Profession pedicurist

Pedicurists offer cosmetic treatment and care for their clients' feet and toenails. They cut and shape toenails, give footbaths and exfoliation treatments and apply nail polish.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Cosmetics

    The various types of substances used to enhance the appearance of the human body.

  • Cosmetics industry

    Suppliers, products and brands in the cosmetic industry.

  • Cosmetic pedicure

    Treatment of the feet and toenails for cosmetic and embellishment purposes. It includes the cleaning of dead skin and the appliance of nail polish and other cosmetic techniques.

  • Foot problems

    Conditions and disorders affecting the health and well being of feet such as fungal infections, ingrown nails, verrucas, smelly feet, flat feet and bunions.

  • Cosmetic skin treatment

    The aesthetic care of the skin, such as facials, including exfoliation, facial masks, peels, steam, and extraction.

  • Skin types

    The different skin types, such as dry, normal, oily, and sensitive.

Skills

  • Maintain equipment

    Regularly inspect and perform all required activities to maintain the equipment in functional order prior or after its use.

  • Sterilise working environment

    Make sure all working equipment, jewellery and skin is made sterile, before performing skin treatment or body modifications such as tattooing or piercing, to prevent infections or the transfer of diseases.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Treat nails

    Wrap nails to repair them or make them stronger and more resilient. Soften, trim or push back nail cuticles and provide treatment to people who bite their nails.

  • Maintain customer service

    Keep the highest possible customer service and make sure that the customer service is at all times performed in a professional way. Help customers or participants feel at ease and support special requirements.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Decorate nails

    Use artificial nails, piercings, ornaments, or customised designs to decorate customers' nails.

  • Provide footwear advice to patients

    Inform patients on the types of footwear available and suitable for their feet conditions or disorders to increase foot well being.

  • Conform to cosmetics regulatory requirements

    Ensure conformance to regulatory requirements applied in personal care products such as cosmetics, fragrances and toiletry.

  • Apply nail polish

    Remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover or swabs, clean customers' nails and apply undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brushes.

  • Shape nails

    Shape nails by cutting and smoothening the ends of the nails, with the use of files, scissors or emery boards.

  • Advise customers on usage of cosmetics

    Provide advice to customers on how to apply various cosmetic products such as lotions, powders, nail polish or creams.

Optional knowledge and skills

keep personal administration issue sales invoices recommend cosmetics to customers perform body piercings comply with legislation related to health care manufacture cosmetics administer appointments monitor stock level give massages test make-up order supplies offer cosmetic beauty advice sell tickets maintain professional administration manage a small-to-medium business maintain relationship with suppliers show social competences process payments promote foot health use hair removal techniques