There are very few things people like more than a really good pedicure.
Because that pedicure is followed with a pair of flip flops and getting that perfect picture of their toes in the sand. You know the ones that I am talking about. Legs stretched out while sitting on the beach or by the pool by someone on vacation while we are all at work.
Nail specialists make that Instagram or Facebook post happen.
In order to provide those jealousy-invoking services, you need a nail specialist license in Florida. Whether you are already licensed as a nail tech in another state and moving to Florida, or just thinking about finding a nail specialist program, let’s get started on answering some common questions.
What is a nail specialist?
In other areas of the country, nail specialists may be licensed or referred to as manicurists, pedicurists, or nail technicians. In Florida, we call them nail specialists.
Nail specialist registrations are issued by the Florida Board of Cosmetology.
You may even see a few nail specialists refer to themselves as “full specialists”. A full specialist is licensed as a facial specialist (esthetician) and a nail specialist.
What is the Nail Specialist Training Requirement?
A nail specialist must complete a minimum of 240 hours of training. This means nail specialists can complete training and begin work in just a few short months! This is one of the first benefits of this trade.
Where to Find a Nail Specialist Training Program?
Nail specialist programs are frequently offered in cosmetology schools throughout Florida. If you need some advice on choosing one of the many nail or cosmetology schools in Florida, start here.
Training in Vietnamese?
It is no secret that Vietnamese-Americans have excelled in the nail industry. It is really a fascinating story about how this all started. Nail Mag says that 53% of nail technicians in the United States are Vietnamese. I am not aware of any specific programs in Florida that are primarily in Tieng Viet. If you know of one, let me know.
What Services Can a Nail Specialist Provide?
Here are a few of the most popular services a nail specialist, or full specialist, may offer. While the number of services a nail specialist is not as numerous as a facial specialist, nail specialist can keep plenty busy with these signature services.
A manicure can be a simple file and polish, or it can be complex with dozens of steps. Services may include removal of artificial nails, nail fill-ins and repairs, nail wraps, sculpting, tips with an overlay, or gels and shellacs.
If you have been in a specialty nail salon, you will notice that pedicure chairs take up a majority of the space. That is because pedicures make up a majority of nail services. Flip flops are a 365-day thing in Florida, so nail services never go out of style. Nail specialists spend a majority of their day with clients seeking custom nail art, self-care, mother-daughter days, and just an increase in both men and women seeking regular pedicures and foot care.
Where Does a Nail Specialists Work?
According to Florida law and rules, nail services must be performed in a licensed salon. Estimates say there are about 33,999 nail specialists in Florida.
If you have dreams of opening your own specialty Florida salon, here is more advice about how to make that happen.
What is a Nail Specialist Salary?
First of all, the nail industry in 2018 was good for about 8.53 billion dollars according to NailsMag!
The salary for pedicurists and manicurists around $25,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This figure does not include tips or account for the differences in salons and healthcare environments. They also project job growth to be faster than average at 13%. NailsMag has average weekly service income at $653 a week.
Want to be more versatile or combine your education with other programs? There are so many options that you can add to your skillset. Here are a few examples.
Many nail specialists go on to complete additional programs within the school where they complete a nail specialist training. Yes, this takes additional time, but it also allows you to be versatile in a salon. Here are a few options to think about.
A full specialist is required to complete a 400-hour program. 180 hours of that is the nail program and 220 is the facial specialist training. If you feel like you may want to offer facials, peels, skincare education, makeup application, waxing, or eyebrow threading, I strongly suggest you consider a full specialist training program.
This license requires 1200 hours of training. However, cosmetologists can perform all hair, nail, and skincare services. They are also required to complete a state cosmetology exam before obtaining a license.
Microblading and permanent make-up are very popular right now. To offer these services, you actually are required to have a tattoo license. Getting licensed as a tattoo artist may be easier than you might think. An approved course on bloodborne pathogens in the tattoo industry and application to the Florida Department of Health are the main requirements. A Tattoo establishment license, including an inspection, is also required.
Visit this page for more information on tattoo license requirements.
As a facial specialist, you cannot perform body wrapping services without a body wrapping license. However, this registration is very easy to obtain online. If you are interested in this career add-on, a 12-hour cosmetology board-approved course and an application and a small fee to the cosmetology board are all you need to get registered.
Electrologists use lasers to permanently remove hair. Licensees must complete a 320-hour electrolysis training at a Florida approved electrology school. They must also sit for an examination before obtaining a license. Here is more information on electrolysis licensing.
A nail specialist can only massage the arms to the elbows and legs from the feet to the knees. If you want to do more than that, you will need a massage therapy license. A massage therapy license requires completion of an additional 500 hours and passing the MBLEx exam. For more about getting a Florida massage license, visit FloridaMassage.com.
Whether you plan to own your own salon or have a job waiting with a family friend, a nail specialist career is exciting. If you are looking for a career with independence, flexibility, and allows you to express your creative talent – it is time to take the next steps towards finding the right school to complete your training. I wish you the best!
Are You a Nail Technician Moving to Florida?
If you are a nail technician in another state and moving to Florida and already have completed your training, here is a board-approved 4-hour HIV/AIDS course you need to obtain your nail or full specialist license.