tech-to-tech sharing


Guin's Competition Experience
  • February 24, 2014
  • Holly Schippers

It was so exciting to read Guin's guest blog before IBS. Let's see what she has to say after!— HollyHere's how my day of competitions went. The first competition was "Inspired Artistic Genius." This is a

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Sealing Short Nails
  • February 18, 2014
  • Holly Schippers

After the video that addressed removal issues, a few things came up. I will do some follow-up blogs and videos to address your questions and concerns. The first one I'm going to help you with is

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
is the book club working for you?
  • December 6, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONEI noticed that there aren't many replies to the book club blogs. Are you all reading along and just not up to posting or would you like me to postpone the book club until January when

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Risqué Polish names Causin' trouble!
  • November 18, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Have you ever taken a look at one of the nail notes or lists you write to yourself and thought about how it would look to someone that did not do nails? Just take one company

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Salon Add-on: Easy Hair Styling
  • November 8, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

One of the classes available for attendees at the BFF event was a crash course on fun, quick, and easy hairstyles that don't require much product or accessory work to achieve. It was taught by Amanda

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
Questions About Nail Art Stamping?
  • September 6, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Hello out there in cyber nail land! I’ve been doing some checking into the whole nail stamping thing because so many of you continuing to ask questions about it. I have come across some fun info:

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Using Ketchup to Explain Nail Art -- Seriously!
  • July 1, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

What is the strangest medium you’ve ever used to explain something nail related? I find myself improvising sometimes in class or in the salon when I am trying to help someone visualize what I am talking

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Keywords: continuing education   nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Doing Nails in New Zealand
  • July 1, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

This weekend finds me in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m here for the beauty expo and to do a class for the nail distributor that brought me over. I’m excited to work for Aimee (shown in the

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Keywords: continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
Use Your "Nail Eyes" for Inspiration!
  • July 1, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

How often do you think to yourself, “I spy with my nail eyes”? I hope as much as we have discussed it over the years that you think it almost every day! In case you have

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Are Your Clients Invested in Your Nail Journey?
  • July 1, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Are your clients involved in your career? Do they know how passionate you are about the care for their natural nails no matter what service they have done? How about how much education you have and

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Keywords: client issues   tech-to-tech sharing  
Should We Make a T-Shirt?
  • July 1, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Above: Fan Cecilia in her FNF Rockstar shirt in JapanNow that the fan nickname has been decided do you feel like there should be a T-shirt?My thoughts are along the lines of a few bullet point

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Did That Seriously Happen?
  • July 1, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Ever have a moment in the salon when you think to yourself: Is this for real? Did that seriously happen? This past week as I was packing up the salon owner proceeded to tell me a

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Keywords: client issues   tech-to-tech sharing  
Are You a FingerNailFixer Freak?
  • July 1, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

I was just recently discussing with my BFF that I still didn’t have an address to send the prize out for the fan nickname contest. So here I go this morning looking back through the blogs

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New Zealand Nail Art Competition
  • June 24, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

You never know what things will cross your path in this industry! I was asked to submit a photo for a nail art competition in New Zealand. The nail professionals there were provided only with the photo

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Did You Go to the NailTech Network Orlando Social? Holly Crashed thr Party!
  • June 10, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

If you’ve met me then you know I’m generally laid back, hard-working, and pretty easy to get along with. If you’ve gotten to know me then you’ve found that occasionally I can let my inner mischievous

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Keywords: continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
How Do Your Clients Request Nail Art?
  • June 10, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

What is the most unique way a client has presented to you what she would like done for her nails? A client had a new experience in store for me recently when she brought in a

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Keywords: client issues   tech-to-tech sharing  
What Was Your Favorite Part of Premiere Orlando?
  • June 10, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Wow! Premiere Orlando was something else! If you were at the show, what were some of your favorite parts? What classes did you take? Something I enjoyed was participating in the live broadcast of Nail Talk

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Keywords: continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
Introduce Yourself at Premiere Orlando!
  • May 30, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Are you in Orlando or getting ready to leave? I would love to see you again or meet you, this year I can be found in the CND booth #6245 so be sure to swing by

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Top 10 Tips You've Learned From Holly
  • May 28, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

I’ve been asked to present 10 tips of the trade at an upcoming event. I would like to be sure to choose the 10 that would be most useful to nail professionals and thought what better

