Nail Technician Supplies: A Checklist

Part of being a nail technician means keeping a check on your stock levels and ensuring you have an adequate number of supplies.

Nail technician supplies will vary between technicians – depending on your experience level or the style of nails you most commonly work on. Students and beginners may not have a full kit for example and need time to build up their kit, and if you mainly work with gel, you wouldn’t need acrylic supplies so much.

However, there are some common nail supplies that every technician will need – whether you are a newbie or run a salon.

Read on for a full list of common supplies and a brief description.

Nail Technician Supplies Checklist

As mentioned, there are some items you absolutely need to be able to function as a nail tech. Here are some top supplies and what they’re used for.

The Basic Essentials

  • Nail clippers – nail clippers are used for quickly reducing nail length on both fingernails and toenails. Invest in a good quality pair of clippers and you will only have to buy them once.
  • Nail files – there are many types of nail files and emery boards available. Emery boards are for smoothing the nail surface and files are used to create a smooth finish on the free edge of the nail.
  • Buffers – buffers are used for preparing the nail for polish and creating a smooth even surface. For the best value for money, choose long-lasting buffers that work with various systems.
  • Cuticle pusher – a must-have for any nail technician, a cuticle pusher is used to push away dead tissue from the nail for a clean and neat appearance.
  • Nippers – cuticle nippers are used to cleanly cut away dead skin cells in the cuticle area and are another essential nail prep item. Choose quality stainless steel nippers for a long-lasting piece of kit.
  • Glue – glue is essential for attaching tips to nail beds when using an acrylic dipping system. It can also be used to attach nail art. Choose a brush-on glue for more control.
  • Cuticle oil – say no to dry looking fingers and finish every manicure with an oil, cream, or lotion. Brush on oil is ideal for keeping in your kit whilst oil pens are ideal for selling to clients. 
  • Sanitisers – sanitisers and nail cleansers are essential for your safety and that of your client. A cleanser should be used on nails before starting work on a client and all equipment that isn’t disposable, such as nippers, should be thoroughly cleaned.
  • Dappen dishdappen dishes can be used to hold liquids, powders, nail art items or glitter. Buy several as they really come in handy for lots of different things!
  • Soak off bowlsoak-off bowls are used for the removal of nail enhancements or gel polish. They can also be used for pampering as part of a manicure service.
  • Acetone alternatives – soak solutions are an alternative to acetone when it comes to the removal of ordinary or gel polish. Use a soak-off solution in conjunction with a bowl for gentle removal and cleansing.
  • Acetoneacetone is something you will use frequently so ensure you are stocked up! Most frequently used for the removal of acrylic nails or gel polish.
  • Nail wipes/cotton padsnail wipes are used for removing tacky coatings, cleaning nails and numerous other purposes so always have a good supply on hand. Traditional cotton pads come in useful too.
  • Electric file – also known as an E file, an electric file is optional but many nail technicians find them useful when they have a lot of clients to perform services for.
  • Swatch sticks/displays – these plastic nails are ideal for showing clients examples of designs you can do and the range of colours you offer.
  • Brushes – the type of brushes you need will depend on the work you are doing but expect to need nail art brushes, an acrylic brush, or gel brush.

Nail Systems

Whichever nail system you use, you will need a steady supply of consumables. This includes:

  • Acrylic powders
  • Resin activator
  • Base and topcoats
  • Nail tips
  • Nail forms 
  • Gel polish
  • Traditional nail polish
  • Nail art supplies such as glitter and other additions

Nail Supply Kits

This list isn’t inclusive of absolutely everything you need, there will be some things you use more than others and some items you barely ever need. You will learn as you progress, how much of certain supplies you need to work on x number of clients or last you for a set period.

For beginners, a good way to ensure you have most of the basics on this list is to buy complete kits. Once you build your confidence and find your style, you can start to add other supplies you may need.

Here are examples of complete kits you can buy:

Visit the Posh Look Shop

Posh Look is a well-established Nail Brand and Training school based in the UK. We have 3 training centres in the North West – Rawtenstall, Rochdale and Widnes and also sell a wide range of nail technician supplies.

Use the links in this article to view specific items or view all the products we sell here in our shop.

If you need help choosing products or would like advice, please get in touch. You can call us on 01706 551 810, email us at or fill out our online form.

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Alternative Careers in Nail Technology: How to Get Started

If you’re considering a career in nail technology or you’ve been in the industry for a while now, you may be wondering what job opportunities are out there for you. Of course, there’s the classic role of a salon nail technician, but what happens if you want to switch things up?


