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{in this issue}

March 2012 Volume 30, No. 2

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109 Luck Be a Lady What happens when lady luck goes full tilt in the gritty world of underground gambling with only her swagger and the latest bright and bold nail polish colors? You get a lady whose luck seems to never run out…or does it? Showcasing this season’s bright and bold color choices, we don’t think it’s safe to bet on black — or red. 118 The Magic of Marbleizing The marbleizing nail art technique is so simple — just swirl colors together to make them look like the technique namesake of marbles — and so flexible. You can create a never-ending stream of different looks just by switching up the color family, changing the medium, or tweaking the direction of the strokes.

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122 The “Perfect” Nail What makes the perfect nail? How do you define the picture-perfect acrylic pink-and-white sculpt? NAILS combined contributions from CND education materials, Young Nails’ Greg Salo, and former NAILS Top 25 competitor Lynn Lammers to help draft guidelines for the quintessential “perfect nail.” 134 License to Serve 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.

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Technique 49

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52 Demos Step-by-steps from CND and NailGrafx 56 Signature Services Step-by-steps for a Poison Apple Pedicure and a Jade Stone Foot Treatment 60 Deluxe Delights It’s OK to drool a bit when you read over decadent salon menus. Here are a handful of tempting treats dished out by fellow nail professionals.

86 Reader to Reader What’s better in the salon: small private rooms that are one-on-one or a room with multiple stations so people can interact with each other? 88 My Favorite Mistake NAILS asked what has been your “favorite mistake” — the one that taught you valuable lessons that continue to serve you and help you in your nail careers. 92 Salon Profile Salon owner Cindy Huynh is leaving her tropical mark on Texas. Isle Pedi Spa’s design and services are as interesting as they are original.

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72 Nail Art Studio Step-by-steps on new nail art designs 76 Mural Contest Winners Really Rock The winner of NAILS’ 2012 Nail Mural Contest pays homage to some of our era’s greatest musicians. 80 Boutique: Umbrellas With April showers approaching, everyone needs a good umbrella. This season, help your clients stay dry… without sacrificing style. These trendy umbrella brands merge functionality fashion and offer customized with fash products for promotional purposes too.

Health 99 102 Under the Microscope: Pseudomonas Familiar to nail techs because it can turn clients’ nails green, pseudomonas is a common bacteria. 104 Defenders of the Feet We asked a group of techs to tell us how their love affair with feet began. 106 Secret Ingredient: Primers and Bonders A closer look at brush-on product that increases adhesion for nail enhancements.

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In Search of the Perfect Nail

At a photo shoot earlier this month we asked nail tech (and NAILS blogger) Maggie Franklin to create the “perfect” sculptured pink-and-white nail. We intended

The spring polish colors are here and we were surprised to find only a few reds in the whole bunch. It seems like the non-traditional colors (blue, green, orange, yellow, metallics) are definitely hot for spring. Turn to page 109 to see a sampling of this season’s hot new colors.

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to run a pictorial article diagramming what a perfect nail looks like and how you can create such a look in the salon. When the editorial and art teams brainstormed the idea, we saw a very natural-looking nail that appeared to be the extension of the model’s actual nail. In our minds, that meant no stark whites, no intense pinks, and an oval shape extending only slightly over the fingertip. What we found out over the course of putting together the story and taking the photos was that not only was the perfect nail pretty hard to achieve, but “perfect” is certainly in the eye of the beholder. Not only is the idea of the perfect nail completely subjective, the act of actually creating a perfect nail is easier brainstormed than done. Is it even possible to create a perfectly sculpted pink-and-white? Isn’t this the goal of every nail competitor? So it turns out we kind of put Maggie on the spot and asked her to do something without fully explaining our vision. As she sees it, there are many different types of “perfect” nails. (When I asked her in an e-mail to describe her perfect nail she said, “A perfect nail is sleek and clean with straight lines and no lumps or bumps. No matter what the shape or style you are doing, the finished nail should look like it was done that way on purpose, with care and attention to detail; not sloppy and given up on.”) On top of all this, we wanted to show the nail blown up to fill an entire page. That meant that every little detail would be showing. How often do you have to worry about that in your everyday set of salon pink-andwhites? Does anyone really do picture perfect nails on a daily basis? It’s no secret that we use Photoshop to clean up little things in some photographs, although our general philosophy for our cover nails is to do as little work in Photoshop as possible. We’ll correct skin tone, clean up shadows from lighting, and maybe touch up a stray cuticle area or sidewall. But for the most part, we expect our cover techs to do their best to make the nails as close to perfect as possible. Because if we create a beautiful nail for our cover that can’t be replicated in real life, what sense does that make? (Full disclosure: we did have to do some Photoshop work on the “perfect nail” in the story on page 122 to match up with the tips we are offering.) Perfection isn’t realistic when you’re trying to get the client in and out of your chair quickly and you’re seeing multiple clients a day. But near perfection should be something you strive for with each client in the salon. It’s better they leave thinking, “Wow, look how amazing my nails look.” Rather than, “These nails are a little thick and the smile line is crooked.” Our tips for achieving the perfect nail are actually ways you can achieve a “more perfect” looking nail. Because let’s be honest, nobody is perfect. And if they are, I might be a little scared of them.

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you that you have thrown me into a full-blown anxietyy attack. It’s not just the feeling I used to get when my NAILS S Magazine would come. This was a real one. I just restarted my subscription and the December issue was my first one in a couple of years. I’m proud to be one of the “crazy ones” that you referred to in your December “On My Mind: Think Different” column. I am in great company and can’t wait until my next creation. Thank you. I really needed that. Hannah.Le m



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Features Editor Judy Lessin

LOVE THAT NAIL ART I just want to Log onhow to answer express wonderful your toNail Art this month’s question checkgotten back here Gallery website is. Iand have so to see what other nail techs have to say. much better at creativity and freehand designs. To see this much talent is amazing, and it needs a place like this to help others who are coming up in the ranks and experimenting with nail art designs. I hated having to search the web for just one design and here you have thousands in one place. Thank you for giving us artists a place to display and share our art!