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Creating Swarovski Encrusted Toenails
  • May 20, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Last September when I was in the UK I noticed a big trend where the toenails are completely covered in Swarovski crystals. So this year, I made sure to get some tips on doing the service,

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Keywords: business building   nail art   pedicures   tech-to-tech sharing  
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  
Let's Talk About Interesting Nail Facts!
  • May 6, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Watching Wild Kratts with my son on PBS I heard an interesting bit of trivia: A rattlesnake’s scales are made up of keratin just like fingernails are! What interesting nail tidbits have you learned over the

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Blog Feedback Appreciated!
  • April 19, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Today I have some questions for you all!The business-building series of blogs from guests have come to an end. Did you like them? Would you like to see more of them later in the year?I’m headed

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Name Holly's Fans by Monday, April 22
  • April 19, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Have you put your vote in for the naming contest yet? I’ve realized a decision date was left off, so I wanted to give you a heads up that it was coming to an end on

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Help Holly Name Her Followers!
  • April 11, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

You might like a bit of background story before I introduce this next contest! The story begins at ABS in Chicago during booth set-up. Fellow CND education ambassador Jennifer Harrison was asking me if my Facebook

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What to Look for in an E-File, Experts Weight In
  • April 9, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

I sometimes get questions about how to choose an e-file. Not being an e-file user I don’t feel qualified to answer those questions and don’t like leaving questions unanswered! To solve the dilemma I asked three

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
For Good Karma, Offer Some Encouragement
  • April 9, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

How’s your karma quota? I don’t think we can ever put out too much good karma. I was browsing through the photos on the 365 Days of Nail Art Blog and noticing that most of the

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Keywords: nail art   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Myth Contest Winner Announced
  • April 3, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

I owe you all a winner from the myth contest, thanks for the great suggestions for myths to add to Doug’s list! Erika Gravato, you are the winner of the drawing for the free Doug Schoon’s

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Are You Going to Premiere Orlando? Come Network With Other Nail Techs!
  • March 26, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

If you are going to the Premiere Orlando this year, you can’t miss the Nail Tech Network Social! It is such a great time for networking and seeing a glimpse of what will be at the

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Keywords: continuing education   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Buisiness Building: Treat Your Clients Well, But Be Firm
  • March 25, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Jennifer Halfon is an educator for Young Nails. We have met online and I had the privilege of taking one of her art classes when she was in Des Moines. She is a talented and passionate

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Keywords: business building   client issues   tech-to-tech sharing  
Get the FingerNailFixer Combo from LaVaque
  • February 28, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

This week’s business building blog is an invitation to step outside your box. Setting limits on what you think you can do, sets limits on your business. Barry LaVaque found that his business specialty could encompass

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Keywords: business building   nail art   retailing   tech-to-tech sharing  
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  
Tech-to-Tech: There's an (Nail) App for That
  • January 28, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

We are living in the digital age and as such have more resources for nails and knowledge than ever before. One of those technical advances is an app. It seems like anytime you are curious about

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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  
Have You Watched Nailgasm Yet?
  • January 15, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Every now and then I have some time to kill — crazy, I know. I like to look back through other blogs, dink a bit on Pinterest, try catching up on email, etc. A blog NAILS

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Event Loyalty Card for Nail Tech Event of the Smokies
  • January 14, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Last year was my first visit to the Nail Tech Event of the Smokies and I was so excited to see a large nails-only event. It is basically a small show just for nail professionals —

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
Happy New Year (2013)!
  • January 10, 2013
  • Holly Schippers

Hope things are off to a great start for you! Have you made any professional goals for the year? Maybe destination education, trying a new service, or having a plan to raise your prices? I’m looking

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Thank You 2012...Looking Forward to 2013
  • December 18, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

As 2012 comes to a close, I hope that there were enough good things about your year to outweigh the bad. Now seems to me like the perfect time to say thank you for the great

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Plan Now for a Nail Cruise Next Fall
  • December 18, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

The New Year is approaching fast and it is time to take a look at what is to come! What education are you thinking of for next year? Are you thinking of traveling to a show,

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Keywords: business building   continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
Tis the Day Before Christmas...
  • December 18, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

It’s the day before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature is stirring….who am I kidding? A lot of us are running around like chickens with our heads cut off! Some taking last minute

