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About This Course
What you will learn
  • Introduction to gel nail enhancements
  • Role of a Nail Technician
  • Anatomy
  • Nail Conditions
  • Basic Nail Gel Techniques
  • Gel Application
  • Gel Maintenance
  • Gel Repair and Removal
  • Health, Safety, and Hygiene
  • Client Consultation and Business Expansion

Study Gel Nail Online Course and Get Your Certification and Become a Gel Nail Technician

The Get Nail Online course is a fantastic way to get started as a licensed gel nail technician. This course includes all you need to know, including how to apply and remove gel nails, how to maintain, repair, and infill nail extensions, how to do manicures and pedicures, and how to become a professional nail technician.

Gel nail polish is a modern cosmetic staple for a reason: it is virtually unbreakable, obscenely glossy, and available at almost every nail salon. The most appealing part of a gel manicure, though, is the lack of risk of losing your varnish the moment you dig through your handbag to check your phone – let alone for several weeks.

The majority of the stages in a gel manicure are similar to those in a regular manicure—your nails are cut, filed, and shaped, and your cuticles are clipped—but that is where the similarities end. Gel nail polish is applied in the same way as traditional lacquer is. It is, however, treated with UV or LED light to keep it in place for long-term use.

Gel Nail Tech Certification Online - Requirements

The Gel Nail Tech Certification Online is delivered 100 percent online and only takes 20 hours of study to complete.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Approximately 20 hours of study is needed to complete the course
  3. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Gel Nail Tech Certification Online
  4. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  5. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  6. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

Get Nail Online Course Outline

Module 1: Gel Nail Enhancements

Any materials put to the fingernails or toenails are referred to as nail enhancements. These may be purely aesthetic or have the goal of strengthening or lengthening natural nails.  Among the different sorts of modifications available, gel nails are a popular choice among many people.

History of Nail Enhancements

Nail enhancements, like most fashion trends, are nothing new. Although the technique and pattern have changed over time, the practice remains a popular past time. Women wore long artificial nails as a status symbol during the Ming Dynasty to distinguish themselves from peasants.

Different Types of Nail Enhancements

Different forms of nail modifications have been invented over time. Acrylic, gel, and wrap improvements are among them. The acrylic style of nail extension is the oldest and, by far, the most popular. This procedure does not require a UV laser because it uses a monomer and polymer (powder and liquid) to create the nail at the same time.

Materials

Although the materials used in these nail enhancements vary, they do have several things in common. Nail technicians, on the other hand, are likely to require some of the same essential tools.

Module 2: Role of a Nail Technician

A nail technician is a beauty expert who focuses on the look of fingernails and toenails. Nail salons, cosmetology centers, and spas are all places where they work. Some technicians, on the other hand, like to work on the go.

Licensing Requirements

There are steps you must follow in order to achieve your goal of being a well-equipped nail technician. Although a bachelor's degree is not required, certification is highly encouraged if you want to excel in the nail industry. Enrolling in a nail technician course is an excellent first step toward becoming a renowned nail technician.

Professional Appearance

Your appearance is the determining factor of your client's faith in your expertise in the nail technician field. Your client will have entire confidence in your talents if you arrive dressed professionally and with visible effort.

Welcoming Demeanor

Because this line of employment requires face-to-face connection, how one portrays themselves is crucial. Both verbal and nonverbal communication are included. Clients will feel more at ease if you greet them with a pleasant smile and speak confidently and tactfully during the consultation.

Recommending Products

It is critical to have sufficient knowledge in all areas of your competence as a nail technician. Clients frequently inquire about a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, nail form preferences, nail polish colour preferences, enhancement options, and hand cream preferences.

Module 3: Anatomy

Hand and Lower Arm

The anatomy of the lower arm and hand is impressive, especially given their modest size.

Bones

  • Carpals
  • Metacarpals
  • Phalanges

Joints

  • The elbow joints
  • The wrist joints
  • The finger joints

Muscle Groups

  • Flexors
  • Extensors
  • Pronators
  • Supinator

Blood Supply

  • Radial artery
  • Ulnar artery
  • Supplemental arteries

Nail Anatomy

  • Nail plate
  • Nail bed
  • Hyponychium
  • Onychodermal band
  • Cuticle

Natural Nail Development

The process of vertebrate epithelial cells becoming filled with keratin protein filaments, which grow up, die, and accumulate to form rigid, resistant nails, is known as keratinization.

