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Average Income For Nail Techs By State

A nail technician's salary depends on a variety of factors, including location, business model, and services offered. According to U.S. News, the median salary for nail technicians in 2018 was $24,330. 25% of nail technicians made at least $28,260 and another 25% made less than $21,940.

Best Nail Tech Salaries By State And City

The best paying states for nail technicians are Minnesota, New Hampshire, Iowa, Idaho, and South Carolina while the best paying cities are Fort Collins (CO), Boulder (CO), Des Moines (IA), Orlando (FL), and Bloomington (IL). As a nail technician, you can set your own prices on the Elysian app! Nowadays, as customers are becoming more conscious of the ingredients in their beauty products, they are willing to pay higher prices for organic or vegan polishes. If natural products are part of your value statement and unique brand, make sure to emphasize that so customers know what they are paying for. You can also charge more if you offer specialty services or are operating in an area with high demand.

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Currently, every state except Connecticut has licensing and education requirements for nail technicians; starting in 2021, Connecticut will also require nail technicians to have a license. The requirements to become a nail technician vary by state but they share some general requirements. Most states have an age requirement of 16 or 17 and some states have a high school education requirement. In order to get a nail technician license, you will need to complete a number of hours of training. Training requirements vary by state- some states require as little as 100 hours of formal training, while some require as much as 800. How long it takes you to complete the program will depend on the type of program and your availability, but in general, you should be able to complete the program in a few months. After you complete the training program, you may be required to pass a written exam to prove your knowledge. Some states also allow you to complete an apprenticeship program instead of a formal training course. After you meet the education requirements set by your state, you will have to pay a small application fee to apply for your nail technician license. Once you receive your license, you will have to renew it on a regular basis, usually every one or two years. You can use this website to view the specific nail technician requirements for your state: https://nacams.org/nail-technicians/states/.

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Eyebrow and eyelash tinting are very quick and simple procedures that you can have done to accentuate your eyebrows and eyelashes by making them look darker, thicker, and fuller. The treatment is inexpensive, painless, and can reduce or eliminate the need to fill in your eyebrows or use mascara every day. Eyebrow tinting: First, your aesthetician will work with you to choose a dye color based on your natural hair color and skin tone. Using a small brush, your aesthetician will apply dye to your eyebrows and to the area around the brows to ensure the entire area is covered. After the dye has had time to set, the aesthetician will wipe the excess dye off of your skin, and your new eyebrows will be revealed.

The dye won’t stain your skin, and will only have applied color to the actual hairs of your eyebrows. Eyelash tinting: After choosing a dye color, your aesthetician will place a small protective pad under your eyes to aid in the dye application process and protect your eyes. Dye will be applied to your lower lashes while you are looking upwards, and to your upper lashes while your eyes are closed. After the dye is allowed to process for a few minutes, the excess dye will be removed and you will be able to open your eyes.

How long do eyebrow and eyelash tinting last?

The dye used for eyebrow and eyelash tinting is not the same as the dye you would use to color the hair on your head. Rather, it is a semi-permanent dye, usually vegetable-based. Eyebrow and eyelash tinting treatments usually last 4-6 weeks, or until the dye fades. To make sure your eyebrow and eyelash tint last the longest, follow these care tips:

  • Avoid direct sunlight as much as possible, as this will cause the dye to fade.
  • Use sunscreen, wear a hat, and wear sunglasses when outdoors.
  • Avoid using chemical exfoliants or harsh ingredients on the eyebrow area.
  • Keep your eyebrows moisturized using creams, oils, and serums.
  • In general, be gentle around the eyebrow area and with your eyelashes.

Click here to search for professional aestheticians who offer eyebrow and eyelash tinting services in your area!

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If you want to braid hair in New York, you’ll need a license issued by the state. The good thing is that New York offers a separate hair braiding license called a Natural Hair Styling License, meaning that you don’t have to get a full cosmetology license. A Natural Hair Styling License covers activities such as twisting, weaving, and braiding the hair. To apply for a license, you must be at least 17 years old. To start your application process, you must first make sure that you meet the education requirements. The state of New York requires that you have at least 300 hours of training from an accredited institution in New York. Your education will cover topics such as how to style different hair types and textures, how to deal with damaged hair, and how to create a variety of braid styles. After your training, you will be required to pass a written and practical examination. If you have received education outside New York, you may be able to receive a waiver for the education requirement. If you have a license from another state or country or have 5 years of relevant experience in the natural hair styling field, you may also be able to get the education requirement waived by submitting satisfactory proof of your experience. After passing the examination or receiving a waiver, you must pay a $40 application fee, and then you will receive your natural hair styling license! The New York state website offers more detailed information on the license requirements and how to start the process. https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/naturalhair/naturalhair.html

