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Am I in the Twilight Zone?
  • February 26, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

It started with a simple inquiry from a prospective client who e-mailed to say that she wanted to book an appointment with me, but first she wanted to know if I did “full acrylic and not

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Keywords: clients   marketing/promotions   salon services  
Lifters Gonna Lift
  • February 14, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

I have been on the great quest for the Perfect Product [insert sound of angels singing] but, alas [dramatic sigh], I fear there is none.Part of the problem comes from looking at techs posting pictures to

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
The Quest for Good Enough
  • January 24, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

Being a professional nail tech — at least the type of nail tech I am; you know, out here in the “trenches” — is all about finding a balance between that nagging quest for perfection in

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Keywords: nail tech issues   salon services  
It’s Gonna Take Three Hours, OK?
  • December 2, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

For a long time, I bought into the “time is money” philosophy. I caved to the pressure to book on the hour and be able to perform every service on my menu in one hour or

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Keywords: money   salon services  
The Test of Time
  • November 20, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

We spent our weekend at Disneyland. Disneyland remains our preferred destination for a weekend out of town, being not entirely local, but not too far for a weekend trip. But our weekends are not the point.

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Keywords: professionalism   salon services  
The Whole Nail and Back Again
  • November 13, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

When doing rockstar nails in acrylic, I really prefer to do a French style. It’s easier to change the colors this way — all I have to do is a backfill. If the client really wants

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Underbidding the Job
  • October 23, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

A few weeks ago I got a text from a potential client asking about booking an appointment and wanting to know if I could do a set “like this” and what would I charge for it. She

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Keywords: clients   money   salon services  
The End of the Trademark Design
  • October 18, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I can’t believe I missed half of the October nail art season already. Yikes! (Have I mentioned that I LOVE Halloween?) I have been so excited about getting back in the salon and whipping up some

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Keywords: salon services  
Little Glass Marbles
  • October 2, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

You probably have some in your arsenal, or at least have seen them in pictures. They are very popular for use as flower middles on 3-D art, and sometimes as edging around a design or whatnot. What

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Accent Toe?
  • September 25, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Right now my clients are loving the “accent nail” look — which they all seem to think of as “the new thing” even though it was SO the hotness back in the late ’80s/early ’90’s when

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Yes, It’s Returnable
  • September 20, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Close to three years ago now, I got a phone call from a sweet lady in Montana...or maybe Idaho...or possibly Wyoming. Well, I got a call from a sweet lady who lived very far away from

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I Like Big Brushes and I Cannot Lie
  • July 29, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I remember, back in my first year as a nail tech, wrestling with my product. I just couldn’t seem to find that sweet spot that allowed me to pick up a bead of acrylic that was

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Reading the Fine Print
  • July 19, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

When I decided to experiment with online booking, I was wary. Letting other people book services for me has never proven to go smoothly in the past and that was in salons with a professional receptionist,

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Giving Up My Million-Dollar Idea
  • July 17, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Almost every client I have puts her hands inside my UV lamps. That’s a lot of wiping out and disinfecting the bottoms of the lamps. Today, one of my gel-polish clients asked me what was all

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Priced as Marked
  • July 12, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

How I charge for services has become increasingly varied over the last few years. It’s not a simple matter of “how much is a full set” anymore, now it’s more like, “Well it starts at X

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Gel...Like That Stuff You Put in Your Hair
  • July 10, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Photo courtesy of Sara Khalaf/NailsbySara (https://www.facebook.com/skhalaf2007) I talk about gel a lot, don’t I? Well, acrylic was the first product for building nail extensions that really took off here in the States. For a couple of decades,

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Up For a Challenge
  • June 28, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Some days I’m all for a challenge. Bring me a photo of nails you found on Pinterest, bring me a dress you need to match, I’m all over it! The wheels get to turning and I’m

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
On the Other Hand
  • June 7, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

So I was talking about picking a niche, right? But there are a lot of people out there who are convinced that my own niche — all that clunky acrylic loaded down with glitter and artwork —

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Keywords: money   nail tech issues   salon services  
Pick a Niche
  • June 5, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I was recently contemplating how diverse the nail industry has become in the last couple of years. It’s actually offered a lot of diversity for a very long time, but just these last few years that diversity

