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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