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Pre-Plan Now for Return Clients in 2013
  • December 18, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

With the influx of extra clients you may have right now for the holidays, what are you doing to bring them back next year? Have you gathered addresses for follow-up cards or birthdays as a reason

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
Don't Forget to Take Care of Yourself
  • December 18, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

With the holiday rush upon the salon, I just wanted to extend a friendly reminder to take care of yourselves in these days of extended hours and squeezed in extras. Drink plenty of water to avoid

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Keywords: 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  
See the Snow with Your Nail Eyes
  • December 4, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Some of you, like myself, live in a climate where snow has either begun to flurry now and then or is imminent. Most of the time it becomes an inconvenience and I hear a lot of

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Do You Offer Black Friday and Cyber Monday Salon Specials?
  • December 4, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Business building is something on the minds of nail professionals new and old in some cases. After asking for blog suggestions on my Facebook page it was the most common request. With that in mind I

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
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  
Thumb Palette and New Fall Nail Art Video
  • November 12, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Sometimes you just run across things that make your life easier. I have recently discovered some of these things thanks to my friend Alicia Bryant-Mayes. When she called me talking about a thumb palette and some

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UK Nail Tech Shares Nail Art Videos
  • November 8, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

When visiting the UK, one of the host locations had run a contest for a nail professional to spend some time with me getting pointers on making YouTube videos. We all know it has definitely been

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Before and After Pictures Are Good Marketing Tools
  • November 2, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Remember the blog where we talked about taking pictures of returning clients to show the wear of your services and how they held up and the nails still looked good? Another version of that is before-and-after

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Get Inspired by Autumn Beauty
  • October 29, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

I love this time of year when clients let loose some of their nail inhibitions and venture into bolder expressions of themselves on those 10 fantastic accessories they carry around daily! I hope you are having

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Finding a Kindred Spirit
  • October 25, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

It is always awesome to meet and know people who have a passion for what they do. This is even true for me when spending time with educators from other companies! I have had the privilege

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
It's Time to Be More Professional
  • October 23, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

I try to be positive on most blogs. However some days a girl just needs to take a page from Maggie’s book and have a bit of a rant! I’m still trying to find my way

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Do You Use E-Mail Groups for Your Salon Promos?
  • October 17, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

It might shock some of you to know, but organization is not one of my stronger qualities. I am ever on a quest to be more organized and find that life tends to get in the

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Keywords: business building   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Holly Shows Her Love of the UK
  • October 9, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

If you will indulge me, I would like to take a blog to thank everyone who took the time to come and see me at one of my UK tour stops. It was so wonderful to

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Keywords: continuing education   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
British Blogger Turns the Camera on Holly
  • October 9, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

 While in the UK working at the Olympia Beauty Show in London, I was honored with my first “TV” interview done by Hollie Wakeham — UK Beauty Blogging, video trending, and industry interviewer. It was pretty

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Keywords: continuing education   nail art   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Don't Fear the Nail Form
  • September 17, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

I think enhancements can be more fun to do when sculpted because tipping requires the effort of match, fit, and blend if you are going to really do them up nice. What tends to stop a

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Keywords: acrylics   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
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  
Politicians Are Sellling Nail Polish?
  • September 12, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

What are your thoughts on politicians using nail polish as a fundraiser? I was e-mailed this link by my BFF and just find myself unsure of what to think. On one hand it feels a little

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Keywords: retailing   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Seeing Is Believing -- Show Your Clients Results
  • August 30, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Have you ever heard the phrase “seeing is believing”? How true do you feel it is? Do you think it matters to you when you see things for yourself or to clients to see for themselves?

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Question About Pedicure Chair (and Don't Forget to Vote!)
  • August 22, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

I love the annual NAILS Magazine Readers Choice awards because it gives me the chance to not only vote for my favorite products but to see what other techs love as well. I refer back to

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Keywords: pedicures   tech-to-tech sharing  
Loving Millie's Marketing Tips
  • August 22, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

In doing a quick appearance on Nail Talk Radio on August 6, I was inspired as usual by Millie’s Marketing Tips and felt the need to share some info from her with you. She is truly

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
FingerNailFixer Shirts (and a UK Edition too)
  • August 7, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Thanks for the inquiries on how to get a FingerNailFixer shirt! I regret that you have missed having it in time for the contest but am so touched that you would want a shirt anyway! I

