Holly Schippers


First-Timer Makes Friends on the Nail Those Profits Cruise
  • February 5, 2019
  • Holly Schippers

Nail Those Profits cruise attendee Melissa Schumann talks about her experience ship-board in this guest post.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   Nail Those Profits Cruise  
Nail Those Profits Day-Two Recap: Gina Silvestro’s Class
  • January 31, 2019
  • Holly Schippers

Gina had several great tips that I want to share with all of you who couldn’t make it on the cruise.

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Keywords: Gina Silvestro   Holly Schippers   Nail Those Profits Cruise   ombre nail art  
Nail Those Profits Day-One Recap: ProFiles Class
  • January 30, 2019
  • Holly Schippers

Guest blogger Kim Nault sums up day-one of education: a class from ProFiles’ Ami McClure.

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Keywords: cuticle care   Holly Schippers   Nail Those Profits Cruise   product application   Profiles Nails  
Goodies Galore on the Nail Those Profits Cruise
  • January 25, 2019
  • Holly Schippers

With all the goodie bag items, you didn’t need to bring much with you on the cruise in order to participate.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   Nail Those Profits Cruise  
Bonus Tutorials for Valentine’s Day
  • January 24, 2019
  • Holly Schippers

I have left you some Valentine’s Day bonus video tutorials on my YouTube channel.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   Nail Art Tutorial   Valentine's Day nail art  
Think Now About a Price Increase Later
  • January 23, 2019
  • Holly Schippers

If you chose not to raise your prices in 2018, then start putting a plan in place to raise them in October of 2019.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   raising prices  
Jan Arnold’s Take on the Pillars of Success
  • January 22, 2019
  • Holly Schippers

Read the full version of Jan Arnold’s advice on becoming a success, the topic we discussed on our January #Nailon broadcast.

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Keywords: cnd   Holly Schippers   Jan Arnold   Success  
Do You Have a Favorite Way to Display Your Nail Art?
  • January 14, 2019
  • Holly Schippers

I am curious about what new ways you have discovered or created to display your nail designs.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail art   nail art displays  
Our Diet Bet Is On at the Salon!
  • January 11, 2019
  • Holly Schippers

For our diet bet, the challenges change month to month. This month’s challenge is to lose 4% of your body weight.

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Keywords: health   Holly Schippers   weight management  
Go to a Show Where Nails Are the Focus!
  • January 9, 2019
  • Holly Schippers

There are nail-focused event across the U.S. and Canada. Here’s are some upcoming 2019 events.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   networking event   tradeshows  
My Year in Review: 2018
  • December 31, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

It has been another year of ups and downs with a little sideways thrown in for variety.

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Keywords: America's Beauty Show   Best Lil Nail Show   cnd   Foot Forward Summit   Holly Schippers  
Let’s Get Past Our Differences and Make a Difference!
  • December 24, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Sometimes we need to move past opinions, differences, and all the other minutiae that stand in the way of everyone getting along.

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Keywords: holidays   Holly Schippers  
I’m Writing for CND’s New Blog
  • December 21, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

To my surprise and delight, I was asked to take on additional occasional writing for another blog.

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Keywords: blogs   cnd   Holly Schippers  
Let Clients Know They’re Appreciated
  • December 20, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Regardless of how busy you are, one thing that should not be overlooked is client appreciation.

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Keywords: client communication   client relationships   Holly Schippers  
How to Charge for Mobile Visits
  • December 18, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Once you confirm that mobile services are legal in your area, there are a couple of ways you can go about establishing your prices.

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Keywords: elderly clients   Holly Schippers   mobile salons   nail salon service pricing   service pricing  
Nail Art Tips and How to Stay Motived
  • December 17, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

#BFFmel and I managed to give at least 20 minutes to nail designs that can be easily done in the salon during a time crunch.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   motivation   nail art techniques   Nail Art Tutorial  
Do You Have a Fall-Back Plan?
  • December 15, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Having a career that we love has spoiled us all and many do not have a “plan B.”

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Keywords: alternative careers   Holly Schippers   nail tech issues  
Take Care of Yourself While You’re Taking Care of Others
  • December 13, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Skipping food and drink and working crazy hours can jeopardize your health.

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Keywords: healthy working   Holly Schippers   stress-free holidays  
I’ve Got Bonus Tutorials for the Holidays!
  • December 12, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

My gifts to you this year are bonus tutorials every week with holiday designs that are easy to create at any level of artistry.

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Keywords: holiday nail art   Holly Schippers   Nail Art Tutorial  
Don’t Be Shy About Promoting Your Holiday Retail
  • November 28, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

What are you doing for fun holiday retail in the salon?

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   retailing  
My Tutorial Videos Now Come in Two Formats
  • November 27, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

I’ll be posting bonus Christmas design tutorials through the end of the year on my YouTube channel.

