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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Keywords: business  
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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Keywords: business  
Seen & Heard
  • May 20, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

I’m always keeping my ear to the ground for the latest in nail-related celebrity news. Here’s a round-up of some of the latest items that have come my way.

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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  
California Bill Requires Translation of MSDS into Vietnamese
  • May 16, 2008
  • NAILS Magazine

There’s a bill pending in the California State Assembly right now called the Vietnamese Nail Worker Information Act that would require manufacturers of professional-use nail care products to provide MSDS in Vietnamese. If the bill —

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Keywords: salon safety  
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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