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Bling Out Your FingerNailFixer T-Shirts for a Chance to Win!
  • August 7, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

This must be the summer of contests for me, I promised a contest for a chance to win the CND Additives to those who got a FingerNailFixer T-Shirt and I am ready to deliver on that

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Back to School and Holiday Planning Already? Yep!
  • August 7, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

With the beginning of the school year here for some and looming on the horizon for others, are you starting to plan out your fall/winter game plan? Will you be offering any nail art specials or

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
Get Holly's Foil and CND Additives Nail Art Look
  • August 7, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

 I’m glad the gel video from last week seemed to be helpful to some of you! Lots of requests did come through for a video on how to do my nails in the video and I

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Holly Loves Body Glitter Add-ons (And Gives Some Away Too!)
  • July 26, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

I enjoyed seeing your ideas for add-ons! The add-on I wanted to share with you is body art. It is so much fun to do a fresh set of rockstar toes and then add a matching

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Keywords: business building   continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
What's Your Favorite Add-On?
  • July 20, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Congrats to Elsa Zukowski, Shirlee Ann Kerr, and Gabriella Rodriguez! (Gabriella, please e-mail editor@nailsmag.com so we can get your gift sent to you!) You have each won a bottle of Shellac! I enjoyed reading all of

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Holly's Bucket List (and Another Giveaway!)
  • July 18, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Congrats to Valerie and Sue, winners from the last blog giveaway!I’ve finally got a chance to sit down and read my July NAILS and loved the professional bucket lists! It inspired me to think of what

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Vicki Peters Asks Holly Some Questions (and Another Giveaway!)
  • July 13, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Congrats to Kristine Thiessen, winner from yesterday’s blog! You will be receiving an e-mail, please be sure to reply with a mailing address. I have a few things left for giving away, but thought you might

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Keywords: continuing education   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Congrats to the Winners and More Show Giveaways
  • July 12, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Congrats to the winners of the IBD Just Gel Polish — Vicki Morales and Cecilia Bustamante! You should be getting an e-mail from myself or one of the NAILS team today so watch for it as

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IBD Giveaway
  • July 6, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

You always hear about how beneficial it is to attend a show, and we all know the networking can be amazing. However the reality is we all can't make it to a show every year for

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I Need a Square-Like Device for My Blackberry!
  • July 3, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

If you will indulge me I need to channel my inner Maggie today and ask for help! I’m sure by now lots of you have heard about the Square. I have blogged about it, had my

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Keywords: business building   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Watch Our Roundtable from the Smokies Event
  • July 2, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

This past weekend in Gatilinburg, Tenn., I had the honor of attending an amazing event — Nail Tech Networking Event of the Smokies. It was an amazing day of fun and learning preceded by a party

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Keywords: social media   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Behind the Scenes for the July Cover
  • June 26, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

How on earth do you top doing your first cover? Doing your second cover on the same day, but getting to create and select the colors and design of course! For the July cover of NAILS,

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Keywords: nail art   pedicures   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Floral French How-To Video
  • June 25, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

I continue to find myself being asked to create things seen on Pinterest. Once I create and photograph them, I find myself getting video requests. Here is another Pinterest-inspired design with an idea on a simple

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Take a Virtual Tour of Premiere Orlando 2012
  • June 21, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

As a new nail professional I had hopes of someday attending a big show. Hopefully everyone has that hope — for the networking, the atmosphere, and the chance to see what’s going on outside your own

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Keywords: continuing education   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Backstage at CND Shellac Couture Show
  • June 11, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Whew! Was Premiere Orlando a crazy ride or what? It was an exciting show for me as I applied for and received my very first press pass! So exciting to attend and represent the industry as

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Keywords: nail art   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Nail Art Inspired by Stained Glass
  • May 29, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Hopefully at this point of having heard me say look at things through your nail eyes you understand what I mean. How is the translation of what you see going from your imagination to the nails

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Sneaker Nail Art Tutorial
  • May 24, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

After posting the blog about Pinterest inspired art that included a photo of the Shellac sneakers I had done, there were requests coming in from everywhere for a video how to on doing them! Since you

