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The Complete Nail Technician (Book)

By Marian Newman - 3rd Edition

Marian Newman's The Complete Nail Technician has been written in line with the current NVQ in Nail Services at levels 2 and 3, and will appeal to both students, instructors and practising nail technicians alike.

Written by a leading figure in the nail industry, The Complete Nail Technician contains everything you need to know about nails. It covers essential information about the chemistry of artificial nails, as well as comprehensive sections on the anatomy and physiology of the skin and nail unit; preparation of therapist, work area and client; applying and maintaining tips, overlays and sculptured nails; and basic and advanced nail art; as well as providing important health and safety advice. The new third edition has been completely brought up to date and includes inspiring 4-colour images and nail art designs, and easy to follow step-by-steps. It also includes new pedagogical features and increased coverage of business practice to ensure that students and nail technicians alike are better equipped with all-important commercial skills.

The Complete Nail Technician is an essential reference manual for practising nail technicians, salon owners and instructors and a great step-by-step guide for beginners.


  • Revisions and updates in line with new National Occupational Standards.
  • Two new chapters: Business Matters – to address new units on the NOS covering business and finance, and The Electric File a new practical Unit that will address the common use of electric files.
  • Updated 4-colour images, step-by-steps and nail art designs in line with market trends
  • Tighter focus on business skills and commercial aspects.
  • Increased coverage of electronic equipment (e-files)
  • Increased coverage of nail competitions.
  • Updated features including: activity boxes, best practice boxes, health and safety boxes, top tips, equipment lists, industry anecdotes, learning summaries, and assessment of knowledge and understanding questions.

ISBN-13: 9781408032442 / ISBN-10: 1408032449

Published by Cengage Learning, ©2011

Table of Contents

1. Starting Out: You and your industry
2. Anatomy and Physiology
3. Preparing the work area
4. Preparing you and your client
5. Providing a manicure treatment
6. Providing a pedicure treatment
7. Essential Chemistry of artificial nails
8. Applying tips to the nails
9. Applying overlays
10. The art and skill of applying sculptured nails
11. Maintaining artificial nails
12. Business Matters
13. Nail art, basic and advanced
14. Media work and special occasions
15. The Electric File

Author Bio - Marian Newman

Marian Newman has worked in the professional nail industry since 1986 and comes from a scientific background. She has worked in most disciplines within the industry and is qualified as a Further and Adult Education Teacher. Marian has always had a close association with Habia in the development of educational standards and skills and is the Chairperson of the Nail Services Forum. After working with several product companies she now works independently and focuses on media session work. Her images, opinions and advice are seen in a vast array of media publications.

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