Lori Radecki Via e-mail

Editor’s Note: We’re glad you found us Lori. For those of you who haven’t signed up yet, go to nailartgallery. to view all of the images or set up your own profile. We’ve recently made some big changes to the way you can view and peruse through the nail art. We hope you enjoy.

DISCOURAGED NO MORE I just wanted to say thank you for the article “The Right Person for the Job” in your November 2011 issue. It totally encouraged me and took a lot of pressure off of my shoulders. I am a hairdresser turned nail tech who is currently kind of stuck. I am a German citizen married to a U.S. soldier and when we moved to the United States from Germany four years ago, I fulfilled a dream and went to cosmetology school. I only worked as a hairstylist for a few months after graduation because we were stationed in Germany again after only two years in the U.S.

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I am not able to work as a hairdresser because my license from the United States is not accepted here. Germany requires an apprenticeship of three years to become a licensed hairdresser. (The funny thing is to become a nail tech, you need no license at all. So everybody and their mother are able to call themselves a nail tech!) I went back to my old job since I still need to make money. We have already been here for two years, and this entire time I have been worried about having to start all over once we go back to the United States since I have not been able to improve while we are in Germany. I have been doing nails for a hobby for a while now and as I am getting better at it I have been wondering if I would even have a chance to get hired in a salon with a cosmetology license and not a nail tech license. Every time I get the new NAILS Magazine I get excited and want to try all of the new things right away. I start dreaming about working in a cute salon with nice co-workers and nice customers and becoming an awesome nail tech who does the craziest nail art. Well, my spirit was raised all the way into the sky when I read the article and saw that there are actually salon managers who want to train their new techs and who are not looking for new employees who think they are already perfect in everything. I was so excited to read that having a humble attitude and wanting to learn and succeed is also an important part in getting hired. This article has inspired me to go for it.

Senior Editor Tim Crowley Editorial Assistant Brittni Rubin Contributing Writers Michelle Pratt, Erin Snyder Dixon Art Director Danielle Parisi Associate Art Director Ajay Peckham Graphic Artist Kimberly Pham Production Manager Carla Benavidez Western Sales Manager Michelle Mullen, (310) 533-2465 Eastern Sales Manager Mary Baughman, (562) 377-0465 Marketing/eMedia Coordinator Myla Diaz Audience Marketing Manager Katie Fillingame For subscription inquiries: (888) NAILS-44, Send business and editorial correspondence to: 3520 Challenger St., Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 533-2400 (310) 533-2507 Fax Chairman Edward J. Bobit CEO/President Ty F. Bobit Chief Financial Officer Richard E. Johnson



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{on your mind} I will take advantage of the time I have remaining here to improve my nail skills. Once we go back to the States I will be more positive about finding a job and won’t let anybody discourage me.

Petra Guerra Via e-mail

WE WANT MORE DEMOS How do I send in demos or step-by-steps to be included in the magazine?

Sanjana Lakshman Via e-mail

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Video Correction: In the article “9 Easiest Nail Art Designs to Master [Bonus: 4 Difficult Designs That are Worth the Effort]” in our January issue (p. 158), NAILS inadvertently ran the incorrect photo with the Floral French step-by-step by Robin Moses. Here’s the correct photo, and you can view the written instructions and the video tutorial for this design at www. Big Book Correction: In The 2011-2012 Big Book, the listing for Colorpops International was incorrect. You can find Colorpops online at

MY TO-DO LIST Here’s a photo of my To-Do list.

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Send your comments to Hannah.Lee@ or send us a letter via snailmail to Hannah Lee, 3520 Challenger St., Torrance, CA 90503. (NAILS Magazine reserves the right to edit letters for space and clarity. Please include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.) MARCH 2012

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{nails file} The results are in from the 2011 Strut Your Stuff Nail Art and Enhancement Contest, sponsored by WWWeb Services and With a prize package totaling more than $10,000, the competition featured Enhancement and Mixed Media Nail Art categories at both junior and senior levels. Jaclyn Ngo of Singapore received the award for best presentation photo, as judged by NAILS, and received a $200 cash prize from NAILS. You can see all the winning entries at

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ENHANCEMENT, JUNIOR 1st: Carla Foster, Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada 2nd: Anna Schmidt, Genoa, Ohio 3rd: Katarzyna Trzecka, Strabane, Tyrone, United Kingdom 4th: Katarzyna Trzecka, Strabane, Tyrone, United Kingdom 5th: Mariela Decastro, Providence, R.I. ENHANCEMENT, SENIOR 1st: Samantha Goddard, Farrer, Australia 2nd: Tye Dodson, Medford, Ore. 3rd: Dawn Lambert, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada 4th: Liliya Saxon, Maple, Ontario, Canada 5th: Lynnette Madden, East Greenville, Pa. MIXED MEDIA, JUNIOR 1st: Jaclyn Ngo, Singapore 2nd: Guin Deadman, Grand Junction, Colo. 3rd: Jenny Meek, Fletcher, Okla. 4th: Angie Vermillion, Phoenix, Ore. 5th: Tara Deck, Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada MIXED MEDIA, SENIOR 1st: Cathy Yang, Hong Kong 2nd: Tina Thomas, Wellingborough, Northants, United Kingdom 3rd: Nancy Almeida, Sainte-Marthe-Sur-Le-Lac, Quebec, Canada 4th: Jennifer Wirth, Madison, Wis. 5th: Shana Chua Bee Lian, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia

