Manicurists and Pedicurists Career Video
Description: Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.
Manicurists and pedicurists work on the hands and feet, grooming fingernails and toenails. They explain services and options available to customers, then offer a treatment— usually starting by soaking the clients’ hands or feet, reducing calluses, and applying lotion to moisturize the skin. The final step is to trim and file nails and apply polish, or artificial fingernails. Repeat business is critical in this field, so customer satisfaction is key. Good listening and interpersonal skills are helpful, along with creativity and precision to create well-finished nails that appeal to each customer. Using sharp tools requires care and a steady hand. Some manicurists and pedicurists operate their own nail salon business. They manage employees, keep inventory, and order supplies. A small, but growing, number of workers make house calls. Manicurists and pedicurists usually work in a nail salon, spa, or hair salon. The job involves a lot of sitting. Because of fumes and toxic exposure from nail polish and other chemicals, they often wear gloves and masks. Although most manicurists and pedicurists work full time including weekends and evenings, many have variable schedules and work part time. Longer work days are typical for those who are self-employed. Manicurists and pedicurists must complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program and then pass a state exam for licensure.