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Making the Grade: Elevating Nail Schools

Making the Grade: Elevating Nail Schools

All too often, cosmetology schools in the U.S. aren’t putting their best foot forward when it comes to educating future nail technicians. For nail schools to get all As when it comes to training students for the real salon world, we need more dedicated nail instructors, increased hours, and a commitment to more than just the state board exam.

What's on Your Bucket List?

What's on Your Bucket List?

The idea of these ticking lists — of things to accomplish before you “kick the bucket,” so to speak — are gaining popularity via blogs, ad campaigns, and other media outlets. We asked our readers to share their professional ones. (No offense to pros-and-cons lists, but we think bucket lists are much more fun!)

Double-Duty Manicures

Double-Duty Manicures

These salon manicures can transition from day-to-night with a simple at-home adjustment.

On the Road: Shine, Chicago

On the Road: Shine, Chicago

Answering the call for a boutique nail salon in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, Shine offers a clean atmosphere, homemade scrubs, and is consistently on top of the latest nail trends.

Does This Polish Make My Nails Look Fat?

Does This Polish Make My Nails Look Fat?

We love nail beds in all shapes and sizes, but, well, your client is her own worst enemy and may be mortified that her nail beds are “too wide.” Luckily, the nail style experts at CND have an easy fix.

Tending to the Natural Nail

Tending to the Natural Nail

Manicures are a service that virtually all nail salons offer. There are basic steps that clients expect, plus add-ons and alternatives that allow for endless customization. Follow our basic manicure steps and decide if you’d like to add any of the upgrades or alternatives to your menu.

Rosemary-Citrus Spa Pedicure

Rosemary-Citrus Spa Pedicure

Step-by-step by Spa Touch, Orlando Citrus fruit slices (like lemons, limes, and oranges), citrus essential oils (like lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, or tangerine oil), fresh rosemary sprigs, lavender essential oil, grapeseed or sweet almond oil; CND Sea Soak or Sea Rocks, Sea Salt Scrub, Marine Masque, and Scentsations Lotion (in Lavender & Jojoba); Gena Laboratories Adios Cuticle Cream and Pedi Care Sloughing Lotion, Clean & Easy Paraffin (in Lavender & Ylang Ylang); base coat, top coat, and polish.

The Chemistry of Acrylics

The Chemistry of Acrylics

What are acrylic nails made out of? NAILS breaks down the chemistry behind liquid-and-powder in laymen's terms.

From Russia, With Love

From Russia, With Love

Check out these step-by-step nail art designs with international appeal. They were created by students at the award-winning Russian School of Nail Enhancement OleHouse in Moscow.

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