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{nails file} Tapping Your Inner Entrepreneur Do you think of yourself as an entrepreneur? If your answer is no, you might want to think again. If you have the courage, determination, Trish Rock and resolve to open your own business you definitely possess an entrepreneurial mindset, says nail industry success coach Trish Rock (www. Rock offers the following list of qualities of an entrepreneurial mindset: > Entrepreneurs are careful, meticulous planners of success. > Entrepreneurs see obstacles and problems that arise in the pursuit of a goal as normal experiences in life. They are there to be solved. > Entrepreneurs dream up adventures and ideas that they proceed to live out. This is the “what if” mentality. > Entrepreneurs realize their natural abilities and use them to the fullest. > Entrepreneurs act rationally, not emotionally, and constantly develop their thinking skills. > Entrepreneurs break conventions, go beyond the accepted, and work through their fears. > Entrepreneurs create their own businesses and see them as incomegenerating mechanisms, not extensions of their identity or an opportunity to express their neuroses. > Entrepreneurs use their imagining skills to delve into their creative powers and come up with new insights and discoveries. > Entrepreneurs pay enormous attention to detail and self-discipline. > Entrepreneurs develop their inner life (their conscious awareness through meditation, etc.) because they realize that abundance and the richest experiences come from within themselves. > Entrepreneurs have an adventurous, creative, interesting, stimulating, and restful life outside of their business.

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Are There Nail Files in Outer Space? NAILS’ own contributing editor Erin Snyder Dixon was one of 50 lucky @NASA Twitter followers to be selected to participate in the NASAtweetup on November 8 hosted by NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. We asked her about her exciting glimpse behind the scenes. How did you get selected to attend? Snyder Dixon: Fifty people who interact with the NASA Twitter account were selected lotterystyle from applicants all over the country. It was exciting to see how many people flew in to experience something right in my own backyard. [Erin lives in nearby Newport News.] I was thrilled to be chosen since NASA has played a big part of my life. My grandfather Pinky was an electrical engineer, spending some of his time at the wind tunnels there, so I went armed wearing his space capsule pin. I also o brought photos of my grandfather Tip, who worked d in the materials lab. What were some of the highlights of the event? t? ? Snyder Dixon: After a tour of the hanger, rr, we were treated to a session of autographs and nd information with astronaut and shuttle pilot Susan an Kilrain. I had to chuckle when she said motherhood d was harder than flying the shuttle. During thee presentation, it came up that they don’t wear shoess in the space shuttle — they don’t even pack them. And yes, of course someone had to ask about the infamous diapers. When it came my turn, I wanted to know if they [above] Erin Snyder Dixon took nail files to space ... and makeup. Hey, nails poses with astronaut Mike still grow and she looked pretty darned good in all Foreman. [below] There’s time the photos! She said they pack nail clippers but to goof around a bit during the behind-the-scenes tour. no file. Hmmm. And, yes, they take some makeup along. She also shared that the great thing about zero gravity is no wrinkles. How cool is that? Maybe we could learn something about beauty from these shuttle missions. What else was memorable about the visit? Snyder Dixon: I was captivated about how much the research facility had touched my life in ways I never knew. They do crash tests to ensure safety, they developed little winglets for the tips of planes that save gas, pioneer nonstick coatings, help predict weather, research lower emissions fuels ... the list went on and on. After touring the Inflatable Lunar Habitat (think camping in space) and the Transonic Facility (where we were treated to a snack of deep frozen Cheese-its), we wrapped up the day by witnessing the Orion splashdown test at the Hydro Impact Basin. >>>

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Nail Tech Turns Employment Specialist

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After 20 years in the beauty industry, nail tech Amy Davis knows first-hand the difficulties both employers and employees face in finding the perfect fit. To fill this need, Davis recently founded NEMCEA, the Nails, Esthetics, Massage & Cosmetology Employment Agency. “I have educated for companies, I have educated for associations, I have owned salons/spas and worked in other salons. I know how hard it is to find professionals to work for you and for individuals to find work,” says Davis. Amy Davis “I decided to start this company to help professionals find jobs and salons, spas, schools, associations, manufacturers, and distributors find professionals to fill spots for their company.” Davis is starting the agency in her home state of South Carolina and plans to branch out to other states within a year. “I am also going to be educating professionals with my company to help them discover why this industry is so great and to get back to the basics of why we started working.” You can learn more about NEMCEA and whether Davis can assist you in reaching your goals at or www.facebook. com/nemcea.

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CNTC Event Continues to Grow

On Sunday November 13, 70 nail professionals gathered in London, Ontario, Canada, for the third-annual CNTC Networking Event. The Canadian Nail Tech Association was formed in 2008 to provide Canadian nail professionals the opportunity to network, learn, and gain exposure to new products. This year’s event exceeded expectations and donations for goodie bags and door prizes poured in from manufacturers and distributors, according to event founder Dayna Knight and partner Laura Merzetti. “With representation this year from both sides of the border, this event is quickly becoming a must-see,” says Knight. Knight and Merzetti are already looking forward to the fourth annual event next year slated for Sunday November 4, 2012. Also in the works are plans to host similar events across Canada with local educators and vendors. For more information on the CNTC, look for them on Facebook or e-mail

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Amp Up Your Art.

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Entity One Color Couture. High-gloss. Long-lasting. Chip-proof. And now available in the fastest growing color palette on the market. Everything from subtle shimmers to striking bolds and trendy surprises. High voltage color and performance that set you, and your art, apart.

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To enter to win, go to by February 28.

