Manicurists and pedicurists clean, shape, and beautify fingernails and toenails.
Manicurists and pedicurists typically do the following:
Discuss nail treatments and services available
Remove nail polish
Clean, trim, and file nails
Reduce calluses and rough skin
Massage and moisturize hands (for a manicure) and feet (for a pedicure)
Polish or buff nails
Advise clients about nail and skin care for hands and feet
Promote and sell nail and skin care products
Clean and disinfect their work area and tools
Manicurists and pedicurists work exclusively on the hands and feet, providing treatments to groom fingernails and toenails. A typical treatment involves soaking the clients' hands or feet to soften the skin in order to remove dead skin cells. Manicurists and pedicurists apply lotion to the hands and feet to moisturize the skin. They also may shape and apply polish to artificial fingernails.
Manicurists and pedicurists use a variety of tools, including nail clippers, nail files, and specialized cuticle tools. They must be focused while they perform their duties, because most of the tools they use are sharp. Keeping their tools clean and sanitary is important.
Some manicurists and pedicurists operate their own nail salon business. They manage the daily decision making tasks, such as keeping inventory records and ordering supplies. They also hire and supervise workers and sell nail care products, such as nail polish and hand or foot cream, to clients. A small, but growing, number of workers make house calls. Their mobile manicure and pedicure services are popular because clients consider them convenient.