Module 4: Nail Conditions

It is critical to be aware of the common nail and skin problems. Some treatments may not be appropriate for those who have specific medical issues. Always ask the client if they have any problems with their hands, feet, or nails throughout the consultation. This is for their protection and to protect your business; harming them accidentally could result in legal troubles.

Common nail issues

  • Fungal infection
  • Discoloration
  • Brittle nails
  • Splitting nails
  • Thickened nails
  • Ingrown toenails

Skin Conditions Affecting Hands and Feet

  • Paronychia
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis

Module 5: Basic Nail Gel Techniques

Equipment

To guarantee that the gel procedure is completed effectively, make sure you have all the necessary tools.

  • A topcoat and base coat (most gel polish requires both coats)
  • UV/ LED lamp
  • Pure acetone
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail file

Preparing the Nail

To guarantee that the gel procedure is completed effectively, make sure you have all the necessary tools.

Buffing

Buffing is a vital procedure since it provides a variety of advantages. Buffing can remove ridges and rough edges from your nails. This procedure also prepares the nail bed for gel application and may improve circulation to the nail bed.

Cutting

Cutting your nails correctly is important because doing so wrong can result in ingrown nails and irregular forms, which cause pain and impair the attractiveness of your nails. Nail clippers or manicure scissors can be used to cut your nails. Manicure scissors are not the best instrument for the job. This, however, is a matter of personal preference.

Filing

Filing your nails incorrectly can result in weak or jagged nails. There are actions to consider and follow to keep your nails from peeling, splitting, or breaking. The process may begin once you have picked your instruments, which could include a glass nail file or a standard emery board, as well as a cotton cloth to remove dust.

Other Techniques

There are a variety of nail techniques available in addition to these. These are uncommon and underappreciated. We will delve into a number of these techniques and focus on how, when, and why you might need to utilize them because knowledge is power.

Module 6: Gel Application

Applying Tips

The following items and equipment will be required for the application of tips.

  • Acetone
  • Cotton balls/pads
  • Cuticle Pusher
  • Buffer

Applying Gel

Gel application is a time-consuming technique that requires patience and meticulous attention to detail.

UV Light

Ultraviolet light is another name for UV light. It is a form of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun, with wavelengths shorter than visible light. The transmission of ultraviolet light takes the form of particles or waves with different wavelengths and frequencies. UV light has 380 nanometers and is found in the electromagnetic spectrum between visible light and X-rays.

Curing

A UV or LED lamp is used to cure the product. Gels cure best when exposed to light with a wavelength of 340 to 380 nanometers. Although an LED lamp cures faster than a UV lamp, the most important thing to remember is that the curing procedure and gel polish must always be compatible.

Module 7: Gel Maintenance

Maintaining gel nails is not challenging, but you need to have a few things on hand to go smoothly.

  • Cuticle oil
  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer

Aftercare Recommendations

A gel manicure is a fantastic and rewarding experience. The issue arises when it comes to caring for the nails once they have been completed. They, like anything else, will not survive as long as they could if they are not adequately cared for.

Making Gel Last

Gel polish is a long-lasting treatment that generally lasts two to three weeks. Premature peeling or lifting does occur, which can be aggravating. Clients can use a variety of techniques and hacks to help their nails last longer.

Module 8: Gel Repair and Removal

Signs of Improper Application

When it comes to application, there are various indicators to look for.

  • Inadequate nail preparation
  • Lifting of the nail tips

Common Problems

The application of tips and gel, like most operations, has a few fundamental issues. It is critical to understand these issues in order to avoid them.

  • Peeling of gel
  • Impatience
  • Overfilling or buffing

Frequency of Maintenance

Because nails grow at various rates, scheduling sessions for gel care will vary from client to customer. If your client is active, the scheduling will most likely be more frequent than if he or she is not.

Repairing Gel

Instead of removing your gel nails because you have a few chips, fix them and enjoy them for a more extended period.