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Keywords: marketing/promotions   nail tech issues   salon services  
How Did We Lose Focus?
  • May 24, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I was recently thumbing through my June copy of NAILS and stopped to read Jennifer Lambert’s “Just My Opinion” piece. Now I don’t know about “getting along,” and I have tons of thoughts about why we don’t

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Keywords: nail tech issues   salon services  
Not In Real Life
  • May 1, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

The problem with all those awesome pictures being posted on the Internet by polish and nail art bloggers and other do-it-yourself types of the nail art and fashion variety is that they do these amazing-looking things

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Too Cute
  • April 22, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

In the time that I’ve been paying attention to it — almost 30 years now — I’ve seen trends in nail art come ’round full circle more than once. I live in an area where nail art

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Not as Good as Mine
  • April 5, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Lately I’ve really been feeling self-conscious about some of the hand-painted nail art I’ve been turning out. My circles are wonky, straight lines are fuzzy, everything seems just a little off. Like my eyes are going, I’m

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Move Over Gel-Polish
  • March 22, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

When gel-polish hit the market a few years ago, I jumped on it. Invested an embarrassing amount of money into the stuff and have continued to do so because it really is the first major technical

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Keywords: Art of Nailz   salon services  
Pretty on Bad
  • March 11, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Over the years I have had so many people tell me they could never be “good at nails” because they can’t paint. I’ve heard many different versions of this thought, but essentially it always comes down

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues   salon services  
I Am Old
  • February 22, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Have you ever walked into your favorite lunch place — one that you’ve been going to for like 30 years — and looked at the menu and mentioned casually to the 18-year-old behind the counter that

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Keywords: salon services  
Eclectic — Like the Industry
  • February 19, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

It never fails to baffle me every time someone feels compelled to criticize me, my work, or something I’ve said by referring to, or comparing it to, my overall “portfolio.” Especially when that criticism includes accusations

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Keywords: salon services  
Blurring the Smile Lines
  • February 8, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Well, so much for the notion of the “professional nail industry” being comprised of — and driven by — actual nail professionals. You know, those of us who sit behind manicuring tables and at pedicure stations

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Keywords: salon services  
DEA Agents Welcome
  • December 14, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I’m cleared to return to my regular work schedule as of the first of the year. I’m very much looking forward to getting back to work, catching up with clients I haven’t been in touch with

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Pix or It Didn’t Happen!
  • October 26, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I find myself on a sudden — and very determined — mission to master gel.  I’ve been doing gel nails since I started back in ’92. I can even sculpt them on forms. I’ve tried a

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The Price Is Right
  • October 17, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

You know what's hard? Putting a price on my work.  Back in the beginning of my career it was tough because I knew I sucked. Well, "sucked" is a strong word, but my work was not

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Keywords: clients   money   salon services  
Sticker Shock
  • August 15, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I can't even finish reading either of the two latest issues of my trade magazines. The magazines are full of nothing but gel polish and “applique” ads. All these professional product manufacturers who supply the professional

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I’d Rather Just Have Better
  • August 3, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Today I got my shipment of my latest investment in gel-polish. Yet another line from yet another manufacturer. I expect pretty much all gels hitting the market these days to be LED-curable. I still have my reasons

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Bad Good Advice
  • July 3, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

About a million years ago — 1993, I think — I read an article (probably in NAILS) about using an e-file. The author mentioned that she does her own nails and uses her e-file on herself. After

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What I Do Every Summer Vacation
  • June 26, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

The time of year has come when I spend too much time fixing nails and looking at green spots under nails that should have been tended to a week ago.  Part of the problem is that

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
What's Up With That?
  • June 20, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

One of my clients recently returned from a vacation in Hawaii. She was in yesterday bearing a bag of Mauna Loa Maui onion and garlic macadamia nuts (which, if you ever bring me a gift from

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Keywords: salon services  
Staying Humble
  • May 29, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

The last two weeks have been a nightmare to work through. OK, not a nightmare, exactly, but an anxiety-ridden, hand-wringing, headache for borderline OCD me who doesn't multi-task well and goes completely blank if one small

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Keywords: salon services  
Worse Than the Bog of Eternal Stench
  • May 23, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

One of my most favoritest clients came back tonight. Over the last year, our schedules just have not been in agreement and she finally broke down and got her nails done ... (cue dramatic music) ...

