Part of being a nail technician means ensuring you have an adequate number of nail supplies.
Nail supplies will vary between technicians, depending on your experience level or the style of nails you most commonly work on.
There are some common nail supplies that every nail technician will need, whether you are a newbie or run a salon.
Nail files: there are many types of nail files available. Files are used to create a smooth finish on the free edge of the nail.
Buffers: buffers are used for preparing the nail for polish and creating a smooth, even surface. For the best value for money, choose long-lasting buffers that work with various systems.
Cuticle pusher: is a must-have for any nail technician. A cuticle pusher is used to push away dead tissue from the nail for a clean and neat appearance.
Nippers: cuticle nippers are used to cleanly cut away dead skin cells in the cuticle area and are another essential nail prep item. Choose quality stainless steel nippers for a long-lasting piece of kit.
Tip Cutter: Ensures a sharp and precise result for use with all tips. Can be used to shorten artificial nail tips to ensure accurate and precise trimming.
Cuticle oil: say no to dry-looking fingers and finish every manicure with an oil, cream, or lotion. Brush on oil is ideal for keeping in your kit, while oil pens are ideal for selling to clients.
Sanitisers: essential for your safety and that of your client. A cleanser should be used on nails before starting work on a client, and all equipment that isn’t disposable, such as nippers, should be thoroughly cleaned.
Dappen dish: can be used to hold liquids, powders, nail art items, or glitter. Buy several, as they come in handy for lots of different things!
Soak-off bowl: used for the removal of nail enhancements or gel polish. They can also be used for pampering as part of a manicure service.
Hand soak: the perfect preparation for any manicure, designed to cleanse and relax the hands. Leaves hands feeling soft and supple ready for treatment.
Acetone: something you will use frequently, so ensure you are stocked up! Most frequently used for the removal of acrylic nails or gel polish.
Nail wipes or cotton pads: used for removing tacky coatings, cleaning nails, and numerous other purposes, so always have a good supply on hand. Traditional cotton pads come in handy too.
Brushes: the type of brushes you need will depend on the work you are doing, but expect to need nail art brushes, an acrylic brush, or a gel brush.
For beginners, a good way to ensure you have most of the basics on this list is to buy complete nail kits. Once you build your confidence and find your style, you can start to add other nail supplies you may need.
COMPLETE NAIL TECH KIT