becoming a successful nail technician is something that took me many years to master. As a new mother in need of a job that paid well I decided to go into the same business as my mother who is a hairdresser. So in 1993 2 months after my daughter was born I drove out to BCC and enrolled in the manicurist program. After completing the program and passing my State Board Exams in Raleigh, NC, I finally had my manicurist license and could go to work. I took my very first job at His and Hers Beauty Salon in Elizabethtown, NC, working for a woman named Sylvia. Sylvia taught me so much about customer service I will always be grateful to her. When I started this job I had no idea that it was the start of a very good career for me.
Many months passed by with each client getting easier and easier. Always before the client arrived, I made sure to clean my table with some sort of antibacterial spray before pulling out all of my nail implements such as cuticle nippers, nail files, orangewood sticks and many more. It is very important to take extra care to sanitize these tools as well. This is very important because state board of cosmetic arts can walk in any time and check behind you and if you are not following guidelines, they can shut down your whole business. Now that everything is sanitized I pull out my cotton balls, polish remover, and artificial nail tips and set them to the side until I am ready to use them.
Once the client arrives the first thing you do is size the artificial nail tip with the clients real nail making sure to match them just right. The next step is to use a soft professional nail file to buff the natural nail lightly just enough to remove the shine, the reason for this is getting rid of any oil on natural nail so that the nail glue will adhere to natural nail. We are now ready to use the nail glue by putting a small drop on the base of artificial tip and sticking it to the natural nail.
Now that the tip is glued on it...