Well, despite popular beliefs, there are many career options for people who hold nail qualifications. From working on photoshoots to becoming a nail educator, you certainly don’t have to carry out the same job for the rest of your life. 


So, if you want to find out what alternative careers in nail technology are available to you and how to get them, we’ve got you covered. In this blog we’ll discuss the following job roles:


  • Work on Photoshoots
  • Medical Nail Tech
  • Beauty Blogger
  • Nail Educator 


Work on Photoshoots

An exciting and varied role, this career could propel you to new heights in the nail world. Do you ever see those gorgeous advertisements for nail polish and nail brands? Well, someone has to create the beautiful looks – and that could be you!


A great way to get your foot in the door is by networking on social media. Post pictures of your nail looks to show off your talents and you may just catch the eye of an agency, photographer or brand. Or you could create a physical portfolio of work and reach out to different agencies and employers directly. 


It’s important that you love the fast-paced life, as your jobs will probably be spread out across the country with lots of different people. But you’ll most likely get the chance to work with celebrities and high profile brands, so there are many benefits. Your salary will be unstable as it’s part of the gig economy, so this could be something that you do around your main job in a salon. 


Medical Nail Tech 

A medical nail tech is much more concerned about the science of nail health, rather than the cosmetic appearance of nails. If you want to go down this route, you’re going to need to gain a further understanding and education of nails and biology. 


The role of a medical nail tech can include diagnosing patients, removing growths/fungal infections, and reconstructing fingernails and toenails. You’ll take on much more responsibility for your patients’ health and can truly create life changing results. 


A lot of MNTs find this job role fulfilling as they get to make a real difference in their patients’ lives. More responsibility also means more money, and you could find your salary increasing by tens of thousands of pounds. Your place of work may be in a spa, medical or podiatrist clinic. 


However, this role requires skill and dedication so you’ll need to go back to your training school and make sure you gain the correct qualifications to carry out these procedures. 


Beauty Blogger

Beauty blogging is big business – but it doesn’t happen overnight. If you want to become a big name in the nail industry this could be a career path for you. Nail enthusiasts and bloggers such as “Simply Nailogical” (she has a whopping 7.68M subscribers) share wisdom, tutorials and fun videos with their fans and reap financial benefits in return. 


However, building such a big audience that blogging becomes your full time job takes years of dedication and investment. You’ll need a good camera set up, video ideas, editing skills and most importantly creativity. To churn out interesting videos on a weekly basis is no easy feat so be prepared for hard work! 


You don’t need any official qualifications to become a successful beauty blogger, but if viewers know you’re a professional it could boost your credibility and they’ll be more likely to take your advice. 


Nail Educator 

If you want to help others progress in their careers and watch your students grow into successes, teaching may be the perfect option for you! To go down this route, you’ll need to gain some teaching qualifications so you can teach industry accredited courses and ensure your students receive the best education. 

Posh Look offers two types of training to help you become a professional nail educator. Our teaching qualification is an online course that will help you make the first steps towards becoming a teacher. To complete the course and receive your certification, you must deliver a 20-minute teaching session. Once you’ve successfully passed your teaching qualification, you can then start adding courses to your belt using our online Learn to Teach programme.

Our Learn to Teach 4 Day Acrylic course helps you fast track your teaching career with the convenience of learning at home in your own time. The online video course and guides take you through everything you need to know to teach the 4 Day Acrylic Nails Course to the highest standard. You must have the aforementioned teaching qualification to sign up for this course. 

Many nail educators find this role extremely rewarding as they not only boost their salary, but they get to make a real difference to students’ lives. So, it’s definitely a career you should consider!

So how do you get started as a Nail Tech?


If you’re just starting out and dreaming of a career in nail technology, the perfect way to get started is with Posh Look’s official qualification in Level 3 Nail Technology. Anyone can apply – no previous experience is required! Plus, we offer this course at 7 different training centres across the UK so you can pick the perfect location for you. 


Our expert tutors take you through all of the essential services of a nail technician, including acrylics and gel polishes. So once you’ve completed the course you can start treating clients straight away. Kickstart your career and enrol today. Head to our training page for more information.

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The Most Popular Beauty Treatments You Need to Know

If you know your stuff when it comes to the beauty industry, you’ll know that new trends emerge all year round, every year. Some of the most popular beauty treatments stand the test of time and are beloved for years. But it’s good to keep up to date with the latest ones so you can expand your repertoire and boost your clientele. 


In this blog, we’ll take you through the top 4 hottest beauty treatments right now. So, grab your notepad and start taking notes because you’re about to get a whole lot more clients! We cover:


  • Brow Lamination
  • Lash Extensions
  • Non-Surgical Aesthetics
  • Facials


Brow Lamination


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Bushy brows are back. Thanks to the Kardashian’s influence and rise in the off-duty model look, thick and dark brows are the new norm. But what do you do if you’re not naturally blessed with fluffy brows? Brow lamination, of course!


