business


Nail Garden Franchise Opens Seventh Location
  • November 14, 2014
  • Sigourney Nuñez

More than 250 guests celebrated the grand opening of the Northridge, Calif. location of the popular nail salon chain. 

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Keywords: business   franchise   Nail Garden   salon decor/design  
Business Summit Aids Freelance Nail Techs
  • November 5, 2014
  • Judy Lessin

The PYP Freelance Business Development Summit offers business education to freelance beauty professionals working behind the scenes.

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Keywords: business   doing nails for photo shoots   education  
Tony Cuccio Inspires Costa Rican Audience
  • January 15, 2014
  • NAILS Magazine

Cuccio Naturalé and Star Nail International CEO Tony Cuccio took a trip to San Jose, Costa Rica, in December to motivate and inspire more than 600 people. A combination of nail technicians and those interested in beauty industry

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Keywords: business  
SalonPOS Software Is Now Free
  • December 20, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

New York-based salon software firm Digital Right Brain (DRB) has released SalonPOS for free starting today. Users can download SalonPOS from the iPad Apple App Store and begin managing their salon operations with this simple and intuitive

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Keywords: business  
A Green Christmas
  • November 18, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Nail tech Sarah Petersen of Salon Legacy in Rolla, Mo., came up with a cute idea for clients’ Christmas gifts this year that are creative and cost-effective. She decided to use the pages of her older

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Keywords: business  
Associated Hair Professionals Has Plenty to Offer Nail Techs
  • October 14, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Associated Hair Professionals (AHP), the association for hairstylists and barbers, has launched membership and resources designed specifically for nail professionals.  AHP membership offers nail professionals business-building and money-saving benefits including marketing resources, a free website that

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Keywords: business  
OPI Launches New Pro Website
  • July 23, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

OPI has re-launched its professional website, pro.opi.com. The site features in-depth product information, videos of the hottest new products, and direct links to local distributors. OPI Pro provides up-to-date information on the company’s current product lines, including new

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Keywords: business  
L.A. Hair: Episode 7: Naja Tries the "Squeaky Wheel" Approach
  • July 19, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

I need space. I need space. I NEED SPACE. You know when you feel all cramped and cluttered up? UGH! We artists, especially detail-oriented manicurists, need things, especially our work area, a CERTAIN way. Right?! Don’t

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Keywords: business   L.A. Hair  
Meet Naja: The Nail Tech Star of Reality Show L.A. Hair
  • June 5, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Most people in L.A. don't get visitors to their home -- due to a lack of parking spaces. But now that I have a penthouse apartment in Beverly Hills with ample parking for guests, I'm actually

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Keywords: business   celebrities   L.A. Hair  
Women 3X More Likely to Get a Salon Gel Manicure Than to Buy An At-Home Kit, The NPD Group Says
  • May 15, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Women are about three times more likely to purchase a professional gel manicure at a salon than they are to buy a gel kit for use at home, according to a recent study from global information

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Keywords: business   clients   products  
Tat'z Nail'z Nail Art Printer Launch Event
  • May 1, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Is a machine the future of nail art?Last night, I attended a West Coast launch event for Tat’z Nail’z, a nail art printer that literally prints a completed design onto your nail (that’s my  machine-printed design

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Keywords: business   nail art   On the Road   products   techniques  
Help Fund An Indie Nail Wraps Brand (and Apply for Your Own Line)
  • April 16, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Kickstarter.com has been a boon to the nail industry. We told you about a nail art documentary that was funded on the site and about a woman who funded her cross-county manicuring expedition on the crowd-sourcing

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Keywords: business   nail art   products  
Illinois, Iowa, and Washington D.C. — Is It Too Much to Ask for a Response?
  • March 14, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

For all of you NAILS Magazine subscribers, the April 2013 issue is likely arriving at your mailbox this week. I got my copy a few days ago. Usually, even though I’ve seen all of the pages

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Keywords: business   legislation   salon safety  
Gels, Express Nail Bars, Other Innovations Cause Fast Growth in the Professional Nail Market; Latin America Leads the Way, Kline Report Says
  • March 12, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

The explosive growth in sales of professional nail care products outshone resilient but modest growth rates in other cosmetics categories, posting over 25% increase globally in 2012, according to Kline's exclusive Professional Nail Care: Global Market

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Keywords: business  
Moms, Plus 18-24 Year-Olds, Grow the Nail Market, Mintel Finds
  • March 1, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Women in households with children are more likely to use more nail care products than those without children in their homes, reports market intelligence firm Mintel. According to a Mintel report, this is particularly notable with

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Keywords: business   salon services  
Square Credit Card Reader Now Offers “Business in a Box”
  • February 20, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

Many of you are already using the Square credit card reader or are considering getting this nifty device that lets you swipe credit cards with your smart phone with no monthly fees. (If you haven’t heard

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Keywords: business   products  
Alessandro Now Available in the U.S.
  • February 11, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

If you happened to attend any of the European beauty shows for the past few years, you may have been impressed with a nail polish, hand, and foot care company by the name of Alessandro International.

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Keywords: business   products  
African American Manicurists Association
  • February 8, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

As a long-time member and former committee chairwoman of an ethnic-based networking group (The Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP)), I understand how valuable these groups can be. While NetIP is open to everyone regardless of ethnic

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Keywords: business   On the Road   tradeshows  
California's Welcome to Our World Congressional Educational Event Coming Up
  • February 7, 2013
  • NAILS Magazine

I attended the federal-level Welcome to Our World event in 2011, and I was happy to learn that my state of California has a similar event on the state level to talk to our representatives about

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Keywords: Beauty for Good   business   California   legislation  
Ask an Editor: Do You Have Industry Stats?
  • December 19, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m putting together a business plan for a bank loan. Do you have any industry statistics?Nail salons are a $7.47 billion industry, according to NAILS most recent proprietary research. You can access our most current statistics

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Keywords: Ask an Editor   business  
CVS Launches New NailHQ in More than 2,000 Stores
  • November 8, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We told you about when Walgreens upped its ante on nails, and today we found out that pharmacy chain CVS is also striving to be a nail destination.CVS/pharmacy today announced the launch of the new Nail

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Keywords: business  
Equinox Spa Tones Up Its Nail Opportunities
  • October 30, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

As more and more established chains in related industries (fitness, beauty retail) want in on the growing popularity of nail care, I’m noticing a positive trend for nail techs: jobs, nay, make that career paths even,

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Keywords: business   On the Road  
Would You Like to Buy an Insurance Rider with that Polish?
  • September 21, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I’ve been noticing an interesting trend in my inbox these past few weeks. It seems that the pent-up longing from our recessionista lifestyles may finally be reaching the breaking point — for fall, it is all

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Keywords: business   nail art   products  
Nail Segment Experiences Largest Growth of Prestige Makeup Products, says The NPD Group
  • September 12, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Prestige makeup sales within U.S. department stores grew 8% to $1.8 billion for the first half of 2012, according to The NPD Group.While nail products continue to be the smallest segment, it experienced the largest growth