Infill/Backfill of Gel

A gel infill is required when there is a gap between the gel nail base and the cuticle. Buffing and filing the nail to prepare it for a new layer of UV gel lacquer is what an infill includes. Because the nail grew in a downward direction, it will need to be rebalanced with a backfill. Backfilling and infilling are frequently done at the same time.

Removing Gel

Many clients try to scrape off the polish or pick it when the gel manicure has reached its "best before" date and is time for a change. This is not a suitable procedure since it does much damage to the nails.

Module 9: Health, Safety, and Hygiene

  • Significant thinning of nail plates due to specific equipment, nail polishes, and various nail polish removers
  • Fungal infection if the equipment is not sterilized

Health and Safety for Gel Enhancements

It is critical to use excellent health and safety practices when applying gel enhancements, as this protects both the clients and the nail technicians. Clients will have little to complain about if there are good health and safety standards in place.

Health and safety methods entail:

  • It is sterilizing all equipment before and after each use and disposing of equipment that is supposed to be used only once.
  • Have adequate ventilation as chemicals may have a strong odor.
  • Provide sunscreen or UV gloves for the curing process.
  • If a client has an infection on the hands, fingers, or nails, do not proceed with the gel enhancements as this may lead to further infection.
  • Ensure washing of hands by both client and technician upon arrival and washing hands by the technician after the process.

Health Impacts of UV Lights and Chemicals

UV light releases ultraviolet rays, which are a common cause of skin cancer; thus, skin cancer can be caused by exposure to UV light. This is because UV rays can damage the DNA in the skin, resulting in weakened or aged skin and the possibility of cancer. However, this risk is modest because UV light exposure is minimal, and light bulbs generate UV rays of varied strengths.

Sanitization and Cleaning Protocols

Physical dangers are avoided by following proper sanitation and cleaning procedures (hazards from blood and bodily fluids which could cause infection). Cleaning is another term for sanitizing, which entails eliminating all visible filth and debris. Disinfecting an item that has already been cleansed involves eradicating potentially hazardous microorganisms.

First Aid Kit

  • Small flashlight
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Emergency blanket
  • Triangular bandages
  • Antiseptic towelettes

When You Should Stop Working on a Client

If a client is hurt or becomes ill, you should cease treating them right once and analyze the situation.

  • Minor cuts to the fingers: These can be washed with sanitizer or hydrogen peroxide, dressed with antiseptic, and then bandaged.
  • Break in the nail near the cuticle: File off the excess nail, apply antiseptic and apply a bandage if the break is extensive.
  • Allergic reactions to products: Stop applying the product immediately, wash the affected area with water and mineral oil, apply cortisone cream and refer the client to a dermatologist for a skin test.

Fire Protection

OSHA requires employers to have emergency response and fire prevention plan that complies with the Code of Federal Regulations.

  • A written fire safety policy required the immediate and total evacuation of employees from the workplace upon sounding a fire alarm.
  • The provision of working fire extinguishers and equipment mounted and located to be identifiable and accessible to employees without subjecting them to possible injury.

Module 10: Client Consultation and Business Expansion

Customer Service

When a client decides whether or not to return to your salon, providing exceptional customer service makes all the difference. Your client wants to know that you are concerned about their requirements and assist them rather than grab their money.

The Consultation Process

We discussed some principles of client consulting earlier in the course. We will expand on that information here.

  • Client Records
  • Time Management
  • Managing Expectations

Where to Conduct Your Business

If you are opening your nail salon, you will encounter various challenges, one of which is deciding where to locate your business. If you are starting from the ground up, you might not afford to acquire or rent a facility. Clients may have varied preferences, leading to new market opportunities if you provide services in multiple locations.

  • Home business
  • Mobile nail technician
  • Setting up your salon

Finding the Right Business Location

Finding the correct location is a vital first step if you are thinking about starting your own business. To determine which location is ideal for you and your clients, you should conduct thorough research.

  • Ensure your salon is easy to find
  • Understand the local area
  • Research your competition
  • Stay close to other relevant businesses
  • Consider the cost
  • What sort of size?

Business Licenses, Insurance, and Liability Requirements

You should pay particular attention to state and local licensing regulations while beginning your salon. To apply for a business license, you will generally need to register a permanent business address. If you choose to run a business from your home, the requirements may be different. Make sure to check your area's zoning restrictions.