Mango Mend: A Balm for Dry Skin Be the lucky winner of a six-pack display of Mango Mend from California Mango. Get great results with this deep-penetrating formula designed to treat maladies common to the skin, hands, or feet. Use both as treatment or preventative to combat dry skin, cracked heels, inflamed or dry cuticles, and skin irritations. Clients will love to take Mango Mend home with them.

Win Big Courtesy of Light Elegance Be the lucky recipient of two of Light Elegance’s most popular items: the Pedi-Cure Kit and the Glitter Gel Pack. The Pedi-Cure Kit contains everything you need from Gel Polish to Glitter Gel — even the UV lamp. The Glitter Gel Pack comes with six Glitter Gel colors that are perfect for spring and summer. Perfect for clients who love to shine and sparkle.

Purify the Air With the LightAir IonFlow 50 A durable, high-quality indoor air purification system, the LightAir IonFlow 50 features a sleek and stylish design that would complement any salon or spa decor. One can win the LightAir, which removes practically all airborne particles, especially the smallest and most harmful particles. According to the manufacturer, it performs as well as a good HEPA filter-based air purifier, but without the noise, energy consumption, and expensive filter change.

Congratulations to January’s Winners One reader received Nail Optimizer, Optimax, Cuticle Oil, Base-ics, and Quick & Slick from Prolana and 10 readers received an Eliminer Callus Removal System.

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Get 50% Off Pedi-Sox Purchases Submit a photo of anyone — yourself, your clients, or even your pet — wearing their Pedi-Sox and you’ll receive a coupon for 50% off your cart purchases at It’s easy — e-mail photos to or go to

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“IS IT DRY?” TIME. No more re-do’s. No more driving “palms-only” on the steering wheel or returning to the salon before you’ve left the parking lot.

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Two hours south of bustling Cancun, MayaSpa sits on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean. If I had known how beautiful the setting was, I definitely would have booked a traditional Mayan Clay service in addition to my pedicure.

{on the road} MayaSpa Wellness Center The bohemian beach town of Tulum, Mexico isn’t exactly known for its salon services. But MayaSpa Wellness Center had manicures and pedicures on its salon menu so I decided to give it a try. BY HANNAH LEE

Now that’s what I call a view! MY KIND OF BOHEMIAN TOWN There is one road that runs parallel to the ocean in the hotel zone of Tulum, Mexico. That road is dotted with “eco-chic” hotels, bungalows, restaurants/bars, yoga huts, and the occasional boutique. MayaSpa Wellness Center is part of the EcoTulum Resorts & Spa group. The entire area is quite rustic, with most establishments running off solar- and wind-generated power. MayaSpa isn’t exactly the sort of spa you might find back home. It’s simply an outdoor check-in desk on the side of the road and a series of open-air “rooms” outfitted with massage tables or wooden soaking tubs. A PEDICURE WITHOUT POLISH Obviously, as the editor of NAILS, I feel obligated to get a manicure or pedicure when I’m “on the road”, so I booked a pedicure before arriving in Tulum. Unfortunately due to some scheduling conflicts with my family, I had to cancel my original appointment and being such a laid back type of place, I “rescheduled” by walking up the beach to see when I could rebook my service. Marcela Trejo was available to give me a pedicure — a simple soak and scrub followed by a wonderful leg massage. Being that my pedicure was performed in the sand, I opted for a natural buff instead of the hassle of polish. MASSAGE WITH A VIEW Massage and body treatments are way more common in the resort town of Tulum, and MayaSpa offers them in quaint structures on the cliffs over the ocean. Trejo told me there is a lot of competition in the area for therapists and during the high season (November-February) business is usually steady, but it obviously dies down in the hotter/wetter months of the summer. She said most massage therapists sign three-month contracts, which they have to renegotiate at the end of the term. Like many people I met while in Tulum, Trejo was open and friendly. I only wish I would have had time for one of her body treatments before I had to return to the real world.

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FUN FACTS > The Mayan Clay treatments are obviously the way to go when in Tulum. After being coated in clay and allowing it to dry, clients are given the option of rinsing off in one of the open air tubs, or simply running down for a (naked) dip in the ocean. > Therapists are required to get a license and at MayaSpa they work on commission. During the high season they are required to be at the spa for eight-hour shifts in case people (like me) walk up off the beach looking for an appointment. > Without an actual indoor spa and with very few requests for pedicures, my pedicure was set up in a shaded area among palm trees and hammocks.

MENU HIGHLIGHTS Manicure: $39; Pedicure: $39; Mayan Clay Massage: $85; Private Temazcal (indigenous sweat lodge): $200-$250

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS A few baskets of products (and baggies of polish) were brought out for my pedicure. I didn’t really get a good look at any of the brands they were using.

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GELCOLOR BY OPI OPI COLOR AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT! Famous OPI Bottle, custom brush Fast, easy polish-on application Wears like gel; looks and feels like nail lacquer! Weeks of glossy wear Lightning speed, 30-second LED cure (or standard UV cure!) Full five finger LED Light

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Marbled March Madness These green-sparkled toes feature both gel marbleizing as well as pressed green glitter to make for a fun-looking St. Patrick’s Day pedi. Young Nails educator G. Elizondo of Bling Nails by G in Las Vegas gives a quick tutorial on crafting this nail design. Elizondo utilizes a “glitter press” technique innovated by the Young Nails education team to create layered sparkly effects in gel. You can check it out here, www. 1. After curing your gel polish layer, place dots of two different gel colors on the nail. 2. With a dotting tool, drag and swirl through the dots (the less swirling the better the design looks). Cure. 3. Press in loose glitter in random areas to enhance the sparkle. 4. Apply finishing gel. Cure. >>> For more marbleized nail looks, turn to page 118.

