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On My Mind: Never. Stop. Learning.

October 1, 2014  | Article

NAILS editor Hannah Lee discusses the importance of continuing education and how online learning is not readily available.

Keywords: continuing education   Hannah Lee   On My Mind   online education   video training  

Roundup: What Lesson is Most Challenging for Students?

February 14, 2014  | Article

We asked nail instructors: What part of learning to do nails do you think is most challenging for your students? What are some of the ways you help them overcome their difficulties and achieve success?

Keywords: education   teaching  

Roundup: What is Your Favorite Nail-Related Topic to Teach and Why?

December 30, 2013  | Article

From sanitation to anatomy to nail art, instructors from around the globe share the classroom lessons they most love to teach.

Keywords: education   salon sanitation  

What’s the Most Important Thing You Learned in Beauty School?

December 10, 2013  | Article

Customer service? Technique? Sanitation? We asked readers to share the most important information they took away from their beauty school days and received a variety of helpful responses.

Keywords: continuing education   cosmetology schools   customer service   education  

What’s the Most Important Thing You Learned in Beauty School?

December 10, 2013  | Article

Customer service? Technique? Sanitation? We asked readers to share the most important information they took away from their days in beauty school and received a variety of helpful responses.

Keywords: continuing education   cosmetology schools   education  

Marinello Launches Military Scholarship Program

November 12, 2013  | Article

Marinello Schools of Beauty is now offering a scholarship program for all direct family members of active military.

Keywords: cosmetology schools   Marinello Schools of Beauty   military nail techs   scholarships  

Tricks for Tool Buying

September 19, 2013  | Article

In the market for a new cuticle nipper or curette? We explain what to look for in six of the most common metal implements.

Keywords: Antoine de Paris   implements   Kupa   Mehaz   Star Nail Products  

The Skype’s the Limit

September 16, 2013  | Article

Design your own private training class with Amy Becker of Masterworks by Amy Becker and learn in the comfort of your own home.

Keywords: Masterworks   nail technician   video training  

My Other Life: Teaching Teens

August 15, 2013  | Article

No two days are ever the same at Atlantis Alternative High School in Flint,
Mich., where Carrie Schaaf has taught English and art for the past five years.

Keywords: education   My Other Life  

10 Common Causes of Nail Service Breakdown

August 9, 2013  | Article

When it comes to service breakdown, a handful of common slip-ups and mistakes are often at the root of the problem. Clients can share the blame too, by abusing their own nails and causing damage, but NAILS compiled a list of 10 common application mishaps to help you
keep your enhancement applications flawless.

Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting   gel troubleshooting   nail prep  

Lessons from My First Year

July 11, 2013  | Article

Nail techs share the most important things they learned as newbies in the real world.

Keywords: learning new techniques   newbie  

Never Be Fined Again

April 24, 2013  | Article

Just one citation from your state board could have you floundering for cash (and turning red in the face from the humiliation of signing the violation form). NAILS contacted the U.S. states with the largest numbers of nail salons to find out what the most common violations are — and how you can make sure your salon is in the clear.

Keywords: MMA   pedicure spa cleaning   salon violations   state licensing   unlicensed salons  

“Awesome Nail Tech”

December 18, 2012  | Article

Nancy Dodd sent us an e-mail — subject line “awesome nail tech” — a few months ago, singing the praises of S. Maria Chheo-Shen, who has influenced her life via YouTube tutorials and Facebook nail giveaways.

Keywords: Arizona   contests   mentoring   social media   tutorials  

How to Handle Bad Boss Behavior

August 1, 2012  | Article

It’s intimidating enough to have to confront another employee for breaking the salon rules, but what do you do when it’s the owner who’s the culprit? We give you some simple strategies and scripts for a constructive talk, plus expert advice on when it’s time to move on to a different salon.

Keywords: coaching   staff management  

Nail Troubleshooter: Polish, Gel, Gel-Polish, and Acrylics

August 1, 2012  | Article

Once you start working with clients regularly, you may run into minor mishaps that will challenge you. To help you out when they do, keep this chart handy for pointers on fixing some of the most common problems.

Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting   gel troubleshooting   gels   polish techniques  
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