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6 Easy Ideas for Signature Nail Services

June 13, 2011  | Article

Specialty manicures and pedicures are a great hook to get clients into the salon. Be inspired by these six manicures and pedicures that would be great additions to your service menu.

Keywords: career handbook   CND   Keyano Aromatics   newbie   Nubar  

Great Starter Products for Newbie Nail Techs

June 7, 2011  | Article

As a newbie, you may not be familiar with all the product options available to you. Here we’ve gathered some products that may be useful as you start your career.

Keywords: Akzentz   Antoine de Paris   Backscratchers   Belava   Bellissima  

Easy Nail Art Tutorials for Newbies

June 1, 2011  | Article

Nail art is a great add-on service that brings in extra income, plus it makes your services more memorable in clients’ minds. You don’t necessarily need natural artistic talent to create eye-catching designs. Here are some easy step-by-steps to get you started.

Keywords: beginner nail art   career handbook   colored gels   gels   Light Elegance  

Money: Here Today, Still Here Tomorrow

January 13, 2011  | Article

A financial advisor teaches you how to make the most of your hard-earned dollars. Her three-step plan requires you to commit to saving, make it a habit, and allocate wisely.

Keywords: career handbook   finance   money   newbie   retirement  

A Guide to 2011's Big Beauty Shows

January 1, 2011  | Article

Come take a class, learn about the latest products, meet new friends, and renew your love of nails. Here's a quick preview of this year's major tradeshows.

Keywords: career handbook   continuing education   networking   newbie   tradeshows  

Playing Defense with Disease

March 1, 2010  | Article

Nail techs play an important role in protecting clients. The three Cs — cuticles, colors, and contours — can be early indicators of larger health problems.

Keywords: career handbook   healthy working   nail diseases   newbie   referrals  

How Do You Keep Others Motivated?

April 1, 2006  | Article

Sometimes keeping yourself motivated can be enough of a challenge. So what do you do when it comes to keeping others up and running? Do you recommend a book for them to read? Offer them words of encouragement? Instruct them how to keep going?

Keywords: crowdsourcing   nail school   NSI   Rise Carter  

Techs get a "New Attitude"

April 1, 2006  | Article

Patti Labelle got it together in her famous song “New Attitude” and professed that, “I’ve tidied up my point of view, I’ve got a new attitude.” Unfortunately though, her song didn’t come with an instructional manual on how to change your attitude, so to help you freshen up your at-work outlook, we rounded up solutions from techs with their own tidy points of view.


Keywords: business building   preventing burnout  

Attracting a College Crowd

April 1, 2005  | Article

College students are a new and interesting demographic for nail salons to target. 

Keywords: college student clients   expanding your services   niche marketing   profiles   salon profiles  

The Five "W's" of Networking

November 1, 2004  | Article

It’s not always about what you know, but who you know. One significant relationship with someone in-the-know can lead to exciting opportunities in both your personal and professional lives. Conversely, who you know will no doubt lead to what you know.

Keywords: networking  

Second Time's The Charm

February 1, 2001  | Article

After being named runner-up in last year’s Salon of the Year Awards, Shelly Morley, a nail technician at Salon Elite in Prescott, Ariz., was determined to take the top prize at this year’s awards. Not that she didn’t like being named one of the top three nail technicians in the country. It’s just that coming so close to being Nail Technician of the Year – one point away from winning, in fact – only fueled her desire to obtain the top spot.

Keywords: Arizona   EZ Flow   Gari-Dawn Tingler   Missouri   NAILS Salon of the Year Awards  

Sunday Night Fever: 2000 Salon of the Year Awards

February 1, 2001  | Article

At the 2000-2001 Salon of the Year Awards, we saw a few familiar faces and some new ones as well, as we honored individuals and salons that have made an art out of contributing to our industry. As NAILS’ judges combed through the many great entries for all three categories, we couldn’t help feel that this year may have been the toughest to judge yet.

Interview With A Hand Model

August 1, 2000  | Article

When Kimberly Spiekerman, a nail tech at Image in San Jose, Calif., approached NAILS for advice on becoming a hand model, we had to do some head-scratching.

Opportunity Came Calling

May 1, 2000  | Article

Finland may lay claim to the title “cell phone capital of the world,” but we think nail tech Tina Daley’s comer of the United Kingdom may well quality as the cell phone art capital.

Keywords: international   nail art  

The NAILS List: Manufacturer's Educators

April 1, 2000  | Article

The most influential manufacturer's educators. Almost all educators in this industry can teach. Only a few, though, have both the combination of technical skills and personal charisma to motivate and inspire.

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