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  
Why Are Toenails Thicker Than Fingernails?
  • March 28, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I was surfing the Internet earlier today and came across an interesting site: WonderQuest.com.A wise woman named April Holladay fields questions from the scientific realms along the lines of: “Can fish feel pain?” and “How fast

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Seeing Red Over Injustice
  • March 25, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Can you imagine a time when some people in America weren't allowed to paint their fingernails? I ran across this touching story on NPR's Storycorps last week and haven't been able to get it out of

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Keywords: Hannah Lee  
Check Out These Fantasy Nail Art Designs
  • March 24, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

The National Cosmetology Association hosted Hairworld Chicago at America’s Beauty Show. In addition to the numerous hair competitions at the show, there were also some really inspiring nail competitions. I got on the competition floor for the Fantasy Nail Art competition and snapped these photos.

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Keywords: nail art   tradeshows  
Rachael Ray Talks Nails
  • March 21, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

A few weeks ago, Rachael Ray did a segment on nail salon safety. I always cringe when I see a preview for a television piece on salon safety. Since these programs are usually negative, it almost

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Keywords: Hannah Lee   salon safety  
America’s Beauty Show
  • March 20, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I had a great time at America’s Beauty Show (formerly the Chicago Midwest Beauty Show) earlier this month. For the first time, the show took place in McCormick Place, a gigantic convention center in the heart of Chicago (in previous years, it had been held in the suburb of Rosemont, Ill.)

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Keywords: products   tradeshows  
Manicuring Bonds
  • March 19, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

The other day I was talking to a tech who had moved over to the salon ownership side of the business, and I asked her when was the last time she did a full day’s work

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Cultivating New Habits, Reluctantly
  • March 14, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I came to work a few days ago and found a new computer on my desk. What should have been a happy surprise instead induced a mild case of panic. I’m very much a creature of

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Keywords: salon services  
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  
Hear Out the State Board
  • February 25, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Love ’em or hate ’em, your state board has a huge influence on how you conduct business day-to-day in your salon. At least in California, I’ve been happy to see board members make themselves accessible to

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Keywords: legislation   salon safety  
AII’s Gathering of Educators
  • February 21, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

In the week leading up to ISSE in Long Beach, American International Industries brought together its top educators from around the world to give them an intensive training course in all of its products. Educators from

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ISSE Part 3
  • February 14, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

This was my first ISSE show and it was bigger than I expected. I got a chance to meet new people and visit with some that I’ve already met. It’s interesting to see what each company

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ISSE Part 2
  • February 12, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Didn’t make it out in the cold rain to ISSE in Long Beach, Calif.? Or made it, but weren’t sure if you saw all the highlights on the show floor? Here’s a quick recap of the show. European

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Keywords: tradeshows  
ISSE Part 1
  • February 7, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

We’ve had a little bit of time to get back into the swing of things at the office after the busy week surrounding the International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE). So now that I’ve had a

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Keywords: Hannah Lee   tradeshows  
Bold & Beautiful
  • February 5, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I have to admit that I became giddy when Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, executive VP and artistic director of OPI, told me that bright, bold colors are the “in” look for Spring. As a girl who alternates between

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Keywords: nail art  

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