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If you could eliminate one task from your daily workweek routine, what would it be?
My commute (25.9%)
Returning client communication (emails, phone calls, etc.) (9.4%)
Cleaning (21.2%)
Salon upkeep—paying bills, ordering supplies, etc. (12.9%)
Nail repairs (9.4%)
I wouldn’t eliminate anything (21.2%)
What’s the most popular drink you serve in your salon?
Water (still or sparkling) (37.8%)
Tea or coffee (31.6%)
Soda (7.1%)
Juice (8.2%)
Beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverage (3.1%)
We don’t offer our clients drinks. (12.2%)
On average, how many hours of sleep do you get on a workweek night?
Less than 4 hours (2.5%)
4-5 hours (11.5%)
5-6 hours (23.8%)
6-7 hours (28.7%)
7-8 hours (27%)
8-9 hours (3.3%)
More than 9 hours (3.3%)
In what decade did you first start your subscription to NAILS Magazine?
1980s (3.5%)
1990s (12.3%)
2000s (14%)
2010s (26.3%)
I don’t have a subscription (43.9%)
Approximately how many bottles of polish are in your personal (home) stash?
None. When I’m out of the salon, I don’t think about nails. (4.6%)
1-50: A reasonable amount, right? (38.8%)
51-100: I have to have all of the latest colors. (27%)
101-150: Hey, it’s not my fault seasonal collections come out every, you know, season. (9.2%)
More than 150: Hi, I’m ___, and I’m a polish addict. (20.4%)
How do you handle the non-nail service-related cleaning of your salon (like taking out the trash)?
We’ve hired a cleaning crew (7.5%)
We do it ourselves, with a schedule for who handles which tasks (47.5%)
We do it ourselves, based on who has the time and is willing to pitch in (45%)
Do you mix and match different brands of gel/gel-polish base and top coat with different colored gels/gel-polishes?
Yes, always/most of the time. (35.1%)
Yes, sometimes. (37.2%)
No, never. (25%)
No, I don’t offer gels or gel-polish. (2.7%)
Do you mix and match different brands of acrylic liquid (monomer) and acrylic powder?
Yes, always/most of the time. (14.3%)
Yes, sometimes. (25.3%)
No, never. (47.4%)
No, I don’t offer acrylics. (13%)
Does your salon have a landline for client phone calls?
No, we only have cell phone(s). (35.7%)
Yes, we have a landline. (54.3%)
Yes, we have more than one landline. (10%)
On a typical day, how many times do you hit the “snooze” button on your alarm clock before you get up for work?
Never — I’m so excited to create amazing nails! (19.8%)
Once — I need an extra 9 minutes. (25.6%)
Twice — Those 18 minutes are a big help. (20.9%)
Three — Almost an extra half an hour. (16.3%)
Four or More — My feet don’t hit the ground until at least 35 minutes after my alarm first goes off. (17.4%)


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