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Oh, the Silly Things We Do

January 1, 2006  | Article

Have you ever fallen in front of a client or done something in the salon that made you turn bright red with embarrassment? Well, rest assured — you aren’t alone. These nail techs have had their share of challenging moments that made them feel just plain dumb or want to hide under their nail tables with shame. Read their experiences — we’re sure you’ll be able to relate.

Ten Ways to Keep Your Sanity During the Holiday Season

December 1, 2005  | Article

While it is a time of the year to make a lot of cash, don't neglect yourself this holiday season.

Keywords: holidays   minimizing stress   stress-free holidays   work life balance  

When Your Body Betrays You

November 1, 2005  | Article

What happens when the job you love becomes the source of your ill health? Rather than giving up nails, make some adjustments when you become “allergic to your job.”

Keywords: allergic contact dermatitis   allergic reactions   healthy working   overexposure   workplace allergies  

California Governor Signs Nation’s First Law on Chemicals in Cosmetics

October 19, 2005  | News

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that will require cosmetics manufacturers to disclose which of their products contain chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm, or developmental toxicity.

Keywords: California state regulations   chemicals   legislation   product safety  

10 Ways to Bust out of a Rut

September 1, 2005  | Article

Don't let yourself lose your work energy. Try a few of these shake-things-up ideas. 

Keywords: motivation   stress   stress relief  

The “OM” of Doing Nails

June 1, 2005  | Article

The downside of a full book is the toll it takes on your body. For those dealing with an aching back, tense shoulders, and tired eyes, relief may be found in a yoga-inspired exercise that can be done in on while sitting at your workstation.

Keywords: ergonomics   healthy working   stress relief   yoga  

The "Om" of Doing Nails

June 1, 2005  | Article

The downside of a full book is the toll it takes on your body. For those dealing with an aching back, tense shoulders, and tired eyes, relief may be found in yoga-inspired exercises that can be done in no time while sitting at your workstation.

Keywords: ergonomics   healthy working   stress relief   yoga  

Utah Increases Licensure Hours, Bans MMA

March 11, 2005  | News

Beginning January 1, 2006, would-be nail technicians in Utah will have to stay in school a little longer. The state passed legislation increasing licensure hours from 200 to 300. In addition, the state banned MMA and also clarified the definition for nail techs to work on the hands, feet, and nails.

Keywords: legislation   licensing   MMA   state licensing  

Will Pipes Become Obsolete?

December 1, 2004  | Article

As pipe-free pedicure systems gain popularity within the industry, and concerns over sanitation and salon safety preoccupy the minds of clients and nail techs, it forces the question: Are pipe-free systems a better option?

Keywords: pedicure safety   pedicure spa cleaning   pedicure spas   pipeless pedicure spa chairs  

Boost Your Self-Esteem, Increase Your Salon Success

December 1, 2004  | Article

Do you find yourself taking things your clients and coworkers tell you personally? Are you occasionally irritable? Maybe your self-esteem could use a pick-me-up. Here’s how you can improve your attitude about yourself and in the process increase your salon success.

Keywords: stress   work life balance  

Don’t Be Sidelined by Carpal Tunnel

August 1, 2004  | Article

Our bodies weren’t designed to sit in a chair filing someone’s nails back and forth all day. But there are things we can do to prevent this potentially career-ending condition.

Keywords: As I See It   carpal tunnel syndrome  

Warning: Prevent Salon Accidents

August 1, 2004  | Article

A seemingly small safety hazard can turn into a big liability. By learning to recognize potential problems, you can prevent mishaps and create an accident-proof salon.

Keywords: insurance   MSDS   salon inspections   salon safety  

Clear the Air

December 1, 2003  | Article

Good or bad, odor reveals little about salon air quality. Even if your salon rates "sweet" on the smell scale with employees or clients, depend on more reliable measures than your nose to rate your salon's air quality.

Keywords: air quality   healthy working   masks   OSHA   salon odors  

Women Under Stress: A Silent Killer?

November 1, 2003  | Article

While death is an extreme result of stress-related illness, women are particularly susceptible to developing disease in response to stress--from depression and anxiety disorders to abdominal fat and colds.

Keywords: preventing burnout   stress   time management   work life balance  

Reflections On A Balanced Life

November 1, 2003  | Article

While I am hardly an expert on balancing work and personal life, I know that since I've begun seeking a balance and creating time for family and friends, my life is richer.

Keywords: preventing burnout   time management   work life balance  

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