Mother’s Day
  • May 13, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

With the passing of mother’s day this past Sunday, I couldn’t help but think about how many mothers there are in the nail industry that are working hard to provide their kids with everything they can.

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Color Me Excited
  • May 12, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Color is a powerful force in the nail industry. It’s the biggest variable in the latest and most anticipated polish collections; it defines clients’ (and your own) signature looks; it sets the entire tone for your

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Keywords: salon decor/design  
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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Keywords: business  
5 Things I Want to Say
  • May 7, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I never actually set out to insult the readers of NAILS magazine, but on occasion I’ve done just that. When I write a column articulating what I see as a brutal and unpleasant truth about the

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On The Road at Sugarcoat
  • May 6, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I recently visited my hometown of Atlanta and, during a visit to a local nail salon, I noticed one crucial way that nail salons can help set themselves apart from the unfair “dime a dozen” stereotype

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Keywords: On the Road   salon decor/design  
The Tippi Hedren Factor
  • May 5, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

A great piece on the Vietnamese impact on the nail industry ran in today’s Los Angeles Times (“Vietnamese Nail Down the U.S. Manicure Business”). The reporter talks about how the Vietnamese got started in the nail

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Keywords: Hannah Lee  
Board Holds Tough Line on Pedi Liners
  • May 2, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I thought I had a basic grasp on the pedicure cleaning guidelines in California and across the nation. But I was really surprised by a notice we received from the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

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Keywords: salon safety  
Beauty Blogs
  • May 1, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I recently checked out an interesting blog put on by a girl from Cleveland, who provides up-to-date information on essentially every new polish that comes out. You might already know of it. It’s called All Lacquered

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Keywords: techniques  
Get Up Close and Personal
  • April 30, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

In-person networking events are one of the best ways of meeting people and forming lasting relationships. It’s a great way to meet up with other techs in your region for a day (or even a weekend

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Keywords: Hannah Lee   techniques   tradeshows  
Rules of Style
  • April 29, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Style guru Noel Asmar recently released her list of six style tips for salon employees. I agree with most of them, but I do think there are some exceptions to her rules. For example, if you work

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Salon Discriminates Against Overweight Client
  • April 25, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

A WPTV Channel 5 report out of West Palm Beach, Fla., claims a local woman is planning a discrimination suit against a nail salon. Barbara Phillips told News Channel 5 an employee refused her service, saying,

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Keywords: clients   Hannah Lee  
Nails and Polish: a couple for the ages
  • April 24, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Have you ever wondered when it was that humans first started to wear polish on their nails? It’s like asking about the history of shoes or clothes; they’ve really been with us since the beginning.  The

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Lammers Takes First at ABA Competition
  • April 23, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

Lynn Lammers took first place at the April 6 nail competition sponsored by the Allied Beauty Association of Canada (ABA) at its Toronto show. Jessica Ellison took second place, followed by John Hauk in third place. Lammers

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Keywords: tradeshows  
Helping the Planet…One Salon at a Time
  • April 22, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

As a nod to Earth Day, I decided to check out a cool new eco-chic nail salon in Los Angeles: Recess. Only five weeks old, the environmentally-friendly salon boasts that it’s in the process of LEED

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Keywords: health   On the Road   products   salon decor/design   salon services  
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  

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