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What Nails to Wear When

January 16, 2013  | Article

Celebrity manicurist and blogger at Melissa Bozant shares what nail style a nail tech should be sporting for which occasion.

Keywords: celebrity nail techs   doing nails for photo shoots   interview skills  

Tricks of the Trade: Student Wins Day of Mentorship with CND

December 22, 2012  | Article

Mentoring a new nail tech can be a rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee. After winning a Beauty Changes Lives student competition, Marinello Schools of Beauty student Cheyanne Birchall was awarded a day of mentorship with CND co-founder Jan Arnold. Here, they both share their experiences attending Beauty Buzz 2012 in Detroit and inspiring each other.

Keywords: CND   cosmetology schools   Jan Arnold   Marinello Schools of Beauty   mentoring  

What to Look for in a Beauty School Nail Program

November 14, 2012  | Article

A licensed nail tech and nail program instructor shares 19 questions aspiring techs should ask before enrolling in a school program.

Keywords: cosmetology schools   paying for school   schools  

John Hauk Surprises A Fan

August 23, 2012  | Article

Veteran tech John Hauk drops in on student blogger Starr Rooks after hearing that meeting him was one of her professional goals.

Keywords: charity   cosmetology schools   John Hauk   Light Elegance   student issues  

Questions & Answers for Nail Students & Newbies

August 1, 2012  | Article

As a nail student or newly minted tech, now is the time for you to jump up and down ecstatically because you just cracked open the door to this secret treasure trove of opportunity that is the nail industry.

Keywords: career handbook   newbie   student issues  

Job Interview Skills from Milady

May 24, 2012  | Video

An important skill to build as you work towards your career is your ability to interview. This video helps to prepare you for that moment. Applicable to both the cosmetology student and the current professional, this video covers the situations you may experience in your interview. More videos are available on the two-disc DVD set Miladys Soft Skills: Interpersonal Skills for the Beauty Industry, which is available at

Keywords: interview skills   Milady  

Prepare for Your California Exam

April 20, 2012  | Article

Score! How to Pass the California Manicurist State Board Exam is packed with illustrations to help students visualize the techniques required to pass the exam.

Keywords: California   California state regulations   exams   state licensing  

Interview Rule #1: Don’t Stink

January 24, 2012  | Article

Simple mistakes can cost you a new job, according to Patricia D. Sadar, a 20-year veteran of human resources management and author of Congratulations…You Aced the Interview and Congratulations…You’re Hired. Here are some tips from Sadar to acing your interview.

Keywords: finding a job   hiring nail technicians   interview skills  

Q&A: Alisha Rimando Botero

August 19, 2011  | Article

You might recognize the name Alisha Rimando from her many years on the competition circuit and as a much-sought-after international educator. Well now she’s married and working at Red Door Spas as the national training director of nail services. And she’s looking for more than a few good techs to join her. 

Keywords: Connecticut   hiring nail technicians   New York   salon profiles  

Recent Grad Shares Her Winning Nail Art

August 15, 2011  | Article

We recently heard from Heather Smith of Nescopeck, Pa., who created 3-D acrylic sculptured nails — very impressive, especially for a newbie!

Keywords: 3-D acrylics   competitions   newbie  

How to Ace Your Salon Job Interview

June 7, 2011  | Article

Here are some pieces of advice on how to put together your portfolio, what to say during your interview, what to bring and what to wear, plus where to look for salon jobs.

Keywords: career handbook   creating a portfolio   finding a job   hiring nail technicians   interview skills  

Resume Pointers

June 7, 2011  | Article

Your resume plays a big part in how potential employers view you. Even if you’re fresh out of school with no previous work experience, you can still put together a good resume. Here we show you how to create a crisp, organized resume that’ll best highlight your skills and potential.

Keywords: career handbook   finding a job   newbie  

Know Your Compensation Options

June 6, 2011  | Article

Believe it or not, some techs graduate from nail school and immediately open up their own salon. Most, however, wait to get some experience first. If you’re not ready for salon ownership, you can get to work as either an employee or a booth renter. Read on to learn the differences between these types of techs.

Keywords: career handbook   compensation systems   newbie   taxes  

21 Tips for Passing Your State Board Exam

June 2, 2011  | Article

You’ve graduated from nail school! But before you can start working in a salon you have to pass your state board exam. Here are 21 tips to prepare you for the big day.

Keywords: career handbook   exams   licensing   national licensing   newbie  

Use Technology to Your Advantage

May 20, 2011  | Article

Career Handbook managing editor Sree Roy shares some way new nail techs can get ahead in the nail industry by taking advantage of new technologies.

Keywords: career handbook   newbie  

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