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Keywords: Christmas nail art   holiday nail art   Holly Schippers  
#NailOn Is Now Easier to Find
  • November 19, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

#NailOn with Holly and Mel now has dedicated social media channels.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail education   social media  
Get Your Work Seen in NAILS
  • November 16, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

NAILS will be hosting a complimentary webinar on Monday, December 10, to explain exactly how you can go about being featured in the magazine.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   marketing/promotions   public relations  
Start Saving Now for Future Networking Events
  • November 7, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Let’s talk about some ideas for saving to attend networking functions.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   money management   networking event  
Face-to-Face Discusses Nail Anatomy Misconceptions
  • October 31, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Face-to-Face with Doug Schoon is web-based education posted on a regular basis by Doug Schoon for a small monthly subscription fee.

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Keywords: Doug Schoon   Holly Schippers   nail anatomy   nail education  
NailOn Broadcasts Will Continue in 2019
  • October 30, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

In 2019, NailOn will air the second Monday of every month at 11 a.m. central time on NAILS’ Facebook page.

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Keywords: Facebook   Holly Schippers   nail education  
#TutorialTuesday: How Can I Help?
  • October 12, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

The weekly tutorials are designed to give you ideas, inspiration, and basically a nail wingman in the shadows to help make your job a little easier.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   marble nail art   marbleizing techniques   techniques  
#NailOn: Talking Social Media With Mary Chhea
  • October 10, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

The focus of #NailOn with Holly & Mel for September was social media.

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Keywords: Facebook   Holly Schippers   marketing/promotions   social media  
When Clients Exceed the Weight Limit on Your Pedicure Throne
  • October 9, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Why not put in parenthesis in the pedicure descriptions on your website what the chair weight limit is?

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Keywords: client communication   client issues   Holly Schippers   pedicure equipment   pedicure spas  
Nail Techs Came Out for Premiere Philly
  • September 28, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Premiere Philadelphia was a pretty cool little show with some great nail tech attendance.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   Light Elegance   North American School of Podology   Premiere Shows   Wildflowers Nails  
Visiting Rhode Island for a Swarovski Nail Art Training
  • September 21, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

As an educator for Crystal Culture, I was invited to update my training and become Swarovski authorized.

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Keywords: continuing education   Holly Schippers   manufacturers educators   Swarovski  
Join Us September 30 for a Bonus Broadcast on Social Media
  • September 20, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

On September 30, we will again cover social media with special guest The Abundant Nail Tech, Mary Chhea.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   social media  
Recapping the Afternoon Presentations and Advanced Seminars at the Foot Forward Summit
  • September 15, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

The inaugural Foot Forward Summit was quite an experience! Here’s a description of the afternoon’s presentations and the advanced seminars the following day.

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Keywords: foot care   Foot Forward Summit   Footlogix   Footnanny   Holly Schippers  
BFFmel Shares Highlights from Foot Forward’s Morning Session
  • September 14, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

So, what was it like to be at the Foot Forward Summit you ask? I would love to give you a peek!

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Keywords: cancer   foot conditions   Foot Forward Summit   foot soaks/scrubs/masks   Footlogix  
Work Out Buddy Wanted
  • September 5, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Join me in a 30-day yoga challenge.

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Keywords: health   Holly Schippers   yoga  
Bias and Bigotry Don’t Belong in Our Industry
  • August 31, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

We need to stop the division and show a united front to get the respect we deserve.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail tech issues   nail techs online   social media  
Talking Feet at the Foot Forward Reception
  • August 29, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

At the reception, you could see everything from pedicure footwear to autoclaves and even disposable implements.

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Keywords: Contego   Foot Forward Summit   Holly Schippers  
BCL/CND Nail Scholarships: Apply by September 15
  • August 28, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Scholarship winners will receive up to $1,000 toward tuition, open stock product, and/or travel for advanced nail education.

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Keywords: Beauty Changes Lives   cnd   Holly Schippers   scholarships  
My Medical Journey: What Came Before My Surgery
  • August 27, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

I’d like to share the health challenges that led up to surgery and my current weight loss.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Extra Education from LCN: Elevating Your Pedis
  • August 25, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Before the Foot Forward Summit even began on Sunday, there was a class on Saturday on “Elevating Your Pedicures.”

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   LCN   manufacturers educators   pedicures  
The Story Behind #NailOn
  • August 17, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Have you figured out why we have started calling the broadcast NailOn?

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Seeing the Sights in Atlanta — Including the Pandas!
  • August 10, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

BFFmel and I arrived in Atlanta yesterday, and we are getting in some tourism before our pedicures today.

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Keywords: Foot Forward Summit   Holly Schippers  
Spreading Love and Compassion By Volunteering
  • August 2, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

There are so many opportunities for us to put love and compassion out into our communities through the career that we love.

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Keywords: cnd   Holly Schippers   nail techs doing good  
My Nail Art Nemesis: Stone-Look Designs
  • August 1, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

My biggest technical challenge in the last year has been stone/rock nails.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   marble nail art  
If You Can’t Say Something Nice...
  • July 28, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

It never hurts to send out a reminder that we should all be kind and respectful on social media.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   social media  
Where to Get Your Nails Done at the Foot Forward Summit
  • July 27, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

We promised some salon suggestions for those of you who wanted to get a service done for the Foot Forward Summit.

