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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Keywords: salon services  
Hospitality Counts
  • September 29, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Many a year ago I closed my shop, packed my belongings, and headed to the big city. But before I did, I made sure to find another tech in town to refer my clients to.  I

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Keywords: clients   professionalism  
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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Keywords: salon services  
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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Keywords: salon services  
Stiffing My Stylist
  • September 17, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

My current hairstylist is a former client. I did her nails all through her high school days, then she bailed home-town Visalia for the sunny shores of San Diego, where she did some college, found a

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Keywords: money   professionalism  
1 = 1 BILLION!
  • September 15, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Wow! Looks like I really hit a nerve there with my whole "Supply and Demand" post. I think that's the most comments I've ever gotten on a post. I'm glad to see so many people not

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Easily Distracted
  • September 10, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

This is why you should never work somewhere that's super fun: You might inadvertently seal your gel top coat bottles together. Oops.Tonight is the annual Visalia Waiters' Race. I have never had a chance to watch

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Keywords: Art of Nailz  
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  
That's the Way the Toilet Paper Rolls
  • September 3, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

I was all ready to go off on ... well, let's face it, I have a stack of issues to address. So I was all set to tick at least one of them off the list

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Mellowing Out
  • September 1, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

It occurs to me that I have mellowed considerably over the years. When I started doing nails, back in 1992, it always struck me as odd that people would continue to come back to me when

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Keywords: clients  
Hold the Pickles, Hold the Mayo
  • August 27, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

 I believe I have lamented in the past about my clientele's complete lack of interest in fancy stiletto nails. No stilettos. No super-long nails. Very little 3-D art. I don't even get to do those hideous

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Keywords: clients  
A Matter of Perspective, I Suppose
  • August 24, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

As we all know — and often wish we could shout from the rooftops to the general public — not all nail salons are created equally. Not all nail technicians/nail artists/nail stylists/nailists/onychological enhancement specialists are created

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Don't They Know Who I Am?
  • August 20, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

I recently had a chance to visit with two of my BFFs — I'm allowed to have more than one BFF, aren't I?I've known BFF Amber since 1987, and BFF Stacy since 1998. I think that's

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Keywords: Art of Nailz  
Irrational Fears
  • August 18, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Without getting too wordy on the background story, I'll just start with: My mom is down to one hand. Diabetes + cats that don't like the dog + fight + bite + emergency surgery = her

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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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Keywords: clients   salon services  

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