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Expansion Requires A Hard Look At The Books

January 1, 1999  | Article

When the time came to expand to a full-service day spa at five times her present rent, salon owner Leslyn Zak wondered if she could make the leap. So she brought in a financial professional to help crunch the numbers and create a winning game plan.

Keywords: salon finances  

Get With It … On-Line

November 1, 1998  | Article

If you aren't online yet chatting with other nail techs, you're missing a unique opportunity.

Keywords: As I See It   BeautyTech.com   Debbie Doerrlamm   web marketing   websites  

Up the Ladder: What’s After Nail Tech?

October 1, 1998  | Article

From a career as a part-time manufacturer's educator to a full-time industry consultant, the nail industry presents myriad opportunities.

Keywords: alternative careers   manufacturers educators  

When Your Competition Comes Calling

October 1, 1998  | Article

As a salon owner for more than 10 years, I have found myself in some uncomfortable situations—from confronting an employee with poor workmanship to taking a customer to small claims court to recover money form a bad check. But nothing unnerves me more than when a competitor walks through my salon door.

Keywords: keeping your business competitive  

As I See It: Nails Make Bad News

September 1, 1998  | Article

We try to understand why some salons do not comply with even simple board rules, whether the inspection process and fines keep salons honest, and whether salons and consumers have any recourse when they have a problem.

Keywords: consumer press   salon inspections  

Kids These Days ...

August 1, 1998  | Article

Do today's nail techs know what it takes to build a full book? If not, as a veteran you should lend a hand.

Keywords: building your clientele   business building  

Whose Product Is It Anyway? Understanding Counterfeits and Knockoffs

July 1, 1998  | Article

Fraud, deceit, confusion—call it what you want, but counterfeit and diverted products hurt the entire industry.

Keywords: diversion   patents  

Choosing Our Words Carefully

July 1, 1998  | Article

The term “discount salon” used to mean a salon whose service prices were less than 50% of the national average, but the term no longer has the same meaning.

Keywords: discount salons   Vietnamese salon industry  

Just My Opinion: Be a Good Loser

June 1, 1998  | Article

Losing is one of the few places in life where things are black and white. The difference, however lies in how each person chooses to deal with the experience.

Keywords: competitions   Just My Opinion   Top 25 Competitors  

Enough Already? Are There Too Many People for Too Few Jobs?

June 1, 1998  | Article

According to the government, there is an oversupply of cosmetologists for available work. Salon professionals tell a different story. Is the industry over-crowded, or has the government come up with some faulty statistics?

Keywords: finding a job   job choices  

A Woman’s Work…Is in the Salon

May 1, 1998  | Article

The nail industry is a great place for working mothers- if you’re organized, educated and know how to prioritize.

Keywords: CND   Galaxy Nail Products   Jim Nordstrom   Kym Lee   Linda Nordstrom  

Editor's Note: Make Your Own Decisions About Truth in Advertising

May 1, 1998  | Article

There have been times when I haven’t been happy about running certain ads. But I think it’s important that readers understand the difference between paid advertising and editorial provided by the editors of NAILS.

Keywords: As I See It  

Beyond the Classroom - Apprentice Programs

April 1, 1998  | Article

Apprentice programs give new nail technicians what formal school training leaves out in many states: hands-on experience. Whether replacing or augmenting classroom instruction, apprentice programs could be the answer to today’s educational shortcomings.

What’s in a Name? Protecting Your Salon Name Legally

April 1, 1998  | Article

It’s hard to believe that anyone could deprive you of the right to use your own name or hard-earned reputation for product endorsements. But it can happen unless you know how to protect yourself.

Editor's note: Those Who CAN, Teach

April 1, 1998  | Article

This month I ask you to take the time to cultivate the interest that client is showing in your chosen profession. Our industry needs qualified, enthusiastic, skilled nail technicians and you can be the link that helps them succeed.

Keywords: continuing education   mentoring  

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The U.S. Vietnamese salon industry represents more than half of all salons. VietSALON serves this market with a bi-monthly Vietnamese language print magazine and a community-oriented website.

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