What do Manicurists and Pedicurists do?

Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

  • Clean and sanitize tools and work environment.
  • Schedule client appointments and accept payments.
  • Remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover and swabs.
  • Clean customers' nails in soapy water, using swabs, files, and orange sticks.
  • Shape and smooth ends of nails, using scissors, files, or emery boards.
  • Apply undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brush.
  • Advise clients on nail care and use of products and colors.
  • Assess the condition of clients' hands, remove dead skin from the hands and massage them.
  • Soften nail cuticles with water and oil, push back cuticles, using cuticle knife, and trim cuticles, using scissors or nippers.
  • Brush powder and solvent onto nails and paper forms to maintain nail appearance and to extend nails, then remove forms and shape and smooth nail edges using rotary abrasive wheel.
  • Maintain supply inventories and records of client services.
  • Treat nails to repair or improve strength and resilience by wrapping, or provide treatment to nail biters.
  • Roughen surfaces of fingernails, using abrasive wheel.
  • Promote and sell nail care products.
  • Attach paper forms to tips of customers' fingers to support and shape artificial nails.
  • Polish nails, using powdered polish and buffer.
  • Whiten underside of nails with white paste or pencils.
  • Decorate clients' nails by piercing or attaching ornaments or designs.

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Necessary Skills

  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Service Orientation
  • Monitoring
  • Coordination
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning

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