While our January issue celebrates you, our readers, in your own voices, did you know that several of our online weekly blogs feature reader voices throughout the entire year? New salon owners, competitors, students, coaches, and a few opinionated veteran techs; we let these reader voices shine through every week online. And they have a lot to say. If you aren’t already following these blogs, bookmark them right away.
NAILS 101: A STUDENT BLOG (http://blogs.nailsmag.com/student)
Excerpt from “Week 2: Preparing to Work on Real Clients” posted on November 1, 2010
“Come Friday morning we had all passed the written portions of the exam the day before and were chomping at the bit to take the 100-question test and do the practical portion. As soon as the four of us were settled in for the day we were handed the test and we had two hours to take it. We all finished it in less then an hour and we all passed with scores of 86% or better. I was very content with the 89% I received. The practical portion was a snap. Our models were other students who were not to talk to us during the exam. They could only tell us if the water was too hot for their feet or hands to soak in, or if the pressure of the massage portion (which I nailed by the way) was too hard for them. Miss Becky and our stand-in instructor graded everything. Walking up and down the aisle and hovering over us as we clipped nails, pushed back cuticles, and painted nails very carefully in red. It was their goal to also give us our first taste at what the state board would be like. Our 400-hour program will be over before we know it and we will be taking a 100-question multiple choice test with the same practical we did that day in an attempt to prove that we should be licensed professionals.” Since many nail tech courses only last several months, we’re always looking for new nail students who want to contribute to our Nails 101 blog. This will be an evolving group of bloggers in the coming months.
Karyn Lenhart is a Roseville, Calif.-based licensed esthetician and certified massage therapist who went back to cosmetology school to get her nail tech license so she can service nail clients at the salon where she works.
Contact Hannah.Lee@bobit.com if you are interested in becoming our next student blogger.
MAGGIE RANTS [AND RAVES] (http://blogs.nailsmag.com/maggie)
Excerpt from "Try This at Home" posted on October 29, 2010
“Now we have gel polish. And there’s talk about clients being able to buy these products online and do their nails at home. There are so many pros out there who seem to be insecure about their business — worried their clients will abandon them without warning if they get their hands on these products. There’s an entire faction of our industry out there striving to keep products out of the hands of consumers, convinced that — somehow — this is the defining point that keeps our industry in motion.
Well, I wouldn’t be here today if my first professional nail tech had treated me this way. Not only did my first-ever nail tech patiently walk me through every step of the application process of my first set of acrylic nails with the full understanding that I intended to do my own nails at home, but if she had told me that she didn’t approve of people doing their own nails and had refused to support my intentions, I’d have interpreted it as snobbery. I would have walked away thinking that the nail industry in general was comprised of snooty bitches who wanted to act superior to me and the rest of their clients. Believe me, I put a lot of thought into this. I’m pretty sure that’s how I’d have felt. And who knows if I’d have ever bothered to discover that I love the nail business?”
Make sure you’re following Maggie’s bi-weekly posts, where she rants (and sometimes raves) on everything from clients to education to manufacturers--and even sometimes her blog host, NAILS Magazine.
Maggie Franklin is one of our industry’s most outspoken nail techs. She has an opinion on practically everything and she isn’t afraid to share it.