Finding and Retaining Clients

  • Massage
  • High-Quality Photographs
  • Word of Mouth
  • Record-Keeping Systems
  • Social Media
Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate.

This Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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Units of Study

Module 1: Gel Nail Enhancements

  • History of Nail Enhancements
  • Different Types of Nail Enhancements
  • Materials

Module 2: Role of a Nail Technician

  • Licensing Requirements
  • Professional Appearance
  • Welcoming Demeanor
  • Recommending Products

Module 3: Anatomy

  • Hand and Lower Arm
  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Muscle Groups
  • Blood Supply
  • Nail Anatomy
  • Natural Nail Development

Module 4: Nail Conditions

  • Common nail issues
  • Skin Conditions Affecting Hands and Feet

Module 5: Basic Nail Gel Techniques

  • Equipment
  • Preparing the Nail
  • Buffing
  • Cutting
  • Filing
  • Other Techniques

Module 6: Gel Application

  • Applying Tips
  • Applying Gel
  • UV Light
  • Curing

Module 7: Gel Maintenance

  • Aftercare Recommendations
  • Making Gel Last

Module 8: Gel Repair and Removal

  • Signs of Improper Application
  • Common Problems
  • Frequency of Maintenance
  • Repairing Gel
  • Infill/Backfill of Gel
  • Removing Gel

Module 9: Health, Safety, and Hygiene

  • Health and Safety for Gel Enhancements
  • Health and safety methods entail:
  • Health Impacts of UV Lights and Chemicals
  • Sanitization and Cleaning Protocols
  • First Aid Kit
  • When You Should Stop Working on a Client
  • Fire Protection

Module 10: Client Consultation and Business Expansion

  • Customer Service
  • The Consultation Process
  • Where to Conduct Your Business
  • Finding the Right Business Location
  • Business Licenses, Insurance, and Liability Requirements
  • Finding and Retaining Clients
Requirements

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

Microsoft Windows XP, or laterModern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

OSX/iOS 6 or laterModern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or fasterFlash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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  • Delivery: Online
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  • Duration:20 Hours
  • Assessments: Yes
  • Qualification: Certificate
About This Course
What you will learn
  • Introduction to gel nail enhancements
  • Role of a Nail Technician
  • Anatomy
  • Nail Conditions
  • Basic Nail Gel Techniques
  • Gel Application
  • Gel Maintenance
  • Gel Repair and Removal
  • Health, Safety, and Hygiene
  • Client Consultation and Business Expansion

Study Gel Nail Online Course and Get Your Certification and Become a Gel Nail Technician

The Get Nail Online course is a fantastic way to get started as a licensed gel nail technician. This course includes all you need to know, including how to apply and remove gel nails, how to maintain, repair, and infill nail extensions, how to do manicures and pedicures, and how to become a professional nail technician.

Gel nail polish is a modern cosmetic staple for a reason: it is virtually unbreakable, obscenely glossy, and available at almost every nail salon. The most appealing part of a gel manicure, though, is the lack of risk of losing your varnish the moment you dig through your handbag to check your phone – let alone for several weeks.

The majority of the stages in a gel manicure are similar to those in a regular manicure—your nails are cut, filed, and shaped, and your cuticles are clipped—but that is where the similarities end. Gel nail polish is applied in the same way as traditional lacquer is. It is, however, treated with UV or LED light to keep it in place for long-term use.

Gel Nail Tech Certification Online - Requirements

The Gel Nail Tech Certification Online is delivered 100 percent online and only takes 20 hours of study to complete.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Approximately 20 hours of study is needed to complete the course
  3. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Gel Nail Tech Certification Online
  4. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  5. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  6. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

Get Nail Online Course Outline

Module 1: Gel Nail Enhancements

Any materials put to the fingernails or toenails are referred to as nail enhancements. These may be purely aesthetic or have the goal of strengthening or lengthening natural nails.  Among the different sorts of modifications available, gel nails are a popular choice among many people.

History of Nail Enhancements

Nail enhancements, like most fashion trends, are nothing new. Although the technique and pattern have changed over time, the practice remains a popular past time. Women wore long artificial nails as a status symbol during the Ming Dynasty to distinguish themselves from peasants.