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Keywords: Foot Forward Summit   Holly Schippers  
Where Summit-Goers Can Grab a Bite
  • July 16, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Here are some nearby restaurants for those making the trip to Atlanta for the Foot Forward Summit.

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Keywords: Foot Forward Summit   Holly Schippers  
Tutorial Tuesday Topic: Stamping With Polish
  • July 10, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

I hope you find today’s tutorial on stamping with polish helpful in the salon.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail art   stamping  
How to Save Money While Traveling
  • July 3, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Here are some of my personal ways to save, figured out over the years as I travel. 

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Keywords: FingerNailFixer   Foot Forward Summit   Holly Schippers   money management   tradeshows  
Tutorial Tuesday Topic: Two Ombre How-Tos
  • July 3, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

This week you will find some tips on creating an ombre using gel-polish. As a bonus you will also see a tutorial on creating an ombre using Swarovski Crystal Pixie.

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Keywords: gel-polish   Holly Schippers   ombre nail art   Swarovski  
Highlights From the History of Nail Art
  • June 29, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

We’re recapping our June Facebook Live on the history of nail art.

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Keywords: history of nail care   Holly Schippers   nail art  
Tutorial Tuesday Topic: Flawless Polish Application
  • June 26, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

The idea behind this video is to show you the tricks to flawless polish application that rarely needs any cleanup.

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Keywords: CND Shellac   Holly Schippers   polish techniques   product application  
Me, Mel, and Our Upcoming Live Broadcasts
  • June 25, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Mel has said yes to doing a Facebook Live segment with me once a month for the rest of the year! Here’s our schedule.

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Keywords: education   Foot Forward Summit   Holly Schippers   nail education  
My Tips for Travelers
  • June 21, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

As a frequent traveler, I would love to share some tips than can take some of the mystery out of travel while also saving some of your hard-earned money!

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Keywords: Foot Forward Summit   Holly Schippers   tradeshows  
Tutorial Tuesday Topic: Cuticle Work
  • June 19, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

This week’s focus is on cuticle work, and there’s a bonus video on how cuticle work affects application.

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Keywords: cuticle care   Holly Schippers   natural nail care   YouTube  
Could Your Marketing Materials Use an Update?
  • June 18, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

I recently redesigned my business cards.

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Keywords: business cards   Holly Schippers   marketing/promotions  
Fire Up Your Creativity and Enter NAHA
  • June 14, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Entries can now be submitted for the NAHA Nail Artist of the Year.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   NAHA  
See My New YouTube Tutorials Every Tuesday
  • June 12, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Introducing “Tutorial Tuesday,” where you can find a new helpful video on my YouTube channel every single Tuesday.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail education   online education   YouTube  
Orlando Was Crazy...As Usual
  • June 11, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Most of my time in Orlando was spent in the CND classroom with the launch of CND Shellac Luxe.

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Keywords: cnd   Doug Schoon   Holly Schippers   NAILS Next Top Nail Artist   Premiere Orlando  
Highlights From the History of Nails
  • June 8, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

The May Facebook Live with me and #BFFmel covered the history of nails.

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Keywords: history of nail care   Holly Schippers  
Nailympia Winner RussAnna Dudley Has a Great Story to Tell
  • June 5, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Meet Georgia nail professional RussAnna Dudley. I hope you’ll be as awed and inspired by her as I am!

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Keywords: Best Lil Nail Show   competitions   Holly Schippers   Nailympia  
How’s the View From Your Salon?
  • May 30, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

What does your client see from your table or your pedicure chair?

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   salon decor/design  
Fun Things to Do in Atlanta (Besides Attending the Foot Forward Summit)
  • May 29, 2018

Are you thinking about attending the Foot Forward Summit? Here are some Atlanta tourism opportunities.

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Keywords: Foot Forward Summit   Holly Schippers  
Lessons Learned Through Taekwondo
  • May 18, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Part of my effort to be a little healthier has led me to taking Taekwondo with my son.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   learning new techniques  
Getting Started With Reflexology
  • May 12, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

#BFFmel brings you a summary and additional information from our Facebook Live broadcast on reflexology.

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Keywords: feet   Holly Schippers   massage   reflexology  
Say Hello to My Little Friend, Acheron
  • May 10, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Now when I have a class, show, or other event going on, you can expect to see Acheron rocking my Instagram Story.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Who Is Your Nail BFF?
  • May 8, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Melissa Finch and I met at a class over 15 years ago. Now we share success and failure, loves and dislikes, and all the myriad of things in between.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   tech-to-tech sharing  
Congrats to Lynn Cote, CND’s Educator of the Year
  • May 8, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

I was fortunate to be present when CND recognized their Educator of the Year for North America 2017, Lynn Cote.

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Keywords: cnd   education   Holly Schippers  
Meeting the Talented Tech Behind Chalkboard Nails
  • May 7, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Nail tech and blogger Sarah Waite has an interesting story.

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Keywords: blogs   Holly Schippers   Sarah Waite  
Taking the Winnie Huang Test
  • May 4, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Enjoy the challenge when a client brings in a nail art design from Pinterest to re-create.

