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  
Monsters From the Id
  • November 15, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

The title comes from the 1956 science fiction movie “Forbidden Planet.”  The concept comes from Carl Jung. And my oversimplified explanation comes from the elementary schoolyard poo-flinging fest taking place in my Facebook newsfeed: The more we

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
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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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Are There or Aren’t There Artisans?
  • November 11, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Have you ever been working hard to write up a really classy service menu and come up with the brilliant idea to refer to any of your one-of-a-kind creations as “artisan” anythings?  I did once. I

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Keywords: clients   marketing/promotions  
Why Are You Yelling at Me?
  • November 6, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Maybe it’s because the weather is changing and we are in that rare, and short-lived, time of the year when the heat isn’t on and neither is the air conditioning. So there are long periods of

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Keywords: clients  
Constant Contact
  • November 5, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

No. I’m not talking about the actual company by the same name. I’m talking about the concept of keeping in touch. Lately, I’ve found myself frustrated from dealing with a handful of companies that seem not to

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Keywords: clients  
Unrealistic Expectations
  • October 30, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

So, once again, I find myself dealing with gel-polish issues. This time, another high-end brand of gel-polish has presented itself fully cured in the bottles.  This one is one of the “all gel” formulas, so no

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Just Venting
  • October 25, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

All my Facebook friends know that this week has been a rough one for me. After coming back from vacation all primed and pumped and ready to tackle another 21 years of doing nails and not

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Keywords: clients  
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  
Take a Break
  • October 16, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Well, I admit, for the last couple of months I’ve been feeling a little less than enthusiastic about coming to work each day. Not a full-on “burnt out” feeling, but not as entertained by the daily routine

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
A New Minion
  • October 11, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I believe I’ve mentioned that in the last few years I’ve had several former clients embark upon a career in the nail industry. Most of them didn’t even tell me. Some of them were former clients

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
The Clientele Rollercoaster
  • October 7, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I used to think that once I built my clientele, I’d be set. I knew there would always be a few people who strayed off because they moved away or couldn’t afford their nails anymore, but

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
Toasting My Career
  • October 4, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Twenty-one years ago today (as I write this on October 2), I was a terrified 22 year old sitting in a room in a Fairfield, Calif., office complex, taking my California Manicuring State Board Exam. I had

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
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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Keywords: salon services  

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