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Microblading is a process that is used to deposit small amounts of pigment into the skin around your eyebrows to give the illusion of thinker, fuller, and bolder brows. It’s basically a semi-permanent tattoo for your eyebrows. Microblading uses a hand tool with a small blade at the end made up of fine needles. An aesthetician will use the tool to make small cuts in the skin and then deposit pigment into them. Whether your eyebrows are sparse, light-colored, non-existent, or you just want to skip your daily brow routine, microblading can give you highly realistic and natural-looking eyebrow enhancement, due to the small size of the needles and the precision with which the aesthetician is able to tattoo each hair. Your aesthetician will work with you to find the best brow shape, color, and overall style for you. Though the process might sound painful, the needles used are very fine, so the process should be about as painful as getting your eyebrows threaded. Some aestheticians also choose to numb the area before performing the microblading procedure; you should work with your aesthetician to find what works best for you. +How long does microblading last? As mentioned previously, microblading is essentially a semi-permanent tattoo. It won’t last forever, as a normal tattoo does, because the pigment is not placed as deeply into the skin and, over time, the pigment will fade. In general, microblading will last 1-2 years. These aftercare instructions will help you get the most out of your microblading treatment: • Avoid sunlight as much as possible for the first week after the procedure. Always use sunscreen when you go out. • Avoid using retinol products for a week before and a month after the procedure. • Avoid getting your eyebrows wet for a couple weeks after the procedure. This includes moisture from water, sweat, and humidity. • Avoid using makeup on the area for a week after the procedure. • Get a touch-up a month after the original procedure (this is usually included in the cost of the original procedure) and another touch-up a year after the original procedure. Click here to search for professional beauty providers in your area who offer microblading treatments!

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Once you’ve figured out all the logistics of setting up your new hair styling business, the next step is gaining clients. This might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Elysian does half the work for you- it provides you with a scheduling system, secure and convenient payments, and promotes itself through various channels. But once a potential client starts using Elysian, how can you ensure that they choose your service over others? • Promote your personal brand. Think about what makes you and your services unique, and capitalize on that to ensure that you stand out to potential clients. • Keep your portfolio professional and up-to-date. High-quality images that showcase your talents can go a long way in making a potential client feel confident in your services. It might be worth investing in a good quality camera and having a short photoshoot at the end of each session (with the client’s permission of course). • Remain professional and courteous at all times. This goes without saying, though there are a few additional things to think about when you are providing services at a client location, rather than your own. Make sure to coordinate with the client ahead of time to ensure that you will have all the necessary equipment to provide the service. Show up on time and try to be accommodating as possible within the constraints of the service being provided. • Remind clients to leave a review on the Elysian app. If you feel that your client had a positive experience with you, their review could make your business boom. There’s nothing potential clients trust more than past customers. You don’t want to be pushy about it, but dropping a quick reminder to leave a review won’t hurt! • Create customer loyalty. Build relationships with your clients and make them feel comfortable and confident in you. During the session, you can also mention future services or maintenance tips to show that you are committed to their long-term hair goals and are willing to provide those services. • Take advantage of your personal network. Though Elysian will handle the bulk of the marketing for itself, your friends, family, and social media connections are more likely to take the plunge if you encourage them to. Let them know to check you out on Elysian!