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Keywords: handpainted nail art   Holly Schippers   NAILS Next Top Nail Artist   Pinterest   Winnie Huang  
Come Celebrate All Things Feet at the Foot Forward Summit
  • April 22, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

NAILS is hosting a new event, the Foot Forward Summit, in Atlanta in August.

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Keywords: foot care   Foot Forward Summit   Holly Schippers  
Checking out the Classes at Best Lil Nail Show Texas
  • April 20, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

There was a great selection of classes at the Best Lil Nail Show Texas.

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Keywords: Alisha Rimando   Artistic Nail Design   Atwood Industries   Best Lil Nail Show   Famous Names  
Fun Follow-up Foot Facts
  • April 9, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

#BFFmel has written a follow-up post with some highlights of our March Facebook Live about shoes and feet.

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Keywords: feet   Holly Schippers  
Join Us for a Discussion of Reflexology
  • April 6, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Here is your promised reminder for the next FB Live with me and #BFFmel scheduled for this coming Monday, April 9, at 10 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   reflexology  
Have You Met Mary Chhea, aka The Abundant Nail Tech?
  • April 4, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Mary Chhea (@theabundantnailtech) is an amazing go-to for information on all things nails.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Boot Scootin’ Fun at the BNST Welcome Party
  • April 2, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

The Best Lil’ Nail Show Texas is a wonderful networking event with a positive industry vibe.

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Keywords: Best Lil Nail Show   Holly Schippers  
If You Can’t Say Something Nice, Don’t Say Anything
  • March 26, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

You have your right to your opinion, but not to share it in a way that’s unkind.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   social media  
Guest Post: My First Timed Competition at the NTP Cruise
  • March 20, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

I thought you might enjoy a recap of the annual NTP nail competition from Sheila Amrhien — a competitor who also ended up being a winner!

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Keywords: competitions   Holly Schippers   Nail Those Profits Cruise  
CND Shellac Top Coat Winners Announced
  • March 16, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Five techs will receive a CND Shellac Alluring Trilogy Top Coat set after leaving comments about what they love about being a nail professional.

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Keywords: CND Shellac   Holly Schippers   top coats  
New Challenges at Wildflowers Nail Art Classes
  • March 12, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

In a guest post, #BFFmel talks about her experience at Wildflowers Nail Art classes in Omaha.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail education   Wildflowers Nails  
Cruise Day-Three Wrap-Up: Another Perspective
  • March 9, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

For day three of the cruise, I thought you might like to get the perspective of an attendee other than me: Tanya Puttick of Airdrie, Alberta, Canada.

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Keywords: Amy Becker   Elizabeth Morris   Holly Schippers   Maisie Dunbar   Nail Those Profits Cruise  
Nail Cruise Recap: Day Two of Education
  • March 2, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

After three days in different beautiful parts of Mexico, everyone was eager to get their hands on some nails and heads back in the game.

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Keywords: Elizabeth Morris   Holly Schippers   nail forms   Nail Those Profits Cruise   The Nail Hub  
NAHA’s Latest Nail Winner Shares Tips for a Winning Entry
  • February 28, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Nail tech and NAHA winner Sandy Clark shares tips on how to win this photo competition.

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Keywords: competitions   doing nails for photo shoots   Holly Schippers   NAHA  
Mel and I Will Be Live on Facebook
  • February 21, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

BFFmel and I will be covering a variety of subjects monthly via Facebook Live.

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Keywords: Facebook   Holly Schippers  
Nail Those Profits Cruise Combined Education, Inspiration, and Sightseeing
  • February 20, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Once again the Nail Those Profits cruise managed to be an amazing educational experience combined with wonderful opportunities to explore beautiful places.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   Maisie Dunbar   Nail Those Profits Cruise   Profiles Nails  
Win CND Shellac Pearl, Glitter, and Matte Top Coats
  • February 16, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

You can win one of five sets of the new CND Shellac Top Coats that include the effects of Pearl, Glitter, and Matte.

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Keywords: CND Shellac   Holly Schippers  
Tips on Healthy Eating in the Salon
  • February 7, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

ISSE Long Beach featured guest speaker Katrina Goldberg, who taught a class on how to meal prep for healthy eating in the salon.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail technician health  
I Crashed Kupa’s Facebook Video Shoots
  • February 5, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

I stopped by Kupa’s offices to see how the classroom I’d seen in the construction phase last year had turned out and watched some video shoots.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   KUPA  
Sharing Jen Plancks’ Words of Inspiration
  • February 1, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

If you see her in person, Jen Planck will inspire you to believe in the industry all over again.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Highlights From ISSE Long Beach
  • January 31, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

There are competitions going on, there are several great classes for nails, business, and social media, and the show floor has the nail booths grouped together.

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Keywords: Doug Schoon   Holly Schippers   ISSE Show   nail competitions  
Facebook Live, Gel-Polish, and Fire Drills at NAILS’ Headquarters
  • January 30, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

During my visit to NAILS, we did a Facebook Live with some tips and idea’s for quick and effective Valentine designs.

