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  
Jury Duty
  • October 20, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

So about two weeks ago I got a jury duty summons. This is only the second jury duty notice I have ever received. The first one I got was right after I'd moved out of the

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Why So Blue Too?
  • October 19, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Speaking of stuff that's blue ... Sounds like a survey question from “Family Feud,” doesn't it? "Name something around the salon that is blue." OK, so, speaking of things that are blue in the salon, what is up

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Why So Blue?
  • October 16, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Just a little pet peeve: why do so many people insist on mixing their concentrated disinfectant wrong? Just flat-out, blatantly wrong? As if they'd never bothered to so much as glance at the directions for mixing

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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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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Canine Comeuppance
  • October 12, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Remember when the dog broke my toe playing Frisbee? Well, we're officially even! After another wild game of Frisbee at the BF’s parents’ this weekend, we brought our pups home only to discover a little blood

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Pandas on the Side?
  • October 7, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

So I happen to be quite a fan of Chinese food. Well, probably not authentic Chinese food (I'm not sure seeing as how I've never been to China), but what most Americans are familiar with as

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I Miss Jena
  • October 6, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

The other nail tech at the salon has left us. She moved out of state with her parents a few weeks ago, leaving me the only nail tech in the house. Jena was (and still is, actually)

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Writer's Block
  • September 28, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

About a year ago now I think it's been, I decided to start sending out an e-newsletter. Of course, I figured I'd do it monthly. So I signed up with one of the services that does

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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  
Excuse Me, Could You Please … ?
  • September 18, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

The problem is, there's no nice way to tell someone they're being obnoxious, but sometimes you really need to do it anyway. I don't want to offend my clients. Especially not the ones I like. I don't

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Keywords: clients  
“The Customer Is Always Right” — NOT!
  • September 14, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

For years I have maintained that Harry Gordon Selfridge was an IDIOT who did a vast disservice not only to the business world, but to the consumer world as well, by coming up with this inane

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Keywords: clients  
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • September 11, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

So the back-to-school slump has ended. Just when I found some projects to keep me busy in my down time, wouldn't you know? The phone started ringing and now I'm too busy to work on my

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An Open Letter to the Gel Manufacturers
  • September 8, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I really want more gels to come in squeezy tubes.  A million years ago, when I invested in my first gel line, the one I picked came in little applicator bottles so you squeezed the gel

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