It’s not a scientifically proven fact, but there’s an undeniable connection between mani-pedis and relaxation. And in a city of 2.7 million, there’s plenty of need for the calming skills that nail techs are licensed to offer (Wikipedia, 2017). If you’re ready to get started but unsure how to become a nail technician, we’re here to help you managed the steps to enrolling in the Chicago-area nail tech school or courses that are right for you.
Finding the right Nail Tech School
You no doubt have a lot of questions about how to get from “I love creating new nail styles” to building a successful client list as a licensed cosmetologist. So it’s not surprising for your first question to be “Is there a Chicago nail school near me?” The good news is we’ve taken the first step for you and compiled an up-to-date list of nail tech schools and programs. Take a look at the list below, and request more information from the descriptions that interest you. We recommend narrowing your choices and setting up a campus tour of your top two or three nail technician schools before you make a final decision.
Becoming a Nail Tech in Chicago
Why visit a nail tech school? Like the salons or boutiques you may ultimately work in, there’s a lot of differences among learning institutions. Cost, instructor experience and education, class size, course offerings … an in-person visit offers you a three-dimensional look at the school and a better understanding of what to expect if you enroll there. Your choice of cosmetology or nail tech school will be the foundation for your entire career, so it will pay off later if you take your time, ask questions, and make a well-informed choice today.
Career-wise, nail techs are in demand. Manicures and pedicures, which were once a luxury, have gone mainstream. That’s great news for licensed cosmetologists, who can anticipate growth in demand for nail techs -- as much as 10 percent through 2024. For your work, you’ll earn approximately $24,220 per year as a Chicago nail technician (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017).
For a quick look at the opportunities you’ll enjoy once you complete nail school, explore these Chicago-area salons and boutiques:
From the lions guarding the Chicago Arts Institute to the Amur Tigers at Lincoln Park Zoo to … you guessed it … da Bears, Chicago is full of sights and sounds to fuel your artist’s imagination. Create a scrapbook of ideas and images you collect during your free time; it’s a great tool for capturing moments that can translate into creative nail designs. The clients, jobs, and muses are all in place -- all that’s missing is you! So find your school, earn your license, and be on your way to earning great word of mouth and a growing client roster as a successful Chicago nail tech.