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International Nail Techs

Call them ongles or uñas, nägel or negle, they’re still nails and they deserve the attention of a skilled professional — no matter where you live. These international techs share what life is like in the nail industry in their slice of the world.

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Watch Out for Licensing Scams

Scams in at least two states make it clear that nail and cosmetology licensees should be on the alert to avoid being defrauded.

When I first became a tech, I was shocked to learn ______________.

Surprise! It’s often said that school does little to prepare techs for the salon environment. And it’s not only the technical challenges that may come as a surprise to the newly minted nail tech.

“Modern-Day Slavery” Alleged at Two Pennsylvania Nail Salons

From sometime in 2000 through August 2008, Lynda Dieu Phan and Duc Cao Nguyen, both of New Cumberland, Pa, and Justin Phan, of Tennessee, conspired for Lynda Dieu Phan to travel to Vietnam to recruit victims to work in her York, Pa.-area nail salons, according to a federal indictment released last week.

California Raises License Renewal Fees

Effective March 1, the California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology is raising its renewal fee to $50 for all manicurists, cosmetologists, estheticians, electrologists, and barbers.

Houston Beauty School Fined $250,000 for Fraud

Houston's Victorian Beauty College was fined and permanently closed for allowing individuals to pay for a cosmetology license without attending the required school training.

Tennessee State Board Changes Requisites for Instructor Training

The Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology recently put into effect an amendment that allows licensed estheticians and nail manicurists to enroll in instructor courses.

Houston Beauty School Fined $250,000 for Fraud

Houston’s Victorian Beauty College was fined a record $250,000 and permanently closed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The school was known across the country as a place where an individual could purchase a Texas cosmetology license without attending the required school training.

5 Things You Aren't Supposed to Say About the Nail Industry

Cyndy Drummey tackles a few industry sacred cows in this award-winning editorial.

Michigan Changes Some Aspects of Licensing Exams

Michigan school instructors and students should be aware of several changes to the state’s licensing exams.