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Onycal for Healthy Nails

Onycal is a new calcium powdered product that aims to improve the strength and health of natural nails while using gels and acrylics. The powder is mixed with the gel or acrylic compounds before application. According to the company, the particles of calcium powder in Onycal are a natural substance and will not melt into gels or acrylics or change form once it is mixed. And because the powder is light enough, it will not settle to the bottom of the jar when mixed thoroughly. For more information on this product, go to 1 1. Remove the lid from the Onycal jar and prepare to measure. 2. Add calcium powder to the gel. Using the spoon end of a metal cuticle pusher or a metal stirring stick, measure and mix in three spoonfuls of Onycal for approximately every 1.5 oz. of gel compound. For acrylic, mix a half-ounce of Onycal powder for every 1 oz. of 2 acrylic powder. 3. Apply the gel/calcium or acrylic/calcium mixture according to the gel or acrylic manufacturers’ instructions. The mixtures will be transparent and can be applied over very short nails or a tip can be first applied for instant length with the calcium/gel or 3 calcium/acrylic as an overlay.

Jessica Hologram Chic Jessica’s Limited Edition Hologram Chic Duo allows you to go beyond color reality and achieve pure nail opulence. The simple two-step process takes your nails to three dimensional color. The set comes with RetroRevival Hologram Base Coat and Disco Diva Hologram Silver. When used together the effect leaves an abalonelike shine with light refraction creating a multitude of holographic color shades. For more information, go to




Should I refrigerate my nail polishes? No. It will only help if you are storing the polishes for more than six months. If you open the bottle while it’s cold, moisture can condense inside. It’s risky business for little reward. — Doug Schoon is a chemist and CEO of Schoon Scientific Regulatory Consulting.

Have a technique question? (about product application, troubleshooting, etc.) E-mail it to and check back here for an expert answer.

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Artist Spotlight A nail artist can exist in the most unlikely of places, and though NAILS keeps its attention focused on licensed nail professionals, this unlikely non-licensed nail artist has become a fan-favorite for his polish company employer. Meet China Glaze’s “Gery the Shipping Guy.” Gerardo Acevedo works in the shipping department for A.I.I., the parent company behind well-known nail brands like China Glaze, IBD, EZ Flow, and It’s So Easy. When Gery saw the wide array of polish colors he routinely sent out, he was inspired to incorporate the varying shades into his own art. (Gery is an accomplished artist and holds a degree in graphic design.) He then started doing nail art on tips and nails, and when an early zebra stripe design he did caught the eye of marketing director Irene Chao, Acevedo got a Facebook page to promote his art and the brand, and “Gery the Shipping Guy” was born. China Glaze has a strong social media and online presence, with the brand’s Facebook page receiving over 42,500+ “likes” to date (, and its Twitter account ( updated regularly with new swatch photos of client nail designs. So the addition of Acevedo helps round out the appeal of the brand. “Drawing on a live person is much more difficult than drawing on a flat, lifeless piece of paper,” says Acevedo of his designs. “It takes some getting used to as well as getting used to the lacquer base nail polish, as it dries very fast and I therefore must work even faster.” But Acevedo is an avid nail artist and enjoys the challenge of creating designs that appeal to a wide audience. He makes festive designs for the different seasons and holidays, and posts these to his “Gery the Shipping Guy” Facebook page ( “I think people really get a kick from the fact that a guy can create cute nail designs for women,” says Acevedo. “I try to come up with designs that women will like, and I enjoy reading all the comments on Facebook and hope that I can help inspire others with my designs just like others have inspired me with their designs.”

[left] A.I.I.’s Gerardo Acevedo, aka “Gery the Shipping Guy” works in the shipping and receiving department for the company, while also promoting China Glaze and other A.I.I. brands with his talent for nail art. [right] Acevedo won A.I.I.’s in-house Halloween nail art competition with these nail art designs. MARCH 2012

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CND’s UV-cured power polish Shellac adds excitement for both nail techs and customers alike. The range of shades feature perennial classics and fashionable favorites to give

CND Shellac Power Polish Pedicure

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salon-goers a wide variety. The colors span effervescent light shades like Mother of Pearl and Beau to the more bold and dark shades like Masquerade and Black Pool. 1. Wash the client’s feet. Soak with SpaPedicure soak products. Towel dry. Shape and smooth the extension edge with a Kanga File. 2. Remove cuticle with CuticleAway and a cuticle pusher. 3. Scrub the nail with ScrubFresh and a lint-free pad. 4. Apply one thin layer of CND Shellac UV Basecoat to each nail surface and extension edge of all five nails on one foot. Be sure to encase the extension edge. Cure all five toes for 10 seconds in the CND UV Lamp or Brisa Lamp. 5. Shake a Shellac Color bottle of your choosing, and apply one very thin coat to each nail surface and extension edge of all five nails on one foot. (This layer will be slightly semi-sheer if applied correctly.) Cure all five toes for two minutes in the CND UV Lamp or Brisa Lamp. 6. Apply a second thin color coat using the same process, and cure for two minutes. Then apply Shellac UV Top Coat to each nail surface and extension edge. 7. Cure all five toes for two minutes in the CND UV Lamp or Brisa Lamp. Remove the top film (sticky inhibition layer) with a lint-free pad soaked with 99% IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol). 8. Use a Shellac Remover Wrap or cotton and foil with 99% acetone to remove. Leave on toes for 10 minutes, then using a twisting motion, pull the Shellac Remover Wrap or cotton and foil from the toenail.





