The History of the French Manicure
  • February 19, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Have you ever wondered how the French manicure got its name? I did a quick Internet search to see if I could find a definitive answer. It seems that the exact origins on how the classic pink-and-white-look

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Keywords: salon services  
The New Home Fungus Test Is Free!
  • February 17, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

Salvation has arrived for that stubborn client who refuses to let a doctor take a look at that thick, yellow toenail. Woodward Laboratories has just introduced a home test kit to diagnose fungal infection — and

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Keywords: health   products  
ISSE Show Coverage: Part 2
  • February 13, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

There was a cool assortment of happenings — from new products to live demonstrations to plenty of friendly nail techs — at the ISSE (International Salon & Spa Expo) in Long Beach over Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Here are some of the interesting things I saw.NailTek master educators Jan White, Saverne Smith, and Marianne Hunter chatted with me about the industry.

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Keywords: On the Road   products   salon services   tradeshows  
World's Longest Nails Broken in Car Accident
  • February 12, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

According to an AP report that just hit the wire, Lee Redmond, the woman who holds the record for longest fingernails according to the Guinness Book of World Records, has been in a car accident that

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Keywords: Hannah Lee  
Younger Hands Are Easy
  • February 10, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

The other day I received a book in the mail from frequent NAILS contributor Erin Snyder Dixon called Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young by Jackie Silver. It’s filled with tips for looking and feeling younger

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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  
ISSE Show Coverage
  • February 9, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

The ISSE Show last week saw tried-and-true manufacturers and techs doing business as usual during these tough economic times. The word around the show was that the first day’s turnout was a little low, but that it picked up on Monday when the salon workers had the day off.Above, Greg Salo of Young Nails, was as excited as ever to educate techs at the show.

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Keywords: Missouri   tradeshows   Utah  
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  
Conquering the Blahs
  • January 28, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

We all have those days when our routine becomes just that — routine. When we lose touch with just how much we love what we do.  I was reading some material Letha Barnes — the director

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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  
The Edge Nail
  • January 23, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

I was looking through the beautytech.com forum board yesterday, when I came across a couple threads on the new “edge” nails. If you haven’t seen them yet, they’re a cross between a stiletto and a square,

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Sole to Soul
  • January 22, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

A friend forwarded me an interesting Associated Press article today about church volunteers who offer mini-pedicures (including a soak, pumice, nail trim, scrub, ointment, massage, and polish) to a city’s homeless, in order to both head

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Keywords: health   salon services  
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  
Hand Reading
  • January 16, 2009
  • NAILS Magazine

There was an article on Yahoo recently about a study done by the University of Cambridge in England that stated the length of a man’s ring finger correlates to his financial success. The study found that men

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