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Keywords: Facebook   gel-polish   Holly Schippers  
Locking Down Plans for Continuing Your Education
  • January 19, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

What education options are appealing to you for this year?

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Keywords: continuing education   Holly Schippers  
Winter Nail Art Colors Are Transitioning
  • January 17, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Now that holiday nail designs are transitioning into winter nail designs, what looks are popular in the salon for you?

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   winter nail art  
Small Changes Can Make You Feel Better
  • January 12, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Your effort at better health doesn’t have to be drastic; it can be small things that just help you feel better about life in general.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail technician health  
Join Us at the Nail Spot Social at ISSE
  • January 10, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Join me and some of my industry friends in the Nail Spot at ISSE Long Beach on Sunday, January 28, from 3 p.m.-4:30 pm.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   ISSE Show   networking  
Working in a Casino Resort Spa
  • January 10, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

Guest blogger Shaune' Morris-Johnson shares her experiences working in a casino’s salon.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
What’s Your Game Plan for 2018?
  • January 5, 2018
  • Holly Schippers

I would love to hear from you with blog suggestions, guest blogs, or anything you feel like sharing.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Looking Back at 2017 — With Gratitude
  • December 29, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Remembering all the things I have to be thankful for from 2017.

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Keywords: Amanda Lenher   America's Beauty Show   Best Lil Nail Show   cnd   Debbie Doerrlamm  
A Shout-Out to My Nail Family
  • December 21, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I wish you and yours the happiest of holidays this December.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
What’s Inspiring Your Clients’ Holiday Nail Art Choices?
  • December 19, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

What’s been your biggest holiday nail art request in the salon this year?

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Keywords: Christmas nail art   holiday nail art   Holly Schippers  
How Do You Work When You’ve Lost Your Voice?
  • December 18, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Here is a story from Iowa nail professional Melissa Finch, who managed to work in the salon without a voice!

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Keywords: client communication   Holly Schippers  
Start Getting to Know the NTNA Top 12
  • December 11, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

The next season of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist has been underway and the countdown is on for the showdown between the final 12.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   NAILS Next Top Nail Artist  
I’ll Be Teaching at Atlanta’s HRTE in February
  • December 8, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

HRTE is a two-day event that incorporates all types of nail education and several different educators into one mix of non-manufacturer-specific education.

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Keywords: continuing education   Holly Schippers  
How Are You Warming Up Chilly Clients?
  • December 7, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

There are lots of tricks to keep your clients warm and happy when it’s cold out.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   Pedi-Sox   winter pedicures  
My Holiday Contest Idea for Clients
  • December 6, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I’m thinking of a running a holiday contest where clients post photos of their nails between now and Christmas.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail art contests   social media  
A Closer Look at My New Nail Table
  • December 5, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I had lots of requests for photos of the inside of the table.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   manicure tables  
Let Your Sparkle Show!
  • December 4, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   motivation  
Monitor Your Progress With a Benchmark Nail
  • December 2, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Take a photo of your first practice nail to compare to the last one at the end of a day, week, or month.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   learning new techniques   motivation  
The Next Nailscape Box Is Here. Now what?
  • December 1, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

How should I handle the next #thenailscapebox?

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   subscription box   The Nailscape  
Improve Your Nail Art Skills With Adult Coloring Books
  • November 29, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

#BFFmel makes the case that drawing in an adult coloring book can sharpen your nail art skills.

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Keywords: handpainted nail art   Holly Schippers  
I Got a Brand New Nail Table!
  • November 28, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I just got my first brand new, self-purchased nail table.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   manicure tables  
A Salon Tour for Tortoise (and Hare) Lovers
  • November 15, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

While I was in Fort Myers, I took a tour of Tortoise and The Hair Salon.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Don’t Let Dehydration Slow You Down During the Holidays
  • November 8, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to hydrate.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail technician health  
Shellac Top Coat Trilogy Is Nailscape Box Fave
  • November 7, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Congrats to the winner of my #thenailscapebox, Hans Franz!

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Keywords: CND Shellac   Holly Schippers   subscription box   The Nailscape  
Here’s How to Win My Nailscape Box of Goodies
  • October 24, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Here is a more information on the Nailscape box contents, along with what you need to do to win my box.

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Keywords: Bodipure   cnd   Holly Schippers   LCN   Morgan Taylor  
Top Five Tips for PolyGel Users
  • October 16, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

For you PolyGel users, here are Sandy Borges’ top five troubleshooting tips.

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Keywords: gel-acrylic hybrid   Hand & Nail Harmony   Holly Schippers   networking event   PolyGel  
Practice With the Products You Already Own
  • October 12, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Sometimes as nail professionals we all need to slow down and improve ourselves before moving onto more and more products.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   learning new techniques  
Are You Going to #Nailcamp?
  • October 11, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

The Northwest Nailtech Retreat is nicknamed #nailcamp for the stunning location in the Puget Sound on a large campground complete with cabins and bunk beds. 

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   networking event  
Watch My Next E-file Practice on October 22
  • October 10, 2017
  • Erin Snyder Dixon

It’s time to continue the #efilechronicles and move forward onto working on a real person.

