Becoming a Professional Manicurist in Orange County

When it comes to some everyday luxuries and things that both men and women seemingly can’t get enough of, many things come to mind – from lattes and massages, to mud masks and body wraps, there are quite a few luxuries that we as a society may take for granted, but would probably really miss if they were taken away. For most Americans, nothing tops that list like a good manicure or pedicure. The American economy saw upwards of $8 Billion dollars spent on manicures and pedicures at salons in 2014, and with the popularity of nail design, manicures and spa pedicures, those numbers are only set to climb in the following years. It’s no wonder that so many students graduating high school as well as adults who are looking for an exciting career change are eager to become a manicurist, especially in a metropolitan and style-centric area like Orange County, California.

What is a Manicurist?

We get this question all the time. A licensed Pro Manicurist often offers both simple and complex (high-design) manicures and pedicures. While manicures are nail treatments on the hands and fingernails of an individual client, the treatment given to a client’s toenails and feet are called pedicures. Both procedures fall under the cosmetic beauty segment, and are usually performed in a nail salon by a Licensed Manicurist.

Manicures and pedicures (or mani-pedi) often include spa-like relaxation therapy and treatments such as soaking the hands and feet in a hot tub or basin, and are often followed by a treatment of some sort of softening substance and applying a fragrant vitamin-enriched lotion. Often, mani-pedi clients may also request services such as artificial nails, custom nail art and design (which we’ll touch on more later), natural nail repair as well as other specialized treatments for the hands and/or feet. The Licensed Manicurist in a salon often files and shapes the nails, followed by applying polish and a buff or gloss, as well as offering the client a relaxing hand or foot massage as part of the entire treatment if requested by the client.

How the Profession is Changing: Nail Design in Pop Culture

Recently we’ve seen a surge of popularity in manicurists providing clients with outrageous and trendy, hip nail designs that were unseen even up to a decade ago. Popular culture has brought custom nail art – a style of nail decoration with roots deep in popular Japanese culture to the forefront of American popularity and style. It has become extremely common to see Licensed Manicurists in Orange County and LA to apply hours of work on a single client’s nails – painting pictures and designs, adding layers and texture, small graphics as well as bejeweling nails and clear-coating decals.

While it was uncommon even a decade ago, nail art and becoming a manicurist has become a highly-desirable career for many men and women looking to pursue a career in cosmetology in Orange County. Becoming a manicurist is now a very lucrative career that may make for splendid opportunities for the licensed professional. Manicurist opportunities exist on the local-level as there are many salons that line our crowded streets, beachfronts, plazas and shopping malls, but the opportunities for a Licensed Manicurist also exist in the international arena. These can include working in the fashion industry with catalog, print and runway models, working alongside a magazine, online blog or publication or a photography studio and even with musicians, actors & actresses as well as television personalities – the opportunities are endless – everyone wants great looking nails, and some clients want much more, such as custom designs and regular treatments. As a Licensed Manicurist in California, you can also freelance, build your own salon, spa or mobile business and be well on your way to becoming your own boss and taking your nail work and art form to the next level.

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How to Become a Professional Manicurist in Orange County

If you are trying to become a Pro Manicurist in California, you must first start with your education and foundation, much like any Licensed Cosmetologist in our state. The State of California requires that all cosmetologists that want to become Licensed Manicurists attend and graduate from a CA state-approved Cosmetology or Manicurist program. The key skills that the best Cosmetology Schools in Orange County such as Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy in Santa Ana, CA may look for in an aspiring Professional Manicurist include creativity, good hygiene, listening and interpersonal skills, some business skills, dexterity, and an eye & ear for providing excellent customer service to your clientele.

Here in Orange County and in California in general, if you want to become a professional manicurist, you must complete a 400 hour training program at a California State Board Licensed and Approved California Cosmetology School, such as Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy located in Orange County. Our world-class modern beauty school campus and top-notch cosmetology instructors will have you well prepared not only for the written and practical (hands-on) California State Cosmetology Exams for Manicurists, but for a long-lasting career as a licensed manicurist or pedicurist. So whether you dream of working in or owning your own salon, or working in Hollywood or with clients throughout California as you travel and freelance as your own boss, Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy in Santa Ana, California is one of the best cosmetology schools to earn your foundation in Professional Nail Design, and to help prepare you to pass the written and practical exam(s) for becoming a manicurist in OC.

Finding Work after College: What the Future Holds for Manicurists in California

It’s widely known that the Bureau of Labor says that the number of opportunities for Licensed Manicurists and Professional Manicurists in California is set to grow by a whopping 17% by the year 2020, and that the highest employment level for Manicurists in the entire country is in California, bar none, which also has the 3rd highest concentration of manicurist jobs currently reported as available. We believe that the numbers are even more staggering for manicurists in more metropolitan and densely populated areas of the state, such as Orange County, California.

As a Pro Manicurist, when you attend a Licensed and California Board Approved Cosmetology School like Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy, you’ll learn more than just the basics that will simply ‘get you by’ in your career as a manicurist in Orange County, California. You’ll not only learn the most popular and time-tested technique as well as modern pop-culture design and nail art in our courses taught by world-class cosmetologists, but you’ll also learn about different skin (hand/foot) and nail conditions that will help you identify problem areas for your clients, allowing you to assist them and form a bond that will solidify you as not only the best to your clientele, but a manicurist that cares about them and their health above all else.

When you attend Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy to become a manicurist and get your cosmetology license, we want you to not only to be creative and successful as a manicurist, but to also become an expert in nail care as well! Becoming an expert will also help you to build a loyal customer-base who will depend on you for life, as well as enjoy spending time with you at the nail salon. Remember that a big part of any professional manicurist’s salary are comprised of tips – and the more you know, the more you show your clients you care, then the better your opportunities are for earning a greater income as a manicurist in Orange County, California or anywhere you decide to take your craft.

In order to get a good idea of what to expect while in your training as a professional manicurist in Orange County as well as what it’s like in the field, your best bet is to call one of the best cosmetology schools in Orange County such as Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy in Santa Ana, California. We’d love to learn more about you and discuss our flexible tuition, day and evening classes as well as our bi-lingual cosmetology programs.

Call us today at (888) 463-7869 or visit us on the web at and let the Professional Nail Design team at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy walk you through the Manicurist Program at our Santa Ana campus as well as provide you with a free tour of our world-class cosmetology school campus, getting you started on a path towards an exciting new career in Professional Nail Design today – your future is waiting!