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NAILS Readers' Choice Awards 2009

Style > 50 Photos

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  

Enter the Holidays Retail Ready

Style > 30 Photos

 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

Style > 9 Photos

“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  

Happy Birthday, Barbie!

Style > 6 Photos

This year an American icon turned 50. And to help celebrate Barbie’s big day, we asked nail techs to honor her in their art. Cheers to you, Barbie, you look as good as ever!

Keywords:  handpainted nail art   nail art  

A Little Privacy, Please: Creating Privacy Without Actual Walls

Style > 9 Photos

Salon owners share how they created privacy in their salons without actual walls — using drapes, dividers, or whatever else was at their disposal.    

Keywords:  pedicure areas   pedicure equipment   remodeling   salon decor/design   salon furnishings  

American Beauty: NAILS 2009 Mini Masterpiece Winners

Style > 13 Photos

Take a look at these fabulous mini-masterpieces, including Megan Acevedo’s beautiful depiction of Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Flour Mill.” 

Keywords:  contests   handpainted nail art   mini masterpiece   nail art  

How to Remove a Stain (Polish Preview: Fall 2009)

Style > 16 Photos

A modern spin on the classic 1950s “how to be a better housewife” tips, we’ve got you covered in common stain removal. And to put the final twist on it, we present you with a myriad of coffee, red wine, and lipstick stains all made out of this fall’s new polish collections.

Keywords:  Barielle   Chi   China Glaze   CND   Color Club  

Breast Cancer Awareness Nail Designs 2009: Symbols of Strength and Hope

Style > 5 Photos

Let these nail art tips serve as inspiration for designs you might offer clients in the salon this October.

Keywords:  breast cancer awareness   handpainted nail art   nail art  

The Power of Pink

Style > 14 Photos

Breast cancer has touched nearly all of our lives. This October, you can raise awareness while you raise funds to battle this powerful disease. Check out these special promotions offered by your nail manufacturers to aid in the fight.

Keywords:  breast cancer awareness   charity  

The [Four] Elements of Style

Style > 5 Photos

The four classical elements — air, fire, earth, and water — have appeared over the ages in many different forms. We asked five nail artists for their own interpretations.

 

Keywords:  handpainted nail art   nail art   rhinestones  

Super Soak-Offs

Technique > 18 Photos

Soaking off faster than a speeding bullet while staying stronger than a locomotive, these soak-off gels will have clients believing you’re the Wonder Woman (or Superman) of nail techs in no time at all.

Keywords:  Akzentz   Bio Sculpture Gel   Christrio   colored gels   Gelousy  

What nails did you wear at the show?

Style > 57 Photos

NAILS takes you inside Premiere Orlando (2009), IBS Las Vegas (2009 and 2010), ISSE Long Beach (2010), and ABS Chicago (2010), to view the hottest nail styles at these prominent beauty trade shows.

Keywords:  nail art   tradeshows  

“I Do” Nails: What nail look were you sporting at your wedding?

Style > 9 Photos

Whether fashion-forward, classic, or trendy, nail techs share the nail styles they were wearing at their own nuptials.

Keywords:  bridal nail art   embellishments   French manicures   nail art   seasonal nail art  

Crafty Custom Colors

Style > 11 Photos

Even with the multitude of polish colors out there, some techs and clients aren’t satisfied with the standard, stock options. Four techs have made sure their clients get a unique service and color by creating their own custom looks.

Keywords:  custom nail colors   polish  

Fall 2009 Color Trends from the Pantone Institute

Style > 10 Photos

Subtle contrasts make up the diverse color palette for fall 2009, according to color authority Pantone Inc.

Keywords:  fashion   trends  

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