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The word “perm” might bring to mind your mother’s or grandmother’s hairstyle, or some of the stiff, old-fashioned hairstyles you’d see in an 80s sitcom. But the perm has evolved, and you can now use it to achieve glamorous volume, dimension, and texture. A perm is a technique that uses either heat or a chemical treatment to change the texture of the hair. A perm is most often used to create waves or curls in straight hair, though modern advances have made perms for creating straight hair available as well. For a thermal perm, styling rods are placed in the hair to create the desired style. These rods apply and infuse heat into the hair to permanently set it into the desired style. For a chemical perm, the hair is still styled with rods, but chemical solutions (usually ammonium thioglycolate) are applied to the hair to break down the hair structure and set it into the desired style. Perms work best for those who have healthy hair. It is very important to evaluate your hair health before a perm, as perming overly dry, damaged, or treated hair can only lead to further damage. If you are planning on getting a perm, it’s probably best to put your other hair treatment plans (e.g. coloring, relaxing, etc.) on hold for the moment. Perms also work best for those with medium to long hair, as there is more freedom to create curls and volume. However, you can definitely work with your stylist to find a perm that will work for short hair as well. +How long do perms last? Perms are, in fact, permanent, and will therefore last until you cut your hair. Many people find that they get an even more natural look as their perm grows out with their hair, but it depends on your preferences to determine how long you will be satisfied with your perm. A good estimate is 5-6 months. To take care of your perm and ensure that it looks its best, avoid using heat as much as possible and use products specifically made for your new hair texture. Click here to search for professional hair stylists in your area!

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Thinking of switching up your hair color? Highlights and balayage are two popular options for adding color and dimension to your style. Balayage is a relatively newer trend, and there are a few differences between the two styles. Highlights: Highlights refer to sections of hair that are a different shade than other sections, usually a lighter shade than the base color. Highlights are also called foils, as aluminum foil is used section out the hair to be highlighted. The dyed hair is placed between foil strips, which protects the rest of the hair from the dye and also creates heat pockets to lighten the hair more effectively. The foil method results in a more controlled process and a more patterned look. Balayage: Balayage refers to a technique (not a style) where color is painted freehand onto strands of hair. The color is focused more on the middle and end of the hair shaft rather than the root. No foils are involved, which gives the colorist more freedom in applying the color. Balayage results in a soft, blended look. If you are going for a more dramatic look, or going for a new color that is more than a few shades lighter than your base color, highlights can give you what you’re looking for. Balayage is less structures and less dramatic, and also requires less maintenance, as the grow out will not be as obvious as it is with highlights. Click here to search for professional hair stylists and colorists in your area!

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Anyone who’s gotten a manicure before knows how satisfying it is to walk out of the salon with their shiny new nails. But with so many different types of manicures to choose from, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and confused. Whether you are a first-time salon-goer or a seasoned manicure fiend, we can help you decide which manicure to try on your next salon visit. Basic Manicure: Basic nail polishes from a variety of brands are widely available at beauty stores and drugstores in almost every color imaginable. This type of polish is best for beginners, as a basic manicure is cheap, quick, and simple. It consists of a base coat to prep the nail, 2-3 coats of colored polish, a top coat to prevent chipping and add shine, and 15-30 minutes of drying time. However, even with the added top coat, basic polishes are not as long-lasting as other types- you may start to experience shipping or peeling a few days in. The benefit is that basic polish is easy to remove and change whenever you desire a new color. Your manicure can also be dressed up with nail art, glitter, and other additions. Gel Manicure: If you want something a little more durable than a basic manicure, a gel manicure could be the right choice for you. A gel manicure involves applying a colored liquid gel to your nails and curing them under a UV light. Gel can also be used to extend the length of your nails, if desired, by using a tip or form placed under your natural nail to guide the gel application process. A gel manicure will leave you with glossy, durable, long-lasting, and natural looking nails. Shellac and Vinylux Manicures: Two relatively new additions to the polish world, Shellac and Vinylux are products created by the brand CND that are meant to mimic the effects of gel polish. Shellac polish is actually a combination of gel and basic polish that is painted onto the nail and cured under a UV light. Vinylux polish is offered in a base/color coat and a top coat which provides a durable, gel-like finish. If you don’t want to get a gel manicure, Shellac and Vinylux are two great options. Other brands have also come out with their own gel-hybrid products. Acrylic Manicure: From chic square nails to long, pointy claws, an acrylic manicure can do it all. Acrylic manicures are a popular choice for those whose main manicure goal is to change the shape and length of their nails. Acrylic nails are formed using a formula of liquid and powder that is placed onto the nail and shaped as desired. After the formula dries, it can be painted with any type of polish or gel. The downside of acrylic nails are that they may look less natural than gel nails and require more frequent upkeep. Dip Powder Manicure: Goodbye, messy paint jobs! A dip powder manicure is exactly what it sounds like- in between a base coat and a top coat, your nails are dipped into a pot of colored powder. Though for hygiene reasons, your manicurist shouldn’t have you literally dipping your nails into a shared pot of powder; it’s much more hygienic for them to use a brush to apply the powder to your nails. Though dip powder can’t be used to create nail extensions, dip powder manicures are highly durable and long-lasting. Click here to search for professional manicurists in your area!

