Nail technicians are in high demand, and with good reason! As the world has become more health-conscious and beauty-focused, professional nail technicians have been able to find steady work in an industry that’s growing every year. Many nail care services are available today, each requiring different nail supplies.
Manicure kits and manicure tools are necessary for a variety of the most common techniques in nail care.
Manicure kits and manicure tools are necessary for a variety of the most common techniques in nail care. As you grow as a technician and learn more about what you do best, some of these items may be unnecessary for your practice. But it’s good to have them all at first so that you can experiment with what works best for your clients.
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Tools for manicures include:
- A cuticle pusher/cutter.
- Nail clipper (straight or pointed).
- Nail file (medium grit).
- Nail buffer with fine-grit compound(s), depending on preference.
- Nail cleaner (alcohol based).
Tools for pedicures include:
- foot bath(s)
- pumice stone(s)
- callus remover(es)
- cuticle trimmer(s)
While your nail kit will come with some of these supplies, it is always good to have more on hand.
Pedicure kits and pedicure tools are needed for all types of pedicures.
Pedicure tools come in different shapes and sizes, but they all serve the same purpose: to keep your customers’ feet looking healthy and beautiful. Pedicure machines can massage the feet with lotions or oils during the treatment; these devices are helpful when you want to give clients a little extra something without spending too much time on each service (like when you have a busy day at the salon).
Some nail technicians prefer using their nail supplies because it is customised just for them. However, your kit must have everything necessary for essential treatments before starting as an esthetician yourself so as not to waste time shopping around later on down the line.
Nail polish is available in various colours, effects, and formulas.
There are many different types of nail polish available on the market today. Most are made from a base coat of pigment suspended in solvents such as butyl acetate or ethyl acetate. The solvent evaporates after application to leave a lacquer coating on the nail plate that adheres to it.
Some polishes contain a resin or plasticiser, which gives them their distinctive qualities (i.e., glossiness or softness). Other classes contain pigments with metallic elements that enhance their colour and lustre. Stains can be organic (derived from plants) and industrial minerals (derived from rocks). Plant-based pigments include bromelain, madder root extract, quinacridone, magenta dye extract, charcoal, and soot black carbon black powder, depending on what type of polish you buy for your salon business needs!
A wide range of nail tools is used for manicures and pedicures.
Scissors or clippers cut nails. Nail files can be made from metal or glass and come in assorted sizes and shapes. They help shape the edges of your nails after cutting them by smoothing away rough edges, shaping your nails into the desired shape (square, rounded) or even creating designs on the surface of your nails, such as patterns or hearts.
Nail lamps that cure gel polish so they last longer.
Gel polish is a popular choice among many nail techs. It’s more durable than regular nail polish and lasts longer on your clients’ nails. Gel polish comes in various colours, including natural shades and bright, vibrant hues. Gel polish can be cured with unique lamps that contain UV light that dries quickly when exposed to air. The gel-polish manicure will then last up to three weeks!