Different Types of Nail Enhancements

Different forms of nail modifications have been invented over time. Acrylic, gel, and wrap improvements are among them. The acrylic style of nail extension is the oldest and, by far, the most popular. This procedure does not require a UV laser because it uses a monomer and polymer (powder and liquid) to create the nail at the same time.

Materials

Although the materials used in these nail enhancements vary, they do have several things in common. Nail technicians, on the other hand, are likely to require some of the same essential tools.

Module 2: Role of a Nail Technician

A nail technician is a beauty expert who focuses on the look of fingernails and toenails. Nail salons, cosmetology centers, and spas are all places where they work. Some technicians, on the other hand, like to work on the go.

Licensing Requirements

There are steps you must follow in order to achieve your goal of being a well-equipped nail technician. Although a bachelor's degree is not required, certification is highly encouraged if you want to excel in the nail industry. Enrolling in a nail technician course is an excellent first step toward becoming a renowned nail technician.

Professional Appearance

Your appearance is the determining factor of your client's faith in your expertise in the nail technician field. Your client will have entire confidence in your talents if you arrive dressed professionally and with visible effort.

Welcoming Demeanor

Because this line of employment requires face-to-face connection, how one portrays themselves is crucial. Both verbal and nonverbal communication are included. Clients will feel more at ease if you greet them with a pleasant smile and speak confidently and tactfully during the consultation.

Recommending Products

It is critical to have sufficient knowledge in all areas of your competence as a nail technician. Clients frequently inquire about a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, nail form preferences, nail polish colour preferences, enhancement options, and hand cream preferences.

Module 3: Anatomy

Hand and Lower Arm

The anatomy of the lower arm and hand is impressive, especially given their modest size.

Bones

  • Carpals
  • Metacarpals
  • Phalanges

Joints

  • The elbow joints
  • The wrist joints
  • The finger joints

Muscle Groups

  • Flexors
  • Extensors
  • Pronators
  • Supinator

Blood Supply

  • Radial artery
  • Ulnar artery
  • Supplemental arteries

Nail Anatomy

  • Nail plate
  • Nail bed
  • Hyponychium
  • Onychodermal band
  • Cuticle

Natural Nail Development

The process of vertebrate epithelial cells becoming filled with keratin protein filaments, which grow up, die, and accumulate to form rigid, resistant nails, is known as keratinization.

Module 4: Nail Conditions

It is critical to be aware of the common nail and skin problems. Some treatments may not be appropriate for those who have specific medical issues. Always ask the client if they have any problems with their hands, feet, or nails throughout the consultation. This is for their protection and to protect your business; harming them accidentally could result in legal troubles.

Common nail issues

  • Fungal infection
  • Discoloration
  • Brittle nails
  • Splitting nails
  • Thickened nails
  • Ingrown toenails

Skin Conditions Affecting Hands and Feet

  • Paronychia
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis

Module 5: Basic Nail Gel Techniques

Equipment

To guarantee that the gel procedure is completed effectively, make sure you have all the necessary tools.

  • A topcoat and base coat (most gel polish requires both coats)
  • UV/ LED lamp
  • Pure acetone
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail file

Preparing the Nail

To guarantee that the gel procedure is completed effectively, make sure you have all the necessary tools.

Buffing

Buffing is a vital procedure since it provides a variety of advantages. Buffing can remove ridges and rough edges from your nails. This procedure also prepares the nail bed for gel application and may improve circulation to the nail bed.

Cutting

Cutting your nails correctly is important because doing so wrong can result in ingrown nails and irregular forms, which cause pain and impair the attractiveness of your nails. Nail clippers or manicure scissors can be used to cut your nails. Manicure scissors are not the best instrument for the job. This, however, is a matter of personal preference.

Filing

Filing your nails incorrectly can result in weak or jagged nails. There are actions to consider and follow to keep your nails from peeling, splitting, or breaking. The process may begin once you have picked your instruments, which could include a glass nail file or a standard emery board, as well as a cotton cloth to remove dust.

Other Techniques

There are a variety of nail techniques available in addition to these. These are uncommon and underappreciated. We will delve into a number of these techniques and focus on how, when, and why you might need to utilize them because knowledge is power.

