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October 10, 2019

Why Adding Nail Technology Could Enhance a Career in the Beauty Industry

Are you considering a career in beauty? While many choose the route of becoming a hair professional, an often overlooked part of a beauty career is manicure or nail tech skills. This career is growing faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and with good reason. What other career can provide personal satisfaction, multiple artistic outlets, flexible scheduling, and a chance to meet new people?

At Phagans School of Hair Design, you have the option to add a nail technology program to a hair design or esthetics course. As the hours required for licensing were recently reduced in the state of Oregon, you can combine nail tech programs with a variety of other courses. Our education programs strive to provide students with a sense of self worth, pride, and professionalism.

As a nail professional, you have a chance to learn more than just nail health and techniques. You can touch lives, build businesses, and create a career you can be proud of. Here are six reasons why pursuing a future in nail tech can be a great addition to your career choice.

gray painted nails with granite effect

1. It’s a Creative Outlet

If you are even remotely interested in nail styles, you know how creative, artistic, and complex they can be. From intricate miniature paintings to gorgeous gemstone mimicry, nails today are a far cry from the last decade.

Check out more nail art and the latest Instagram trends here.

We all love a little sparkle, a little pop of color, a tiny bit of beauty in our lives. It’s satisfying not only for the technician but also the client. You get to provide a glimmer, an escape from the mundane. Using your career to learn more artistic skills is the perfect way to blend what you want with what you need.

2. You Can Have Career Independence

As we all know, having a good job means having financial independence. What that looks like is different for everyone. But whether you’re saving for a car or a new house, having your own salary is important to achieve those future goals.

A career as a nail technician, especially if you own your own establishment, can often mean you have the option to set your own hours. That kind of independence is one of the best parts of working in the beauty world. You cater to your clients, and you know their needs as well as your own. It strikes a balance that can work for both parties.

nail technician working on client's nails

3. There Are Alternative Career Options

As a cosmetologist or esthetician, you might have options for alternative careers. Salons are what most of us think of, but having the option of working with nails could mean working on photo shoots and film sets, working in the medical community, or even teaching as a nail art instructor.

You can play to your strengths and choose the parts of nail tech, esthetics, and cosmetology that you feel most passionate about when looking at careers.

4. You Become Part of People’s Lives

Gaining client satisfaction is one of the most rewarding parts of working in beauty. As a licensed nail technician you spend a fair amount of one-on-one time with customers throughout the day. With small-talk part of the territory and repeat customers, you can get to know any client base pretty well.

Giving them a look they love is well-worth the hard work. Many veteran technicians say having clients leave satisfied and happy is one of the best parts of their jobs.

5. Paying For School Is Possible!

Unlike traditional careers, becoming a nail technician doesn’t require traditional school or degrees. Beauty school can be quite different from your traditional college experience, but there are similarities too. Much like traditional college, many beauty schools offer scholarships and financial aid to those who qualify. However, the first step is finding an accredited school that offers financial aid.

Beauty schools offering financial aid must be accredited by an appropriate accrediting body such as the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS). You can search their database to see if the school of your choice has been accredited.

Phagans School of Hair Design is accredited by NACCAS and offers federal funding to those who qualify. They also accept a number of scholarships throughout the year and offer different payment plan options. Be sure to contact your school to see what they offer and what you might qualify for.

purple painted nails with ice cream cone design

6. You Can Have Personal Satisfaction

Last, but certainly not least, a career including nails can be a way to find personal fulfillment in your chosen field. Not everyone gets to enjoy a job they love. Most are lucky to find some sense of satisfaction, and with nail work, you can find ample reason for feeling satisfied.

From the instant gratification of seeing your artwork completed, to having customers leave happy, nail art is a great way to take pride in your work. The trick is deciding if nail technician is a career or just a job. Those who use their attitude to affect their work can find joy every day!

Are Nails in Your Future?

Do you think working as a nail technician could be a good career fit for you? If you’re interested, check out Phagans’ Nail Technology combination courses. You can learn everything from identifying nail diseases and disorders, to manicure makeovers. Contact our admissions team to schedule your school tour today!

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