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How long your new hair color will last is based on a number of factors including dye type, hair color, and hair health. Dye Type: • Permanent hair dye: If you get your hair colored by a professional hair stylist, they are most probably using permanent hair dye. This type of dye penetrates the hair cuticle to deposit color into each strand and permanently changes the chemical makeup of the hair. Like the name implies, it is permanent, so it could theoretically last forever- at least until it grows out and you cut it off or re-color it. However, just because it is permanent doesn’t mean it will always look as perfect as it does when you walk out of the salon; permanent hair dye can fade over time depending on how you maintain your color. • Demi-permanent hair dye: This type of hair dye only partially penetrates the hair cuticle, and therefore is not permanent. It will wash out in approximately 20-24 washes. • Semi-permanent hair dye: The least permanent type of hair dye, semi-permanent hair dye does not penetrate the hair cuticle at all, and only coats the hair shaft with color. It will wash out in 8-20 washes or approximately 6 weeks. Hair Color: Going from a light hair color to a dark hair color will generally last longer than going from dark to light, especially if your dark hair must be bleached or to take in the lighter color. Hair Health: If your hair is damaged or heavily treated with heat and chemicals, your hair cuticles will not be able to hold color as well and it will wash out faster. +How can I make my hair color last longer? • Use a gentle shampoo that is made for color care. • Use products, such as deep conditioners, that will moisturize your hair. • Shampoo your hair as infrequently as possible. • Wash your hair in cold or medium temperature water, as hot water opens up the cuticle to allow color to wash out. • Protect your hair while in the sun, as UV rays can cause the pigment to fade. You can use a hat or a protective hair cream. • Limit heat styling and apply a heat-protectant when you use hot tools. +How often should I get my hair colored? Getting your hair colored is a chemical treatment, so you should give your hair time to grow and recover in between treatments. At the very least, it is recommended that you wait 4 weeks between color applications. As your hair grows in, you may need to get your roots touched up every 4-6 weeks. For highlights and balayage, maintenance may require a visit every 8 weeks. Semi-permanent dye is safer to re-apply more often, as much as once a week. Click here to search for professional hair stylists and colorists in your area!

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Trick question- it’s whatever you feel the best in! However, keep reading to learn what colors work best with your skin tone and eye color. Determining your skin tone: A quick way to determine your skin tone is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins look blue or purple that means you have cool undertones to your skin. If your veins look green that means you have warm undertones. A mix of blueish purple and green veins means that your skin has neutral undertones. Your eyes can also give you clues as to what your skin tone is. If you have blue or gray flecks in your eyes you have cool undertones, and if you have gold or hazel flecks you have warm undertones. Choosing your hair color: When you are choosing your hair color, you should generally pick something that’s the opposite of your skin tone. The examples and recommendations below can help you get a sense of which hair colors complement certain skin tones. • Pale skin with reddish undertones can be enhanced with an ashy or platinum blonde, or a cool red. • Pale skin with cooler undertones pairs well with strawberry blonde, warm red, or warm chocolate brown. • Warm, medium skin can use a cool black hair color to get a dramatic effect. • Olive or dark skin with cool undertones looks great with hair colors such as honey, caramel, and warm blondes. • For dark skin with warm undertones, go with a cool auburn or mocha brown. Whatever color you choose, make sure your new hair color is at least two shades darker or lighter than your skin color so you doesn’t look washed out. +What apps can I use to try on different hair colors? • YouCam Makeup • Hair Color Dye • Makeup Plus • Hairstyle Try On Click here to search for professional hair stylists and colorists in your area!

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An eyelash lift is a lash treatment that enhances the volume, length, and curl of your natural lashes. You can think of an eyelash lift as a perm for your lashes. First, your lash technician will apply a rounded silicone pad to the top of the eyelid. The lashes will be combed upward and stuck to the silicone pad using an adhesive. A chemical solution will then be applied to the lashes to allow them to set into their current curled and extended state. After a period of time to allow the lashes to set, your lash technician will remove the silicon pad and you will be left with voluminous, yet natural-looking lashes. No fake lashes, lash extensions, or eyelash curlers involved! +How long do eyelash lifts last? Eyelash lifts last as long as it takes for a new set of your natural lashes to grow in. Your lifted lashes will shed naturally over time, with straighter lashes growing in behind them. Depending on how fast your lashes shed and regrow, you may need to get an eyelash lift every 6-8 weeks if you are going for a permanently lifted look or want to avoid the growing out phase where some of your lashes are lifted and some of them are straight. Since an eyelash lift is a relatively straightforward treatment performed on natural lashes, they require very little maintenance. For the first 24 hours after your treatment you should avoid mascara, moisture, and humidity, but after that you are free to do whatever you want with your glamorous new lashes! Click here to search for professional aestheticians in your area who offer lash lifts!

