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The Diary of a First-Time Competitor

March 1, 2001  | Article

Have you ever been curious about competitions or wondered what it would be like to compete? Have you ever wondered why some nail technicians like to compete so much? Well, I was curious. Here's the story of my first competition experience. I hope that it will encourage you.

Keywords: competitions  

A Nail Technician By Any Other Name...

March 1, 2001  | Article

Keywords: As I See It   professional image   professionalism  

A Rose By Any Other Name...

February 1, 2001  | Article

You know you’re doing something right when you’ve been open for just two years and you have already been a NAILS Salon of the Year finalist two years in a row – but this is the case with this year’s Salon of the Year (1-4 Nail Technicians) winner.

Keywords: NAILS Salon of the Year Awards  

The View From The Top

February 1, 2001  | Article

The finalists and winner in NAILS Salon of the Year [5+ Nail Technicians]

Keywords: Darlene Feric   Mary Metscaviz   NAILS Salon of the Year Awards  

Stealing Time

January 1, 2001  | Article

Do you ever wish the clock had more hours in it so you could get all of your work done? You’re not alone. Here, nail techs and industry professionals give the scoop on how they save a few extra minutes each day.

Keywords: holidays   minimizing stress   organization   stress-free holidays   time management  

As I See It: Would You Go 7,000 miles for Your License?

December 1, 2000  | Article

How come the license that has become a symbol for professionalism halfway across the globe doesn’t hold the same cachet in this country?

Keywords: As I See It   international   licensing  

As I See It: Provide Pampering AND Service, Not a Guilty Pleasure

November 1, 2000  | Article

As salons approach their busiest season of the year—traditionally the high season for gift certificate sales as well—it’s not a bad idea to think about how to make the most out of gift certificate sales and hot to turn those potentially one-time clients into long-term clients.

Global Nail Exchange Plans Set of Standards for Nail Industry

October 1, 2000  | Article

Keywords: associations  

Selling Out [A Step-by-Step Guide to Selling Your Business]

September 1, 2000  | Article

Thinking of retiring to that Greek island some time this year? Before you pack up your equipment, stop to consider how much hard work has gone into building you reputation and your clientele. You may not realize it, but you are sitting on a small gold mine.

Keywords: opening a new salon   retirement   selling a business   valuing your business  

Teach Them And They Will Stay

August 1, 2000  | Article

Running three bustling nail departments is not an easy task, but Sherry Williams seems to have it down to a T-as in training.

Keywords: continuing education   staff training  

As I See It, Take A Lunch!

August 1, 2000  | Article

Keywords: Paula Gilmore   preventing burnout  

Just My Opinion: Is the Competition Fair?

June 1, 2000  | Article

Keywords: competitions   Darlene Feric  

WANTED: A Few Good Techs (Ideas on Attracting New Talent)

June 1, 2000  | Article

Finding (and keeping) hard-working qualified nail technicians is one of the most pressing issues facing the beauty industry today. When the nail business is at an all-time high, we find ourselves asking what factors are contributing to this industry dilemma. It is time for us to stop asking, “Why?” and start asking, “What can we do to solve this problem?”

Keywords: employee issues   hiring nail technicians   recruiting   working with schools  

Editor's note: If You Retrain New Hires, Consider Hiring Apprentices

June 1, 2000  | Article

Should more states allow apprenticeships as a viable educational option for aspiring nail technicians?

Keywords: apprentice programs   As I See It   staff management  

Behind the Scenes: Cover Tech Takes Special Care of Competition Model

May 1, 2000  | Article

John Hauk knows that a good model is essential to winning in nail competitions. Some of those same skills help retain clients.

Keywords: Behind the Scenes   competitions   John Hauk   Top 25 Competitors  

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