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Keywords: electric files   Holly Schippers  
Do You Want to Win the Goodies in The Nailscape Box?
  • September 28, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I've acquired a Nailscape Box subscription and will be opening the box live to look at what’s included.

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Keywords: Ashley Gregory   Holly Schippers   subscription box  
Watch My Pedi With Nellie Neal
  • September 27, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

During the Facebook Live, viewers were able to ask questions while watching a pedicure service performed by Nellie Neal.

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Keywords: deluxe pedicures   Holly Schippers  
What to Consider Before You Buy an E-File
  • September 22, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

With all the discussion of e-files, it seemed like a good idea to unearth this blog post on how to choose an e-file.

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Keywords: Atwood Industries   electric files   Holly Schippers   KUPA  
Meet an Inspiring Nail Tech With an Empowering Message
  • September 21, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

The Law of Attraction dictates that whatever can be imagined and held in the mind's eye is achievable if you take action.

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Keywords: education   Holly Schippers   raising prices  
Video Tutorial: Safe, Effective Cuticle Work
  • September 20, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I shot a follow-up video showing how to do cuticle work while leaving the living tissue intact.

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Keywords: cuticle care   cuticle treatments   Holly Schippers  
Travel Trips Up My Plans to Eat Healthy
  • September 15, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

How is the healthier eating going? I seem to struggle more when traveling than at any other time.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail technician health  
Helpful Hints for Dip System Users
  • September 13, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

A hands-on dip system class was just thing to teach me to troubleshoot this technique. Plus I got answers to the double-dipping question.

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Keywords: Artistic Nail Design   dipping systems   Doug Schoon   Holly Schippers  
Talking E-Files on The Nail Hub
  • September 6, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I spoke with The Nail Hub host Elizabeth Morris about my journey in the #efilechronicles, from successes to failures.

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Keywords: electric files   Elizabeth Morris   Holly Schippers   The Nail Hub  
Holly and Lauren’s CND Grand Master Event at Wildflowers Academy
  • September 5, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

A CND Grand Master Event will run from November 5-7 at the Wildflowers Nail Academy in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Keywords: cnd   Holly Schippers   Lauren Wireman   manufacturers educators   Wildflowers Nails  
What Are Your Questions for Nellie Neal?
  • August 23, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Join me on the NAILS’ Facebook Page September 25, at 10:15 a.m. CST for a LIVE interview with Nellie Neal in his salon.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
E-File Practice Recap: How Did It Go for You?
  • August 18, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

This week’s #efilechronicles proved to be more difficult than last for me. How did you do?

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Keywords: electric files   Holly Schippers  
I recommend Jessica Briarmoon’s YouTube Channel
  • August 16, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Akzentz  educator Jessica Briarmoon has a great YouTube channel.

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Keywords: Akzentz   Holly Schippers   YouTube  
AII Educator Michele Baker Learned a Lot at Her Akzentz Class
  • August 15, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

AII educator Michele Baker reports on the Akzentz class she took at the Nail Tech Event of the Smokies.

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Keywords: Akzentz   American International Industries   gels   Holly Schippers   Nail Tech Event of the Smokies  
Remembering Amanda Lenher’s Bright Smile and Brilliant Nail Skills
  • August 14, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Those of you who had the pleasure of knowing Amanda Lenher know that she always had a brilliant smile and some mad nail skills.

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Keywords: Amanda Lenher   Holly Schippers  
My Next E-file Broadcast Will Be Monday
  • August 8, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

If you missed my first e-file Facebook Live, it has been uploaded to YouTube.

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Keywords: electric files   Holly Schippers  
Congrats to the Scratch Stars Winners!
  • August 4, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Huge congrats and hugs to the winners of the Scratch Stars Awards across the pond!

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Keywords: Bio Sculpture Gel   England   Hand & Nail Harmony   Holly Schippers   Jessica Cosmetics  
My First Facebook Live E-file Practice Is Set for August 7
  • August 1, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Let’s learn e-files together! Facebook Live broadcasts are August 7 and 14 at 10 a.m. CST.

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Keywords: electric files   Facebook   Holly Schippers  
Why No Tiered Pricing for Nails?
  • July 31, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Why do many salons have tiered pricing to reward more experienced stylists, but no similar arrangement for nail techs?

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail salon service pricing  
Here’s Help for Stampers
  • July 21, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I’ve stumbled upon a YouTuber who has some helpful stamping videos as well as a great perspective on creating a gel-polish ombre.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   stamping   YouTube  
My E-File Experiments Will Start Soon Via Facebook Live
  • July 14, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I will be doing some experimenting and practice with the e-file on my own to start learning more control and how to have a gentle touch.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Healthier Lifestyle Update: Seeing Improvement
  • July 12, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

There is no denying the fact that I’m feeling better and the improvement in my nails makes me happy!

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail technician health  
Inspiration Beats Imitation
  • July 11, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

When clients bring in a photo from Pinterest or Instagram, you can use it as an inspiration and create your own look.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail art inspiration  
Nail Tech Event of the Smokies Offers Education, Natural Beauty
  • July 11, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I’m learning to appreciate the nail events themselves and the locations that host them.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   Nail Tech Event of the Smokies  
What Do You Look for in a Class — and Why Aren’t You Going?
  • June 29, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

What makes you feel that a class is worth taking?

