Becoming a Successful Nail Technician

Evergreen Can Help You Achieve Your Artistic and Professional Goals 

Mastering the salon-perfect manicure takes dedication and plenty of time. These days, nail techs specializing in nail art are armed with all sorts of skills. The industry has many talented nail artists, from manicurists who excel at ornate, conceptual art to minimalists who can beautify nails with simple, clean line designs. 

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The first step to becoming successful is assessing your skills and level

Create a list of goals you hope to achieve as a nail technician and a separate list of realistic ways you can achieve those goals. 

  • How practiced are you at nail shaping?
  • Do you stay abreast of nail trends?
  • What is your level in nail art?
  • How well do you communicate with your customers?
  • Have you established a routine outside of work and school?

Practicing in your own free time is vital to improving in your craft. Give yourself the freedom to make mistakes. As the old adage goes, learning from mistakes is the best way to grow. Learn from professionals. A seasoned professional can teach you the tricks of the trade and you will learn efficiency and speed. 

How to Create Successful Habits in the Learning Process

  • Set goals
  • Create deadline
  • Learn from qualified instructors
  • Apply what you’ve learned
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • Study the techniques of master nail techs

Practice Safety First

As the saying goes, plan ahead, always put safety first. Before ventilation requirements went into effect, nail salons were prone to toxic spaces, especially if nail technicians experienced prolonged exposure. Nail technicians now take precautions to stay safe by wearing a mask or ventilator when using chemicals. 

Always consider the environment, your health and the health of the customer before you begin. 

  • Are you working in a ventilated area?
  • Are you opting to use low-risk, clean products?
  • Are you wearing gloves and disposing of chemicals responsibly?

The best way to practice safety is to prepare beforehand. Be knowledgeable about your products, keep your space organized, stock up on masks, gloves and eco-friendly chemical waste disposal. The customer will rest assured that they are in good hands if they see you are careful and organized. 

Surround Yourself With the Best

Your instructors will teach you a wealth of industry knowledge, but your peers will guide you to explore your creativity and improve your work ethic. The classroom setting is ideal because it’s a learning bubble for you to study, apply, experiment, make mistakes and create bonds with your peers. 

Working side-by-side with other students helps you see how different minds might approach the same assignment differently. If you put yourself in the way of students who are more skilled or experienced than you are, you will grow tremendously in your craft. Being the best and most creative is rewarding, but the real rewards come when you have space to improve and a mentor to inspire and teach you. 

Choosing a School That will Help you Achieve Your Artistic and Professional Goals

At Evergreen, you will forge lasting friendships, meet and work with industry professionals, and have a structured, clear path guiding you to pursue your career. Evergreen will prepare you with real-world skills, safety practices, customer service, and exam preparations from beginning concepts to portfolio completion. 

Contact one of our specialists to schedule a tour with Evergreen Beauty College.


Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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