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NailGrafx by Sha-Nail Japan is a new product of delicate, photo-quality prints that fit and conform to nail surfaces with no wrinkles to

NailGrafx Application

make interesting and easy nail art designs. The prints come in bright colors and can be combined to create vivid 3-D effects. NailGrafx prints are thin enough to cut, layer, and combine freely for a wealth of nail art possibilities. 1. Wipe the nail with a cleanser. 2. Lightly etch the nail with a hand file. 3. Layer the NailGrafx designs on top of the nail. 4. Cut the designs to the desired shape. 5. Press the designs onto the nail using a manicure stick. 6. Decorate with glitter to hide seams and edges. 7. Seal with a UV top coat.

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TECHNIQUE} signature services Poison Apple Pedicure Nail’D by Meggan at Dreamz Day Spa and Salon, Burley, Idaho



Nail’D by Meggan uses: Young Nails Lomasi Antiseptic Spray, Lomasi Masque, and Swipe; Pedi Redi Plus in Green Apple; Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Appletini Body Butter; CND SolarSpeed Spray; sugar, olive oil, food coloring, apple-scented oils, baby powder, microplane callus remover; polish or gel or glitter for rock star toes.

1. Spray the client’s feet with Young Nails Lomasi Antiseptic Spray.

2. (Optional) If you’re doing rock star toes, then do the glitter toes application before the pedicure so the natural nail doesn’t get too dehydrated. 3. Use a microplane callus remover to smooth the client’s calluses while her feet are still dry. 4. Soak the client’s feet in warm water with a scoop of Pedi Redi Plus in Green Apple for 10 to 15 minutes. Create an apple sugar scrub by blending sugar, olive oil, food coloring, and apple-scented oils. 5. Use the microplane callus remover on the client’s calluses a second time. 6. Exfoliate the client’s feet and lower legs with the homemade apple sugar scrub. 7. Apply Young Nails Lomasi Masque. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off and pat the feet dry. 8. Massage the client’s feet and lower legs with Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Appletini Body Butter. 9. Wipe the nails with Young Nails Swipe. If you skipped step 2, then polish the nails now. 10. Apply baby powder on the bottom of the feet so they don’t slide around in flip-flops. Spray the nails with CND SolarSpeed Spray.

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price: $45-$55

(depending on if the client wants glitter, gel toes, or traditional polish)

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Tempt your clients into pedicure season with the honey-sweet aroma of soothing chamomile and refreshing mint leaf.

chamomile mint

NEW absolutely invigorating

chamomile mint scrub Banishes calluses and dry, rough skin with natural sugar crystals and AHAs.

chamomile mint mask Ultra-hydrates and soothes with shea butter extract.

chamomile mint massage For a silky, sensual spa massage with rich emollients and antioxidant vitamins.

Also available in indulgent royal verbena, refreshing cucumber, exotic tropical citrus, tempting lemon tonic, and enticing papaya pineapple.

Call 800.341.9999 or visit Š2012 OPI Products Inc.

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TECHNIQUE} signature services Jade Stone Foot Treatment Ki Nail Bar & Organic Spa, Los Angeles



Ki Nail Bar & Organic Spa uses: Jadience Jade & Burdock Detoxifying Soak and Jade & Ginseng Exfoliating Hand & Foot Scrub; callus treatment; green tea seed oil; jade hot stones; base coat, polish, top coat.

1. Soak the client’s feet in warm water with Jadience Jade & Burdock Detoxifying Soak for five minutes.

2. Prep nails. Apply callus treatment and file callused areas.

3. Exfoliate the client’s feet and lower legs with


Jadience Jade & Ginseng Exfoliating Hand & Foot Scrub. Rinse. 4. Massage the client’s feet and lower legs with jade hot stones and green tea seed oil. 5. Place heated jade stones gently between the toes. Wrap the client’s feet in hot towels. Remove stones and use the towels to wipe off excess oils. 6. Apply base coat, two coats of polish, and top coat.

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ooh la la Voilà! ProGel

from SuperNail® is winning praise all over the world. Created for professionals by professionals, it’s the 100% gel that lasts for weeks and protects natural nails with mirror-gloss shine. Easy-to apply, it cures fast under LED or UV lights. In 24 super shades. Simple removal also saves time.

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TECHNIQUE} It’s OK to drool a bit when you read over decadent salon menus. Here are a handful of tempting treats dished out by fellow nail professionals. BY ERIN




Heaven on Earth Pedicure

The Jewel of India

3 hours, $100 U.S. equivalent Clients get to choose from seven expensive luxury brands of perfumes, which are then blended (a quarter of a bottle) into the pedicure products. The specialty service, a favorite of celebrities, takes two hours and incorporates an extensive blood circulating/relaxing massage. When the toenails are expertly polished and dry, the remaining custom-blended lotion is packed in a tidy little box for the client to take home with her. It’s fabulously indulgent to use as cuticle cream over the next week. Scherezaad Y. Panthaki, Paaws ‘N’ Claaws The Nail Spa, Mumbai, India

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1 hour, $70 The Zoë Spa Heaven on Earth Pedicure includes a deeply exfoliating and moisturizing treatment involving a citrus glow exfoliation with a crystal activator, hot towels, and a paraffin treatment. This pedicure energizes and brings balance to the body with holistic salts, herbal exfoliation, mud mask, and paraffin. Guests relax in an effervescent mineral soak followed by a warming A.H.A earth scrub to smooth and refine. A volcanic clay mask is applied to replenish hydrating vitamins and minerals back into the skin. A delightful massage is performed with a soothing moisturizer, leaving a protective satin finish. Lastly, a peach-scented vitamin E paraffin treatment relaxes and helps the skin absorb all products used. This service is great for arthritic and diabetic clients. Lorena Sandoval, Zoë Salon & Spa, McLean, Va. >>>

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The “Painted Bare” Couture Pedicure

Red Carpet Manicure

1 hour, $40 This is an upgraded manicure combining a traditional manicure and adding Nanovive skin repair system by Entity Beauty to the service. The hands and forearms are exfoliated with the glycolic serum and wrapped in hot red fluffy towels. It adds an extra 15 minutes to the service and the skin looks visibly younger. Massage is done with penetrating lotion. The client then chooses her favorite shade of Chanel polish to wear. Heather Hall-Williams,, Scottsdale, Ariz.