Module 6: Gel Application

Applying Tips

The following items and equipment will be required for the application of tips.

  • Acetone
  • Cotton balls/pads
  • Cuticle Pusher
  • Buffer

Applying Gel

Gel application is a time-consuming technique that requires patience and meticulous attention to detail.

UV Light

Ultraviolet light is another name for UV light. It is a form of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun, with wavelengths shorter than visible light. The transmission of ultraviolet light takes the form of particles or waves with different wavelengths and frequencies. UV light has 380 nanometers and is found in the electromagnetic spectrum between visible light and X-rays.

Curing

A UV or LED lamp is used to cure the product. Gels cure best when exposed to light with a wavelength of 340 to 380 nanometers. Although an LED lamp cures faster than a UV lamp, the most important thing to remember is that the curing procedure and gel polish must always be compatible.

Module 7: Gel Maintenance

Maintaining gel nails is not challenging, but you need to have a few things on hand to go smoothly.

  • Cuticle oil
  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer

Aftercare Recommendations

A gel manicure is a fantastic and rewarding experience. The issue arises when it comes to caring for the nails once they have been completed. They, like anything else, will not survive as long as they could if they are not adequately cared for.

Making Gel Last

Gel polish is a long-lasting treatment that generally lasts two to three weeks. Premature peeling or lifting does occur, which can be aggravating. Clients can use a variety of techniques and hacks to help their nails last longer.

Module 8: Gel Repair and Removal

Signs of Improper Application

When it comes to application, there are various indicators to look for.

  • Inadequate nail preparation
  • Lifting of the nail tips

Common Problems

The application of tips and gel, like most operations, has a few fundamental issues. It is critical to understand these issues in order to avoid them.

  • Peeling of gel
  • Impatience
  • Overfilling or buffing

Frequency of Maintenance

Because nails grow at various rates, scheduling sessions for gel care will vary from client to customer. If your client is active, the scheduling will most likely be more frequent than if he or she is not.

Repairing Gel

Instead of removing your gel nails because you have a few chips, fix them and enjoy them for a more extended period.

Infill/Backfill of Gel

A gel infill is required when there is a gap between the gel nail base and the cuticle. Buffing and filing the nail to prepare it for a new layer of UV gel lacquer is what an infill includes. Because the nail grew in a downward direction, it will need to be rebalanced with a backfill. Backfilling and infilling are frequently done at the same time.

Removing Gel

Many clients try to scrape off the polish or pick it when the gel manicure has reached its "best before" date and is time for a change. This is not a suitable procedure since it does much damage to the nails.

Module 9: Health, Safety, and Hygiene

  • Significant thinning of nail plates due to specific equipment, nail polishes, and various nail polish removers
  • Fungal infection if the equipment is not sterilized

Health and Safety for Gel Enhancements

It is critical to use excellent health and safety practices when applying gel enhancements, as this protects both the clients and the nail technicians. Clients will have little to complain about if there are good health and safety standards in place.

Health and safety methods entail:

  • It is sterilizing all equipment before and after each use and disposing of equipment that is supposed to be used only once.
  • Have adequate ventilation as chemicals may have a strong odor.
  • Provide sunscreen or UV gloves for the curing process.
  • If a client has an infection on the hands, fingers, or nails, do not proceed with the gel enhancements as this may lead to further infection.
  • Ensure washing of hands by both client and technician upon arrival and washing hands by the technician after the process.

Health Impacts of UV Lights and Chemicals

UV light releases ultraviolet rays, which are a common cause of skin cancer; thus, skin cancer can be caused by exposure to UV light. This is because UV rays can damage the DNA in the skin, resulting in weakened or aged skin and the possibility of cancer. However, this risk is modest because UV light exposure is minimal, and light bulbs generate UV rays of varied strengths.

Sanitization and Cleaning Protocols

Physical dangers are avoided by following proper sanitation and cleaning procedures (hazards from blood and bodily fluids which could cause infection). Cleaning is another term for sanitizing, which entails eliminating all visible filth and debris. Disinfecting an item that has already been cleansed involves eradicating potentially hazardous microorganisms.

