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Taking the State Boards

April 20, 2011  | Article

Remember the day(s) of your state board exam? Were you scared and nervous, or cool as a cucumber? Here are some testimonials from fellow techs about that landmark day.

Keywords: career handbook   exams   newbie   state licensing   student issues  

Strange But True Beauty Laws

January 18, 2011  | Article

Barbers banned from eating onions. Women barred from cutting their hair without their husband’s consent. No selling nail polish on Sundays. These wacky real-life beauty regulations certainly warrant a chuckle or two.

Keywords: state licensing  

All Steamed Up

November 17, 2010  | Article

State boards governing the actions of professionals providing hand and foot beauty have been shaking up the regulations with new sanitation provisions. We set out to clear up the confusion and find out what’s happening in your neck of the woods.

Keywords: autoclaves   disinfection   Indiana   Iowa   legislation  

On My Mind: Grades Are Important

October 1, 2010  | Article

Some states, like North Carolina, require salons to post their inspection scores where consumers can see them. While I’m not necessarily a proponent of more rules and regulations for the nail industry, I do believe that since most salons are already being inspected, why not post the grade?

Keywords: California   discount salons   Hannah Lee   North Carolina   salon inspections  

Making the Grade

October 1, 2010  | Article

State inspectors have the ability to strike fear into salon owners, but listen closely and you will find opportunity ... even in a less-than-perfect rating. How states handle inspections (or a lack of them) is as varied as the colors clients choose.

Keywords: business   disinfection   inspections   legislation   state licensing  

Iowa Requires Sterilization for Cuticle Nippers

October 1, 2010  | Article

Earlier this year, Iowa mandated the autoclaving of certain implements in the salon. As of March, cuticle nippers (along with tweezers and comedone extractors) must be sterilized by steam, dry heat, or other sterilization equipment.

Keywords: disinfection   implements   legislation   nippers   state licensing  

Watch Out for Licensing Scams

May 1, 2010  | Article

Scams in at least two states make it clear that nail and cosmetology licensees should be on the alert to avoid being defrauded.

Keywords: California state regulations   licensing   state licensing  

Tearing Down Business Barriers

December 1, 2009  | Article

Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act needn’t break the bank and may be as simple as doing what you are already good at. Take five parts hospitality, one part research, two parts active listening, and add a dash of compassion to create a salon that’s accessible to all.

Keywords: business tools   modern nail salon   professional image   special needs clients  

PBA and NCA Agree to Proposed Merger

August 10, 2009  | News

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and the National Cosmetology Association (NCA) just announced the two organizations have signed an agreement to effect a proposed merger. The merger will combine the best practices and leverage the complementary strengths, assets, and member benefits of each group to improve all sectors of the professional beauty industry.

Keywords: associations   National Cosmetology Association   Professional Beauty Association  

Tech's Efforts Expand Mobile Spa Rights

August 1, 2009  | Article

Jody Newman, owner of I Do Spas, works to change legislation in Maine regarding the rights of mobile spas to service parties in people's homes.

Keywords: legislation   Maine   mobile salons   spa parties   state licensing  

Kiss the Fish Goodbye

June 1, 2009  | Article

Florida is the latest state to ban fish pedicures.

Keywords: Alabama   Colorado   fish pedicures   Florida   legislation  

Universal Companies-NCEA to Offer Certification Review Webinars

January 29, 2009  | News

Universal Companies and the NCEA (National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors, and Associations) have teamed up to offer training to help prepare candidates for the NCEA Certification exam.

Keywords: associations   continuing education   legislation  

Texas, Washington State Make Fish Pedicures Illegal

January 1, 2009  | Article

Texas and Washington State banned fish pedicures due to safety concerns.

Keywords: fish pedicures   pedicure sanitation  

“Modern-Day Slavery” Alleged at Two Pennsylvania Nail Salons

December 22, 2008  | News

From sometime in 2000 through August 2008, Lynda Dieu Phan and Duc Cao Nguyen, both of New Cumberland, Pa, and Justin Phan, of Tennessee, conspired for Lynda Dieu Phan to travel to Vietnam to recruit victims to work in her York, Pa.-area nail salons, according to a federal indictment released last week.

Keywords: crime   legislation   licensing  

NCA Elects Its 2009-2010 Board of Directors

December 19, 2008  | News

The National Cosmetology Association (NCA) recently elected a new Board of Directors, including new board president Mark Goodman.

Keywords: associations   National Cosmetology Association  

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