June 6, 2011
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
June 1, 2011
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
April 28, 2011
We at NAILS Magazine strive to help nail technicians become better on many levels. Better at running your business. Better at your technical craft. Better at maintaining sanity in your life. We've created this set of challenges to help you push yourself and break through some of your boundaries. We challenge you to get outside of your comfort zone and accept the tasks at hand. Do you accept this challenge?
Keywords: business building career handbook keeping your business competitive learning new techniques
April 19, 2011
Manicures are a service that virtually all nail salons offer. There are basic steps that clients expect, plus add-ons and alternatives that allow for endless customization. Follow our basic manicure steps and decide if you’d like to add any of the upgrades or alternatives to your menu.
Keywords: alternative services Bio Sculpture Gel career handbook China Glaze CND
August 1, 2010
If you’re like many nail techs, you go home after a long day with aches and pain in your hands, shoulders, and back. Proper posture and improved ergonomics can help reduce these symptoms that are often viewed as an unavoidable side effect of being a nail tech.
Keywords: ergonomic products ergonomics manicure areas pedicure areas
June 1, 2010
From saving money on products to developing an efficient schedule, salon coaches offer practical advice behind the cliché.
Keywords: business building career handbook learning new techniques marketing/promotions money
May 1, 2009
Sometimes we feel so much pressure to be more and do more for clients we overlook the elementary principles of customer service. But instead of fretting about what to do next, try going back to the basics.
Keywords: business tools career handbook customer service keeping your business competitive newbie
April 1, 2005
Getting back to basic can mean different things to different nail techs: perhaps it means improving the way you apply polish. Maybe it means not letting your phone ring so many times before you pick it up. Or maybe it’s keeping a closer eye on how much you spend on nail supplies.
Keywords: back to basics crowdsourcing
August 1, 2000
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
January 1, 2000
At one time or another, we’ve all come across that newfangled product that was created way ahead of its time and just didn’t seem to catch on with the masses. Or information that we once believed true is in fact false. This is certainly true for the nail industry. Over the years, products have appeared on the market that didn’t work as expected and others have even been reincarnated into something quite different than what they were intended for. The following is NAILS pick of regrets. We’ve even thrown in some of our bad covers and bad advice for extra measure.
Keywords: CND NSI Star Nail Products Success
September 1, 1999
As a Creative Boot Camp attendee, I’m pretty familiar with the Creative Nail Design group. They’re fun, cutting-edge, hard workers, and the company and its educators consider themselves one big family.
Keywords: CND company anniversaries Jan Arnold Jim Nordstrom
April 1, 1998
Apprentice programs give new nail technicians what formal school training leaves out in many states: hands-on experience. Whether replacing or augmenting classroom instruction, apprentice programs could be the answer to today’s educational shortcomings.
Keywords: Arizona Georgia Maine Maryland Michigan
March 1, 1997
"My client’s big toenail’s side walls curve so much that they nearly meet. The middle section of the nail is sore because both ends are pinching the skin. What can I do to relieve this pressure?"
Keywords: dermatologists healthy working ingrown toenails inhalation masks
August 1, 1996
Suzi Weiss-Fischmann worked in the fashion industry for 10 years in manufacturing, design, and style.
Keywords: clients nail trends reader questions Suzi Weiss-Fischmann
March 1, 1996
In just six months since its official launch, The Creative Academy has graduated hundreds of nail technicians, providing them with enhanced skills and a closer working relationship with Creative Nail Design Systems.
Keywords: CND continuing education Jan Arnold