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Handout: Should You Focus on Natural Nail Care?

In the past, the nail industry was all about artificial nail services. While this is still very much the case, the trend is shifting. Use this handout to help your students decide if they should focus on more eco-friendly products and natural services.

Keywords: education   natural nail care  

Booth Rental or Full-Service Salon: The Pros and Cons

One of the biggest decisions new nail techs ponder is whether to rent a booth or to work on commission. Use this handout to help your students understand the difference between renting a booth and working in a full-service salon.

A Nail Tech's Guide to Essential Oils

This handout provides the properties of some of the most popular essential oils for nail services, plus some handy tips on working with these aromatic substances.

Keywords: aromatherapy   essential oils  

The Cold Hard Truth About Starting Out as a New Nail Tech

This handout, intended for nail students and newbie nail techs, tells it like it is, with advice from those who've been there on how to create your own success and provides a list of things you may not have realized about the job.

Keywords: building your clientele   newbie   work life balance  

Your Guide to Nail Disorders

Make sure your students know when to refer a client to a doctor. This handout, made especially with nail students and newbie nail techs in mind, describes 23 of the most common nail disorders -- like brittle nail syndrome and "greenies" -- and tells nail techs when to refuse service and refer a client to a doctor first.

Keywords: foot disorders   nail discoloration   nail diseases   working with doctors  

First Nail Salon Job Checklist

Help your students find the perfect first job to help them grow their nail business with this handout of questions to ask during the interview and things to observe at the prospective place of employment.

Keywords: finding a job  

Color Theory Basics

New nail techs may have a tough time handling those clients who can't figure out which color of polish (or gel-polish or acrylic, etc.) to use. Share color theory basics with them, so they can recommend colors that will look best on their clients.

Keywords: customer service   polish  

How to Get the Most Out of a Beauty Tradeshow

Tradeshows, such as the International Salon & Spa Expo, America’s Beauty Show, and Premiere Orlando, are a convenient way to gain a lot of nail knowledge in a short amount of time.Here are some ways to help your students get the most out of their first show.

Keywords: tradeshows  

Foot and Calf Massage How-To

Want to incorporate a nice foot and calf massage into your pedicures but unsure about your massage technique? Here's a step-by-step handout created with the help of Renee Doran, an OPI educator and experienced pedicurist at Glitz Salon in Rochester Hills, Mich.

Keywords: massage  

Basic Nail Art Strokes + Beginner Designs

While not required to pass the state board exam, nail art is a terrific add-on service for your students to begin learning in school.This handout includes 12 essential nail art strokes, plus 17 beginner designs for them to practice with.

Keywords: beginner nail art   learning new techniques  
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