Archive: 2012

  1. Don’t Let Drama Get You Down – 5 Tips to Get Rid of Gossip in Your Salon

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    DonWorking with a group of creative ladies (and even men!) can be tough, especially when The Real Housewives is the best example of behavior some women have in their lives. Even the best salons can be torn apart by the lure of gossip. Take these tips to ditch your salon’s drama or avoid it from ever happening. 

    1. Establish a written policy against bad behaviors in the workplace. When technicians know what the expectations are, it is not as easy to slide into a routine of never-ending negativity.

    2. However, rules mean nothing unless they are enforced. Owners and managers need to establish and follow through with consequences for those who go against the salon’s policies. If problems aren’t resolved right away, they can spread throughout the salon.

    3. Don’t be defeated. If the problem (for whatever reason) is bigger than a good leader can handle, it is imperative to either direct that person towards professional help, a leave of absence, or permanent termination. Don’t let a salon be dragged down due to the unsolved issues of others.

    4. Learn to walk away. It takes two to gossip, so when a technician starts being negative, find a way to excuse yourself from the conversation. If that person has no one to listen to his or her drama, it cannot propagate through the salon.  

    5. Use “I” instead of “you.” Beginning a sentence with “you” sounds like criticism, even if you don’t mean it to seem that way. For instance, rather than saying, “You are always treating me disrespectfully,” try something like, “I feel hurt when you say that I am not handling my business the right way.” That way, the person understands where you are coming from without feeling condemned. 

    It’s always better to focus on yourself and what you need to do to make your services better. Rather than playing into the petty games of others, be the good role model for the team. There are often hidden and unexpected rewards for those who do the right thing.

  2. Nail PRODUCTS: Cacee White Tea Spa Collection

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    Looking for a way to make pedicures in your salon even better for your clients? Try White Tea Pedi Soak, White Tea Mask, and White Tea Sugar Scrub by Ca’cee. This refreshing line of products will help beat the curse of winter skin by revitalizing damaged skin and keeping it looking youthful.  

    caceeinc.com
    800.951.6245

  3. Promote Your Salon With Pinterest

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    Promote Your Salon With PinterestWant to stay up-to-date with this season’s hottest nail fashions?  Pinterest is a social networking site that allows you to post high-quality photos of your salon’s nail art and to gain inspiration for future manicures.  You can sign up for Pinterest with Facebook or Twitter; or you can make a new Pinterest account specifically for your salon.  

    By clicking “Add+” in the corner, you can pin art of your own or create a board filled with inspiration for future nails.  When you upload your pins, you can link them to your salon’s site, so followers who like or repin your post will know where the amazing idea originated from.  This can also give you free advertising for your salon’s services.  Want to try it out right now?  Check out these links!

    Follow this link to Pinterest: http://pinterest.com

    Or, start by following some great nail pinners: 
    http://pinterest.com/FollowShopHers/n-a-i-l-e-d/
    http://pinterest.com/brayola/nails-nails-nails/
    http://pinterest.com/tbdofficial/nail-art/
    http://pinterest.com/refinery29/nail-art/
    http://pinterest.com/stylecaster/nail-inspiration/

  4. Savvy Nail Salons: Byuti Salon and Spa

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    Savvy Nail Salons: Byuti Salon and SpaDowntown Sacramento is abuzz with government employees surrounding the State Capitol during the work week. And while the streets are far emptier on the weekends, one business is still bustling: Byuti Salon & Spa, a full-service salon that caters to politicians and artists alike. Owner Jill Petersen is a hairstylist who opened the salon with the idea of providing high-quality services in a hip and trendsetting environment. Understanding the need for nails, Petersen called upon local nail guru and former colleague Minnie Engelhard to take over the tip department. And with that, Engelhard has transformed Byuti into, as she describes it, “an alluring space where clients can kick off their shoes, relax and spill their guts.”

    Salon Statistics

    Year Founded: 2005
    Owner: Jill Petersen
    Website: byuti.net
    Hours: Tues. – Fri.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Closed Mon.
    Signature Service: Byutiful Pedicure: 50 minutes of pampering beginning with soak, filing and shaping nails. Treat, push and trim cuticles, cooling marine masque, exfoliate with sugar scrub. Envelop feet in lush paraffin, relax with hand and arm massage. Finish with polish.

  5. Nail Artist Q&A: “Nailed Down!” with Rosa Vargas!

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    Nail Artist Q&A: "Nailed Down!" with Rosa Vargas!

    Welcome to NAILPRO’s NAILED DOWN where we “nail down” the details of selected nail design artists from our User Galleries.

    Meet Rosa Vargas:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where do you work?
    I’m a mobile tech and work freelance.

     

    How would you describe yourself?
    I’m a very fun person. When it comes to nails, I take it very seriously. I give it my 100%.

     

    Tell us about how you got started in the nail industry.
    It was a hobby that became my passion to do more and more. It gives me the opportunity to express myself through the nails, to be able to create. My work speaks for itself. It’s my walking art.

     

    What/Who inspires your work?
    My family has inspired me a lot. The famous Robin Moses, and going through fashion and nail magazines.

     

    Are there any tool(s) you can’t live without?
    My P.N.I. drill, my acrylic 12 brushes and my pink nail tip cutter.

     

    Do you have a favorite technique or style?
    Doing it the way I was taught in school: from the bottom tips of the nail, in three balls of acrylic, then working my way up to the cuticle.

