Secrets to a Long-Lasting Salon

What happens when two recent nail graduates interview a handful of veteran salon owners to find out the secrets to a long-lasting salon? They were privy to a host of knowledge from a combined 132 years of salon experience. Here they share it with you. 

Newbie nail tech Starr Rooks

My update: I graduated from The Academy of Nails and Esthetics in Charlotte, N.C., in August 2012. Since graduation I have been preparing for my state board exam, which I will take by the end of 2012. I have also been using the small break to work on new and ­updated versions of the practice sheets that I offered on my student blog for future and current nail students as well as new techs. I’m also planning on moving to Greensboro, N.C., to work with my mentor Chanda ­Jenkins. Chanda was a tremendous help to me while I was in school, and I am so excited about the opportunity to work with her. I know I am going to learn so much. There are so many opportunities in this industry. I can’t wait to experience all it has to offer.

Newbie nail tech Karyn Lenhart

My update: I graduated from Citrus Heights Beauty College in Citrus Heights, Calif., in January 2010, and took (and passed!) my state board exam the following month. During that time I was a student blogger for NAILS Magazine, which was followed by a year of blogging for NAILS’ Blueprint of a First Year. My prior training started in 2004. I became an esthetician and massage therapist and have actively been working in the industry since then. I currently work out of a studio office in Roseville, Calif. My business is Body, Skin and Nails by Karyn. My space is set up in such a way that allows me to use all of my training — massage therapy, esthetics, and nails. Adding nails to my menu of services was a huge business booster for me. I focus on natural nail manicures and pedicures and soak-off gel services.

Read on as Starr and Karyn interview six long-time salon owners.


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