Business Management

Have Tools, Will Travel

For nail techs who are constantly on the go, their box of tools may be the only constant in their lives. Traveling techs share their toolkit must-haves that help them thrive while on the road.

Heather Matteson and Amy Sassman

Home base: Atlanta

Some travel required: Bliss Mobile Spa nail techs (the sisters work many mobile events together)

Won’t leave home without:

✓Pumice stone

✓Towels scented with J.R. Watkins lavender essential oil

✓Yankee Candle tealights (for that spa experience)

✓ Spiral notebook (to write down polish color requests and directions to where we’re headed)

✓Arbonnes Lavender Dead Sea Salts (for spa-style pedicures)

✓Rose Petals

✓Dasani water

✓Nature Valley granola bars (for in-between-client snacks)


Beth Fricke

Home base: West Hollywood, Calif.

Some travel required: Artists by Timothy Priano celebrity tech

Won’t leave home without:

✓“Rag mags,” like Us Weekly (Unless, of course, I’m working on Lindsay Lohan or Katie Holmes; in that case, those magazines definitely stay in the car.)

✓First aid supplies

✓Give-aways (files, oil, lotion samples)


✓Bit of a rubber glove (to open tricky polishes)

✓Disposable flip-flops


Oasis Mobile Spa (standard toolkit for all techs)

Home base: Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Some travel required: mobile spa that services clients in Barrie and its surrounding areas

Won’t leave home without:

✓Crock pot (to heat the towels) ✓Tablecloth
✓iPod and small speakers ✓Stool for pedicures
✓Tealights with holders ✓Decorative baskets to display products
✓Folding table ✓Q-tips
✓Folding chairs (2)  


Arlene Estrada-Hernandez

Home base: Los Angeles

Some travel required: MobileSPA Los Angeles nail tech

Won’t leave home without:

✓Bamboo mat ✓Boombox and spa music CDs
✓Candy jars ✓Wrist pillow (for the client’s comfort)
✓Sterling silver manicure and pedicure bowls (easy to clean) ✓Pedicure slippers
✓Paraffin bags and mittens ✓Toe separators
✓Candles and a lighter (to create a spa ambiance)  

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