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Taking the State Boards

by Staff

Remember the day(s) of your state board exam? Were you scared and nervous, or cool as a cucumber? Here are some testimonials from fellow techs about that landmark day.

Strange But True Beauty Laws

Business

Strange But True Beauty Laws

by Erin Snyder Dixon

Barbers banned from eating onions. Women barred from cutting their hair without their husband’s consent. No selling nail polish on Sundays. These wacky real-life beauty regulations certainly warrant a chuckle or two.

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All Steamed Up

Wellness

All Steamed Up

by Erin Snyder Dixon

State boards governing the actions of professionals providing hand and foot beauty have been shaking up the regulations with new sanitation provisions. We set out to clear up the confusion and find out what’s happening in your neck of the woods.

On My Mind: Grades Are Important

Business

On My Mind: Grades Are Important

by Hannah Lee

Some states, like North Carolina, require salons to post their inspection scores where consumers can see them. While I’m not necessarily a proponent of more rules and regulations for the nail industry, I do believe that since most salons are already being inspected, why not post the grade?

Iowa Requires Sterilization for Cuticle Nippers

Business

Iowa Requires Sterilization for Cuticle Nippers

by Staff

Earlier this year, Iowa mandated the autoclaving of certain implements in the salon. As of March, cuticle nippers (along with tweezers and comedone extractors) must be sterilized by steam, dry heat, or other sterilization equipment.

Making the Grade

Wellness

Making the Grade

by Erin Snyder Dixon

State inspectors have the ability to strike fear into salon owners, but listen closely and you will find opportunity ... even in a less-than-perfect rating. How states handle inspections (or a lack of them) is as varied as the colors clients choose.

Tearing Down Business Barriers

Business

Tearing Down Business Barriers

by Erin Snyder Dixon

Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act needn’t break the bank and may be as simple as doing what you are already good at. Take five parts hospitality, one part research, two parts active listening, and add a dash of compassion to create a salon that’s accessible to all.

PBA and NCA Agree to Proposed Merger

Industry News

PBA and NCA Agree to Proposed Merger

by Staff

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and the National Cosmetology Association (NCA) just announced the two organizations have signed an agreement to effect a proposed merger. The merger will combine the best practices and leverage the complementary strengths, assets, and member benefits of each group to improve all sectors of the professional beauty industry.

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