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Five Ineffective Strategies Nail Technicians Need to Abandon Today

So many variables affect your success in the salon. Even when things seem to be working, there’s room for improvement. If you find yourself doing any of the following, we recommend that you stop. These are the 5 most ineffective strategies you need to abandon today. 1. Seeking business advice from other nail professionals. Not all advice is good, and …

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Communication Boundaries: Defend Your Off-time from Demanding Clients

“I get phone calls, text messages and emails from clients at the most inconvenient times, like the middle of the night. What are clients thinking?” Before “The Age of Constant Contact,” when we left our work for the day, we clocked out entirely. Now employers, clients and friends have the unreasonable expectation that we should be available 24/7. Our lives …

Pregnant Pause: Handling the Bump(s) in Your Career

On your way up the career ladder, life can get in the way, and for many nail professionals, one of the biggest obstacles may be juggling a pregnancy with work.  Even if you had an ideal pregnancy with no morning sickness or other complications, this would be a challenge. Moreover, pregnancies can be unpredictable, and it’s difficult to be the …

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The Proliferation of “Education”

  Another day, another unwanted Facebook group addition by a nail “friend.”   Aside from being annoying and presumptuous, forcefully adding people to your not-so-revolutionary new group is downright rude. We’re seeing an influx of technicians who are attempting to assume roles as educators and mentors. While these are great aspirations to have, many of these wannabe experts are lacking …

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The Golden Age of Nail Salons

It’s been months since we published a Nail Tech Reality Check. Does that mean that problems in our industry no longer exist, or that we no longer care? It’s not that the problems no longer exist; it’s that they continue to be perpetuated by people who should know better. It’s not that we don’t care; it’s that we grow weary …

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Salon Math

“How much money will my salon make? What will my profit margin be?” If we had a dollar for every time someone asked us this question, we would have enough money to pay each of them not to ask us this question ever again. If we could predict your future, how much more would our advice be worth? We can’t even …

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Lash Lunatics

Please come to my online lash party! Accept or decline? [NOTE: If you are a beauty professional who distributes Younique or similar products, contribute to this discussion. Neither of us have ever participated in these MLM programs, so our opinions are based on outside perspective. We’re interested to hear the opinions of others!]  Jaime and I were sitting in my …

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Mentor Manners

“Find a mentor” is common advice, but how do you find one and what should you expect from that relationship? I always encourage professionals to find a mentor, but I don’t think there’s a protocol for establishing that relationship, and there should be. It’s weird for me to find out I’m someone’s “mentor” when that person has never approached me …

Bad Advice

“Why do individuals in various online professional groups feel qualified to dole out advice, especially when it’s wrong?” Tina, you know what they say, “Opinions are like ______; everyone has one.” We see this everywhere and do our best to correct the perpetuation of bad information when we can, but it’s impossible to put a stop to it all. Who …

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Branded

What do you do when a client wants a product you don’t offer? A client messaged me and said she likes my work, but she won’t wear the acrylic line I use because it lifted off her nails. When clients ask for a particular product, I ask them why they prefer the product they’re requesting. The majority of them aren’t …