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Wake Up! The Book

Neil Ducoff’s Monday Morning Wake-Up! columns have been providing a weekly shot-in-the-arm for salon movers and shakers since 2008. His new book, titled Wake Up!, is a collection of the most powerful and inspiring Monday Morning Wake-Up.

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Finding Motivation and Inspiration

I had the pleasure of having a fellow nail tech spend the past weekend with me and most of our time was spent working on our entries for 3-D and Fantasy Nail Art. It was a

New Top 25 Competitors List

NAILS has revamped its Top 25 Competitors List online so that you can sort through the top 25 competitors over the last 18 years. You can see the list here, and track how competitors have done

Going Going, Back Back to Nor Cal

I’m just so excited about going back to my home, Northern California, for the NailPro Sacramento show on October 2nd. I’m from San Francisco, and you can bet I’ll be hitting up the City while I’m there.

How Nails Changed My Life

The beauty business is more a calling than a job for most nail techs. For many it provides the freedom to make your own schedule and be your own boss. For others it enables you to raise others’ spirits through your care and your artistry. We asked readers to tell us: How has the beauty industry changed your life?

Meditation Mandalas for Competitive Manicurists?

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “circle” and it is usually a drawing or painting used for meditation practices and it has spiritual and ritual significance in several religions. I’m not trying to get all

Are There Any Other Competitors Who Want to Blog?

Some of you may already know that I’m giving up my post as “The Competition Insider” at the end of the year. It’s really been great to have this place here where I can share my

Competitive Spirit

Wiki says that as we humans evolve, the competitive spirit becomes less innate and more a learned behavior — meaning that when we were still forced to chase after our food, competition was something that came

NailPro Cup Championship

The Nailpro Cup in Sacramento is the final competition of the year for me. And a welcome sight I might add. I’m currently 30 points ahead on total year scores, and no one can catch me.

Moons

The last competition in the Cup Championship series is coming up in Sacramento. And as always, I’ve started practicing again. There are three different comps: Salon Success, Sculptured Nails, and Flat Painted Nail Art (tattoo themed).

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