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30 Timeless Tips for Thriving in the Nail Industry

NAILS Magazine has made it to our 30th anniversary — and we want to help you get to your 30th career anniversary too! We present 30 timeless tips, culled from our three decades of experience, to help you build your book, run your nail salon, and, dare we say it, retire.

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A Mecca for Multitaskers

Nobody has any time anymore. That’s the simple premise behind Fix Beauty Bar, which opened last September in New York City and has been growing rapidly ever since.

Five Things You Know But Are Ignoring

Do you ever know which way you’re supposed to go, but keep hoping to find an alternate — and easier — route? Learn how to stay on course from techs who have been down this road before.

At the Top of Your Game

You’ve paid your dues, you’ve built your clientele, and your book is so packed with standing appointments it’s hard to take new clients. So how do you promote your business when you’re filled to capacity?

Steps to Hosting a Salon Party

ManiPediCutie! (MPC) in Hermosa Beach, Calif., shares its timeline for hosting a successful mani-pedi party. (MPC should know — they host about 10 parties a month!)

Ditch Your Appointment Book for Good

Salon owners love online booking because it cuts down on no shows, increases revenue, and eliminates phone tag. Clients love it because it makes the salon seem more professional and it accommodates their busy lifestyles. "And don’t worry, with MindBody you decide what appointments can be booked online. You can even use overlapping and double-booking features to maximize your efficiency," says Meg McCall, director of marketing for MindBody Salon Management Software.

A Tip by Any Other Name

Though many technicians prefer to sculpt, a pre-made nail tip that can be adhered to the natural nail can give newbie nail techs a nice runway to learn the delicate craft of gel and acrylic sculpting, while providing great-looking results.

On My Mind: Rules to Live By

Since January is your issue, written by you and for you, we asked nail technicians to give us their “rules to live by” in the salon. Here are 10 that we couldn’t agree with more!

31 Days of an Organized Holiday Season

If you’re already feeling stressed about the holidays, try this simple trick: Schedule one thing per day from your to-do list into your appointment book now. Once it’s written down, you can stop worrying about it because you know you’ve scheduled time to get it done. You can make your own salon to-do list for the month of December or use ours. We’ve included 31 tasks to pencil into each day that will help make celebrating easier this year.

Survive the Holiday Season With Ease

Tips on how to survive and prosper this holiday season and end the year with a bang.

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