If you’ve been thinking about becoming a gel nail technician but have no idea how to get started, this blog post is for you! We’ll go over everything that you need to know before beginning your career like the education and training that you’ll need, costings and helping you to decide whether or not this is the right career choice for you.
How to qualify
Before anything, you’ll need to find a course that suits you! There are so many options but we’ve tried to limit them down to the basics.
Courses do vary in length, if you’re taking an online course this can normally be done in your own time over a few weeks, but if you are looking for a quicker option there are FastTrack courses available that can be taken in one day!
You will need to gain a qualification in manicure as a minimum first , you should also consider pedicure training as these two treatments often go hand in hand. A manicure or mani/pedi course will help you not only learn the anatomy and physiology, but is a must for gaining your insurance. Being able to show that you have an in depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology will also show your clients that you take their safety seriously and will possibly bring in new clients for you.
What are gel nails?
Gel polish or Shellac, is a type of polish that is applied to the natural nail and cured under UV light. It comes in almost every colour and finish you could wish for and is favoured when doing tasks like nail art as it’s a more durable polish and able to withstand everyday wear. In fact, gel nails only need to be applied once every two weeks so your clients can enjoy their new nail colour with less hassle!
There are many opportunities for nail technicians to make a career for themselves. In the UK there are over 3000 nail bars and salons with cruise ships and hotels now starting to offer these services. A lot of nail technicians are now choosing to be self employed and become mobile technicians. This can have the benefits of being your own boss, deciding your own schedule, and not having to pay salon fees but you’ll need to build your own client base and sort things like taxes and health and safety out on your own.
Once you’ve built a client base though, there’s a lot of profit to be made in being a technician. You can easily charge £25-£35 per gel nails treatment, with treatments lasting around half an hour to an hour. Dont forget as you would have qualified in Manicure too you can offer this as a separate service aswell, charging around £20-35, while a pedicure can be charged between £30-45 depending on area.
In the UK, the average nail tech can earn between £14,000 to £25,000 a year depending on the area they work in and how many treatments they provide. Not to mention that some technicians are starting to branch out into other prospects such as acrylics, or even eyelash/brow services.
What is the initial cost?
An in class course in manicure and pedicure will cost you £200 at the Beauty Training Academy and you can go on to qualify in gel nail with an additional course cost of £150 so you can quickly recover the training costs after around 10-12 treatments. You will need to invest in equipment which can start around £50 for a basic setup, obviously the better the products you buy the longer they should last so it’s worth considering this when you buy your kit.
You could also cover Manicure and Pedicure training as part of a VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies this sort of course also includes things like Massage, Facials and Waxing and whilst it can take a little longer means you will be able to offer a greater variety of treatments to your clients.
Is it the right career choice?
Whilst we can’t decide for you, we can advise that demand for nail treatments and nail technicians is huge! It’s also a sociable career where you can meet new people all of the time. We hope this blog has been informative and helps you decide if becoming a nail technician is for you.
The Beauty Training Academy also provides courses on Gel Nails as well as Manicure & Pedicure online, the courses can be done in your own time at home and are fully accredited. For more information check out the following links to our courses.