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Guys Do Nails, a Nail Salon for Men

Get Rustic: To commemorate Father’s Day and all of the wonderful men in the nail industry, this month’s salon profile focuses on Wilmington, N.C.-based GDN Nail Bar, a male-friendly salon that stands for “Guys Do Nails,” owned by dad, athlete, handyman, and nail tech Dynh Le.

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La Palm Gains 18 Educators

A few months ago, we heard La Palm Spa Products was on a quest for educators, having launched their new Leadership & Artistry Academy (LLAA) to educate professionals and grow its brand. Over a two-day seminar

Behind the Scenes: Uniting Nail Techs in a Love of Nails

A nail tech for 13 years, Thao Nguyen has spent the last four years working with the Gelish team, currently as a regional education manager.

First Day Jitters

Let me describe my first day of class in one word...awesome! Most of the girls there have already been there for a few days; I was the only one who was brand spanking new.

Meet Stacelyn

Editor's note: We're excited to introduce you to several new nail tech students over the course of the next few months. Up first is Stacelyn Jones of Charlotte, N.C. Please help us welcome her to the

Graduation!

After months of hard work, studying, and practicing the moment I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. Graduation! I still can’t believe it. My last week seemed to take forever. I thought my last day would

State Board Practice

This week was better than last. I had a few gel-polish and pedicure clients. For some reason I get assigned most of the gel-polish applications. The extra practice has definitely helped me with my time and

Meet Starr

Hi, my name is Starr Rooks. I’m 30 years old and currently living in Charlotte, N.C. When I was 3 years old my mom took me to Woolworth to pick out my first nail polish. 

License to Serve: Alcohol in Nail Salons

Navigating the ins and outs of a simple act of hospitality could leave you dizzy and confused. Before you stock the mini bar or reach for a cold one for a client, double-check your state and local regulations.

On My Mind: Grades Are Important

Some states, like North Carolina, require salons to post their inspection scores where consumers can see them. While I’m not necessarily a proponent of more rules and regulations for the nail industry, I do believe that since most salons are already being inspected, why not post the grade?