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Keywords: business   products  
Hand & Nail Harmony Is Looking for US Educators
  • September 12, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Need a little Harmony in your life? Hand & Nail Harmony is looking for U.S.-based educators. What: Join the US Harmony family. Where: Brea, California When: Nov 2-5, 2012 Send resumes to [email protected]

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Keywords: business   California   Hannah Lee   products  
Male market segment to grow, predicts IBISWorld
  • August 29, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

A market segment within the U.S. day spa and nail salon industry likely to experience growth in the next five years is the male consumer, according to a recent report by market research firm IBISWorld. The

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Keywords: business   clients   salon services  
Minxy Mondays
  • August 3, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Minx Nails now offers a weekly live web broadcast available for nail technicians worldwide to support you as you learn and perfect your Minx applications.  The Minxy Mondays broadcast takes place at www.justin.tv/Minxinc most Monday mornings

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Keywords: business   techniques  
Nail Salon Visits and DIY Nail Products Complement Each Other, Packaged Facts Report Finds
  • August 3, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

As I’m sure we’ve all noticed, there’s been a huge uptick in DIY nail product sales from crackle nail polish to nail decals to at-home gel-polish kits; indeed, for the 52 weeks ending on April 15,

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Keywords: business  
Are Beauty Vending Machines the Future?
  • July 22, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Vending machines have gone beyond trail mix and candy for a while -- you may have noticed Apple iPod vending machines at your local airport, something I always thought was a bit odd but figured that

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Keywords: business   On the Road   tradeshows  
Special Effects Like Magnetic Polish Up Consumer Nail Product Sales by 30%
  • July 16, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

The consumer nail polishes category had a tremendous year in 2011, up almost 30% from 2010, partly caused by the emergence of new trends, including bold colors and special effects that attracted women of all demographics,

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Keywords: business   products  
Nails Across America: A Mobile Nail Salon
  • July 6, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Breanne Trammell, an artist from Wassaic, N.Y., has set her sights on the nails industry. She took a 16 week nail specialty course and graduated from TW Nail Technology with a Nail Specialty Certificate on June

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Keywords: business   nail art   salon services  
Essie Flagship Salon Opens in New York City
  • June 28, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

If the gorgeous colors of the couches in the above photo look strangely familiar to you, that’s because they were designed to match signature Essie polish shades.No detail was overlooked at Essie’s first ever flagship salon,

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Keywords: business   products  
Premiere 2012: Smart Business Cards from I Am Tags
  • June 4, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

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Keywords: business   products   tradeshows  
Nail Tech Lisa Logan Honored at Essence “Best in Black Beauty Awards”
  • May 15, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Celebrity manicurist Lisa Logan was honored at Essence Magazine’s first annual “Best in Black Beauty Awards” on May 8, 2012. The lifestyle publication for African-American women created the awards to honor beauty innovators who are influencing

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Keywords: business   tradeshows  
Nail Salons to Increasingly Expand to Full-Service Salons, Predicts IBISWorld
  • May 2, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Between 2012 and 2017, nail salons will increasingly expand into full-service salons, which will allow industry operators to diversify their customer base and mitigate revenue fluctuations, according to a recent report by market research firm IBIS

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Keywords: business   salon services  
Entity Beauty Does Netherlands Trade Show and Training
  • April 25, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Lorena Marquez, director of education for Entity Beauty, Inc., traveled to the Netherlands Utrecth show in late March to launch Entity Beauty’s new True Artistry Colored Sculpting Powders and to lead an educator training seminar with

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Keywords: business   tradeshows  
Volunteers Needed for D.C.'s Welcome to Our World
  • April 24, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

If you care about the beauty industry and can be in Washington D.C. on May 9, then I highly encourage you to volunteer your skills at the annual Welcome to Our World event on Capitol Hill.Welcome

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Keywords: business   legislation   salon services  
Graduation, Now What?
  • April 19, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

NAILS’ Blueprint of a First Year blogger Alica Best will be teaching a class at the Premiere Orlando trade show for new nail techs who could use some help transitioning from nail school to the real

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Keywords: business   tradeshows  
U.S. Department of Labor Cracks Down on Misclassified Employees
  • March 16, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Be warned: If you’re classifying your employees as independent contractors, you may have to answer to the U.S. government. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is focusing its attention on the misclassification of employees

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Keywords: business  
In-Progress Nail Art Documentary Needs Funding
  • March 14, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

While backstage at the CND Shellac Couture event at America’s Beauty Show, I was thrilled to meet Ashley Crowe, better known as Astrowifey (who runs a nail art blog by the same name), a phenomenal nail

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Keywords: business   clients   nail art   On the Road   salon services  
Walgreens’ Nail Salon Photos
  • March 9, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I understand the hesitancy among nail techs (and myself, to be honest, at least until I saw the salon in person) about the in-store experience at the nail salon that just opened inside a Chicago Walgreens.

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Keywords: business   health   On the Road   products   salon safety  
ABS 2012: Win a Salon Website from The Nail Superstore
  • March 3, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Drop your business card into the jar at The Nail Superstore’s booth for the chance to win a free salon website. The Nail Superstore just launched a salon website template business as a new offering, and

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Keywords: business   On the Road   products   tradeshows  
ABS 2012: Download the App
  • March 1, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

America's Beauty Show has impressed me in recent years with its tech-savvy. Last year, there was a QR code in the printed program that, when scanned, took attendees to the “ABS Mobile Program (the program and

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Keywords: business   On the Road   tradeshows  
Create a Salon “Green Team” with Coordinator to Spearhead Efforts, says NAEFSS Report
  • February 24, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

At least one salon employee must be given the responsibility to carry out environmentally friendly practices at the salon or the initiative will fizzle out, according to a newly released white paper by the National Association

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Keywords: Beauty for Good   business   health  
A Handbook for Techs of All Levels
  • February 10, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We’ve heard from a nail tech named Lance Lehne who has encapsulated 25 years of experience in the business into a 10 suggestion handbook called “The Nail Tech’s Survival Guide: The 10 Step Handbook to Becoming

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Keywords: business  
Yay! Indiana Bill to Eliminate Licensing Withdrawn
  • February 6, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Yay! Indiana Bill to Eliminate Licensing Withdrawn Thanks so much for to all NAILS’ Magazine From the Editor readers who told Indiana that we need licensing and to everyone else who helped spread the word and who

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Keywords: business   health   legislation   salon safety  
ISSE 2012: OPI’s Suzi Answers Questions on Men Wearing Polish, Her Business Goals, and Past Polish Trends
  • February 1, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I’ve interviewed Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, executive VP and artistic director of OPI Products Inc., several different times during the course of my career at NAILS. This time, I had the inspiring help of our NAILS Facebook fans,

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Keywords: business   nail art   On the Road   products   salon decor/design  
ISSE 2012: SalonSwipe Enters Smart Phone Credit Card Reader Market
  • January 29, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

We’ve heard so much buzz about salon owners and nail techs who use Square for credit card payments, and it was only a matter of time before other companies filled this new niche.Enter SalonSwipe. It’s very

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Keywords: business   products   tradeshows  
Market Research Company IDs Key Success Factors for Salons
  • January 23, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

 In its recent industry report Hair & Nail Salons in the U.S., market research firm IBIS World identified the five “key success factors” for businesses in our industry. These are identified as: > Business expertise of operators.

