What happens when two recent nail graduates interview a handful of veteran salon owners to find out the secrets to a long-lasting salon? They were privy to a host of knowledge from a combined 132 years of salon experience. Here they share it with you.
Newbie nail tech Starr Rooks
My update: I graduated from The Academy of Nails and Esthetics in Charlotte, N.C., in August 2012. Since graduation I have been preparing for my state board exam, which I will take by the end of 2012. I have also been using the small break to work on new and updated versions of the practice sheets that I offered on my student blog for future and current nail students as well as new techs. I’m also planning on moving to Greensboro, N.C., to work with my mentor Chanda Jenkins. Chanda was a tremendous help to me while I was in school, and I am so excited about the opportunity to work with her. I know I am going to learn so much. There are so many opportunities in this industry. I can’t wait to experience all it has to offer.
Newbie nail tech Karyn Lenhart
My update: I graduated from Citrus Heights Beauty College in Citrus Heights, Calif., in January 2010, and took (and passed!) my state board exam the following month. During that time I was a student blogger for NAILS Magazine, which was followed by a year of blogging for NAILS’ Blueprint of a First Year. My prior training started in 2004. I became an esthetician and massage therapist and have actively been working in the industry since then. I currently work out of a studio office in Roseville, Calif. My business is Body, Skin and Nails by Karyn. My space is set up in such a way that allows me to use all of my training — massage therapy, esthetics, and nails. Adding nails to my menu of services was a huge business booster for me. I focus on natural nail manicures and pedicures and soak-off gel services.
Read on as Starr and Karyn interview six long-time salon owners.