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail education  
Let’s Change the Atmosphere on Our Social Media
  • June 28, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

How many nail professionals shy away from social medial for fear of being attacked, or simply to escape the negative energy it seems to be contaminated with?

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   social media  
Here’s My #Naileyes Video From Dunedin
  • June 27, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

This Facebook video includes some nail design tips, along with a demo of combining several techniques to get dimensional looks.

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Keywords: handpainted nail art   Holly Schippers  
#Naileyes Is a Hit in New Zealand
  • June 22, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

It's been a beautiful visit to New Zealand, stopping in different cities to teach nail professionals how to tap into their #naileyes and find inspiration everywhere they go.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Take a Tour of a New Zealand Salon
  • June 16, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Elliot Cottage Salon and Spa is a beautiful little cottage — homey and inviting.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   salon profiles  
Remembering Debbie
  • June 12, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Debbie Doerrlamm has left behind a legacy of selfless service to those in our industry.

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Keywords: Debbie Doerrlamm   Holly Schippers  
Catch My #naileyes Class on Facebook Live Sunday (or Monday)
  • June 9, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

How would you like to attend part of my class in Christchurch, New Zealand? I will be teaching #naileyes on Monday June 12 at 10 am local time.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
What a Weekend I had at Premiere Orlando!
  • June 9, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Here’s a quick run-through of my busy days at Premiere.

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Keywords: cnd   Doug Schoon   Holly Schippers   Jan Arnold   Lauren Wireman  
I’m Going to New Zealand Right After Premier Orlando
  • June 2, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Crazy nail geek that I am, I will be leaving right from Premiere Orlando to New Zealand.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Meet Nail Geeks and Education Freaks Galore at Premiere Orlando
  • June 1, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I am so excited to be with my nail family again in Orlando and plan to wallow in the passion for our industry that surrounds everyone.

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Keywords: Atwood Industries   cnd   Holly Schippers   KUPA   Premiere Orlando  
Nails for a Cause
  • May 31, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I have done ribbons for different cancers, angels as memorials, colors for autism, and more.

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Keywords: charity   Holly Schippers  
Vote for Your Favorite NAHA Nails Entry
  • May 23, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I was honored to be asked to judge the nail entries in PBA’s NAHA competition this year.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   NAHA   nail competitions  
Week 12 Social Media Post: Soaking the Nails
  • May 16, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

If nails are soaked in water or acetone at the beginning of a manicure, chances are much higher that the polish will either peel or lift when the nail dries out and shrinks back to its original size.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   waterless services  
Making the Effort to Get Healthy
  • May 15, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I attempted my second 5k walk on Saturday.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail technician health  
Thanks for Joining Me on My Nail Journey
  • May 12, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Thank you for taking the time to read the blog — you are the reason it gets written.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Week 11: Social Media Post: Don’t Buff “Ridges”
  • May 10, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Ridges on the nails are actually grooves — and they should not be buffed away.

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Keywords: Doug Schoon   Holly Schippers   ridge filler   ridged nails  
A Treat for Loyal Clients
  • May 9, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I decided to thank my clients for their loyalty with a small treat.

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Keywords: customer service   Holly Schippers   Valentino Beauty Pure   Whale Spa  
Week 10 Social Media Post: No Magic Products for Healthier Nails
  • May 5, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Clients will just have to accept the nails they were born with.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers  
Week 9 Social Media Post: UV Lamp Safety
  • April 28, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Educate your clients on the facts regarding UV light exposure in the salon.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   UV light safety   UV lights  
Week 8 Social Media Post: Don’t Shave Before Pedicures
  • April 21, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Make sure clients know not to shave their legs within 24 hours of receiving a pedicure.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   pedicure safety   pedicures  
Follow Your Dreams and Apply to NTNA!
  • April 18, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

It’s time for you to take your game to the next level, step out of your comfort zone, and apply to NAILS Next Top Nail Artist.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   NAILS Next Top Nail Artist  
CND Is Offering $1,000 Scholarships to Licensed Techs
  • April 17, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

CND is giving out $1,000 scholarships to licensed nail professionals for advanced education.

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Keywords: cnd   continuing education   Holly Schippers   nail education  
Week 7 Social Media Post: The Truth About Nail Damage
  • April 12, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Many salon guests and even some nail professionals are blissfully unaware that nail damage is not incurred by products.

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Keywords: filing techniques   foot conditions   Holly Schippers  
E-Filing 101: Don’t Forget to Charge the Unit
  • April 10, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

My e-file education got off to a great start at the Kupa Certification class.

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Keywords: Best Lil Nail Show   electric files   Holly Schippers   KUPA  
Learning and Laughs at the Best Lil Nail Show Texas
  • April 5, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Here’s my report on the competitions and classes at the Best Lil Nail Show Texas.