First Aid Kit

  • Small flashlight
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Emergency blanket
  • Triangular bandages
  • Antiseptic towelettes

When You Should Stop Working on a Client

If a client is hurt or becomes ill, you should cease treating them right once and analyze the situation.

  • Minor cuts to the fingers: These can be washed with sanitizer or hydrogen peroxide, dressed with antiseptic, and then bandaged.
  • Break in the nail near the cuticle: File off the excess nail, apply antiseptic and apply a bandage if the break is extensive.
  • Allergic reactions to products: Stop applying the product immediately, wash the affected area with water and mineral oil, apply cortisone cream and refer the client to a dermatologist for a skin test.

Fire Protection

OSHA requires employers to have emergency response and fire prevention plan that complies with the Code of Federal Regulations.

  • A written fire safety policy required the immediate and total evacuation of employees from the workplace upon sounding a fire alarm.
  • The provision of working fire extinguishers and equipment mounted and located to be identifiable and accessible to employees without subjecting them to possible injury.

Module 10: Client Consultation and Business Expansion

Customer Service

When a client decides whether or not to return to your salon, providing exceptional customer service makes all the difference. Your client wants to know that you are concerned about their requirements and assist them rather than grab their money.

The Consultation Process

We discussed some principles of client consulting earlier in the course. We will expand on that information here.

  • Client Records
  • Time Management
  • Managing Expectations

Where to Conduct Your Business

If you are opening your nail salon, you will encounter various challenges, one of which is deciding where to locate your business. If you are starting from the ground up, you might not afford to acquire or rent a facility. Clients may have varied preferences, leading to new market opportunities if you provide services in multiple locations.

  • Home business
  • Mobile nail technician
  • Setting up your salon

Finding the Right Business Location

Finding the correct location is a vital first step if you are thinking about starting your own business. To determine which location is ideal for you and your clients, you should conduct thorough research.

  • Ensure your salon is easy to find
  • Understand the local area
  • Research your competition
  • Stay close to other relevant businesses
  • Consider the cost
  • What sort of size?

Business Licenses, Insurance, and Liability Requirements

You should pay particular attention to state and local licensing regulations while beginning your salon. To apply for a business license, you will generally need to register a permanent business address. If you choose to run a business from your home, the requirements may be different. Make sure to check your area's zoning restrictions.

Finding and Retaining Clients

  • Massage
  • High-Quality Photographs
  • Word of Mouth
  • Record-Keeping Systems
  • Social Media
Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate.

This Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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Units of Study

Module 1: Gel Nail Enhancements

  • History of Nail Enhancements
  • Different Types of Nail Enhancements
  • Materials

Module 2: Role of a Nail Technician

  • Licensing Requirements
  • Professional Appearance
  • Welcoming Demeanor
  • Recommending Products

Module 3: Anatomy

  • Hand and Lower Arm
  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Muscle Groups
  • Blood Supply
  • Nail Anatomy
  • Natural Nail Development

Module 4: Nail Conditions

  • Common nail issues
  • Skin Conditions Affecting Hands and Feet

Module 5: Basic Nail Gel Techniques

  • Equipment
  • Preparing the Nail
  • Buffing
  • Cutting
  • Filing
  • Other Techniques

Module 6: Gel Application

  • Applying Tips
  • Applying Gel
  • UV Light
  • Curing

Module 7: Gel Maintenance

  • Aftercare Recommendations
  • Making Gel Last

Module 8: Gel Repair and Removal

  • Signs of Improper Application
  • Common Problems
  • Frequency of Maintenance
  • Repairing Gel
  • Infill/Backfill of Gel
  • Removing Gel

Module 9: Health, Safety, and Hygiene

  • Health and Safety for Gel Enhancements
  • Health and safety methods entail:
  • Health Impacts of UV Lights and Chemicals
  • Sanitization and Cleaning Protocols
  • First Aid Kit
  • When You Should Stop Working on a Client
  • Fire Protection

Module 10: Client Consultation and Business Expansion

  • Customer Service
  • The Consultation Process
  • Where to Conduct Your Business
  • Finding the Right Business Location
  • Business Licenses, Insurance, and Liability Requirements
  • Finding and Retaining Clients
Requirements

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

Microsoft Windows XP, or laterModern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

OSX/iOS 6 or laterModern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

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Students will also need access the following applications:

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