Cosmetology is quite a new subject that you can now choose to take at college or university. Involving the study of nails and nail technician procedures, it is ideal for those who would love to become a qualified nail technician in their career.

It didn’t used to be compulsory to have a qualification to work with artificial nails. However as the popularity of them grew and new procedures were introduced, it was decided that only qualified professionals should apply the nails. So what does cosmetology involve?

Cosmetology Education and Training

When you choose to study cosmetology you will usually learn more about procedures, the history of artificial nails and nail shaping techniques to name just a few. You will learn everything you need to know in a classroom environment and this will go on for a set amount of hours.

Once you have done a little theory, you will then be given practical training followed finally by a practical exam. If you pass this exam you will be given your state license and you will be able to apply for a qualified nail technician’s job.

It is required by every state in America that you have a state license. The requirements will differ depending entirely upon which state you reside in but technically your college should cover them.

Further Education and Training

Training for a job as a nail technician does not end once you have your state license. You will find that many beauty salons have their own range of products which require specialist knowledge to use them correctly. So your college training may have taught you the basics when it comes to artificial nails and their techniques, but there could still be many things that you need to learn.

It is usually the company that you work for who will pay for any additional training. However that will depend upon what the training is for. If it is to use their products then it is likely that they will train you up themselves. Or if they don’t have the time then they will pay for your training. However, if the further skills gained for training is not something that they necessarily need right now then they may tell you that it is your responsibility to pay for the training.

It would certainly be advisable to look into additional training no matter who is going to end up paying for it. This is because the more skills that you have the more in demand you will be and the higher the salary you could potentially get.

Overall there will always be new opportunities opening up in the artificial nail world. This is because the industry is fairly new and so more products and techniques are likely to be developed. So if you are interested in becoming a professional nail technician then don’t forget to enrol yourself in your local cosmetology class!


Artificial nails are popular today purely for cosmetic reasons. They are used to give a visually pleasing look and to make women feel more feminine and desirable. However, what you may not realise when you put your artificial nails on is that you have the dental industry to thank for them!

While the dentist may not have created the concept of the artificial nail, they did create the materials used for them today.

Women have been wearing nail extensions since the Egyptian times and back then they had a completely different meaning to what they do now. Wearing nail extensions from bone, ivory and gold, Egyptian women used them as a sign of wealth and status. This concept was followed over centuries and women in the Far East even grew their nails as long as possible to symbolise status.

When artificial nails were officially created, they were created to protect the nail and to give a more visually appealing look to the hands. Experts within the dental industry created artificial nails when they mixed materials together to create something that could be placed over the teeth to rebuild them and make them stronger.

It was by mixing Polymers and Monomers that a material was created that would successfully make the teeth stronger. It was soon realised that not only could this material be used to make the teeth stronger, but it could also be used to make nails stronger too.

To create the first official artificial nails, the Polymer and Monomer mixture was applied over the natural nail, extended past the nail onto a support and then left to set before being sculptured into shape. The material dried extremely hard and dental drills were often needed to help to sculpt the artificial nail in to shape.

As time evolved artificial nails were created using different materials to make them easier to sculpt and cheaper to purchase. The most common form of artificial nails available today come in the form of plastic. That makes them inexpensive to purchase and they are better sculptured into different shapes and sizes. They can also be painted easier and they can be more comfortable to wear. The only downside is that they are not as hard wearing as the acrylic artificial nails.

Overall the dental industry is to thank for the artificial nails that we know today. They may have changed slightly has time has gone by, but they are here because a few dental experts decided to experiment with different materials to create a mixture to harden the teeth. So artificial nails definitely have an interesting history!