This popular new treatment has taken the beauty world by storm, and can transform even the thinnest of brows into gorgeous face framers. Here’s how it works: 


So, brow lamination basically works by lifting the brows and setting the hairs in place for up to 6 weeks. That way, you can achieve a thickness you never knew you had. And that’s not the only benefit you can promote to your clients – it’s pain free too. Unlike HD brows and microblading, this treatment won’t leave you squirming in your seat as it works with the natural hairs.


It’s also a pretty simple process to learn. A cream is applied to the brows so you can move and brush the hairs upwards. Once they’re brushed in place, you set the brows with a separate cream and tint to add more definition. Finish up the process with a little tidying around the brows and voila! You’re all set with a new pair of luscious brows. 


Brow lamination is a lucrative addition to your skill set, as you can charge anywhere upwards of £45 for the 30 minute treatment. So, it’s definitely one to consider. 


Lash Extensions 

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Now lash extensions aren’t a new trend, but they definitely deserve a special mention. From classic sets to eye-catching russians, there are many styles your clients can choose – so it’s important you get to grips with a wide variety. 


But what are lash extensions? Well, they work in the same way as hair extensions. The lashes can be made from materials such as human hair, mink, synthetic or silk – each coming with different lengths and price points. So, it’s up to you which type you offer depending on how much you want to charge. 


Application can be a little trickier than other treatments and certainly requires a steady hand. Applying a full set of lashes can take up to two hours, depending on the client’s desired thickness. Each lash is applied individually using glue and tweezers as close to the natural lashes as possible. It’s all about precision to make sure the set is durable and even. 


Beauticians usually charge £50 or more for a full set of lash extensions, plus you can offer maintenance every 3 to 4 weeks to keep the lashes topped up.


Non-Surgical Treatments


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Non-surgical treatments, otherwise known as aesthetics, are less invasive procedures that change the natural features of the face. They’re used to treat a whole range of ‘problems’ that clients may have, from excessive sweating to reducing fine lines and wrinkles.


They’ve become a popular choice as they’re more affordable and require less commitment than going under the knife, as results are usually temporary and require top ups. For example, non-surgical rhinoplasties have surged in popularity recently as everyone desires the cute button nose they see on Instagram. So for a much smaller price tag and zero recovery time, people are jumping at the opportunity to achieve their dream nose with dermal fillers.


Remember, most aestheticians are medically trained and should always carry out a full medical assessment on each client before treatment. However, once you become qualified, aesthetics can be extremely lucrative procedures. Depending on the treatment, you can begin charging at £150 plus.


On the flipside of aesthetics, people are now also looking for ways to work with what they’ve naturally got. And that’s where facials come in. In recent years, a number of different facials have come to market all claiming to deliver the key to youth and radiance. 


If we’re going back to basics, facials aim to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin through cleansing, exfoliation and massage. A good facial will leave the skin looking youthful and feeling soft and supple. 


There are many types of facials originating from all corners of the world that you can learn and perform on your clients. As technology has developed, some beauticians have started introducing LED lights and lasers into their facials which claim to rejuvenate the skin and reinstate a healthy glow. 

On the flipside of aesthetics, people are now also looking for ways to work with what they’ve naturally got. And that’s where facials come in. In recent years, a number of different facials have come to market all claiming to deliver the key to youth and radiance. 


If we’re going back to basics, facials aim to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin through cleansing, exfoliation and massage. A good facial will leave the skin looking youthful and feeling soft and supple. 


There are many types of facials originating from all corners of the world that you can learn and perform on your clients. As technology has developed, some beauticians have started introducing LED lights and lasers into their facials which claim to rejuvenate the skin and reinstate a healthy glow. 


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Other facials combine physical treatments with mindfulness and meditation to heal and rejuvenate the body from the inside outwards. If you think your clientele could benefit from this kind of natural treatment, then it’s definitely a popular one to consider! Facials can range dramatically in price, from £30 for a basic treatment to £100 for the latest technology, so you should consider what your regulars’ budgets are. 


Train With Us


So, if you’re just starting out in your career as a beautician it’s important to get the right set of qualifications under your belt so you can deliver safe and effective treatments. Posh Look offers an official Level 3 Beauty Therapy course to help you get started and learn the most popular treatments. 


From lash extensions to massage, our experts take you through everything you need to know. Head to our training page to find out more and enrol today in just 20 minutes!