Competency Based Qualification

Manicure Treatments

Unit Aim

The aim of this unit is to provide Learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to effectively prepare for and perform manicure treatments.

Unit Content

1 Know how to prepare for and perform manicure treatments

  • Prepare self
  • Prepare the client
  • Prepare salon area, tools and equipment for a manicure treatment
  • Consultation techniques:
  • ~Questioning
  • ~Listening
  • ~Written
  • ~Visual
  • ~Visual aids
  • ~Manual
  • ~Language
  • ~Reference to records/history of skin and nails
  • Individual client needs: 
  • ~Audience
  • ~Equality, diversity and inclusivity: 
  • ~Perceptions 
  • Methods to remove different nail finishes:
  • ~Polish
  • ~French
  • ~Gel
  • ~Removal using a bowl
  • ~Removal using foil
  • Nail and skin analysis
  • Importance of nail and skin analysis
  • Importance of establishing the client’s objectives
  • Manicure treatment plan
  • Treatment adaptations
  • Importance of adhering to manicure treatment plan
  • Contra-indications that restrict treatment
  • Contra-indications that prevent treatment
  • Importance of identifying contra-indications
  • Importance of referring clients for medical advice

2 Be able to prepare for manicure treatments

  • Complete a consultation for a manicure treatment
  • Cleanse client’s hands and remove nail finish
  • Perform a nail and skin analysis
  • Client objectives
  • Actions to effectively manage contra-indications
  • Client understanding and agreement of proposed manicure treatment plan
  • Record client information and consent

3 Know how to perform manicure treatments

  • Natural nail shapes
  • Natural nail shape impact on manicure treatment
  • Manicure techniques
  • Select products, tools and equipment in accordance with the manicure treatment plan
  • Products
  • Add-on treatment products
  • Tools
  • Add on treatment tools:
  • ~Hand mask
  • ~Paraffin wax
  • Equipment
  • Add on treatment equipment
  • Massage techniques
  • Massage mediums
  • Massage benefits:
  • ~Physiological effects
  • ~Potential psychological effects
  • ~Erythema
  • Environmental conditions
  • Methods of applying different nail finishes:
  • ~Polish (dark colour)
  • ~Polish (light colour)
  • ~French
  • ~Buff
  • Importance of cleaning and drying nails
  • Manicure treatment in accordance with manicure treatment plan:
  • ~Clipping and filing
  • ~Cuticle remover application
  • ~Cuticle work
  • ~Massage and hand cream application
  • ~Nail finish
  • ~3-way buff
  • Add-on hand and nail treatments:
  • ~Paraffin wax treatment
  • ~Hand mask
  • ~Warm oil treatment
  • Contra-actions:
  • ~Allergic reaction to products used in the manicure treatment i.e. redness, itching, swelling, inflammation
  • ~Discolouration of the nail polish
  • ~Discolouration of the nail plate
  • ~Lifting of the product
  • Necessary action for effectively managing contra-actions
  • Cold compress
  • Aftercare advice:
  • ~Suitable aftercare products and their use
  • ~Avoidance of activities which may cause contra-actions
  • ~Homecare advice
  • ~Recommended time intervals between manicure treatments 

4 Be able to perform manicure treatments

  • Select products, tools and equipment in accordance with the manicure treatment plan
  • Take action to effectively manage contra-actions
  • Keep correct records
  • Communication and behaviour

5 Know the principles of working safely when preparing for and providing manicure treatments

  • Hygienic and safe working practices
  • Control measures for hazardous substances
  • Environmental and sustainable working practices
  • Importance of keeping work area clean and tidy
  • Importance of adhering to manufacturer, supplier and salon instructions
  • Client positioning
  • Self-positioning
  • Importance of safe positioning techniques

6 Be able to work safely and effectively when preparing for and providing manicure treatments 

  • Cleanliness of work area, tools and equipment
  • Manufacturers’ instructions

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