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Keywords: business  
Walgreens Opens Nail Salon Inside Chicago Store
  • January 19, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

First, Sephora opened in-store nail salons, now Walgreens has set itself apart in the drugstore arena with one. At its just-opened two-story flagship store in Chicago's Loop (which marks a return to the landmark location of

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Keywords: business  
Tell Indiana We Need Licensing
  • January 13, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

I am alarmed by a bill in Indiana’s state legislature that would eliminate government licensing and regulation of nail techs. House Bill 1006, authored by David Wolkins, proposes that licensing be completely eliminated for everyone in

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Keywords: business   health   legislation   salon safety  
Healthy Feet Are Trending for 2012
  • January 13, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Feet are finally getting the respect they deserve. According to SpaFinder’s Top Ten Spa Trends for 2012, healthy feet treatments are taking center stage, topping its annual forecast of emerging concepts in the spa world. According to

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Keywords: business  
ROB|B OPI Concept Salon Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification
  • January 6, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

The ROB|B OPI Concept Salon in Studio City, Calif., has been awarded a LEED Silver Certification, as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation’s preeminent

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Keywords: business   health   salon decor/design  
A Nail Art Book for Your Coffee Table
  • January 5, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

As a 232-page hardcover book published by Standard Press (the publishing imprint of The Standard Hotels), Nailed: The History of Nail Culture and Dzine is a photo-heavy look at nails through the ages with a focus

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Keywords: business   nail art   products   salon services  
Entity Beauty Announces New Director of Education
  • January 4, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Nail and beauty products company Entity Beauty Inc has announced the appointment of Lorena Marquez to director of education.                                                           Lorena is among the most respected names in the nail industry, and her artistic accomplishments include over

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Keywords: business  
Bio Sculpture Gel Founder Awarded "Entrepeneur of the Year" Award
  • January 3, 2012
  • NAILS Magazine

Congratulations are in order for Elmien Scholtz, owner and founder of Bio Sculpture Gel, for earning Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in the Emerging Category for the Southern African leg of the competition.This

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Keywords: business   products  
An Adorable Nail Cottage by the Sea
  • December 12, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

About a week ago, I stopped at Elégance Boutique Spa in Manhattan Beach, Calif., to attend an open house and meet the spa’s new manicurist. It was a bustling event, especially since the salon was savvy

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Keywords: business   On the Road  
Are You Prepared for Small Business Saturday?
  • November 21, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Sure, it’s a bit gimmicky, but apparently Small Business Saturday made a not-so-small impact at the cash registers of small businesses in 2010 and is geared up to do the same this year.  As a salon

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Keywords: business   clients  
Sister Salons
  • November 18, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

L to R: manager Esther Ton, owner Fawn Ton, and nail tech Mia YangKi Nail Bar in downtown Los Angeles is the girly Japanese sister of Chi Nail Bar in Beverly Hills. Earlier this week, I

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Keywords: business   On the Road   salon services  
Nail Tech Turns Employment Specialist
  • October 14, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

After 20 years in the beauty industry, nail tech Amy Davis knows first-hand the difficulties both employers and employees face in finding the perfect match. She recently contacted us to let us know about her latest

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Keywords: business   South Carolina  
Oprah’s 35 Second Video Gift To Her Nail Technician
  • October 12, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Oprah Winfrey made a 35 second video from her iPad that instantly changed the life of her nail technician, Gloria L. Williams. Known as “The Footnanny,” Williams is the owner of www.footnanny.com, and her video, posted

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Keywords: business  
Monthly Calendar: Free Facebook Marketing Webinar
  • October 3, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Facebook and other social networking sites are a terrific way to market your salon. Learn more about this free (and environmentally friendly, as the National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas (NAEFSS) points out, since it

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Keywords: business   social media  
Support Dining for Change
  • September 21, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Salons are naturally social venues, so the Professional Beauty Association | National Cosmetology Association (PBA | NCA) asks you, as salon owners, to help by hosting a dinner or social gathering during the month of October

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Keywords: Beauty for Good   business  
The Rise of Canadian Nail Salons
  • September 19, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

We found this interesting 14-minute video, an excerpt from CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) show The National that  discusses the evolution of nail salons in Canada. It’s interesting in its similarities and differences to the rise of

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Keywords: business   salon safety  
Is Your Salon Shellac Certified?
  • September 16, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

There’s a new way to assure your clients that their Shellac services are authentic and of the highest quality. The CND  Shellac Salon Certification program will inspect and showcase salons that provide quality Shellac services. To

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Keywords: business  
Endless Press Possibilities
  • August 22, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

We loved it when this story from the Greencastle, Pa.-based newspaper Echo-Pilot appeared in our Google Alerts. Why? This consumer press story is all about how nail tech Jamie Hess got press in a trade magazine

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Keywords: business  
Is Your Salon America's Favorite Small Business?
  • August 22, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

And by small business, that could mean a salon! There’s a really great contest starting in three weeks that you (salon owners) might be interested in. Dell, MasterCard, and Microsoft are launching America’s Favorite Small Business

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   social media  
Monthly Calendar: PBA Symposium
  • July 12, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned professional, continued education is key to staying motivated and to making more money. Just as you have to keep up with the latest nail application techniques, staying on

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Keywords: business   tradeshows  
John Heffner Steps Down
  • July 1, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

John Heffner (center) with David and Jan Arnold at a formal affair for the beauty industry.When I got the call from John Heffner saying, “I have some news I think you’ll be interested in” I knew it

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Keywords: business  
Debit Card Fees to Reduce by 80% July 21
  • June 13, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Salon owners and product retailers should begin to get a break from debit card transaction fees starting July 21, 2011, according to a statement from the Federal Reserve. The legislation, which was passed last July in

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Keywords: business   legislation  
Free Milady Webinars Commence Next Week
  • June 10, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

  We just received an announcement from Milady about an upcoming series of complimentary webinars designed for salon and spa professionals. Here’s the info they sent: WHAT: Announcing an all-new webinar series designed to support salon and

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Keywords: business  
Monthly Calendar: Nail Tech Networking Event of the Smokies
  • June 6, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Advance registration for the annual Nail Tech Networking Event of the Smokies closes in less than a week (on June 12, to be exact), so if you’ve been thinking about attending this much-lauded event, be sure

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Keywords: business   tradeshows  
How to Build Media Contacts
  • May 27, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Jennifer Wezensky knows a thing or two about getting publicity for your salon. She’s president of JW Public Relations, a Michigan-based boutique PR firm specializing in helping small businesses get positive media coverage. She sent us

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Keywords: business  
Photos from PBA Lobby Day
  • May 27, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Wednesday was PBA Lobby Day, the main event I flew to D.C. to attend. We split into groups as determined by geography (With NAILS Magazine being based in Southern California, I was in the California-Nevada group),

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Keywords: business   legislation   On the Road  
Blogging from D.C.
  • May 24, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

It’s been over a decade since I lasted visited our nation’s capital on a family vacation. That trip was purely touristy. I remember going to the Smithsonian museums and waiting in line at the U.S. Mint.

