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How to Get a Job in a Nail Care Salon

By Aug 5,2020

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How to Get a Job in a Nail Care Salon

Working in a nail care salon could be a great career for you. Here’s how you can get started working in this kind of field.

Are you hoping to get a job at a nail salon, but aren’t sure how to get started?

Working in a nail salon can be a great career. But, before you apply, you need to make sure you have the right skills and qualifications. What do you need to do?

Read on to learn how to get a job in a nail care salon. 

Undergo Training 

In order to get a job in a nail salon, you first need to undergo the appropriate training. 

You can undergo training through an accredited cosmetology program, also known as a nail technician program. In order to enroll in a nail technician program, you must be at least 16 years old and have earned a high school diploma. 

Typically, these programs require 300 to 600 hours of training, which takes place over a few months to one year. During the program, you’ll learn about the basics of nail care and design, as well as information about sanitation and safety. You’ll also learn the ins and outs of:

  • Manicures 
  • Pedicures
  • Sculptures
  • Gels
  • Wraps
  • Nail art and design
  • Foot and calf massage

When searching for a cosmetology school, make sure you look for one that is accredited by a nationally recognized organization, such as the National Accrediting for Commission for Career Arts and Sciences. 

Obtain Licensure 

After you’ve completed cosmetology school, you’ll need to pass a written and practical skills exam. 

This exam is put together by the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC). The NIC even offers resources that help you prepare for the exam. To complete the practical portion of the exam, you’ll need to bring your own exam kit complete with manicure and pedicure supplies. 

Once you’ve passed your exam, you can then apply for licensure through your state. 

Getting a Job in a Nail Care Salon

After receiving your license, it’s time for you to begin your job hunt. 

Before applying for jobs, you need to put together a resume as well as a list of recommendations. If you have no previous experience working in a salon, it’s very important that you gather glowing recommendations from your former teachers. 

You can search for nail salon jobs on any online job board. Luckily, jobs in nail salons are aplenty. In fact, according to the BLS, job outlook for nail technicians is expected to grow by 10 percent through 2028, which is faster than the national average. 

Once you gain some experience as a nail technician, you may want to think about one day opening your own nail salon. 

Are You Ready to Work in a Nail Care Salon? 

Now that you know what it takes to work in a nail care salon, it’s time to get started. Before you know it, you’ll have a great career as a nail technician!

Be sure to check back in with our blog for more career guides and tips! 



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