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How to Increase Nail Techs Income

by Mary Sewell

Nail Tech jobs are becoming more difficult to fill at nail salons, spas, and nail boutiques. It’s hard to fill nail tech positions when the prices for a manicure are low and employers pay a low commission to their nail techs. However, times are changing. Nail Techs can be picky now because a skilled and experienced nail tech is a hot commodity. Salons and spas must start charging more by offering more creative services, customizing nail services, and offering more packages to their menu. Nail Techs can do more than just: a manicure, a pedicure, and a full set. The last time I had a manicure, the nail tech finished with a five-minute upper back massage.

Salons and spas must start searching for new ideas and offer specialty services not commonly available to help raise the income level for the new-age nail techs. Offering spa manicures and spa pedicures with a sea salt scrub for exfoliation will give your salon/spa an edge. Adding aroma therapy adds extra bucks to your menu item; favorites include Lavender and Geranium.

Parraffin is the hot new add-on that could go as high as $20. In an innovative new application process, parraffin is applied to the hands in a disposable glove chamber. Once sealed, the chemical activates, causing soothing heat that melts off the paraffin, allowing for deeper moisturization. The gloves are then disposed of once used, so there is no more dipping your hands in those huge containers and dripping paraffin everywhere.

There are many great ways to provide world-class service and increase clientele by improving the customer experience. Start by wrapping your client’s hand in a hot towel after a sea salt scrub. Purchase larger towels, cover the lower arm, and write in a warm lavender-smelling towel. This service can be done on the legs and feet also. You can also customize nail tech services for customers, like the chocolate martinis and the strawberry daquiri’s; they are not actual drinks but can be served from martini glasses (there are some beautiful plastic martini glasses). Afterward, serve your clients (who are of age) a glass of wine. Your clients will love you.

Manicures and Martini parties are the hottest trends in the nail tech industry, and many shops can not accommodate such a party. Close your nail tech spa early and invite some clients back for a manicure and martini party. Have them pay a set price for a manicure, a pedicure, hand food, music, and a glass of wine. You will be amazed at how many people will show up! Have a “Bring a Pal Pedicure Party” and ensure the pal is male. Men like to have their nails done, also. Set dates and times, post them for your nail techs, and have your receptionist hand out invite cards to your customers.

Heres a good one: when customers call your salon, answer the phone as follows: Thank you for contacting Nail Spa. We have our 1st annual Martini Party this Friday! That’s what some famous restaurants do, and it always works! This is Jenn. Howw can I help you?

Natural nail care is becoming more and more popular. Women are looking for services that are free of harmful chemicals. Clients are becoming smart regarding acrylic; if the nail tech is wearing a mask, why aren’t the customers wearing a mask? That’s another topic. There are also nail polishes, such as Spa Ritual, a vegan product. The no-chip manicure is also great for natural nail growth. Nail Techs are not just looking for jobs anymore. They are looking for a career. These are just a couple of ideas to get nail techs to apply for a position at your nail spa. Show nail techs your spa services and other creative events you have had in the past to prove to your nail techs that you are interested in increasing your revenue and their income.

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