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Keywords: business   legislation   On the Road  
Power Grooming
  • May 13, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

If you’re working in a full-service salon, you may be missing an opportunity when it comes to time-conscious — and budget-conscious — clients. At Style Bar Beverly Hills, total beauty in under an hour is a

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Keywords: business  
Partner With Some Famous Names
  • May 6, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Got great people skills and a desire to branch out in the industry?  Linda and Jim Nordstrom, founders of Famous Names LLC and makers of Lumos Top and Bottom Coats, are looking for nail techs to participate

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Keywords: business   California   Maryland   Rhode Island  
Link Love: 4/1/11
  • April 1, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Happy April Fool’s Day Friday! Today we’re launching a new weekly column called “Link Love” (no fooling), which is a collection of the best nail-related blog links from the past week. Enjoy and share the love

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Keywords: business   Link Love   nail art  
An Open Letter to the Beauty Industry
  • March 9, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

The letter below is entitled “Women’s History Month: In Praise of Beautiful Career Paths” and was submitted by Christine Gordon, president the American Association of Cosmetology Schools. March is Women’s History Month and yesterday, March 8,

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Keywords: business  
UStream Nail Talk Radio Broadcast
  • February 22, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

In case you missed it, Nail Talk Radio video recorded its entire UStream broadcast on January 30, 2011. The episode featured special guests from Cuccio Naturalé and Star Nail: Tony Cuccio, CEO, and Elaine Watson, VP of

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Keywords: business  
A.I.I. Acquires Two Nail Brands
  • February 4, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

American International Industries (A.I.I.) recently acquired It’s So Easy Nails and Poshé. It’s So Easy is known for its nail art accessories (especially for funky embellishments) and tools like the PICKerr UPerr for rhinestones. Poshé is

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Keywords: business   products  
The “Starbucks of Nails”?: MiniLuxe Franchises
  • February 3, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

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Keywords: business   health   salon safety  
ISSE 2011: NSI PolishPro Window Decals
  • January 29, 2011
  • NAILS Magazine

Do you carry NSI's new Polish Pro line at your salon? If so, be sure to grab a window decal to announce your new product to the masses! Available on www.nsinails.com (and you can likely also

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Keywords: business   products   salon services   tradeshows  
Join the Society of Nail Technicians
  • December 20, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Frustrated because industry networking groups were either too expensive or out of the area, nail tech Alica Best decided to create her own group. Called the Society of Nail Technicians, the group meets monthly via a

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Keywords: business   social media  
Coty to Acquire OPI
  • November 29, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

                       Well, it’s official. Like we mentioned a month ago, Coty Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase professional nail product giant OPI Products. Coty was created in Paris in 1904 by

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   products  
Get Motivated at an Inspiring Champions Training Camp
  • November 23, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Jump-start your salon and spa business plans by attending a live Inspiring Champions training camp in 2011. Founded in 1995 by industry veteran Lauren Gartland, Inspiring Champions holds live training seminars across the country that specialize

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Keywords: business  
New Nail Tech Networking Event
  • November 18, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Midwest nail techs, you’re in luck: your neighbor Jennifer Wirth is hosting the new Midwest Nail Technicians Networking Event. ”Networking for nails is a very important part of being a nail artist! So I decided to

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Keywords: business   nail art   techniques   tradeshows  
OPI to Sell?
  • October 27, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

According to reports yesterday from news site Bloomberg, OPI is in advanced talks to sell itself to a beauty care company or private equity firm for as much as $1 billion. We’ve heard these rumors before so

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee  
Nail Notebook: Assignment #4
  • October 20, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Whew! That last assignment was a challenge! Did you print your before and after collages on photo paper, cardstock, or regular paper, slide them into page protectors and add them to your notebook?  This assignment is

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Keywords: business   Holly Schippers   Nail Notebook  
On My Mind: The Recession Is Over (Sort Of)
  • October 11, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Like most of you I got a little tired of hearing about the recession so I stopped writing about it for a while, but because of a recent report it’s back on a lot of people’s

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   On My Mind  
Dashing Diva Offers Social Networking Tips for Salons
  • October 6, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I get Dashing Diva’s monthly e-mail newsletter, Diva Dialogue, and it’s always got some good business tips, interesting fashion trends, and helpful technical and product info.  This month there was a good social networking piece that

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   social media  
Nail Notebook: Assignment #2
  • September 21, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Welcome to assignment #2 in the creation of your Nail Notebook! How did your cover turn out? Did you have fun exercising your creative muscles outside of nails? I have seen pictures of some amazing covers

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Keywords: business   clients   Holly Schippers   Nail Notebook  
Nail Notebook: Assignment #1 (Part 2)
  • September 9, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

It is exciting to see all the excitement about the Nail Notebook project! I have had lots of requests for more specific instructions on creating a cover, so for those of you who prefer a little

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Keywords: business   Holly Schippers   Nail Notebook  
Nail Notebook: Assignment #1
  • September 8, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor’s Note: Bussey, Iowa-based nail tech and educator Holly “Fingernailfixer” Schippers has started a project call the Nail Notebook. Over the course of the next few months, she’s going to walk you through the creation of

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   Holly Schippers   Nail Notebook  
NSI Launches Business Development E-Book
  • September 1, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

A new business development e-book titled Building Your Clientele in 6-9 Months: A 360º Guide to Generating Income is available on the NSI website to help nail technicians across the globe. The e-book contains numerous tips, insights,

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What’s New With Young Nails
  • August 31, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I got a chance to visit Young Nails headquarters during its recent training and education seminar. The four-day event had a great turnout, with many new techs trying out to become full-fledged mentors for the Young

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Keywords: business  
Milady’s S.O.S. Training Academy Slated for September, November
  • August 24, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Milady’s S.O.S. (Salon Owners Success) Training Academy for Salon & Spa Owners is a four-day workshop that walks you through all the important and sometimes challenging areas of your business. You and another member of your team

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Keywords: business  
Coming Soon to a Spa Near You ...
  • August 16, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Massages, facials, body scrubs — clients can’t get enough. And that’s great. But did you know these standard treatments barely scrape the spa surface? New technology, reinvented techniques, and pop culture all shape the way consumers

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Keywords: business   salon services  
Sally Beauty Recognizes “Partners in Progress”
  • August 3, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

In a year when the financial slogan seemed to be “flat is the new up,” Sally Beauty Supply has a lot to be proud of. Its same-store-sales are up, both its professional and retail business is

