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Capturing Fumes at the Source

February 1, 2008  | Article

Rid the air of nail dust, heavy odors and fumes with a Source-Capture system.

Keywords: Aerovex Systems   air filtration   air quality   ventilation  

Here, Smell This: Product Shelf Life

February 1, 2008  | Article

You may be able to determine if the mystery item in the back section of the fridge has gone bad by a deep, hearty inhale, but does the nose test work on salon products? Read below to learn what it's time to throw out your stock — and how to do it without harming the earth.

Keywords: consumer concerns   product disposal  

Got Space? Get Yoga

February 1, 2008  | Article

If you've got the room, why not round out your salon's offerings by introducing yoga to mix?

Keywords: adding new services   business   business building   healthy working   keeping your business competitive  

The Wisdom to Know the Difference

January 1, 2008  | Article

Late clients, bad bosses, staffing woes — nail techs often face situations that are out of our control. Sometimes we are able to gain control; other times we need to resign ourselves to our limitations and learn from the experience. Balance comes from knowing the difference.

Keywords: business building   minimizing stress   work life balance  

Ouch! The Downsides of Success

December 1, 2007  | Article

Successful nail techs boast a loyal clientele, a respectable income, and immeasurable workplace perks. They also endure frequent neck and back pain, sore thumb and fingers, and eye strain. You can’t have one without the other – or can you? Take a look at these common maladies and see what can be done to avoid the downside of success.

Keywords: allergic reactions   carpal tunnel syndrome   eye strain   preventing work-related ailments   work related injuries  

Immigrant Nail Salon Workers Win Legal Victory

November 26, 2007  | News

After a four-day trial in October, a federal jury awarded $182,000 in back wages, overtime pay, and damages to Susan Kim, a Korean immigrant nail salon worker who worked for seventeen years at 167 Nail Salon Plaza and was fired in March 2005 after demanding regular breaks.

Keywords: legislation   working safely  

U.S. Deaths From Drug-Resistant Staph on the Rise

October 18, 2007  | News

A new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the number of deaths caused by MRSA staph infections in the U.S. may soon surpass the number of deaths caused by AIDS, writes the Associated Press.

Keywords: MRSA   pedicure sanitation   staph infections  

Non-Profit Groups Looking Into Toxicity of Salon Chemicals

September 17, 2007  | News

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded two Seattle non-profit groups $100,000 to help nail salons become more conscious of the toxicity of some of the chemicals used during business.

Keywords: chemicals   eco-conscious salons   EPA  

Texas Health Inspectors Now Have Power To Shut Down Salons Immediately

August 3, 2007  | News

A new Texas legislature signed into law states that if Texas state health officials witness flagrant violations of sanitation standards in salons, they now have the jurisdiction to immediately close the salon.

Keywords: inspections   legislation   salon sanitation   state licensing  

Boredom Be Gone! Our A–Z Guide to Keeping Yourself Entertained in the Salon

July 1, 2007  | Article

Combat boredom in the salon by varying your routine and trying new things from time to time. Whether you’ve got a little downtime or you simply need to kick-start a new routine, there are many ways to re-energize and refresh your surroundings in order to up the entertainment factor of your job.

Keywords: adding new services   business   continuing education   minimizing stress   preventing burnout  

Balancing Work and Home Life

July 1, 2007  | Article

Balancing work and home life can be a tough task in many professions, and nail techs are often susceptible to last minute appointments and closing time squeeze-ins. NAILS asked salon professionals if it is possible to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life, and if so, how have they managed to do it.

Keywords: health   healthy working   preventing burnout   stress   time management  

A Doctor's Advice on Developing a Nail Tech-Doctor Referral Relationship

June 1, 2007  | Article

Don't be afraid to reach out to a podiatrist for sharing referrals. They may be just as interested as you are in building business. Act professional and you'll be treated professionally.

Keywords: building your clientele   networking   referrals   working with doctors  

Wisconsin Launches a Public Awareness Campaign About Salon Safety

April 4, 2007  | News

The Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing launched a campaign to educate salon professionals and consumers about nail and hair salon safety.

Keywords: salon safety   salon sanitation   staph infections   state licensing   Wisconsin  

10 Techniques to Beat the Holiday Hassle

November 1, 2006  | Article

Incorporating simple stress-busting practices in (and out of) the salon can minimize the headaches of the hectic holiday season.

Keywords: combatting burnout   holidays   minimizing stress   stress-free holidays  

Learn the Facts About Chronic Myofascial Pain

November 1, 2006  | Article

Our job demands we bend over a desk with our head tilted for hours at a time. This stressful posture coupled with our repetitive motions put us at risk of developing chronic myofacial pain. This painful disease can be tough to diagnose and difficult to treat; the good news is you can take steps now to prevent it.

Keywords: ergonomics   healthy working  

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