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Keywords: salon services  
Drowning in It
  • May 9, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

But what a great way to go, right?  I'm talking about this explosion of nail art popularity, of course! Nail fashion and design is everywhere these days! From the amazing full couture styles that keep coming

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Why I Think You're Going to Get Sued
  • April 11, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I know. I say things like, "someone's going to get sued" and everyone jumps down my throat telling me that I'm exaggerating.Fine. Get sued.Somebody's going to, eventually. Might as well be you.The thing is, people are

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Keywords: salon services  
I Guess I Have My Answer
  • April 9, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Last Friday the BF's niece was in the salon — she comes in and dusts polish bottles for me every other week. She is the BF's step-niece-in-law, which is a really convoluted way of pointing out

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Keywords: salon services  
The Cost of Arrogance
  • April 2, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

That's a scary title, isn't it? Well, this is not as profound and preachy a post as the title suggests. This is a post about why I have spent $250 this week. On nail art supplies

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A Big Smooch-a-roo to You!
  • March 7, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who mentioned the word "wax" in their comments regarding my rhinestone adventures. I took a brief "vacation" last week and did the 24-hour Disneyland Leap Year extravaganza

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Keywords: salon services  
A Lazy Day Blog
  • February 15, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Today is one of those rainy Mondays. The schedule has been slow, but I don't mind because I get to stare out the window all day at the clouds moving across the sky. I did get my

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Keywords: salon services  
Hombre
  • December 22, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

Today one of my clients came whirling through the door in an unusually excited manner. She had just discovered “ombre” nails over the weekend and was eager to try them.I was at a loss. I wrinkled

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
My Exasperated Gel Rant
  • December 7, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

My number-one irritation with doing gel nails is the CLIENTS. They come in with these absurd notions that gel is so much "better" for their nails than acrylic and THEN they REFUSE to shut up and

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
It Really Doesn't Bother Me
  • November 30, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

It's one of those subjects that recycles every few years. Well, it's one of those omnipresent issues that gets a lot of attention every few years: professional products in the consumer market.Egad.You'd think our industry was

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Keywords: salon services  
Flare-Up Over Flares
  • November 9, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

nail artist unknown (contact us if these are your nails) On our way home from our weekend out of town last Sunday, I let the BF drive. This is — as many women seem to feel about

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Eschewing Obfuscation
  • October 11, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

If I could get the entire industry together and talk us all into agreeing on one thing, today that one thing would be to come up with clear, distinct terms for services and products. Specifically, gels. At

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Rocking the Impossible
  • September 30, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

I can't believe how often new clients come in and tell me that the last salon they went to told them they couldn't do nail art on top of rockstar nails.I'm so confused as to why

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A Certain Flare
  • September 7, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

I've come to a reluctant truce with flares and we've been negotiating a treaty for the last year or so — we still have some fine points to work out, but thus far, flare nails and

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Doin’ It All Wrong
  • July 29, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

I clean my brushes in acetone. (GASP!) I know. I’m ruining them. I’m only ever supposed to clean them in monomer.  Well ... that’s not cutting it.  Managing to work consistently without eventually getting my brushes clogged

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Perfect Timing
  • July 15, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

It was 1996. Her name was Denise, she worked at the Holiday Inn, and she's the only person who's ever broken a nail by stapling it. I don't see nearly as much talk about timing these days

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Keywords: nail tech issues   salon services  
Birds of a Feather
  • July 6, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

Nails by Jenny Meek, Classy Nails by Jenny, Fletcher, Okla. OK. So — this whole feathers-in-the-hair thing, right? Like that wasn't already a fad back in the early ’80s ... and the ’70s ... and the ’60s.

