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How To Find A Nail Tech

First and foremost, you must locate a nail tech before being able to research them further. Our best advice is to check out appointment apps which you can find on the Internet, such as,, etc.  You will find that most independent nail techs use a booking app and booking apps, allow the public to search salons on their app.

1. Determine your preferences:

Start by writing down what you do and don't want in a nail tech. Consider factors such as:


a- their level of experience

b- the services they offer

c- their location  

d- any specific requirements or preferences you may have

e- do they hand file or drill

f- dry or wet pedicures

g- cutfree cuticle care

h- any knowledge pathway items you feel are important for you

I- doesn't pry off nail tips

j- doesn't use cheese grater on feet

k- any one use items you demand


2. Seek recommendations:

Ask friends, family members, or colleagues who have well-maintained nails for recommendations. Go over your list with them.  Personal referrals can be valuable as they come from trusted sources.


3. Read online reviews:

Look for reviews on websites or social media platforms dedicated to beauty services like Yelp or Google Reviews. Pay attention to both positive and negative feedback from previous clients to get an overall idea of the technician's skills and customer satisfaction.  Read the feedback from the salon when someone complains. How do they handle their response.


4. Check out online portfolios:

Many nail technicians showcase their work on social media platforms like Instagram or Facebook. Take some time to browse through their portfolios to see if their style aligns with your preferences. search #thecityyoulivein. If I lived in Boston your search should read #bostonnails and/or #bostonnailsalons


5. Visit local salons:

Drop by nearby salons that offer nail services and observe the cleanliness of the facility, professionalism of staff members, and overall ambiance of the salon. This will give you an idea about how seriously they take disinfecting standards and customer service.


6. Inquire about certifications:

Ask potential nail technicians about any professional certifications and if they have undertaken The Healthy Nails Collaborative Knowledge Pathways. Training courses from nail product brands are often an indication of limited training on specific products and not safety.  Ask them if they are a member of the Healthy Nails Collaborative.  If they are, you will be able to search their profile.


7. Schedule consultations:

If possible, schedule consultations with a few different nail technicians before making your decision. This will allow you to discuss your expectations directly with them while also assessing their communication skills and ability to understand your needs.  Do not let nail techs sway you from information you learned in the knowledge pathways. Contact the HNC for guidance if need be.


8. Consider pricing:

While it shouldn't be the sole determining factor in choosing a nail tech, consider whether their pricing aligns with your budget without compromising quality or safety standards.


9. Trust your instincts:

Ultimately, trust your gut feeling when selecting a nail technician – choose someone who makes you feel comfortable, listens to your concerns, and demonstrates a genuine passion for their work.


Finding a good nail tech may take some time and experimentation. Don't be afraid to try out different technicians until you find the one who meets your expectations and provides the quality service you desire.

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