90 minutes, $95 This indulgent pedicure starts with a warm soak in goat’s milk and is followed up with honeysuckle mud mask to the knees painted with the finest haired brush and attention to the toenails before being plunged back into the goat’s milk. Next comes a luxurious exfoliation with Carambola (starfruit) scrub, a goat’s milk rinse, and a treat of paraffin. Massage and flawless polish finish out this service. KeyAnn Gladden, Painted Bare Spa Lounge, Hampton, Va.

Figgy Pudding Pedicure

Sherif Zaki Signature Spa Pedicure

1 hour, $51 This exotic escape with Egyptian decor is designed to lift your spirits and reveal your inner and outer beauty. Journey past the ordinary pedicure with the therapeutic addition of skin-smoothing moisturizers and advanced exfoliants. Relish, as they bring the soothing rejuvenating touch of the sea to your feet with natural products rich in marine alpha-hydroxy-acid complex. The feet are treated to intensive callus treatment, natural mineral clay mask, and a heavenly massage. Melissa Costantino, Sherif Zaki Salon & Oasis Day Spa, Greenville, Del.

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90 minutes, $70 Warm up those tootsies with a hydrating milk pudding foot wrap, then exfoliate with a fig seed organic brown sugar scrub to remove rough skin from the feet. A freshly made, botanical, moisturizing blackberry/blueberry mask follows along with a custom hydrating honey and shea butter mask. A fig leaf and almond oil leg and foot rub with hot stones completes the feeling of euphoria to release stress and tension. KaSundra Anderson, Sol Oasis Nail & Spa Haven, Atlanta >>>

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Champagne & Chocolate Pedicure

1 hour, $65 This is a glamorous pedicure beginning with a champagne foot soak to soften the skin. A brown sugar foot scrub exfoliates rough skin and is followed up with hot towels and a decadent chocolate foot mask. Massage with a luxurious foot butter melts stress away. La’Brina White, Luxure Nail Spa, Chicago

RosemaryCitrus Pedicure

3 hours, $65 This pedicure service begins with slipping into a warm pampering bath filled with sliced lemons, oranges, limes, rosemary sprigs, and essential oils that match. The warm vapors also therapeutically relax and detox your body. The nail care comes next, followed by two types of exfoliation. The skin of the foot is smoothed and polished with things from the sea, and a mask that hydrates and cools is applied to the feet. A salt scrub is applied to smooth the legs. A warm lavender lotion with essential oils is massaged into legs and feet for 15 minutes, followed by warm lavender paraffin, which is allowed to cool for deep hydration. Finally, the nails are dressed with the client’s choice of polish. Karen Lewis New, Spa Touch LLC, Orlando

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STYLE} File Under Fabulous Put your solid-colored nail file down for a few minutes to peruse these adorable decorated options. Whether you want something to match your salon’s decor or to declare your love for a particular brand, there is likely a pretty nail file out there for you. (These make cute retail items too!)

Tropical Shine’s Trendy Files are available in all sorts of fun patterns, including the plaid design shown here and a peacock feather pattern file that would be perfect in an Asian-themed salon.

If you <3 LCN, then this denim-style file has your name (well, your favorite brand’s name, anyway) written all over it.

This cute animal file is from ASP Aspire, and there are more animal-loving options available where this one came from. Other designs include monkeys, kittens, and bears.

Wooster & Prince’s new personal accessories line pairs beautiful artwork with irresistible beauty tools. With its lovely artwork, this emery board would be trés magnifique in a French-themed salon.

The Zip File by Tweezerman is a retractable and portable (yet stylish and playful) nail file that’s focused on hasslefree usability. The file and case combo has a zippy sideclick mechanism that, with just a push of the thumb, extends and locks the file into place at the exact length the user wants.

Attach the Bio Sculpture Key Ring Rainbow File next to your car keys for easy access any time. (Just don’t file and drive.) >>> PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY BRACKEN

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For spring 2012 designers are inspired by diverse influences, showcasing a range of styles and lifestyles — from free and playful to light and breezy, plus contemporary classics. The colors likewise reflect these differing moods, encapsulating vivid brights, soft muted tones, and fun-loving pastels. “Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism, and the promise of a brighter day,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “They have learned how color can help them alter a mood, while providing the vitality and enthusiasm that enables them to experiment with new looks and color combinations.” The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2012 predicts that tangerine tango (shown in illustration and named by Pantone as the “color of 2012”), bellflower, cabaret, and seven other hues will make up this season’s palette. View the full report at

Susan Wood, Serenity Salon & Nails, Deer Lodge, Mont.

Mariko Mabrey, Nail Affair, Chesapeake, Va.

Taylar Hillman, Bliss Hair Body & Boutique, Anaconda, Mont.

View a slideshow of all 10 spring shades at spring2012colortrends. Pantone colors displayed here may not match Pantone-identified solid color standards. Consult current Pantone for fashion and home color system publications for accurate color. Pantone and other Pantone LLC trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC.