     

    What is your craziest/funniest nail story?
    Trying to compete with other nail techs in class and trying to be first.

     

    What tip can you offer to other nail technicians?
    Really listen to your client’s requests. Also, giving them your input when deciding on a theme for their nails for a particular occasion. The outcome of the work will be priceless to them and greatly appreciated. Take your time. This is our walking art on their nails, so listen to the clients!

     

    You can find Rosa Vargas on the web:
    In the NAILPRO User Gallery: Polka Dots and Rosa Vargas 2013 Nails
    Facebook: Rosa Vargas Nails
    Pinterest: Rosa Vargas
    Instagram: nailsbyrosavargas
    YouTube: rosielena965

     

     

    Click here for more Nailed Down! interviews »

     

     

    Would you like to be featured in NAILED DOWN? Post images of your nail art to our User Gallery. We’ll be highlighting outstanding artists based on those submissions! (minimum six pictures to qualify for consideration) NAILPRO reserves the right to edit submissions for length, grammar and clarity.

  6. The Real Difference Between UV and LED

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    The Real Difference Between UV and LEDHave you been wondering whether to use UV or LED lamps in your salon?  One isn’t wholly better than the other, but here are the pros and cons of both.  

    1. LED lamps only cure LED compatible products.  UV cures all of them.  

    2. With an LED lamp, you can cure clients’ nails up to three times faster!  (10-30 seconds for LEDs, 30-60 seconds for UV lamps).  

    3. LED lamps use less energy and thus are more environment-friendly.  Plus, their bulbs don’t need to be replaced.  Rather, the whole unit is replaced when the lamp burns out (LED lamps usually last about seven years).  UV bulbs need to be changed every six to twelve months.

    4. Currently, LED is more costly.  However, the price is expected to come down soon, as UV lamp prices did after their introduction.

    5. LED lights tend to take up less space on the counter but smaller is not necessarily better.  Any lamp you choose needs to fit all five fingers and toes at one time.  
     
    Whether you go with UV or LED, remember to look for a lamp made of durable metal.  Still can’t decide?  It might be best to have both kinds of lamps in your salons – to cater to all types of customers and products.  

  7. Nail Artist Q&A: “Nailed Down!” with Barbara Silvia

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    Nail Artist Q&A: "Nailed Down!" with Barbara Silvia

    Welcome to NAILPRO’s NAILED DOWN where we “nail down” the details of selected nail design artists from our User Galleries.

    This week we visit Eugene, Oregon.

    Meet Barbara Silvia:

     

     

     

     

     

    Where do you do nails?
    I am an independent contractor and the name of my business is “Nails by Design,” however I work out of NV Salon & Spa.

     

    How would you describe yourself?
    I would describe myself as artistic, enthusiastic and hard working!

     

    What/Who inspires your work?
    My clients are my inspiration, as well as searching the web for new and fun ideas!

     

    Are there any tool(s) you can’t live without?
    The one tool I can’t live without would be my electric file.

     

    Do you have a favorite technique or style?
    My technique/style is custom colored acrylics with fun designs.

     

    You can find Barbara Silvia on the web:
    In the NAILPRO User Gallery: Nails by Design by Barbara Silvia
    Barbara’s Website: Nails by Design
    NV Salon and Spa: www.nailsbyjamie.com

     

     

    Click here for more Nailed Down! interviews »

     

     

    Would you like to be featured in NAILED DOWN? Post images of your nail art to our User Gallery. We’ll be highlighting outstanding artists based on those submissions! (minimum six pictures to qualify for consideration) NAILPRO reserves the right to edit submissions for length, grammar and clarity.

  8. Gel Removal 101

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    Gel Removal 101

    Gels are hot right now and many clients request them without knowing how to remove them.  Some clients will try to chip the gel off themselves, which permanently damages their nails and turns clients off to future gel application. As a nail technician, it is essential that you properly educate your clients on the process of removal. Let’s brush up on the basics.

    Hard gels are good for enhancing a client’s nails, but must be filed off very carefully. You need to be able to tell the difference between what is part of the nail and what is gel, and never file off too much. It is often beneficial to the health of the client’s nails to leave a precautionary thin layer of gel on top and simply buff it for a natural shine.

    Soak-off gels are best removed with acetone. However, soaking nails in acetone repeatedly will dehydrate a client’s nails. It can help to use a conditioning formula, or to switch to a wrap for removal rather than an acetone soak.

    If a client likes to change her nail style often, let her know that gels may not be the best system for her. Decorative polish can sometimes be added to hard gels for a variation in manicure, but constant filing and soaking is not good for the overall health of the nail.

    Gels are a fun nail service and can certainly boost your salon’s revenue. Make sure your clients know which type of gel they are getting, and even encourage them to set up an appointment for removal right after application. This prevents clients from being unhappy with incorrect removal and keeps them coming back.

  9. Nail TRENDS: Nail Polish: Zoya Gilty Pleasures Limited Edition Set

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    Top off your holidays with a little glitz! Zoya’s Gilty Pleasures Limited Edition Gift Set will spoil you with its 18k Real Gold Flake Topcoat that can be worn over Zoya Raven (black) or Zoya Purity (white). Make this gift set available in your salon for clients to purchase this holiday season and spread the gift of luxe!

    www.zoya.com
    800.659.6909