Aimed at those who are thinking of doing a course on the subject or starting up their own business, this book offers expert advice on all aspects of being a nail technician. An introduction to the structure of the nail and identifying different types of nail offers solid, practical information to get you started. Next is a chapter on the equipment needed followed by step-by-step demonstrations on how to carry out the perfect manicure or pedicure on both men and women. Massage routines, exfoliation, buffing, general nail care, grooming and varnish application are all covered. This is followed by a section on artificial nails, looking at the three systems used in nail bars: acrylic, gel and fiberglass and silk. The Art chapter introduces the wonderful world of nail art, providing inspirational ideas on how to adorn painted nails with gems, rhinestones, foil leaf, stick-ons and transfers. Embossed designs, marbling, freehand drawing and nail jewelery are also covered. This book offers invaluable advice on how to achieve a professional look, whether you're seeking to improve your own style or wishing to become a professional nail technician.