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8 Techniques That Nail Technicians Use


Countless bottles of nail polish are gone through every day. Little girls at slumber parties may have a bottle of every color in the rainbow with finger and toenails to match. Teenagers may use nail polish to express their emotional state to the world. Adventurous women are sporting the latest gels and designs on their fingertips. The sophisticated lady may opt for a paraffin treatment and French manicure. And more than ever before, men are catching on to the therapeutic release that encompasses getting your nails done (with or without polish).

What types of nail techniques are Florida Academy’s graduates skilled in?

Our nail technician program goes above and beyond basic manicure and pedicure treatments. Our curriculum supports an understanding of the anatomy of the nail. Our students are trained to recognize diseases of the finger and toe nails, the proper technique of cutting and filing to avoid in-grown nails, and how to restore health in fragile, worn nail beds. Florida Academy students have a variety of hand & foot therapies and nail techniques that they can choose from. Here is an overview of the eight specialized techniques that FA students will master during their training.

Paraffin Wax – A natural emollient with a low melting pointing, this wax is cool enough to immerse the hands and feet in without fear of burning the skin. Paraffin softens the skin and helps to smooth away rough patches and dead cells leaving skin soft and radiant. FA students are trained in the best practices for handling this material to ensure all benefits are fully experienced with each treatment.

Massage – While massaging the hands and feet may not impact the finish on your nails, our instructors understand the importance of relaxation and satisfaction with each nail service experience and we reinforce this quality in our curriculum. Students are taught techniques to release stress and tension in the hands and feet.

Nail Art – The delicate art of creating intricate, flawless designs on the nail takes much focus and concentration. It is truly a form of art and brings out the inner artist in our students.

3D Inlay – This refers to the layering of products on the nail so that they appear to stand up off of the nail. This raised appearance is what gives the technique its name.

Hand Painted – A fragile and patient task of creating nail art with polish alone.

Shellac (with or without glitter) – Students learn how to achieve the perfect amount of shine.

Electric Filing – Using an electric filer and buffer can make nail care quick and efficient, but done without proper technique can severely damage the nail. Our students are trained in the proper way to handle these tools and preserve the nail’s health.

Acrylic & Sculpting – The application of acrylic nails must be performed with precision. In addition to standard acrylic nails, our cosmetologists are trained in sculpting which creates extended, unique, and intricate designs to nail tips.

Why does a person choose a professional nail technician over doing their own nails?

Nail Technicians are trained, highly skilled professionals. They are trained in the various techniques of nail care and design. The best nail technicians are versatile and open-minded. They are truly artists, and put a great deal of focus and attention to detail into each step of the nail care process to ensure their clients comfort, health, and beauty. They have spent many hours mastering their craft and continue to refine their skills through continuing education courses and advanced certifications. Nail technicians understand the latest trends while also preserving the classical treatments. Florida Academy graduates understand and appreciate the timeless tradition of nail treatments and artwork and are ready to help their clients choose what types of services will leave them fulfilled.

Being a Nail Technician is more than a job; it is an art all its own. Contact Florida Academy today to find out how you can join our team and bring out your inner artist.

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