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Keywords: business   products   tradeshows  
What Well-Off Women Want
  • July 30, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I just discovered a New Zealand-based salon consultant named Maxim Titter (www.fishonaplate.com). When she had a salon, she came to the conclusion that her best clients were generally in their 40s plus. They were highly skilled,

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Keywords: business  
Get Buzz for Your Product Line
  • July 26, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Lots of nail techs have created their own product lines and if you’re one of them, then The Spa Buzz has an opportunity for you to get your brand in front of beauty decision-makers at one

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Keywords: business   products  
Take Care of Your Most Valuable Resources
  • July 26, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I receive an e-newsletter periodically from the National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas. Usually it contains interesting ideas for greening your salon, but in the latest edition founder Tamara Jercha talked about how look after

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Keywords: business  
BABTAC/CIBTAC Awards: How Sweet It Is
  • June 9, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Congratulations to Samantha Sweet, who represented U.K.-based nail distributor Sweet Squared at the first annual BABTAC/CIBTAC Beauty Awards. The event took place on the chic rooftop terrace of London’s Kensington Gardens on June 7.Sweet took home

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Keywords: business  
BeautyTech.com Offers Free Salon Locator Listing
  • June 7, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Want to expose your salon or spa to thousands of consumers every month at no cost? Log on to www.beautytech.info/locator/submit.php and create a listing for your business. “Not only does the site help consumers find a

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Keywords: business  
Working With an Assistant: It’s Like Having Two Extra Arms
  • June 1, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

When Carmen Gonzalez-Banda first opened Salon 5 Estrellas in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, in 2003, she had no plans to start an assistant program. But she had two out-of-work friends and a big heart, so she offered

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Keywords: business  
Attend a Virtual Trade Show on May 26-27
  • May 21, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

For those of you who don’t have the time and/or the money to travel to beauty trade shows, you may want to make plans to attend the upcoming Spa Hospitality Expo (SHE) — because you can

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Keywords: business   products   tradeshows  
Strategies Webinars Are Now Free
  • May 12, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The beauty industry business coaches at Strategies understand that times are still tough for many businesses. As a way of giving back to the salon and spa community and ensuring that every salon has access to

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Keywords: business  
OPI's Schaeffer Honored
  • May 11, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

“The beauty industry is a gift to us.” Those generous words came from OPI CEO George Schaeffer as he reflected on being given the ISBN (International Salon/Spa Business Network) Legend Award on May 3. Schaeffer was

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Keywords: business  
Be Eco-Friendly and Exchange Your Old Polish
  • May 10, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I definitely appreciate the honesty, but it’s disturbing that 36% of respondents to NailsMag.com’s current web poll don’t dispose of salon hazardous waste items (which can include leftover nail polish) correctly, at least some of the

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Keywords: business   products   salon safety  
Get, Give Help Through PBA | NCA Disaster Relief Fund
  • May 7, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Salon professionals who have been affected by the recent flooding in Tennessee or tornados in Mississippi can apply for assistance from the PBA | NCA Disaster Relief Fund by filling out the Application for Aid available

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Keywords: business   health   salon safety  
5 Tips for Throwing a Memorable Salon Opening Party
  • April 28, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Congratulations to celebrity manicurist and new salon owner Elizabeth Ashton for opening Elizabeth Ashton Ayurvedic Nail Spa earlier this month! I attended the grand opening party for the Long Beach, Calif., salon, and I wanted to

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Keywords: business   On the Road   products   salon services  
Essie Cosmetics Acquired by L’Oreal USA
  • April 23, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

 Earlier this week Essie Weingarten announced the eponymous company she founded in 1981 has been acquired by L’Oreal USA. In addition to Essie’s famous nail polish line, the company also sells treatments, accessories, spa products and

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   products  
A Scholarship Opportunity for Aspiring Nail Techs
  • April 15, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

For those of you needing that last push to take the plunge into a nail tech career (or, if you’re already a nail tech but know of someone else you’d like to recruit into the field),

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Keywords: business  
Free Phone Coaching Session
  • April 9, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

If you call by Thursday, you can snag a free one-hour coaching session for your salon from Strategies, a firm that offers salon and spa business training, coaching, seminars, and webinars. The coaching session is available

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Keywords: business  
Attention Salon Owners: Do You Want to Be on TV?
  • April 1, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

As I was canvassing the show floor last weekend at America’s Beauty Show in Chicago, I happened upon a booth for Bravo TV. The casting directors were there looking for salons for season three of “Tabatha’s

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   tradeshows  
Free Social Media Webinar
  • April 1, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

When I got to the office this morning, the following message was in my inbox: Milady’s Webinar “Jump on the Social Media Bandwagon” Tweet me! Facebook me! Become our fan on Facebook! Technology continues to advance how we

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee  
Get Educated at the Nail Tech Networking Event of the Smokies
  • March 22, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The third-annual Nail Tech Networking Event of the Smokies offers the best of both worlds, says event organizer Jill Wright. “It mixes aspects of a big show with the intimacy of private classes, and the focus

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Keywords: business   tradeshows  
A Sign Designed to Steal Clients
  • March 22, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

It may be nail tech Tanya Pahl’s sidewalk sign that first sells customers, but it’s her skill that seals the deal. “My sidewalk sign cost me around $150 and it has more than paid for itself

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Keywords: business  
A Gift Certificate in the Best of Taste
  • March 8, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

A full-time nail tech and a part-time chocolatier, Melodie Hand has no problem finding synergy between the two careers. The corporate clients of her chocolate business have made her Gift Certificate Chocolate Bars a big seller,

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Keywords: business  
Volunteers, Clients Step Up for Haiti Relief
  • March 1, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

How do you make $4,300 in six hours? Have a worthy cause and a compassionate clientele. That was the total amount raised at a recent fundraiser at Charles Morris Salon in New Lenox, Ill., to help Haiti

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Black History Marketplace & Spa Day
  • February 24, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The Glamour Spot co-owner Debra “DJ” Jessie (right) and esthetician Michelle Rhem-Collins pose by a “Celebrate Black History Month” contest board set up for the salon’s Black History Marketplace & Spa Day. The board asked clients

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Keywords: business   clients   On the Road   salon services  
On My Mind: Fresh Start, Spring Cleaning
  • February 23, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

As we’re putting this issue together it’s January and I’m moving into a new office. Nothing major; I’m just moving into the office next door. We’re reorganizing where the NAILS team fits (and sits) in the

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   On My Mind   salon decor/design  
Ladies’ Night Mixes Minx and Drinks
  • February 22, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

At Gibb’s Lounge in Cleveland, Ohio, salon owner Stephanie Saddler and nail tech Brittany Foster have started a successful Ladies’ Night nail tradition. The Minx, Matte & Moscato Ladies’ Night, which takes place the second and

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Texas Licensing Scam Warning
  • February 18, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

As if the California licensing scam wasn’t bad enough, there are now reports of a similar scam taking place in Texas. Here’s the notice I received from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR): TDLR is warning all

