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Prepping for the Next Nail Competition
  • June 27, 2014
  • Holly Schippers

After participating in her first nail competition, Holly is ready for the next one. 

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Keywords: CND   competitions   FingerNailFixer   gels   Holly Schippers  
Takeaways from My First Gel Polish Competition
  • June 16, 2014
  • Holly Schippers

Check out these tips from competition director, Carla Collier. 

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Keywords: CND   competitions   FingerNailFixer   gels   Holly Schippers  
Are Gel Lamps Safe?
  • May 15, 2014
  • Holly Schippers

Holly Schippers (The FingerNailFixer) offers her take on the actual scientific facts about gel manicures.

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Keywords: FingerNailFixer   gels   Holly Schippers   UV light safety  
Nail Styles With Love From England
  • May 8, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Sorry to drop of the blog for a bit! I have loads to share this week to make it up to you! One of the requests for my trip to England was to come back with

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   nail art   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
10 Common Nail Myths Refuted by Doug Schoon
  • March 21, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Don’t you have a little chuckle to yourself when someone sits down in your chair and starts talking about breathing nails? What other myths have you heard over the years? Doug Schoon addresses common nail myths

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Keywords: acrylics   gels  
A Story About Improper Application and Removal of Gel-Polish
  • February 12, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

The repeated bashing Dr Oz gives nail services is frustrating to say the least. What he continues to fail to mention is that there is a difference in the services from one salon to another. Something

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Keywords: continuing education   gels   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Dr. Oz Attacks Gel Nails, Here's How to Refute His Claims
  • January 24, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Dr. Oz is at it again. I have been receiving lots of concerned calls, e-mails, and messages this week as once again our services fall under attack by those looking to further their own careers and

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Keywords: gels   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Rebalancing/Filling Acrylic Nails
  • December 14, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Part of business building is client retention. It does not do a lot of good to put out the effort to get people in the door if you can’t keep them in your chair. Something I

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
CND Additives Drip Technique
  • November 14, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

 I love seeing what other nail professionals are doing. Don’t you? It is so inspiring to see different ideas, techniques, and colors. When I ran across this drip technique photo done by CND Education Ambassador Melody

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Keywords: gels   nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Shellac Carving and Layering Nail Art Video
  • September 12, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Today I have some good news for you and some bad news. Shall we have the bad news first so that it can be eclipsed by the good news? The bad news is I have a

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Keywords: continuing education   gels   nail art   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Sculpt Gels With Your Brush Instead of Your File
  • August 1, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Have you entered to win the body art kit yet? I wanted to be sure as many of you had the chance as possible so I will wait until next week to draw.I get asked a

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Keywords: gels   troubleshooting  
Make Your Own Nail Decals!
  • January 12, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

How is your year going so far? Got that retail area spruced up and plans for making the restroom seem like a part of the salon instead of a convenient store stop? Have you seen anything

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Keywords: gels   nail art  
Talking to an OPI Educator about GelColor
  • December 15, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

There have been lots of requests in my e-mail and on my Facebook for more information on the new OPI GelColor. Since you could probably tuck what I know about OPI in a thimble it seemed

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Keywords: gels   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Take a Survey for a Chance to Win Shellac!
  • December 1, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Would any of you nail professionals out there be interested in winning a FREE UV lamp and Shellac Salon Rack from CND simply by taking a quick survey about nail polish? I thought you might be.

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Keywords: gels   tech-to-tech sharing  
Quick Foil Application in Shellac Video
  • November 23, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

 What is your favorite thing about holidays? Food, family, time off? I tend to love the more adventurous spirit that clients seem to have toward their nails. It makes every day in the salon so much

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Keywords: gels   nail art  
Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Jungle Nail Art
  • November 23, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

 Sometimes a girl just feels the need to walk on the wild side and one way to do that is animal print nails. They are such an easy and versatile design that can be interpreted in

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Keywords: gels   nail art  
A Good Analogy for UV Lamps
  • November 18, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

With all the discussion about UV lamps and now LED lamps Doug Schoon left a post on my page recently that made so much sense I knew it needed to be shared!“Finding a lamp with high

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Keywords: gels   troubleshooting  
Turtle Nails For Hawaii
  • October 13, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you recall my past musings about turtle nails? I tend to forever be on the hunt for designs that make me smile and show or hint at turtles in some way. For last week’s trip

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Keywords: gels   nail art  
LED Nail Lamps -- They Work Well, But Only with Certain Products
  • September 19, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Note from Holly: Have you been wondering what exactly these LED light things are that everyone is talking about all of a sudden and how they differ from a UV lamp like we have become used

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Keywords: gels  
Understanding Your Clients' True Needs
  • September 8, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Note from Holly: Here’s a guest blog from Tanya Sisson. Tanya is an experienced professional in the nail industry. Licensed since 1989, she has been involved in education from the start of her career. Tanya enjoyed

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Keywords: client issues   gels   pedicures   tech-to-tech sharing  
CND Grand Master Class in Hawaii
  • July 28, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Are some of you CND techs? If so I wondered if you would be interested in joining me in Hawaii for three days of CND Master Classes with the opportunity to earn your Grand Master. The

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Keywords: acrylics   continuing education   gels  
Embedding in Rockstar Toes
  • July 28, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Thanks so much to all who answered the call for help on embedding things in enhancements! Your comments and video links were so helpful and much appreciated. Some of us tend to shy away from embedding

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Keywords: gels   nail art   pedicures   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Holly Accepts Our Nail Eyes Challenge
  • July 26, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Did you catch at the end of the most recent blog about nail eyes that NAILS Magazine issues us a challenge? I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for a challenge. Here is a

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
In Search Of Embedding Techniques
  • July 18, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you admit your shortcomings as a professional or are you basically good at everything? I like to think I can do everything decently, but am smart enough to know that my niche is in natural

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
A Summertime Nail Experiment
  • July 14, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you ever test things out that your clients complain about? There have been some mentions about water, chlorine, and generally common summer vacation activities causing challenges with nail coverings. It is not every day that

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Keywords: client issues   gels   troubleshooting  
True or False? Find Out if These Nail Myths Are Real
  • May 20, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

I’ve enjoyed reading your messages and have some answers for your myth questions that you can share with clients! Gel nails are better for your nails then liquid and powder.False. To quote Greg Salo from Young Nails,

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   troubleshooting  
Tips for Working with Gel
  • April 28, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

 I’ve had some requests for help with gels. One of the most difficult things is getting the hang of working with it, especially if you are used to working with liquid and powder. It is a

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Just in Time for Summer: New Rockstar Technique
  • April 13, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

 Summer is just around the corner and toes are peeking out of sandals more and more everyday! An easy add on for pedis is glitter work — you can even add it to manicures using the

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Keywords: gels   nail art   pedicures   troubleshooting  
Tech-to-Tech: How Do You Price a Fill?
  • January 18, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Now and then instead of typing up a blog that leaves you with only my opinion on something, I would like to ask for comments that express your opinion. Tech-to-tech networking is a great way to

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   tech-to-tech sharing  
Caring for (and Understanding) the Cuticle
  • January 5, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

To start in on fulfilling your requests for help with preventing lifting, a good place to begin is the cuticle. Most likely we all go through the steps of cuticle work and everyone uses different tools,

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Keywords: acrylics   continuing education   gels   natural nail care   student issues  
Chasing the (Fill) Line
  • December 28, 2010
  • Holly Schippers

Do you notice at this time of year when everyone is busy celebrating and enjoying friends and family that they perhaps like wearing their enhancements a bit longer? Maybe they keep the length the same but

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Keywords: acrylics   gels   troubleshooting  

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