8 Best Self- Help Books to Be a Better Nail Tech


"Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge"- Stephen Hawking.

Imagine this: after a long day at work, you place down your professional nail tools, clean your workspace, and organize the dipping powders on the shelf. Even though you're tired, there's a sense of satisfaction in being productive.

There are days when it's hard to stay motivated at work, and some days you're inspired to practice and learn more about nail designs. We all know that being a nail tech doesn't stop especially when you have your first client or finish taking your nail tech classes. You have to stay on top of your game!

So here's our list of best self-help books that we highly recommend iGel Beauties should read!

Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

"Your potential is limitless. You are unique, valuable, capable, and worthy of the dreams in your heart. Most of all, you have what it takes to transform and transcend whatever challenges you face."

It's okay to feel lost or unsure in life. Let Marie Forleo invite you over for a cup of coffee and dig deeper in life with her self-help book- Everything is Figureoutable.

Marie is the definition of a multi-passionate entrepreneur since aside from being a thought leader in business, she's also a life coach who is recognized by Oprah. Her book will not only move you to be better but also make you laugh out loud! It is a heartwarming book that is filled with wisdom and encouragement. 

Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso


"Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you've always dreamed of, or still haven't had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way."

If you want a book to learn about how to be an entrepreneur that isn't boring, then Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso is the one for you. Fashion and beauty comes together, and if you're a fan of the vintage clothing brand Nasty Gal, then you know who Sophia Amoruso is since she's now the CEO of Girlboss media

This memoir and entrepreneurship book will enlighten you on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and making mistakes along the way. 

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

"Charisma has nothing to do with energy; it comes from a clarity of WHY. It comes from absolute conviction in an ideal bigger than oneself. Energy, in contrast, comes from a good night's sleep or lots of caffeine. Energy can excite. But only charisma can inspire. Charisma commands loyalty. Energy does not."

You need to have a strong reason for being a nail tech or nail salon owner. The beauty industry can be challenging, and whenever you feel life will knock you down, you can go back to your core reason. 

You're not just an artist, but you're also someone who has to lead teams and build relationships with your clients. This self-help and business book  by Simon Sinek will help you be an effective entrepreneur in the long run.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break by James Clear


"Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress."

Do you stick to a routine whenever you nail prep or cater to a nail client? The book Atomic Habits by James Clear will educate you on how your habits or routine can shape and impact your life personally and professionally.

Big Magic: How to Live a Creative Life, and Let Go of Your Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

"Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart."

Another book that should be on your bookshelf is Big Magic, written by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. Since being a nail tech can be a highly artistic yet competitive field, tapping into your creative instincts and vision is essential. 

Being fearless in your nail designs and true to who you are as an entrepreneur will help you build an authentic personal brand and career in the nail industry.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

"Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare."

Passion can take you far, but grit will help you endure the challenges you'll encounter as a nail tech or nail salon entrepreneur if you're new to the world of the nail industry.

It can be hard to keep up with the current nail trends, nailing methods, and building your personal brand. However, Angela Duckworth will enlighten and motivate you on the power of perseverance and pushing your limits with her New York Bestselling book, Grit.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain


"The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it's a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers -- of persistence, concentration, and insight -- to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems. make art, think deeply."

Quiet is an award-winning self-help book that is an empowering read for nail techs or nail salon owners who are introverts. It also helps extroverts know their strengths and weaknesses as well. Susan Cain will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and celebrate who you are as a person no matter what career you are in.

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Amelia Nagoski and Emily Nagoski


"Turn toward that self-critical part of you with kindness and compassion. Thank her for the hard work she has done to help you survive."

You have to acknowledge your efforts, know when to place limits, and invest in rest. Every artist or creative knows how burnout can be a dark place, and you don't want to let it stop you. The book Burnout  by Amelia Nagoski and Emily Nagoski will help you manage your stress, be productive without being burnout  to the core.


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