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Keywords: business   legislation   salon safety  
ISSE Breaks Attendance Records
  • February 4, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

From Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, 40,000 beauty professionals attended ISSE, up 21% from 2009 and breaking the show’s all-time attendance records. The show featured 397 exhibitors, which is up 3% from 2009. Attendees shop the OPI

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Keywords: business   tradeshows  
Happy Anniversary, Entity!
  • February 3, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The anniversary cake, a blend of vanilla and mousse-like chocolate, was stunningly pretty.As a Long Beach resident, I’ve been to Cohiba Nightclub & Cigar Lounge before, but I’ve never been there when it’s private nail party

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Keywords: business   On the Road   products   tradeshows  
Give the Government Less of Your Money
  • January 27, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Are you missing opportunities to lessen your tax burden? A premier CPA firm specializing in salons and spas, Kopsa Otte is offering a fabulous deal to recipients of NAILS’ Magazine: a review of your financial statements

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Keywords: business  
Retailing Begins With an Appeal to the Senses
  • January 11, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

A great retail space is designed around the senses, says salon consultant Bryan Durocher. Ramp up your retailing effort for 2010 with an appeal to clients’ sense of touch, sound, smell, and sight. “If you implement

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Keywords: business  
Free Webinar from Milady
  • January 4, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Cosmetology training company Milady is offering a free 90-minute webinar called “Plan for Profits! Fill Your Pockets!” a week from today at 12 noon (EST). “Have you ever wondered what you could do to keep your

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Keywords: business  
Involve Clients in Your Efforts to Go Green
  • December 28, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

The best way to gets clients to notice your salon’s commitment to the environment is to get them involved, says Tamara Jercha, president of the National Association of Eco-Friendly Salons & Spas. Jercha suggests sponsoring an

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Keywords: business  
Cruise the Mediterranean and Learn
  • December 17, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Set sail with educators Vicki Peters, Elaine Watson, and Iryna Giblett aboard a commercial cruise ship for a chance-of-a-lifetime learning experience. Nail Cruise will leave Venice, Italy, May 2 and sail the beautiful Greek Isles on

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Keywords: business  
Dr. Fish Bites Back
  • December 14, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

In journalism school, one of the oft-repeated maxims we learned about “what is news?” went as follows: “If the story is ‘dog bites man,’ it’s not news. If the story is ‘man bites dog,’ it is.”

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Keywords: Arizona   business   clients   health   legislation  
High Schoolers Spend a Day at the Salon
  • December 11, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Salon owner Maisie Dunbar is a well-known figure at Baltimore’s Patterson High School. She volunteers her time for the school’s nail program and she is a speaker for their entrepreneur program as well. Thursday, it was

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Keywords: business  
Pass the Santa this Holiday Season
  • December 4, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Salon consultant (and NAILS blogger) Bryan Durocher has suggested a fun way to turn clients’ enthusiasm and loyalty into retail sales. He suggests holding a “Pass the Santa” contest with your staff. Each time a staff

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Keywords: business  
Great Traits for Salon Managers
  • November 18, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I was perusing SpaBusinessMD, a blog by medical spa consultant Francis X. Acunzo, and I came across an entry that lists the top 10 attributes of a successful medical spa manager. Not surprising, since medspas are

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Keywords: business  
Parties vs. Open Houses
  • November 17, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

With the holiday season swiftly approaching, it’s great timing that I received an ecstatic e-mail from a salon owner who just threw her first successful holiday theme party: the “Bewitching Bash” in honor of Halloween. “In

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Keywords: business   clients   salon decor/design   salon services  
Get Nominated for Best of Citysearch
  • October 27, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Online reviews are a huge factor in getting new clients to visit your salon. Indeed, for the past several years, I’ve been using online reviews as a deciding factor in most of my purchases — from

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Keywords: business  
BlogTalk Radio From Milady
  • October 22, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Have you heard about Milady’s Blog Talk Radio Show? The next topic that airs on Monday, October 26th is: “What Would You Rather Do: Work More or Make More?” Here’s the description from the website:  “If you are

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   salon services  
Two Industry Leaders: One Educational Event
  • October 14, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

If you are having trouble staying afloat in today’s economy, learn from two pros who have “been there, conquered that.” With a combined 50+ years of real-world experience, La Shaun Brown-Glenn and Millie Haynam are joining

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Keywords: business   tradeshows  
Enter to Win a Free Seat to a Salon Business Seminar
  • October 5, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Strategies, a salon-spa training firm, is giving away free seats to its “Incubator”, a four-day seminar that covers topics like: projecting sales and expenses for growth, renewing faith in the potential of your business, how to

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Keywords: business  
A Timely Promotional Technique
  • October 2, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Whenever we hear of a new way to get your name out there — for free — we like to pass it along. Kahne Witham, a national educator for Light Elegance, suggests you take advantage of

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Keywords: business  
Martinis and Manis Still Bring Them In
  • September 14, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Apparently, ladies love a night at the pub — especially when it includes free manicures. The staff of Americana Nail Co. in Columbus, Ohio, recently packed up their nail gear and took it to the RedRock

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Keywords: business  
Get Your Salon in (Financial) Shape
  • August 25, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Deborah Evans, a spa consultant and principal of Deborah Evans & Associates, recently taught a “financial bootcamp” at a spa summit. The session sponsor, Universal Companies, e-mailed me some of the bootcamp’s takeaway lessons, most of

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Keywords: business  
PBA and NCA Agree to Proposed Merger
  • August 10, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and the National Cosmetology Association (NCA) just announced the two organizations have signed an agreement to effect a proposed merger. The merger will combine the best practices and leverage the complementary

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Keywords: business   tradeshows  
Good Things Come in Pretty Packages
  • August 7, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Remember those goodie bags you got as a kid, as a thank you for attending a classmate's birthday party? Well, I just got a cute one as a thank you for my first visit to Indulgence

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Keywords: business  
More Ways to Stretch a Buck
  • July 24, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Recently, in NAILS’ business section, we’ve been sharing tips from salon owners on how to make a dollar go further at the salon. Reneé Borowy, owner of VIP Salon & Spa in Riverview, Mich., is in

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Keywords: business  
California Licensing Scam Warning
  • July 6, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I just received an e-mail with the following message and wanted to share it with you all immediately.  The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (Cal-BBC) has posted a warning on their website, of a scam

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   legislation   salon safety  
Premiere Orlando 2009
  • June 29, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Earlier this month, I went to the Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event; this is the first time I’ve attended this show, and I felt an energy and excitement there that I haven’t felt at any of the other beauty shows I’ve been to. I’m sharing some of my pictures here.

