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Nail Art: Flights of Fancy

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With spring right on our doorstep, we wondered what nail artists would send us when given the task of creating a “flock” of bird-themed nail art. From actual feathers and birdseed, to meticulously hand-painted bird portraits, these nail designs are certain to take flight with your clients.

Keywords:  handpainted nail art   mixed-media nail art   nail art  

Budding Gels

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As gels increase in popularity, manufacturers plant a wider variety of color gels into their lines so techs can match the different seasons.  From pastel pinks to bold blues and pretty purples in-between, here’s a sampling of the latest spring gel collections.

Keywords:  Akzentz   Backscratchers   Bellissima   Bio Sculpture Gel   CND  

Franken-Web: 17 Awesome Salon Website Features

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Stitched together from the best of the web, the Franken-Web is a compilation of 17 awesome salon website features we’ve found online. Use these examples to inspire your own salon website, and watch your business come alive.

Keywords:  business   web marketing  

Life is a Carnival: 2010 Mural Contest Winners

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It was the undeniable artistry and sheer beauty of Jennifer Wirth’s carousel-themed mural that earned it the top spot in this year’s NAILS’ Nail Mural Contest.

Keywords:  3-D nail art   acrylics   contests   embellishments   mixed-media nail art  

Spring Polish Preview 2010: Out with the Old, in with the Bold

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BIG. BOLD. BRIGHT. COLOR. That’s what we thought when we opened the 2010 spring polish collections. This season’s new nail colors are the brightest, boldest, most vibrant hues we’ve seen in years.

Keywords:  Chi   China Glaze   CND   Color Club   Diamond Cosmetics  

My Little Black Book (And Other Organizational Secrets)

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Nail techs share how they keep their work spaces clutter-free and ready to go.

Keywords:  organization   organizing supplies   salon decor/design  

Spring 2010 Color Trends from the Pantone Institute

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Designers bring splashes of sunshine to the runway for spring 2010. Vibrant brights add a sense of excitement to the color palette, while practical neutrals provide a safety net for cautious consumers. “Now more than ever, women are vigilant when it comes to spending,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Instead of reinventing their wardrobe at the start of each season, consumers want pieces to complement what they already own. Pairing a bold color with a basic piece or freshening up their look with bright accents addresses the need for practicality, as well as fun.”

Keywords:  fashion   seasonal nail art   trends  

Products by Nail Techs, For Nail Techs

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Proving that necessity is indeed the mother of invention, these nail techs have created a wide array of products that are perfect for the salon. This gallery is an expanded version of the article in the January 2010 issue of NAILS Magazine.

Keywords:  aromatherapy   colored acrylics   colored gels   competition products   ergonomic products  

Make It a Man's World

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Here are some products specifically for men, and some tips on how to get those guys into your salon and keep them there.

Keywords:  marketing/promotions   men's services   retail merchandising  

Matte is the New Black

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Once relegated to men, a matte finish is now being touted by women everywhere as a fresh, edgy, and confident style. The lack of glossiness increases the impact of the polish color itself, letting it “wow” without any distractions.

Keywords:  Barielle   BB Couture   China Glaze   CND   Color Club  

Spring 2010 Nail Trends from Fashion Week

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Matte finishes, moon manicures, metallics, and nudes made up an exciting nail scene at New York Fashion Week, which took place September 10-17. This gallery is an expanded version of the article in the February 2010 issue of NAILS Magazine.

Keywords:  Barielle   celebrities   China Glaze   CND   Color Club  

NAILS Readers' Choice Awards 2009

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So what are your favorite products? We’ve tallied the votes and are happy to announce the winners of the 2009 NAILS Readers’ Choice Awards.

Keywords:  Akzentz   Backscratchers   China Glaze   CND   Color Club  

In The Clean: The Great Salon Bug Battle

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To help combat germs in the salon, knowledge, a commitment to your clients, and an assortment of professional sanitation methods can keep you in the clean.

Keywords:  disinfection   salon sanitation   working safely  

Enter the Holidays Retail Ready

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 Manufacturers have come out with a ton of new products for this upcoming holiday season to help techs and owners increase a little on retail and get a boost in a tough year. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there.

Keywords:  holiday products   holiday retailing   retail merchandising   retailing  

The Ultimate Nail Tech Toolkit

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“Toolkits” don’t always have to include hammers, pliers, and screwdrivers. NAILS presents the ultimate guide to implements specifically for nail techs, plus a handy list of manufacturers that will help you complete your own collection.

Keywords:  brushes   FILES   implements   manicure accessories   nippers  

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