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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  

Behind the Scenes: Everyday Nail Tech Reaches for the Stars

November 1, 2004  | Article

It didn’t take Elaine Watson long before she began setting her sights past the nail table.

Keywords: Behind the Scenes   Elaine Watson   gels   Star Nail Products  

Is it Truly Pterygium?

September 1, 2004  | Article

Most techs will see overgrown cuticles once in awhile. But that fairly common condition can be easily confused with pterygium, a rare nail condition that should not be serviced.

Keywords: cuticle treatments   damage to the nail matrix   lichen planus   pterygium  

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  

Be of Good Cheer

December 1, 2003  | Article

How does Cindy Wentzel, owner of Nails at the Carriage House in Newmanstown, Pa., keep herself sane and her clients happy during the hectic holiday season? She steadfastly tends to her own physical well-being even as she nurtures clients’ spirits with holiday cheer.

Keywords: combatting burnout   minimizing stress   stress-free holidays  

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  

Tools to Go

September 14, 2003  | Article

Fear of disease has prompted many clients to go out and buy their own tools. How do you handle sanitation when using those foreign tools?

Yoga Puts Pain Relief at Hand

May 1, 2003  | Article

Yoga not only provides an excellent program for physical and mental health, it may offer some relief to nail techs suffering from symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Keywords: carpal tunnel syndrome   work related injuries   yoga  

Carpal Tunnel in the News

December 1, 2002  | News

Is surgery more effective than wearing a splint for carpal tunnel relief? Study shows wearing a magnetic wrist wrap also reduces pain.

Keywords: carpal tunnel syndrome   ergonomics   working safely  

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