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My First NAILS Cover
  • May 21, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Meet my very first cover model, Ariel. Isn’t she beautiful? I had the privilege of checking an item off my “Bucket List” this past March while in California when I did nails for my first NAILS

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
NAILS New Troubleshooter Video Series
  • May 16, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

One cat is officially out of the bag! Part of my March trip to the NAILS offices in California was to help start off the new NAILS TV Troubleshooter series designed to help techs no matter

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
The Beauty of Prom Nails
  • May 9, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Does the word prom make you tingle with anticipation or dread? I don’t think there is much middle ground — techs either love it or dread it, the same as stylists. How do you personally feel

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
For Those About to Rockstar, We Salute You
  • May 7, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Occasionally upon checking into the salon page via Facebook when about to begin a busy day I comment: “For those about to Rockstar, we salute you.” The phrase just struck me one day having listened to

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Use Your Nail Eyes to Create Ritual Trays
  • April 26, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

We have talked about seeing things with your “nail eyes” before and so many of you have learned to find new inspirations for nail designs, colors, or even textures. Today I would like you to think

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Keywords: salon decor/design   tech-to-tech sharing  
Practice, Practice, Practice
  • April 18, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Sometimes it feels like you will never do a great nail, especially when you are in school and all anyone ever does is tell you to practice — and then practice some more. Getting discouraged can

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Keywords: continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Meet Hannah
  • April 18, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Remember when I told you the blog might hop around a bit for a month or so? Here we go back to California at the NAILS offices to get to know NAILS editor and associate publisher

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Keywords: nail art   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Flashback to CND Education Ambassador Training
  • April 18, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Let’s hop back in time a few weeks to my CND training where I got to learn some new tricks to share and see same fabulous nails. All of the education ambassadors are asked to come

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Keywords: continuing education   nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Polishing Tiny (or Bitten) Nails
  • April 10, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

As nail professionals we see nails in all shape, lengths, and conditions. The one several of you have been asking about lately is the dreaded bitten nail that has been cannibalized down to a little nub

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
E-File Q&A With Vicki Peters
  • April 6, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

When visiting NAILS a couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to cross paths with Vicki Peters. I can remember reading advice she would post on BeautyTech when I was a newbie and absorbing her knowledge

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Keywords: continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Meet Tim
  • April 5, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Let’s face it — in an industry full of women, you need to be a pretty good sport if you’re going to survive it as a guy. One such guy is Tim Crowley at NAILS Magazine.

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Keywords: social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
"Vegas" Nail Art Video
  • April 3, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

How are things going for you? A bit busy here so it may start to feel like my blog has A.D.D. over the next couple of weeks! I have more from the trip to NAILS, but

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Teamwork Is Inspiring
  • March 28, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

How many of you have a salon Facebook page? How about a website? How much time does it take you to maintain it if you do not outsource the work? Now imagine you have nearly 100,000

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
Creating an Almond-Shaped Nail
  • March 15, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Filing nails seems like an easy enough thing to do, however there are some shapes that pose more of a challenge than others. One such shape is the almond. I’m not talking about your Grandma’s style

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Keywords: natural nail care   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Upcoming Networking at Orlando and the Smokies
  • March 8, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Coming off the high of being at ABS has me ready to make plans for Premiere in Orlando. I just bought my ticket to the BeautyTech BBQ! If you ever go to the Orlando show, the

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Keywords: continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
Thanks for Stopping By
  • March 7, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Did you make it to ABS in Chicago this last weekend? I did not venture much out of the CND booth as I was working, but it sounded like there were some interesting things going on!

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
See Holly (and NAILS) at ABS Chicago This Weekend
  • February 29, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Are any of you headed to the ABS Show in Chicago this weekend? Last year was a lot of fun; I really enjoyed chatting with some of you at the NAILS booth! What are you looking

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Keywords: continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
Introducing 3 New Nail Art Designs for ICE
  • February 21, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

The ICE (Iowa Cosmetology Educators) 2012 Design Team has finally presented the 2012 designs and I’m so excited to share some of them with you! I’ve committed to three exclusive videos ,so I while I will

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Keywords: continuing education   nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Are Nail Salons on Pinterest?
  • February 16, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

How many of you have discovered Pinterest? I have had lots of people telling me about it for what seems like months and recently find myself bombarded with requests to put some of my work up.

