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Nail Technician; Manicure and Pedicure Specialist; Sculptured Nail Specialist


This is a professional who performs specific beauty treatments for hands and feet, carrying out manicures, pedicures, nail sculpturing and the application of artificial nails. The objective is to basically care for and embellish these parts of the body. The aesthetician specialised in this field must know the different techniques for applying sculptured nails, always seeking the most natural look. This professional must also know about the wide range of decorative possibilities that exist: airbrushing techniques, jewel-encrusted designs, etc.


  • Receive customers and first check to make sure they do not have any hand or nail health problems, for which some of the manicure and pedicure tasks could be harmful.
  • Know, in great detail, the most common disorders suffered by natural nails, providing advice on the best treatments or cosmetic products for treating them.
  • Ask the customer about their needs and specify the beauty treatment to be carried out: either an aesthetic treatment, a simple manicure, decoration for a special event or, if the customer prefers, the application of one of the various types of artificial nails.
  • Fill out an information sheet detailing the customer's personal details, specifying the type of nails, shape, colour, thickness and other characteristics to take into account. This sheet will be useful for taking note of the type of treatment the customer receives each session and will serve as a reference during future visits.
  • MANICURE AND PEDICURE: In these common treatments for hands and feet, clean the nails, carefully file them, moisturise them, clean the cuticles, apply hardening treatments if necessary and apply polish. First, a protective base coat is applied, then the coloured polish and immediately afterwards a shiny top coat, if desired. Also give special hand and foot massages for relaxation and to help circulation.
  • SPECIAL MAKE-UP: If the customer requests decorative treatments, use an airbrush, placing patterns or freely drawing on the nails. Also apply adhesives specially designed for placement on a painted nail as decoration. Other types of decoration, which are more sophisticated, include jewel-encrusted designs and strips of colour.
  • SCULPTURED NAILS: When the customer wants artificial nails, the specialist decides, weighing the pros and cons, which technique is best for the customer's special case. Giving the appropriate explanations to the customer, they decide which process is best for achieving the desired result. There are three types of artificial nails: those made of porcelain, fibre glass or calcium gel. It is recommended that the professional be familiar with all the alternatives, although sometimes they choose to specialise in one. After applying the artificial nails, advise the customer on how to take care of their hands in order to ensure that their nails last. Nevertheless, as the natural nail continues to grow, the nails must be touched up on a regular basis.
  • AESTHETIC TREATMENTS: apply treatments to improve the condition of hands and feet: for example, paraffin waxes, peelings, mud treatments, floral baths, etc. According to the speciality or possibilities of the salon.
  • To stay up-to-date, they monitor the latest trends in nail treatments, and thus know the new techniques, the colours that are in fashion every season, the release of new products and polishes, etc.
  • If they work on a self-employed basis, they must organise their work agenda, control the stock of their products, consumable supplies, tools, etc. and place the relevant purchase orders to replenish them.
  • A highly-qualified nail specialist can occasionally give courses in order to share their knowledge and experience with others who are new to the profession.

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