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Keywords: salon services  
This Ain't No Cover Band
  • June 8, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

I have a love/hate relationship with other techs' art. On one hand, I collect it, I study it, I admire it, and sometimes I like to try my hand at emulating it. And I'm sure it

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And Now For Something Completely Different — NOT!
  • June 3, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

So, a few weeks ago I had a voicemail from my sales rep. He left me a bright, cheery message all amped up about the new product that his company just released — it's revolutionary and

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Let Me Fix That
  • June 1, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

I hate doing repairs. I certainly want to fix nails that have gone awry, but let's face it, repairs are time-sucks. And when your days are booked back to back, finding 15 minutes to squeeze in

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Not Enough for the Canoe
  • April 29, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

I think I may have mentioned  that once the final tallies were done on the taxes, I owed a little less than I'd feared. Seeing as this is possibly the first year in my personal history

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You'll Have to Ask Lina
  • April 25, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

It is now 4:32 pm on Thursday afternoon. I had hoped to work on this post much earlier today but, as it turns out, this is not only my first chance to touch the computer, but

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Pure Art
  • March 24, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

You know what I hate doing? Nail art.Seems silly for someone who specializes in nail art to say, huh? But I don't mean that I hate doing nail art — I mean I hate doing just

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Like You Know
  • January 21, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

Two years ago I entered some cupcakes into our local county fair and I got Best in Show. Yes, I’m bragging a little. But also just some background so it makes sense to you that the

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Seeing The Light
  • December 8, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

UV lamps are expensive. It doesn't matter if they are for drying polish or curing gel, doesn't matter who makes them or where they come from. They are pricey.It doesn't help matters at all that manufacturers

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Keywords: salon services  
"Just a Fill"
  • November 19, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Ooof. I am tired. You know the kind of day I've had; you got up in the morning, went to work, looked at your book. You saw a couple of new clients scheduled, but they're clients

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Skinny Jeans and Flared Nails
  • November 17, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Fads are fleeting. At least, that is what I've heard. Fashion moves at the speed of light and we all know we'll need a new purse next season. And new shoes. And new — well, pretty

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Keywords: Art of Nailz   clients   salon services  
DIY
  • November 3, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

To continue the DIY theme in another direction, some "stuff" hit the proverbial fan on a networking forum recently when a major figure in the industry stepped forward to ask for input on a project to

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Try This at Home
  • October 29, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

There's a lot of discussion out there regarding the do-it-yourself nail market. I remember when Backscratchers introduced their Extreme line there was a lot of sentiment from professionals who didn't want to add the service to

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Why's It Gotta Be a Fight?
  • October 1, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Another post about gel polish, I guess. Unless you've been working under a rock, you already know about the "gel polish" revolution. It seems like suddenly everyone and their brother is introducing a line of gel

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If You Can't Join 'Em, Beat 'Em!
  • September 24, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

So sad that fellow nail artist Lynne Deatherage and I didn't start to get to know each other until after she made the move all the way to Fort Smith, Arkansas! Before she relocated her life

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Thank You CND
  • September 22, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

So anyone who is paying any attention at all in this business is now aware of the increasing popularity of soak-off gel "polishes."  They've actually been around for a very long time, but for a variety

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Supply and Demand
  • September 8, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

So, it's been several weeks now and I think I can safely discuss the whole thing without yelling and screaming too much. But a friend of mine recently got a rather crappy e-mail that basically let

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Keywords: salon services   tradeshows  
How Would You Feel?
  • August 13, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

A few days ago I got to fix a set of rock star toes. A friend of a friend had had her toenails done at a local salon just up the street from me last Saturday.

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Like an LED Balloon
  • June 30, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

After taking some time to think it over, I have decided that I am not going to run out and invest in any fancy-schmancy LED gel lamps any time soon. For one thing, I have done

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Take This Gel and Soak It
  • May 14, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Dear Every-Nail-Product-Manufacturer-Left-That-I-Have-Not-Purchased-Soak-Off-Gel-Polish-From: I regret to inform you that I am no longer accepting new product lines. All positions have been filled and I am currently happy with the selection of soak-off gel polishes I have acquired

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Everything Old Is New Again ... Eventually
  • May 5, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

The BF and I have been working hard the last few weeks to put all our worldly possessions into boxes and then stack those boxes in the very small living room of the house we have

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Going Cross-Eyed
  • March 24, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

So whose idea was it to embed these little clay cane slices in the nails? I want to hurt you. In case you've been out of the loop, I guess it's been a year or two now