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Keywords: nail art   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Tech-to-Tech: Do You Place Blame or Find Solutions?
  • January 31, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

When someone comes into the salon and has issues with their nails not wearing as they should, is your first instinct to look for blame or access the damages and hunt for solutions? So often I

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
It's Beauty Show Season!
  • January 26, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

How is your marketing plan for the year looking? I’m on April/May and trying to decide if I want to go the Mother’s day route, do a social media special, or somehow combine the two. What

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Keywords: business building   continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
Concepting New Nail Styles
  • January 20, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

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Keywords: continuing education   nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Get Clients to Bring in Polish Bottles for $1 Off
  • January 17, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

How did the marketing thoughts go over the weekend? I think I have my polish promotion put together and plan to implement it this week through February instead of a Valentine’s Day special. Nothing wrong with

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
What Are Your Marketing Plans?
  • January 13, 2012
  • Holly Schippers

Have you started mapping out your year for marketing yet? I’m working on mine and trying to decide if I want to do things seasonally, quarterly, or bi-monthly. I’m leaning toward bi-monthly and creating my own

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
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  
What Can Your Nail Glue Do For You?
  • December 14, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

When Elmer’s Glue won't do, it’s nail adhesive to the rescue! Working on a craft project with my son, we found some parts of the project that just would not stay stuck with the glue that

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Creating Nail Fashion for Your Clients
  • December 7, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Have you ever noticed that some people have weird preconceived notions about nail art? Some act like it is for a certain age group or “type” of person. To me nail art is simply art done

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
How Do You Go Above and Beyond?
  • December 2, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Are there any special things out of the ordinary that you do for your clients? There are things we should all do that fall into the realm of good customer service, but I’m looking for that

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
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  
Marketing Webinar Next Monday
  • November 17, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

If you ever listen to Nail Talk Radio on Monday nights, then you are familiar with the amazing marketing tips that Mille Morgan Haynam dispenses on a regular basis. I have a lot of respect for

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
Make It a Display
  • November 4, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

How many times do you take the literature home from a show or a class and drop or set it somewhere and there it stays? Maybe you sort through some of it eventually, maybe not. Why

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Can You Embody the Aloha Spirit?
  • November 3, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Hopefully you are not tired of hearing about Hawaii, just in case I will try to make this the last blog about it. LOL. Customer service in a lot of businesses and even a lot of

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Keywords: client issues   tech-to-tech sharing  
Tech-to-Tech Sharing: The Little Details
  • October 21, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

What do you do in the salon to go above and beyond to create a great atmosphere? Big or small, any salon could put effort into giving guests an indulgent treat just by walking into your

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Are You Networking?
  • October 14, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

How important is networking? There are so many opportunities to be in involved in the nail community outside the bubble around your table! I was so impressed with the power of industry networking last week in

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Keywords: business building   continuing education   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Is Facebook Useful or a Distraction?
  • October 3, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you listen to Nail Talk Radio? I try to tune in when I am in the position to do so, my favorite is when I can listen AND be in the chat room :o) This

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Keywords: social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Do You Think Beyond Pink?
  • September 30, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you feel a little pinked out some Octobers? It seems like every company in the industry has jumped on the pink bandwagon and while it is a very worthy cause there are other things out

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Do You Want to Do the Cover Nails for a Book?
  • September 29, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Ever think about doing the nails, design, or imaging for a book cover? Here is a chance for you! Trish Rock is an award-winning nail artist who works with the nail industry by mentoring nail technicians

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Keywords: business building   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
I Love Doing Nails!
  • September 28, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

How much do you love doing nails? I love feeling the energy of other people who love doing nails. Doing demos this past weekend nail after nail, I remembered how the excitement with each crowd of

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Keywords: continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
Are You Ready for Some Football?
  • September 26, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

With football season back in full swing, I want to know what services you offer to cater to the client who is a fan. Do you have college team specials or NFL tips or toes? What

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Belated Thank You to Our Troops
  • September 20, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you think people will ever hear the numbers 9/11 again without cringing a bit? I have a hard time thinking of that day. Whether it seemed to impact you personally back then, it impacts many

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Tech-to-Tech: What do you order for the holidays?
  • September 14, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Have you ordered your holiday retail stash yet?As I’m in between clients today drooling over the fab cucumber pamper pack and limited-time Solar Oil with the special scent CND will have and trying to decide how