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Keywords: business   On the Road   products   tradeshows  
On My Mind: Nail Art Is NOT Dead
  • June 10, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

NAILS ran an article in 2001 asking “Is Nail Art Dead?” At the time, nail art seemed to be on the wane and the percentage of salons offering nail art and airbrushing had dropped several points

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   nail art   On My Mind   salon services  
Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Organic Cake
  • June 3, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

While the economy is limping along — with many sectors shrinking and others just holding their own — one area is actually growing: retail health and wellness products. According to the Natural Marketing Institute, retail sales of

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Keywords: business  
Courtesy Counts
  • May 6, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I went to a new dentist the other day and pretty much fell in love with everyone there. Not only was the office immaculate (a top priority in both a dental office and a salon), the

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Keywords: business  
What Price Beauty?
  • April 29, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Makeup, highlights, waxing, and, of course, mani/pedis, don’t come cheap. In fact, Newsweek estimates today’s beauty-conscious woman will pay $449,127 for “cosmetic maintenance” over the course of a lifetime.  And how much of that $449,127 goes

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Free Tele-Class: Learn to Thrive in Any Economy
  • April 7, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

It will cost you no more than an hour of your time to participate in a free tele-class being offered by Milady in June. Called “Creating Wealth in a Down Economy,” the class is facilitated by

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Keywords: business  
Recession Tips: Add-on retail
  • April 3, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

One good thing about the recession is it’s forcing businesses to come up with smarter and more creative ways of better servicing customers. On that note, I recently learned of a salon owner who uses clever

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Keywords: business  
Newsletters Keep the Conversation Going
  • March 30, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

The reason newsletters are a great marketing tool, says Dar Reiss-Depp, the president of RD Management (which distributes Thalgo products in the U.S.), is that instead of soliciting random consumers, you’re reaching out and talking to

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Keywords: business  
Pink Slip Promos
  • March 23, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I got an e-mail from ROB|B, an OPI Concept Salon, this morning. The salon (which had its official grand opening party last Thursday…more on that in a future post) is offering a new promotion that I

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Keywords: business   clients   Hannah Lee   salon services  
Jan Nordstrom-Arnold Speaks at Cosmoprof Italy
  • March 12, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Jan Nordstrom-Arnold, co-founder and style director of CND, will give a special talk at Cosmoprof Italy on April 3rd, at a special seminar celebrating the successful women in the beauty industry.  The seminar is called “Unconventional

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Keywords: business   tradeshows  
When Clients Say No to Their Nails
  • March 11, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

It’s always been the case that now and then an artificial nail client will ask to have her nails removed. But these days, given the economy, it seems to be happening more often. So how should

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Keywords: business  
Something Old, Something New?
  • March 11, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

At a recent press event held by Tweezerman Professional the company told me about its Free Sharpening Policy & Guarantee for its salon tweezers. “We sharpen our implements that have become dull through normal use free

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Keywords: business   On the Road   products  
Branding. I Get It Now.
  • March 4, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I may use the word “branding” from time to time, but the truth is, I’d have a hard time giving you a good working definition of the term. I just read something salon consultant Bryan Durocher

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Keywords: business  
De-Stress Dollars Yield Big Returns
  • February 23, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

In these uncertain times, who couldn’t use some de-stressing at a discount? Julie Nguyen, owner of Blu Water Day Spa in Kensington, Md., was just telling me about a very successful promotion they’ve launched via e-mail

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Keywords: business  
Pedicures to Feed an Army
  • February 10, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I ran across this piece in the Washington Post on Sunday, “On a Base in Iraq, The Pedi-Cure.” At Forward Operating Base Marez in still-volatile Mosul, some soldiers have found a place to rest their weary…feet.

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   salon services  
Words of Wisdom
  • February 5, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Kevin “Bao” Huynh of The Nail Superstore posted this on the BeautyTech Message Boards and I thought it was great and wanted to share it with the rest of you.  Something to think about:  When the

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee  
Hold It
  • February 4, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I read a news story recently that proved all those retail gurus right. For years NAILS has been preaching the value of literally putting retail products in your clients’ hands. One way to do this is

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Keywords: business  
Salons Faring Well
  • January 27, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I just read an article on NPR’s website about how beauty salons are faring relatively well in this economic downturn. The thinking is that people are cutting back on more expensive indulgences, like weekend getaways and

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Keywords: business  
More Than a Commodity
  • January 20, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I was talking to a New York City-based beauty editor the other day and realized her experience of the nail salon is very different from the one I’ve come to know through the salon owners and

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Keywords: business   clients  
It’s Official: Cosmetology Is a Top Career
  • January 15, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Rankings giant U.S. News & World Report has validated what many of you have known for years. For the first-time ever, it ranked “hairstylist/cosmetologist” as one of the “30 Best Careers for 2009.” The magazine “plowed through

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Keywords: business  
Kick Off 2009 Right
  • January 12, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

With the holidays behind us, it’s a great time to re-evaluate where you’ve been for the past year and what you want your business to look like going forward. Strategies founder Neil Ducoff offers these 10

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Keywords: business  
Are Nail Services Endangered Treatments?
  • January 12, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

An article ran in the Los Angeles Times yesterday titled “Los Angeles Salons Note a Client Downturn.” In the story, the author says that bikini waxes, manicures and pedicures, and many hair services are all on

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Keywords: business   clients   Hannah Lee  
Win a Free Spa Makeover
  • January 7, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Why not start out the new year with an expert in your corner? The good folks at My Sacred Fig and Spa Enrichment Strategies are giving away a three-month spa makeover program valued at $12,000. Spa

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Have You Considered Leasing Your Equipment?
  • December 5, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Are you interested in upgrading your pedicure throne, but just don’t know how you’ll do it in the current economic crisis? What if you didn’t have to make any payments until April 2009? Continuum Footspas and Quest

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   products  
A Salon Blog You Can Love
  • December 2, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I have to confess, most salon blogs leave me feeling a little flat. But today I stumbled across the blog for Sènsé Nail Spa in Seattle, and I was hooked. The high energy and enthusiasm of the

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A Message From “The Manicurist”
  • November 25, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Editor’s note: If you’ve cracked open your December issue, you’ve probably seen the latest installment of questions and answers from “The Manicurist.” In her real life, this tough-talker is Bulls Gap, Tenn.-based salon owner Rebecca Seals.

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Monday Morning Wakeup
  • November 24, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Every Monday, I get a Monday Morning Wakeup e-mail  from Neil Ducoff of the salon business consulting company Strategies. It’s usually a salon/spa business tip or industry update of some sort. Lately, he’s been covering how

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee  
People Either Want the Best or the Least Expensive
  • November 19, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I was leafing thought the latest book by salon owner John R. DiJulius III and came across a bit of wisdom I thought was downright profound. The book is called What’s the Secret? To Providing a

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What Gen Y Wants
  • November 13, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I read an interesting article in Advertising Age on what so-called “millennials” — those born between 1980 and 2000 — want from an employer. Given the difficulty of recruiting (and holding on to) good young talent,

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Kicking Butt in An Uncertain Economy
  • November 12, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Strategies (www.strategies.com) is offering a new online seminar next week, Wednesday, November 19, from 1-2 pm EST. Titled “How to Kick Butt in an Uncertain Economy,” the seminar will cover how to prepare yourself for an

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee  
The Big Book Is Coming
  • November 7, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been missing in action for the last few weeks. I’ve been buried under a stack of directory listings, all-new industry statistics, and an awesome new NAILS Cookbook chock full of service recipes!

