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Pedicure Poise

January 1, 2010  | Article

Pedicures can be quite tough on a nail tech’s body. Holding legs while ­clipping toenails, massaging calves and ankles, and scrubbing down thick callus can all quickly lead to sore backs and arms — and cranky dispositions. Here’s what some techs have done to keep their poise during strenuous pedicures.

Keywords: ergonomics   pedicure areas   pedicure spas   pedicures   salon decor/design  

Breathe a Little Easier

December 1, 2009  | Article

Keeping salon air breathable is not all about your ventilation equipment; some of it comes down to your work habits. Once your ventilation system is in place, the Nail Manufacturers Council (NMC) advises taking these easy steps to further minimize your exposure to potentially irritating or harmful substances.

Keywords: ventilation  

Luraco Technologies ChemStop Air Cleaner

November 2, 2009  | Product

The compact design of Luraco Technologies’ ChemStop Air Cleaner allows the unit to be placed on a technician’s worktable to remove fumes from her breathing zone.

Keywords: Luraco   ventilation  

Hurting Hands

November 1, 2009  | Article

What if no doctor or medical study could confirm it, but through a network of your peers you learned many nail techs develop similar pain in their wrists, fingers, and thumbs? Would you choose to proactively reduce your risk of pain based only on anecdotal evidence?

Keywords: carpal tunnel syndrome   ergonomic products   ergonomics  

Daylight Slimline Manicure Lamp

October 26, 2009  | Product

Daylight introduces its Slimline Manicure Lamp, created specifically with the nail tech in mind.

Keywords: Daylight   manicure tables  

Chemicals Most Wanted: Bad Rap or Due Justice?

October 1, 2009  | Article

We’ve all heard of them by now. The big three: formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (aka DBP). But what exactly are these chemicals and why have they been systematically eliminated from cosmetics?

Keywords: chemicals   dibutyl phthalate (DBP)   formaldehyde   ingredients   toluene  

Don't Do Anything Stupid

July 1, 2009  | Article

A woman was seriously injured when a bowl of acetone ignited.

Keywords: acetone/removal products   client health   CND   Doug Schoon   working safely  

Radapro Offers an Ergonomic Manicure Station

June 1, 2009  | Article

Keywords: ergonomic products   healthy working   manicure tables  

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

May 1, 2009  | Article

Don’t get caught off guard by a planned or sudden staff absence. With a bit of thought and planning, extended leaves won’t negatively impact clients or salon income.

Keywords: business tools   customer service   staff management  

Doesn't This Smell Bother You?

May 1, 2009  | Article

As nail techs, we’re often asked about the dangers of the smells in the salon — but it’s not the smells that should cause us concern. Learn the facts on air purification, and then take steps to protect yourself and your clients.

Keywords: Aerovex Systems   Air Impurities Removal Systems   healthy working   salon furnishings   ventilation  

Aerovex Systems' Sunflower II

March 11, 2009  | Video

Sunflower II catches nail dust at the source, helping you create a fresh air environment for you and your employees. Visit http://www.aerovexsystems.com/ for more information.

Keywords: Aerovex Systems   air purification   ventilation  

Relief Promised to CTS Sufferers

March 1, 2009  | Article

The Carpal Solution offers relief from wrist pain, hand numbness, and finger tingling.

Keywords: carpal tunnel syndrome   healthy working  

The Three Greatest Challenges Facing the Nail Business

February 1, 2009  | Article

From lack of training to sanitation lapses to treating medical conditions, it’s time for nail techs to come together and raise standards in these all-important areas. Industry chemist Doug Schoon discusses what he sees as the three greatest challenges facing our business and what we can do — as an industry — to face them.

Keywords: business tools   CND   disinfection   keeping your business competitive  

Build a Protective Bubble

January 6, 2009  | Article

Clients can drain you and not even realize they’re doing it, says Vicki Peters of Vicki Peters Nail Products. But for the sake of our mental health, it’s important to be able to create some emotional distance between yourself and these clients. To help, Peters shares a technique she learned from her mentor Norm Freed, a psychologist, to erect boundaries. It’s called “The Bubble”:

Keywords: Vicki Peters   wellness  

On My Mind: Don't Forget to Breathe

December 1, 2008  | Article

Sometimes all we need to do is pause to reflect on what matters most — our health,
our loved ones, our freedom — and don’t forget to breathe.

Keywords: holidays   work life balance  

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