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Lost in translation: NAILS Editor Visits Japan

January 1, 2004  | Article

Sitting in the crowd, listening as nailists explained new techniques or styles in Japanese, I found I wasn’t completely in the dark. Why not? Because I found out that what I had in common with everyone here was we all spoke a universal language — of nails.

Keywords: Alisha Rimando   competitions   Danny Haile   international   Japanese nail industry  

The Health Club at The Westin Maui

January 1, 2004  | Article

Last year, my best friend Emily and I both turned 30 and as birthday presents to ourselves, we planned a vacation to Hawaii to celebrate.

Keywords: On The Road   salon profiles  

Oh, How Nic[h]e

December 1, 2003  | Article

In a time when many salon owners are looking to expand their offering, the Isle PediSpa in Houston, Texas, is making waves by offering natural manicures and pedicures almost exclusively. Offering specialty services, an original concept, and an appealing environment, Isle PediSpa is cashing in as Houston’s first foot spa.

Keywords: niche marketing   pedicure spas   salon profiles  

Who Would Have Ever Guessed?

December 1, 2003  | Article

Sometimes you think you know a person, but it turns out there is more than meets the eye. We gave our six AVA Nail Technician of the Year finalists a few questions for them to ponder. Some of their answers may surprise you.

She's a Winner Up North [and Everywhere Else]

December 1, 2003  | Article

Darlene Johnston from Hagersville, Ontario earns 2003 Canadian Nail Technician of the Year award.

Keywords: awards   canada   competitions  

On the Road: Salon Cielo

December 1, 2003  | Article

Salon Cielo provided a peaceful escape in Orlando for associate editor Erin Barajas and editor Hannah Lee.

Keywords: full-service salons   On The Road   salon profiles  

Keeping the College Crowd Polished

November 1, 2003  | Article

Market your services to students and turn them into loyal clients. Read on for tips from salons who've successfully brought students in--and kept them coming back. From advertising in the school paper to participating in sorority events, there's more than one way to go about it.

Keywords: advertising/promotions   business   keeping your business competitive   marketing/promotions   niche marketing  

Seche: One Syllable or Two?

November 1, 2003  | Article

Confusion over the pronunciation of Seche, a favorite nail treatment product, is clarified.

Keywords: Seche   top coats  

Realys Mourns the Passing of Co-Founder

October 1, 2003  | Article

Julian Wilson, sales director and one of the founders of Realys/Tropical Shine, passed away in May.

Keywords: Julian Wilson   obituaries   Realys   Tropical Shine  

In Memorium: Nail Tech/Entrepreneur Touched Many Lives

October 1, 2003  | Article

Nail artist, competitor, and entrepreneur Dao Nguyen Dobyns Upshaw died in May at age 53 after a short battle with stomach cancer.

Keywords: Bob Upshaw   Dao Dobyns   Kupa   obituaries  

Hannah Lee on the Road in Las Vegas

October 1, 2003  | Article

When we go to Las Vegas for tradeshows, it is rare that we venture far from the convention center or the Strip. This past June was a totally different story because we decided to rent a car and explore a little further.

Keywords: Las Vegas salons   Nevada   On The Road  

Where the Girls Are

October 1, 2003  | Article

At Michelle Danielle Day Spa in upstate New York, offering manicures and pedicures may have been one of the smartest things owner Michelle Danielle ever did. Today, this female-oriented salon keeps clients coming back with its warm, friendly demeanor that’s just like home.

Keywords: New York   salon profiles  

NAILS Salutes Artists & Visionaries

October 1, 2003  | Article

This year’s Nail Technician of the Year finalists wowed us with their expertise and dedication to the nail industry. On the next few pages, you’ll get to meet all six of them and find out why they’re among the best in the industry has to offer.

Keywords: Amy Becker   AVA Awards   CND   Darlene Feric   John Hauk  

Triple Threat

September 1, 2003  | Article

Shop, relax, eat - repeat. Offering the very best in spa treatments, boutique shopping, and gourmet spa cuisine, Kinara Skincare Clinic, SpaCafe in Los Angeles is a true one-stop. And clients are eating it up.

Keywords: salon profiles   spas  

Where the Boys Are

September 1, 2003  | Article

18-8 is a Southern California salon focusing exlusively on male clients. Read to find out what tips they have to attracting a male clientele. 

Keywords: back to basics   male clients   pedicures  

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