21 Nail Tech School Essentials You Must Have

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It’s back-to-school season, and you know what the best part is? Aside from doing acrylic nails to French nails, it’s the nail tech must-haves! You can check our best-selling products, nail art kits and professional collections to see what you’re missing out on!

Now that summer is over; the back-to-school high must have got you busy prepping through online nail tech courses or binge-watching nail tech YouTubers. It’s time to get a pen and paper for your nail tech school checklist; here’s a roundup of your must-haves to help you learn and earn your nail tech license!

1. NAIL TRAINING HAND

In nail tech school, you will need a practice hand, a.k.a. Nail Training Hand, since this tool will help you practice your brown nail art ideas to blossom gel nails in and out of the classroom. It’s an investment you must make to help you improve as a nail artist. 

Remember, every celebrity nail tech you know right now started from the bottom. You can read our guide about using the Nail Training Hand to get the most out of every nail art application. Don’t forget to buy refill tips for your practice hand!

2. E-FILES AND DRILL BITS 

E-files and Drill Bits are a must-have for every nail artist since they will help you efficiently nail prep. If you find it confusing how to use an E-file, you can read our blog about E-files. There are different types of Drill Bits, and looking for the right fit for your E-file and application can be tricky; read our guide about Drill Bits here!

3. SANDING BANDS


Sanding Bands
 are a great addition to your e-file and drill-bits collection! The sanding bands can be used to file the top surface of hardened goods like acrylic or UV gel and are also helpful in reducing nail extensions. They come in several grits, the most popular being 180 and 240. 

4. CUTICLE OIL / NOURISH OIL

Nail care is just as crucial as yellow nail art designs; you need to have a Nourish Oil as part of your nail tech kit since it will help your nails be stronger and withstand the constant application and removal of nail art from applying DIY press-on to removing nail tips.

5. NAIL ART ACCESSORIES

The more, the merrier when it comes to having Nail Art Accessories! You can make your nail designs shine with a gem or two! How about some rhinestone to make your nails glorious through and through? You can read our roundup about our Nail Art Accessories here!

6. NAIL ART BRUSHES

What are paint brushes to painters and beauty tools to make up artists and nail techs? You cannot design beautiful nail masterpieces without Nail Art Brushes. There are plenty of brushes out there, and we made it easy for you to choose the best ones to help you stand out! Here are our 8 Best IGel Beauty Nail Art Brushes To Splurge On.

7. NAIL SANITATION TOOLS

Nail salon sanitation is essential nowadays, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, since it’s also a part of every nail tech routine, mobile or in a nail salon. Here’s a list of nail sanitation tools you should always have no matter where you are, whether you’re practicing nail designs at home or school! 

You can read our UV Sterilization boxDust Brush, and Dust Collector guides! You can also find other product tutorials in our LEARN tab on our site to help you learn beyond the classroom!

UV Sterilization box Dust brushPhantom Pro Dust collectorHand sanitizerTowelsGlovesFace masks

8. PRO GEL TIPS AND NAIL TIPS

You’ll finally learn how to design aesthetically pleasing short or long nails using Pro Gel Tips or Nail Tips in nail tech school, but you’re unsure what to invest in! We have a guide to help you know the difference between Pro Gel Tips and Nail Tips.

9. NAIL FORMS

Nail forms should be on your nail tech school essentials since you’ll need them when sculpting gel to do acrylic nails. It’s easy to use, and you’ll love the variety of designs we have in store for you! You can read our beginner’s guide on using nail forms.

10. IGEL MATCH MARBLE INK

Adding the iGel Match Marble Ink collection as part of your nail tech school essentials will help you nail the matchy-matchy look! It has a gorgeous variety of colors you cannot help but fall in love with!

11. ACRYLIC AND DIP POWDERS

Once you learn how to apply dip powder nails or acrylic nails, you must have different powders to make your nail art designs stand out! Remember, you’re not only harnessing your nail skills, but you can also add them to your portfolio! 

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