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Keywords: Best Lil Nail Show   Holly Schippers   KUPA   Nailympia  
Week 6 Social Media Post: Nails Don’t Breathe
  • April 4, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Holly makes the point that nails don’t breathe; instead they get nutrients and oxygen from your blood.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   matrix   nail anatomy  
Week 5 Social Media Post: Marketing Buzz Words
  • March 31, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Urge clients to be smart about marketing claims. After all, everything is a chemical!

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Keywords: chemicals   Holly Schippers   marketing/promotions  
Hitting the Highlights of ABS Chicago
  • March 31, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Here’s a wrap up of my time at America’s Beauty Show in Chicago last weekend.

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Keywords: America's Beauty Show   Beauty Changes Lives   Holly Schippers   NAILS Next Top Nail Artist  
Here’s What’s on Tap at the Best lil Nail Show Texas
  • March 29, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Here’s a recap of all of the amazing things that will be going on in Houston this weekend.

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Keywords: associations   Best Lil Nail Show   cnd   crystals   Holly Schippers  
How to Expand Your Career Options (and Maybe do a Magazine Editor’s Nails)
  • March 24, 2017

It takes initiative to expand your career beyond the nail table. This is the attitude that led me to do the nails of Modern Salon’s editors.

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Keywords: alternative careers   cnd   Holly Schippers   Modern Salon  
Week 4 Social Media Post: Foot Files
  • March 22, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Tell clients a foot file should have an abrasive surface, not a blade or the look of a cheese grater.

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Keywords: foot files   Holly Schippers   pedicure safety   social media  
Complimentary Class at ABS Helps Beauty Pros Spot Signs of Domestic Violence
  • March 17, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

ABS Chicago is offering complimentary classes in conjunction with Chicago Says No More on the subject of domestic violence.

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Keywords: America's Beauty Show   continuing education   Holly Schippers   Illinois   licensing  
Week 3 Social Media Post: Disinfection Liquids
  • March 15, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

My week 3 social media post alerts clients to debris in disinfection liquids.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   safety and sanitation   social media  
Guest Blog: Nail Tech Lynz Parks Reports on HRTE
  • March 10, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

HRTE offers an amazing opportunity to network with other nail professionals and learn from some of the top nail techs and educators in the industry.

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Keywords: Amy Becker   Holly Schippers   Max Estrada   Profiles Nails   The Nail Hub  
Week 2 Social Media Post: Single-Use Implements
  • March 8, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

My week 2 social media post tells clients about single-use items.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   marketing/promotions  
Will I See You in Chicago? How About Houston?
  • March 3, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

There are two industry trade shows coming up this month, one in the north and one in the south. Will you be attending?

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Keywords: America's Beauty Show   associations   Best Lil Nail Show   cnd   Holly Schippers  
Let’s Stand Up for Our Industry by Educating Our Clients
  • February 28, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

At the end of the day, consumer education is going to make or break us all.

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Keywords: client communication   Holly Schippers   licensing   professionalism  
I’m Entering the Gel-Polish Competition at Nailympia in Houston
  • February 24, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Join me in competing in the Nailympia competition at Best lil’ Nail Show Texas.

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Keywords: Best Lil Nail Show   competitions   Holly Schippers   Nailympia  
Twisted Truths and Pleas for Cash
  • February 22, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Take a look at this parody video made by Doug Schoon and Lucien Henderson.

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Keywords: Doug Schoon   Holly Schippers  
The [Higher] Price Is Right
  • February 17, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I’m happy to see that my pricing presentation at the NW Nail Tech Event has been a help.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   networking event   raising prices   service pricing  
#HealthyTech Recipe: Crockpot Spaghetti Squash
  • February 13, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Here's how to make spaghetti squash while you’re at work.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   nail technician health  
Help! I Just Got My First E-File!
  • February 8, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

As a new e-file owner, I invite you along on my journey as a learn about this tool from the ground up.

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Keywords: electric files   Holly Schippers  
Featured YouTube Artist: Ann Chang
  • February 7, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

On The Nail Tips Show, educator Ann Chang offers  instructional videos and artist interviews in a combination of English and Vietnamese.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   KUPA   Vietnamese salon industry   YouTube  
Crystal Culture Unveils Its New Swarovski Class
  • February 3, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

I attended a class from Crystal Creations featuring Akzentz’s Gina Silvestro and the Crystal Ninja, Kellie DeFries.

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Keywords: Akzentz   Gina Silvestro   Holly Schippers   Swarovski  
Talking #naileyes and Social Media at ISSE
  • February 2, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

My class was about how to find inspiration and ways of executing designs with the skills and mediums that you have.

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Keywords: education   Holly Schippers   ISSE Show   online education  
Holly’s ISSE Recap
  • February 1, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

For those of you who missed the social media coverage, here’s a recap of last weekend’s ISSE show in Long Beach.

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Keywords: American International Industries   associations   Doug Schoon   Famous Names   Holly Schippers  
Follow Me Online or In Person at ISSE
  • January 25, 2017
  • Holly Schippers

Keep an eye out on Facebook Live and Instagram to see what there is to see at ISSE and ask me questions as I go.

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Keywords: Holly Schippers   ISSE Show