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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.

Keywords: chevron   chevron nail art   French twists  

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  

The Great Nail Tech Challenge

April 28, 2011  | Article

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  

Tending to the Natural Nail

April 19, 2011  | Article

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  

Posture Primer

August 1, 2010  | Article

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  

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