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Hand and Foot Scrub Recipe by Leah Light

February 8, 2012  | Video

Auckland, New Zealand-based nail tech Leah Light is an international nail correspondant for Perez Hilton's blog. Here, she shows viewers how to make their own sugar scrub. View more of her videos at http://cocoperez.com/category/leah-light.

Keywords: blogs   celebrity nail techs   foot scrubs   nail trends   scrubs  

Autry Student Wins State Competition

January 30, 2012  | Article

Autry Technology Center Cosmetology student Courtney McGinnis recently placed first in nail care at the Oklahoma SkillsUSA competition.

Keywords: competitions   student issues  

Daisy Art Tutorial from Arty Nails Croatia

November 29, 2011  | Video

Maja Rokov of Arty Nails Croatia uses Kinetics products to create this happy floral nail art design.

Keywords: floral nail art   Kinetics   spring nail art  

Easy Floral Nail Art, Plus Manicure How-To from Algae Veronica

November 10, 2011  | Video

Alexandra Mansoor, AKA Algae Veronica, is a cosmetologist from Madison Heights, Mich. In this video, she shows newbies how to do a basic manicure, all topped off with an easy floral nail art design. See more of her nail art at http://lotsafingerpaints.tumblr.com.

Keywords: floral nail art   handpainted nail art   manicures  

The ABCs of Sanitation

November 9, 2011  | Article

A is for apple, unless you are a nail tech on the frontlines of client safety. Join in an alphabetical micro-tour of how we clean up.   

Keywords: autoclaves   disinfection   handwashing   implement disinfection   salon sanitation  

Floral French Tutorial by Robin Moses

October 28, 2011  | Video

This design by Robin Moses is so versatile. "You can mix any colors together and have nails for ANY occasion. Your clients will never know you're doing the same design. On Valentine's Day, create a red tip and make the flowers white, medium pink, and dark pink. For vintage wedding nails, use whites and tans," Moses says.

Keywords: floral nail art   French nail art   handpainted nail art   nail art  

Your Guide to Nail Repairs & Reinforcements

October 13, 2011  | Article

There are a variety of nail issues, from the everyday bitten-nails to the all-out chip or crack, that require you to call in reinforcements. Whether using acrylic or gel (or even a tea bag), we offer some ways to strengthen nails into long-lasting beauts.

Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting   gel troubleshooting   nail repairs   wraps  

Birthday Cake Nail Art by PixiePolish

September 2, 2011  | Video

Nail artist Pixie shows how she creates this fun birthday cake nail art design. See more of Pixie's nail art at www.youtube.com/pixiepolish.

Keywords: handpainted nail art   salon parties  

S-s-snakeskin Mani-Pedi

August 12, 2011  | Demo

This nail service from Bio Sculpture Gel uses naturally shed snakeskin to create a venomously hot look.

Keywords: animal print nail art   Bio Sculpture Gel   gel overlays  

Faux Snakeskin Mani-Pedi

August 12, 2011  | Demo

If using real snakeskin to create a venomously hot mani-pedi gives you the creeps, then here’s a step-by-step to create faux snakeskin nails in your salon.

Keywords: animal print nail art   Bio Sculpture Gel   gel overlays  

How to Make a Chevron French

August 11, 2011  | Video

Nail tech Robin Moses shares a step-by-step for how to create a scalloped French, one of the many styles of French manicure.

Keywords: French manicures   French nail art   French twists  

How to Make a Scalloped French

August 11, 2011  | Video

Nail tech Robin Moses shares a step-by-step for how to create a scalloped French, one of the many styles of French manicure.

Keywords: French manicures   French nail art   French twists  

How to Make an Off-Center Chevron French

August 11, 2011  | Video

Nail tech Robin Moses shares a step-by-step for how to create an off-center chevron French, one of the many styles of French manicure.

Keep It Clean: Essential Salon Sanitation

June 6, 2011  | Article

We all need to make a concerted effort to help shift the public’s negative views of nail salons. Your station, pedicure chair, and implements must be cleaned before each client. And the thing is, it’s not that difficult to follow standard procedures. Here, we’ve included a checklist of the basics you should be following.

Keywords: autoclaves   career handbook   disinfection   implement disinfection   marketing/promotions  

Enhancement Troubleshooter

June 1, 2011  | Article

You learned a lot in school, but once you start working full time with clients you’ll see that minor mishaps with nail enhancements will occasionally pop up to frustrate and challenge you. To help you out when they do, here's some handy troubleshooting advice on fixing the more common acrylic and gel problems.

Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting   career handbook   C-curves   gel troubleshooting   lifting  

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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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