Money Matters

Crowdsourcing: Do You Charge Extra for Shaping Nails?

This month we asked nail techs: Do you charge extra for shaping nails (other than square) due to the time it takes? If so, how much?

Anything apart from your average full set should be charged for, including any shape different from square-shaped nails. I usually start shapes at $10. You have to value your work! When it takes more time and effort, you need to charge!
@uniqueangel180
Via Instagram

I do not charge for basic shapes (square, almond, squoval, ballerina, round). For specialty shapes (stiletto, edge, pipe, etc.) or extra long length I charge because those shapes and lengths require more skill, time, and product.
Caroline Garcia
Via Facebook

I never charge for shape. Not everyone likes square, which is usually the shape of the tip. I do charge $5-$10 extra for more length, as it requires extra product.
@cyndibauer
Via Instagram

I charge in increments of $5. For instance, a full set is $35 and it includes square with medium length because I’m not having to put much work and time into it. The moment I have to do almond, stiletto, ballerina, or anything altering the square shape I will charge $5 for time to alter and if nails are longer, another $5 because I have to use more product. So a client walks out with $35-$50 for a set, not including designs.
@veehtshim
Via Instagram

No. It’s always a part of the service.
@thenailandchampagnebar
Via Instagram

I don’t charge extra for shaping nails; it’s included in the price of the nails. For example, if a client wants stilettos, I sculpt stiletto nails. Shaping or filing shouldn’t be an a la carte service if they’re already paying for a full set or fill.
Tracie McNeal
WildSide Nailz
Via Facebook

Yes, I charge an extra $5 for any shape that’s not square. When I learn the edge shape, it will be an extra $10.
@angieslayed
Via Instagram

Yes, we charge an extra $10 for shaping and longer lengths.
@melshraz23
Via Instagram

No, I don’t charge extra. I book and charge the service. I don’t do a la carte services, except for art.
@nails_by_vickieg
Via Instagram

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