Two years ago, I wrote a small article here on tumblr that I have gotten so many emails about. I’ve tried to reply to all of them but I may have missed some. Most people ask me if I still feel this way. I tell them I do still empathize with that version of myself, but that I now disagree. On one level, I think that if your state allows mobile services, please get a license. I said this in the original article, that you should make sure your state allows it before you get your license. Being able to paint at art festivals and at pop ups in stores helps keep you competitive and visible, so mobile services are important. However, I feel that if your state does allow it, definitely get your license. Not every beauty school is a waste of money.
Three years into my official career, I am so happy I did get my license. I’ve become known as a manicurist and nail artist that knows her stuff about how to keep a client safe, do the cleanest and freshest looking manicures around, and I can do nail art. This trifecta has served me well. Being able to prepare my canvas legally has helped me in my nail art.
Three months and $3,000 worth of struggle have paid off for me. The original article was intended to ask you to look into your state’s regulations before you waste your money. You also need to decide where you want your nail art career to take you. Without a license, professional nail companies won’t touch you with a ten foot pole. Without a license, you risk the ire of beauty professionals in your area, and their clients will hear about it, thereby shrinking your potential client pool and degrading your credibility.
I’m no fool, though… i was a nail blogger, once. There are dozens of “amateur” nail artists out there who can paint me and a lot of other “pros” under the table and have the Internet following to show it. I am inspired by these people daily, but if you want to make money doing other people’s nails, outside the internet, I truly feel you should get a license.
Oh, and though I still don’t do acrylics in my salon, in the last 3 years I’ve done enough research to realize that there are amazing techs out there using good products that will not ruin your nails. I just have a passion for natural nails. Though I may do an acrylic set here and there in the future, natural nail care will always have my heart.
I hope this update helps some people! Best of luck!