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35th Anniversary Flashback: 1997, the Fight Against MMA

1997 was a pivotal year in the nail industry’s fight against the use of MMA (methyl methacrylate) in acrylic monomer.

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Pamper Nail Gallery: "Like Disneyland for Nails"

Earning nicknames like “the fairy godmother of nails” from clients, Pamper Nail Gallery is taking over Silicon Valley’s nail scene with its supply of Instagram-worthy, character-themed manicures.

Something to Talk About: Working With Unknown Product

We all love to gain new clients, but sometimes that first appointment comes with a few surprises. What should you say when you see a potential problem from the product already on the nail?

Dropping the Ball on MMA

Maggie is frustrated by the lack of consumer education about MMA.

Never Be Fined Again

Just one citation from your state board could have you floundering for cash (and turning red in the face from the humiliation of signing the violation form). NAILS contacted the U.S. states with the largest numbers of nail salons to find out what the most common violations are — and how you can make sure your salon is in the clear.

Let Your Elected Officials Know How You Feel

Find out how the Professional Beauty Association is advocating for the beauty industry at all levels of government and sign up for their newsletter to stay informed.

Iowa Targets 550 Salons in Inspection Campaign

The most common violation was unlicensed service providers, says state board inspectors.

Where Are They Now?

Flash back to the ‘90s to catch up with past AVAs winners. Six Salon of the Year and Nail Technician of the Year Award recipients share their professional and personal triumphs since winning.

Salon Infections Prompt Warnings, Rule Changes in Several States

iIn South Carolina, the Board of Cosmetology issued an alert to licensees, reminding them of the proper disinfecting procedures for footbaths after two salon patrons received skin infections from whirlpool pedicure spas in two different salons.

Utah Increases Licensure Hours, Bans MMA

Beginning January 1, 2006, would-be nail technicians in Utah will have to stay in school a little longer. The state passed legislation increasing licensure hours from 200 to 300. In addition, the state banned MMA and also clarified the definition for nail techs to work on the hands, feet, and nails.