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Keywords: retailing   tech-to-tech sharing  
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  
Do You Have A Nail Friend?
  • September 1, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you have a “nail friend”? You know the one person who gets the “industry stuff”? I am fortunate enough to have lots of nail friends, but one whom also happens to be one of my

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Keywords: nail art   tech-to-tech sharing  
Being Proactive: Where Do You Start?
  • August 23, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Hi! How are things going this week? After the blog about being proactive, there were some comments asking for help on figuring out where to start. How about we make a game plan together? The first

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
I Got To Do My Daughter's Nails!
  • August 16, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you have daughters? Do you do their nails? One of the most common questions I get when people find out I have a daughter is “do you do her nails all the time”? While this

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Do You Barter Your Services?
  • August 10, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you ever trade services? You know “I will do your nails if you groom my dog.” Or “How about if we do each other’s toes?” If not, why? It can be a mutually beneficial way

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
Job Interview Tips
  • August 5, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you recall last week’s request for advice? I wanted to be sure and thank you all for your words of wisdom and encouragement! It seemed like a good idea to share one of the replies

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Keywords: business building   continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
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  
Be Your Own Cheerleader -- For an Entire Month
  • July 27, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

What makes you special? Why should someone come to you for services? What are some of your best qualities as a person? As a professional? All too often I hear techs getting down on themselves for

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Keywords: healthy working   tech-to-tech sharing  
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  
You Might Be a Nail Geek If...
  • July 20, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Nail professionals tend to be either treading water holding down a job, or constantly swimming upstream looking for new challenges to keep the passion for a career they love burning brightly. I like to think of

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Keywords: social media   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  
What Is Your Product Passion?
  • July 12, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

What is your product passion? Every nail tech has a product that they love beyond reason — OK maybe two or three products. Think back over all the time you’ve done nails — whether that time

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Tech-to-Tech: How Do You Balance It All?
  • July 6, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

If we are all honest, there comes a time when you have so much going on that something has to give. When you get there, what gives? Do you take time out of family time? Cut

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Keywords: healthy working   tech-to-tech sharing  
Don't Make Me Blush
  • July 1, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you recall that I am an Education Ambassador for CND? I know I never mention them so it isn’t obvious or anything. LOL. Recently an amazing honor was bestowed on me and I wondered if

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Keywords: continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
Refresh Your Nail Notebook (Or Start One If You're New!)
  • June 24, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Welcome to the global craft project for any and all nail professionals! Some of you may remember seeing this previously, but I wanted to post links to it again to either take up where you left

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
True Blood SpaManicure
  • June 9, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Remember back when we talked about creating custom services? Just mixing and matching things in the product line that you already use to make something fun and interesting for the regulars or to help attract newcomers.

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Keywords: natural nail care   tech-to-tech sharing  
Where Are You From And What Is the Current Nail Trend?
  • June 1, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

As you are reading this I am either running around like a crazy person trying to make sure I am not forgetting to take or do anything, driving to the airport, or flying off to London.

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Keywords: social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Tech-to-Tech: How Did You Improve Your Service Times?
  • May 31, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

It seems that a lot of you did consider yourself slow! If you feel like you have the technique down, what can you possibly do to speed up? I’m sure you are tired of hearing it,

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Keywords: client issues   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
What Do You Do When You're Having a Bad Day?
  • May 18, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Ever had a bad day? Not a wimpy bad day like you ran out of Fruit Loops and had to eat Cheerios bad day, but the kind where the alarm goes off in the middle of

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Keywords: client issues   healthy working   tech-to-tech sharing  
What's Your Favorite Nail Myth?
  • May 13, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

We have all heard them, the informative tips that people have for stronger nails, longer nails, and how to let your nails breathe. I nearly hurt myself laughing this morning reading a post on Nail Tips,

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Response to Wiggly Clients
  • May 11, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

The response to the problem client blog was great!  I would like to carry it over into another blog to address something that so many of you commented on having — wiggly clients! I put it

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Keywords: client issues   tech-to-tech sharing  
Before You Write That Problem Client Off …
  • May 6, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you have problem clients? I bet a face or two just popped into your mind’s eye! What do you consider a problem client? Some issues that we run into are not necessarily that the person

