Some of the little extras I provide are a mini hand massage, a paraffin dip, a UV top coat, nail art on one or two nails, and product samples. I always offer clients a refreshment, and make sure the music is to their liking and the salon temperature is just right. I also send out a client newsletter, which includes information on new products and nail-related questions and answers.-Kathy Rondeau, Diva Studio, Albany, Ore.
I have a hot pot of coffee waiting for clients. The other little extras, included with their fill, are cuticle treatments, repairs, and nail jewelry put on at no extra charge. I also allow a little extra time for pampering.-Jo Laki, Jo’s Naughty Nails, Hamlin, Pa
We offer clients The Frequent File Card. After 10 visits, they receive a complimentary paraffin treatment and a bottle of polish. We also give them our custom-printed nail file, and let them pick out a pair of earrings for their birthday. Most important, we make our clients feel comfortable when they stop in for an emergency nail repair, which is free.-Linda Champion, Golden Shears: Hair, Nails & More, Runnemede, N.J.
Once a month I go through my records and send out birthday cards with a gift certificate for a free paraffin treatment. On special occasions, such as holidays or Mother’s Day, I buy a little gift like an ornament or candy. Clients really appreciate the fact that you thought about them.-Lisa Rosado, The Touch of the Master’s Hand, Lexington, S.C.
After applying acrylic nails, I give the client a complimentary lavender aromatherapy massage, then buff the nails to a high-gloss shine.-Shannon Lamb, Body Beautiful, Ontario, Canada
I provide fat-free candies, which are popular among clients who come in right after work. I also clean my clients’ rings for free. I think there’s nothing worse than seeing dirty rings on hands with nice, shiny nails.-Teresa Rodrick, The Nail Place, Ramstein, Germany
Since my salon is reminiscent of the 1950s, I offer complimentary cherry sodas and root beer floats.-Rhianna Leal, At Your Fingertips...McAllen, Texas
I make reminder calls for next-day appointments; I give referral credits (10% off a service); I offer discounts after a certain number of completed services; at the end of each service, clients get a complete hand and arm massage; and I give free nail art to clients celebrating a birthday.-Leona Parker, Changes Salon, Colorado Springs, Colo.