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   salon services  
Sure It’s Bribery, But It Works
  • November 5, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I was reading the monthly client e-newsletter put out by Priti Organic Spa in New York City. They’ve discovered a creative way to expand their presence on the Web and encourage word-of-mouth advertising. Priti manager Catherine

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Spa Helps Get Out the Vote — You Can Too!
  • October 29, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

The owners of Body Bar Spa in Silverlake, Calif., are doing their civic duty and then some. On Election Day, the spa will be thanking all of its clients who step up and vote with a

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Christmas Is Coming! Oy Vey.
  • September 29, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

There are just 87 days and counting until St. Nick puts in his annual appearance. The key to making this a joyous time of year — rather than the usual frenzy — can be summed up

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The Right Way to Write
  • September 22, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

My post on website do’s and don’ts a little while back, got me to thinking about more of my pet peeves when it comes to communicating your message professionally. Over the years, I’ve come to spot

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Before You Partner Up, Ask Questions
  • September 16, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

If you want to read about business partnerships gone wrong, check out “Me and You — So Happy Together?” in NAILS’ October 2008 issue. In it, Michelle Pratt interviews two techs who had bad experiences with

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Salon Websites: What Not to Do
  • September 10, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I like the clean design of this upscale spa’s homepage.I was recently on a salon website (I don’t want to embarrass the owner by saying which one) and it had me squinting to the point that

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NAILS Offers New Online Channels
  • September 2, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Hello out there in the NAILS blogosphere. Hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend (hopefully you didn’t have to work all weekend and everyone stayed away from Hurricane Gustav). We’ve been busy over here at

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   nail art   salon decor/design   salon services  
Avon: “It’s Easy Money”
  • August 27, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Nail techs are notoriously shy about selling retail, but not Brenda Bollard, the owner of Bren’s Nails in Conroe, Texas. According to Brenda, selling Avon products is “easy money.” She simply keeps a brochure on her

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Tipping Done Right
  • August 20, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Salon consultant Neil Ducoff is no great fan of tipping. In fact, recently in his “Monday Morning Wake-Up” e-newsletter he suggested the industry get together and ban tipping altogether as of December 31, 2008.  Apparently, Ducoff

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A Site For All You Autoclavers
  • August 13, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

If you autoclave your instruments and practice the highest levels of salon sanitation, there’s a website that should interest you. WeSterilize.com was created by podiatrist Robert Spalding to help consumers find salons and techs they can

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Keywords: business   salon safety  
Organic Peas and a Pedi
  • July 30, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I bet you never thought you’d hear someone say, “I’m going to the grocery store to get a pedicure.” But now, folks in Dallas, Texas, are saying just that. The Whole Foods Market on Preston Road

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee  
First It Was Starbucks. Now It’s Nails.
  • July 18, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

For years financial advisors have counseled the cash-strapped to cut back on their daily grandé latte and instead tuck away the cash equivalent for a rainy day. But now they’ve gone too far. A recent article

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Protecting Your Investment
  • July 11, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Pedicure thrones are one of the biggest investments a salon can make, yet some owners tend to neglect them once they have been installed, and soon find themselves with a chair in need of repair. I recently

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Keywords: business   products  
Blending Old and New
  • June 9, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

While we were in Orlando last weekend for the Premiere show, NAILS publisher Cyndy Drummey and I went to visit a salon in Winter Park, Fla. It was called Bonjour Day Spa & Nail Salon. It’s

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   On the Road   salon decor/design  
YBN Is Finalist for Business/Technology Award
  • May 28, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

We usually think of the beauty industry as a field that’s big on heart and technical artistry, but hardly a leader when it comes to technology. That’s why we were surprised to learn that industry consultant

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The Natural Trend
  • May 22, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I just read an NBC article online reporting that natural nails are becoming increasingly popular, while artificial enhancements are being requested by fewer and fewer clients. If the trend continues, the nail salon industry will have

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Mobile Salon Goes Where the Girls Are
  • May 21, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

It had to happen eventually. The past several years have seen a rise in mobile spa services as well as a growth in salons catering to teens and even younger children. Now there’s Alexandria, Va.-based Sprinkles,

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NAILS tv Goes Live!
  • May 19, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

The latest addition to NAILS Magazine’s online empire (I kid, well sort of) is up and ready for your viewing pleasure. We bring you NAILS tv, a collection of online videos from nail techs, manufacturers, industry

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   nail art   products   techniques  
Can Renters Use the Salon’s Credit Card Machine?
  • May 9, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

There was a post recently on the BeautyTech.com Forums about whether it’s OK for a booth renter to use the salon owner’s credit card machine for her own transactions. As you know a booth renter is

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On My Mind: Is the Nail Industry Really Recession-Proof?
  • April 21, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I was talking to a celebrity manicurist the other day and she mentioned she’s felt a slowdown in house calls to some of her regular celebrity clients. She said they’ve been getting their nails done at

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   On My Mind  
Retailing: Starting the Conversation
  • April 16, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I was just reading an e-newsletter from salon consultant Bryan Durocher of Durocher Enterprises that had some interesting tips about retailing in the salon. He began with a reminder that it isn’t enough simply to invest

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A Site for Last-Minute Gift-Givers
  • April 11, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I recently discovered on online spa gift certificate site that’s set up to give consumers what they want: gift certificates that are instant and customizable. It’s called SpaEmergency.com.  For shoppers, it’s 1, 2, 3. First, they

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Symptoms of a Bigger Problem
  • April 10, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I recently read an article in The Sacramento Bee about 17 Sacramento beauty and nail salons being cited by The Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement for illegally classifying their workers as independent contractors.  This topic is one I

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Keywords: business   legislation  
IRS and Worker Classification
  • April 7, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

   With the final crunch of tax time falling upon us, many techs are rushing to finish through their final stages of tax forms. I recently found out just how complicated taxes can be in the

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Keywords: business   legislation  
An Express Service for the Flying Crowd
  • April 2, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

My layover at Washington’s Dulles International Airport was a success! When I got off my plane, I saw that I actually had two and a half hours before my next flight left. So I made my

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   On the Road  
Beauty Fly-Buys
  • April 2, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Sitting on a flight across the country, reading the airline’s complimentary magazine, I ran across a short piece about Butter London, one of a handful of airport salons that have cropped up in recent years. We’ve

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   On the Road  
Too Young for Pedis?
  • March 7, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Last week The New York Times published an article (“Never Too Young for That First Pedicure”) about young girls growing up too fast. Writer Camille Sweeney describes a 7-year-old’s birthday party at a Dashing Diva salon.

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Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   salon services  
Meet Judy
  • January 23, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

My name is Judy Lessin and I’ve been at NAILS for more than 13 years. (I started at NAILS when our publisher Cyndy Drummey was on maternity leave, so I keep track of my time here

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Keywords: business  

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