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Keywords: business building   client issues   tech-to-tech sharing  
Step Out of the Box for Continuing Education
  • April 22, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you ever feel like if you like one product you shouldn’t acknowledge other products? Or are you a big fan of closet chemistry mixing-and-matching whatever suits you? Sometimes nail professionals feel pulled in different directions

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Keywords: business building   continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Tech-to-Tech: Building Your Clientele
  • April 15, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Getting started in the nail business can be intimidating. What prices do you charge? Are your services good enough? Can you survive on salon income? So many questions race through your mind. Once you get started,

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Keywords: business building   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
A Little Help From My Nail Friends
  • April 8, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Hello out there in nail land. How are things going this week? For the blog this time I would like to get some feedback on a few things I have on my blog to-do list so

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Keywords: social media   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Tech-to-Tech Sharing: What Are Your Favorite Resources?
  • April 5, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Have you ever heard the tip debates asking if we prefer to be thought of as a waitress or as a doctor-type person? I’m not touching the whole tipping debate with a 10-foot pole today, but

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Keywords: client issues   healthy working   tech-to-tech sharing  
Would You Be OK If Your Phone or Computer Crashed?
  • April 1, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

How much of a tech junkie are you? Could you live without your laptop? Is your cell phone nearly a lifeline? To that end what would happen if one or both of them crashed, were stolen, or

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Keywords: client issues   social media   tech-to-tech sharing   troubleshooting  
Q&A About the Square Credit Card Reader
  • March 23, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Are you doing nails as a one man show, or in a small salon, or maybe booth rent? If you take your own form of payment, you may have noticed that clients are increasingly wishing to

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Keywords: business building   retailing   tech-to-tech sharing  
Headed to Chicago for ABS!
  • March 9, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

I’m getting a little excited about going to America’s Beauty Show in Chicago this weekend to the point of drawing a total blank as to what to blog about! I have a fabulous roomie lined up,

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Keywords: business building   continuing education   tech-to-tech sharing  
Tech-to-Tech: Home Advice For Clients
  • March 4, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you offer any home care advice above and beyond the usual? Maybe something fun, functional, or just plain creative to help clients take better care of their hands between visits? Wouldn’t it be nice to

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Delving Deeper Into Facebook Lists With Rhonda Kibuk
  • February 25, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

If you do much online networking, or even networking at shows, you have probably run into Rhonda Kibuk from The Purple Pinkie. She is knowledgeable, fun, and willing to share. I am constantly in awe of

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Keywords: business building   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Accessible Nail Tech Networking
  • February 18, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

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Keywords: business building   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Planning for Prom, Mother’s Day
  • February 8, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

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Keywords: business building   retailing   tech-to-tech sharing  
Working Faster
  • February 3, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

So many times I hear nail professionals ask how do I get faster, what can I do to be faster. Sometimes in the race to be the fastest details are sacrificed for speed. If you can

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Keywords: tech-to-tech sharing  
Tech-to-Tech: Do You Go to Trade Shows?
  • February 1, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

With ISSE in Long Beach this past weekend, shows are on the mind of many. Do you ever go to shows? For the next tech-to-tech, shows seem like a good idea for a topic. If you

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Keywords: business building   tech-to-tech sharing  
Creating a Signature Service (Part 2)
  • January 31, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

How has the brainstorming been going? Have you found things to mix and match and make new services out of them? At this point I find notes really help me visualize my thoughts and put things

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Keywords: business building   natural nail care   pedicures   tech-to-tech sharing  
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  
Setting Up a Facebook Page (Part 2)
  • January 13, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

How is your salon Facebook page coming along? Have you loaded some photos? Have you picked up some fans? Are you waiting for more detail from me?  I want to clarify some things from the last

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Keywords: business building   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Setting Up a Facebook Page for Your Salon (Part 1)
  • January 11, 2011
  • Holly Schippers

Do you have a Facebook page for your salon? If the answer is no, could I ask why not? Facebook is a free resource that could be an interactive tool that brings clients into the salon.

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Keywords: business building   social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
Welcome to the FingerNailFixer
  • December 15, 2010
  • Holly Schippers

Hello and welcome! It is so wonderful to “see” you here. My name is Holly L. Schippers (pronounced skippers, think school). I have been a nail technician since the beginning of 1999. I became an Education

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Keywords: social media   tech-to-tech sharing  
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