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Japanese nail industry

Day 96: Easter Egg Nail Art

Cecilia Bustamante, Okinawa, JapanLora FastnachtKimberly Martin, Studio C Salon & Spa, Auburn, Maine

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Rich in Culture and Color

Torrance, Calif.-based salon Gemist, owned by nail artist Meg Kaehler, incorporates Japanese-style services for customers, attracting an international clientele and those who favor nail art over nail maintenance.

Hawaiian Pampering, Japanese Style

A one-stop shop for luxury, the Japanese-inspired Ville de Coco nail salon is nestled on the ground floor of one of Waikiki’s most popular hotels, bringing in guests from around the world.

Aloha from Hawaii

Hannah Lee reports from the Japan Nailist Association's third annual Japan Olymp Pics. This year, it was in Honolulu, bridging the gap between Japan and the United States..

Nailympian Competitors Shine in Vegas

The sixth annual Nailympics brought out competitors from around the world to compete in six nail categories with three levels of competition.

Japan: Land of the Artistic Nailists

Japanese people place a high premium on personal appearance. Combined with plenty of disposable income, the typical Japanese consumer is able to dedicate substantial time and resources to her appearance. Beauty professionals reap the rewards of this interest and are well-compensated for their efforts.

Behind the Scenes: Tom of All Trades

Tom Holcomb may no longer do nails at the salon, but he certainly isn’t out of practice. He often travels to Japan to educate Japanese nailists, so he has plenty of practice sculpting his beautiful nails.

As I See It: Celebrate Regional Differences

Lost in translation: NAILS Editor Visits Japan

Sitting in the crowd, listening as nailists explained new techniques or styles in Japanese, I found I wasn’t completely in the dark. Why not? Because I found out that what I had in common with everyone here was we all spoke a universal language — of nails.

Behind the Scenes: Naoko Takano

Naoko, who has been doing nails for eight years, learned how to run a nail business during her three years as a manager at a Tokyo nail salon.

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