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Blurring the Smile Lines

February 8, 2013
Well, so much for the notion of the “professional nail industry” being comprised of — and driven by — actual nail professionals. You know, those of us who...

Read Carefully

September 21, 2011
Uh oh. So I got a call the other day from a client who's looking for “Shellac.”  Well I'm sorry. Although I do now have a smattering of brand-specific...

My Exasperated Gel Rant

December 7, 2011
My number-one irritation with doing gel nails is the CLIENTS. They come in with these absurd notions that gel is so much "better" for their nails than...

Perfect Timing

July 15, 2011
It was 1996. Her name was Denise, she worked at the Holiday Inn, and she's the only person who's ever broken a nail by stapling it. I don't see nearly as...

Flare-Up Over Flares

November 9, 2011
nail artist unknown (contact us if these are your nails) On our way home from our weekend out of town last Sunday, I let the BF drive. This is — as many...

It Costs What?!

May 3, 2013
How often do your clients tell you how much everyone loves their nails and asks where they have them done — only to have your clients end the story with how...

Half a Mind to Shave My Head

March 17, 2011
Seriously. I loathe shopping at CosmoProf. I'm not thrilled with the experience Sally's offers. And I don't even go to that place that used to be...

My Stupid Day

May 11, 2012
Today has been one of the most bizarre days in my career... starting with totally not recognizing my first client — whom I have known since she was 11, over...

Playing Nice

June 23, 2011
As is pretty usual here in Maggie-land, I might be the last person to get the details on the Minx vs. SheeKee drama.Well ... I can't even claim to have the...

You Have Mail

July 27, 2011
On occasion I receive e-mail from other nail techs. I mean, I receive e-mail from other nail techs all the time, but today I specifically mean e-mail from...

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