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Keywords: salon services  
I Think They're Cute
  • March 16, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

So you recall the other day when I said I Minxed my tootsies instead of being productive and organizing my nail art drawer? First off, this morning that came back to bite me in the butt when

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
But It's Not Your Art!
  • March 12, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Look. I like Minx and all its various counterparts as much as the next gal ... Well, OK, maybe not. I want to like it, but honestly, I think it needs some tweaking before I could

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Keywords: competitions   salon services  
Or You Could Do It Yourself
  • February 26, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Personally, I think my polishing skills are fine. They may not be the best in all the land, but they are certainly competent, and distinctly professional. Believe me! I have let clients polish my nails before. It

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Fish Stories
  • February 19, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

  Nails by Janae Felkins, New Waves Salon (Lancaster, Calif.) It has long been my stance that Visalia runs nearly 10 years behind the times when it comes to the nail industry. Seriously. I can't tell you how

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Here Comes the Bride
  • February 12, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Yesterday I got a call from a bride-to-be who wanted some pricing info for her bridal party.  Yikes. In all my years of doing nails, in all the salons I've worked in, the ONLY brides who have

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Raising the Dead
  • October 28, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Thing is, we all love nail polish. For most of us, our introduction to the very concept of nails as part of our overall fashion image goes back to the first time our moms — or

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
You Can't Spell Manicure without “MAN”
  • October 12, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Here in the central valley of California we like to brag about being the largest agricultural producing region on the planet. That means that we have a lot of guys who drive tractors — along with

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Some Stuff Rocks
  • September 25, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

So, back in the day — waayyyy back, like 18-years-ago-back — when I was in nail school, one of the instructors brought in her gel system to demonstrate for us.  Now, California doesn't require us to

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Keywords: salon services  
But I Can Paint
  • September 21, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I know not everyone can paint. In fact, I've heard some people exclaim they can't even paint a wall. So when nail art trends lean toward embellishments and decals, I understand why these styles catch on. Right

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
OK People, It's Time to Do Something About "Solar Nails!"
  • July 13, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

One of the many many (too many) obligations I have volunteered for is being an "expert" on AllExperts.com. I ran across the site just over a year ago on one my Google-fests. Yes, occasionally I sit

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Keywords: salon services  
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!
  • May 26, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I wrote a blog entry for my Myspace page once about finding a good nail tech. It's one of my favorites actually. One of the things on the list was that if you are looking for

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Keywords: Arizona   salon services  
I Love Prom
  • May 1, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I mean, I didn't love my proms. They were abominable. Both of them. Junior and senior. Just horrid. I blame my dates on both accounts. However, since being freed from the horrors of high school and going

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Keywords: clients   marketing/promotions   salon services  
I Totally Forgot …
  • March 27, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

… what it was I was going to talk about. I hate when that happens! Earlier today I knew exactly what I was going to rant about and now I've gone and become all distracted! First, by

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Keywords: salon services  
You Know You’re Obsessed When ...
  • February 13, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Well, I’m not sure if it’s Athena Elliott’s constant posting about how great it’s been working out for her, or if my brain is just on overdrive trying to think up new ways to take the

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Keywords: salon services  
Ambassadors to the Industry
  • January 5, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Look at the smile line on these nails Lois did on my client.A long time ago, before I bought my PDA, I had a three-ring binder for my appointment book. I printed out the calendar sheets

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
If It Quacks Like a Duck …
  • December 31, 2008
  • Maggie Franklin

I remember when nails that flared were a sign of poor sculpting skills. I used to have a client who went to another tech for her nails and came to me for her nail art. She

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
"No Soup for You!"
  • December 29, 2008
  • Maggie Franklin

This morning the BF and I were discussing various merchants and their reasons for refusing to open locations in our area, or reasons why they no longer have locations in our area. Here in Visa-ville we have

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Keywords: clients   marketing/promotions   salon services  
How Do They Disinfect the Leeches?
  • October 7, 2008
  • Maggie Franklin

Actually, as it turns out, they don’t. The FDA approved leeches and maggots as “medical devices” a few years ago and with all this talk about fish pedicures, I thought maybe I could make some correlations.

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Keywords: salon services  
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