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Keratin: Keratin is a protein that is found naturally in our hair (as well as in our skin and nails) that helps strengthen the hair follicle. It is one of the most important proteins for healthy hair as it prevents against breakage and heat damage. Unfortunately, keratin in the hair can be lost over time due to environmental factors and heat or chemicals applied to the hair. Keratin Treatment: A keratin treatment is a hair straightening and smoothing treatment that adds shine and strength to dry and frizzy hair. It is a semi-permanent hair texture treatment, unlike permanent chemical relaxers or straightening treatments. Keratin treatments involve a solution of formaldehyde or glycolic acid that is applied to the hair and works to coat each strand with keratin. As the keratin penetrates the hair cuticle, it strengthens and smooths the hair. The hair is then blow-dried and flat ironed for maximum smoothing and straightening. The result is strong, shiny, straighter hair, with little to no frizz. Keratin treatments work great for those with dry, frizzy hair who want to make their hair easier to work with, eliminate frizz, and reduce blow-drying or flat-ironing time. +How long does a keratin treatment last? As mentioned previously, a keratin treatment is a semi-permanent straightening solution. It does not permanently change the chemical or structural makeup of your hair and hair texture. A keratin treatment can last from 3-6 months depending on how you maintain your hair. There are a few things you can do to ensure that you get the most out of your keratin treatment: • For the first three days following your keratin treatment (the more time, the better), avoid getting your hair wet, putting your hair up in a ponytail/updo, or doing anything that would compromise the straightness of your hair or create kinks or bends. • Wash your hair as infrequently as possible. A keratin treatment will wash out over time so try using dry shampoo to extend the time between washes. • When you do wash your hair, use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo to prevent hair damage. Bonus if the shampoo has keratin itself to enhance the treatment! It is recommended that a keratin treatment be done 2-3 times per year. Click here to search for professional beauty providers in your area who offer keratin treatments!

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Remove hair once a week from the brush: You can use tools such as a metal wire rake to remove hair from your hairbrush. Use a hairbrush and comb cleaning solution such as Ship-Shape, which removes build-up from styling products. Houseofbeautyworld.com sells 32 oz for $7.95. Keep in mind that Ship-Shape is a powder solution. If you want to use additonal methods to disinfect your hairbrush, you can get a UV box. Just make sure that it is big enough to fit your hairbrush. Or use natural homemade ingredients. You will need to get a spray bottle. Mix 3 cups of water for every half cup of vinegar. Make your hairbrushes smell nice with a few drops of essential oil. If you are battling dandruff or a breakout on your scalp, use tea tree oil as it is antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory.

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Salon Equipment Sterilization By State Each state has different guidelines on the proper technique to sanitize equipment. Here is a handy guide that covers proper nail salon equipment disinfection by state. Cosmetologists can also get a barbicide certification that will cover best practices and protocols for disinfecting equipment. We highly recommend the certification and encourage our beauty service providers to add their certifications to their profile. The training takes about one hour, but it will help you earn trust from your customers. Keep in mind, some states do not allow for certain tools to be reused such as nail files. However, you can buy nail salon products in bulk here. Types of Salon Sterilization Methods Barbicide: This is another item you want to buy in bulk as it should be changed daily. Make sure to rinse prior to soaking and fully submerge your tools for a minimum of 10 minutes. You can buy portable containers for your mobile nail salon. Autoclave: This machine is by far the most effective in sterilization. However, autoclaves can be very expensive. The cheapest autoclave is available for $62.99 and it's portable. If you don't want to lug around an autoclave to your appointments, buy multiples of the same tool. UV light: Here's a double stack UV sterilizer that weighs only 10 pounds so it's definitely portable for mobile nail technicians. We recommend that you also use a fluid disinfectant along with the UV light. As a reminder, check your state laws.