Hollywood Glamour for Salons

Vintage-inspired cosmetics company Bésame Cosmetics has become a star on the big screen of “The Artist,” a film set in 1927 Hollywood. It was the products’ authentic packaging that helped seal the deal to get the products in the film. The product line, which includes lipstick, cream rouge, and powder, has also been featured in the film “The Good Shepherd” and on the TV show “Mad Men.” CEO Gabriela Hernandez designed Bésame’s red-and-gold containers, which are made of gold-plated nickel. Each container, a stylized throwback to another era, takes between six months to a year of iterations before complete. The products have proven popular in salons as well, with it being the brand’s fastest-growing segment. Wholesale pricing is available. For more information, go to fifi/13427.

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I’m looking for a manufacturer that sells T-shirts for nail techs with bling. Can you help me? Regalia Rags ( adorns its salon/spa tees with Swarovski crystals. Some of its designs include “Nail Diva” and “Because I’m the Salon Owner and I Said So!” Glitz & Glamour Accessories ( also sells rhinestone apparel and accessories, including an “I Do Nails” black tee. — NAILS Eds.

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What is the best acrylic powder to do intricate roses with (a powder that does not get hard quickly)? Also, what’s the best type of acrylic brush to do these intricate designs? Choose a powder with high-quality pigments. You can tell it has high-quality pigments if, when you place a bead of acrylic, it is smooth and creamy and sets up like the texture of marshmallow. The pigment should not separate from the polymer when it is wet. The working time depends on the technician. More experienced technicians like to work faster, so they add some acetone into the monomer to speed up the working time. To get a fine finish and clarity on 3-D work, it has a lot to do with your application, product control, and brush angles. The best brush to use for flowers would be a flat oval size 6 Kolinsky brush that snaps to a point. — Catherine Wong ( is a Singapore-based nail tech and competitor who has written nail art step-by-step books including Nail It! and NailQ Signature.


How often should a salon tweak its interior design look (little things like switching out the throw pillows, the posters on the wall, or moving around furniture)? I really like my salon’s overall feel, and I’m not sure if I should tweak things to “keep it fresh” or if I should leave well enough alone. Adding freshness and newness to a salon is a must. It’s the little things that will keep it looking current and relevant. Adding fresh flowers and colorful pillows to a seating area that relates to that season is an instant win. Even scented candles, which evoke the changing of that season, create a new experience to new clients. If you have the space, moving furniture into new configurations is an easy trick but think about adding a small interesting piece of furniture to your seating that will add character and add conversation. Something like a ceramic ginger jar stool or tree stump side table! Artwork on walls is an investment, and I don’t recommend art pieces get switched out regularly but coffee table magazines should always be current and add other types of magazines other than fashion and gossip. Think food and travel magazines that could present your salon as more global and well-travelled! — Bess Liscio is vice president of visual strategy at brand and design firm Chute Gerdeman (

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One-Stroke, One Book

You only have to do a quick search h on for the phrase “one stroke” to realize that this painting technique has recently been gaining popularity in nail art circles. One-Stroke inventor Donna Dewberry created the method (which allows painters to blend, shade, and highlight all in one stroke of a brush) over 15 years ago while teaching herselff how to paint. Dewberry is thrilled now to see One-Stroke painting being adapted beyond the traditional painters’ canvas, including to nails. So much so, in fact, that she includes eight nail art stepby-steps in her just-published book: Donna Dewberry’s Big Book of Decorative Painting. The nail art step-by-steps should be helpful to nail artists, but the book’s biggest strength lies in its basic introduction to One-Stroke painting. Dewberry shows step-by-step examples of how to create common flowers, leaves, and vines, and how to put all of these components together into a cohesive design. There are also practice worksheets, in which Dewberry encourages you to put plastic over the printed examples, then paint over them to get a feel for how hard to push the brush. The Big Book of Decorative Painting is available on and on Dewberry’s website

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What: El Salonsito Nail Art Blog & Portfolio Where: Why click there?: Launched in September 2011, El Salonsito (Spanish for “small salon”) showcases the work of Ami Vega, a nail artist whose art is inspired by various genres from high-end fashion to street artists such as Keith Haring. Her “nail wheels” are especially wellreceived. The vibe: Fun, colorful, addictive.

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STYLE} nail art studio Follow the Rainbow 1. Polish the nail gold. 2. Use opaque polishes and a striper brush to paint the colors of the rainbow in a fan shape from the top to about halfway down the nail. 3. Use black nail polish to paint a circle at the base of the rainbow and paint a horizontal line on top of the circle to create the pot. 4. Use green polish and a dotting tool to create shamrocks. Use a striper brush to add a curved line on the pot with white polish. 5. Apply top coat. Apply gold jewels or gems using extra top coat or nail glue. Stephanie Berry,, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Pot of Gold French

Cassandra “Cassi” Banning, Tips & Toes, Great Falls, Mont.

1. Use pink acrylic to create a smile line at the free edge. Go parallel to the pink with green acrylic, creating a second smile line. Go parallel to the green with purple acrylic, creating a third smile line. 2. Go parallel to the purple with blue acrylic, creating a fourth smile line. Go parallel to the blue with orange acrylic, creating a fifth smile line. 3. Apply a dot of black acrylic to the free edge on top of the smile lines and shape it into a pot. Apply a dot of gold glitter acrylic along the top of the pot. Apply hologram top coat over the entire nail. Cure.

Beautiful Bubbles 1. Apply UV gel-polish base coat. Cure. Apply two coats of teal gel-polish. Cure after each application. Leave the sticky layer on the nail. Use a natural bristle brush to press three different shades of glitter (light blue, silver, and dark blue) onto the nail. Press the glitter flat with your finger to create a smoother surface. Apply UV gel-polish top coat. Cure. Remove the sticky layer. Buff lightly. 2. Use a 20/0 liner brush and black acrylic craft paint to paint three horizontal wavy lines. 3. Paint varied circles in various spots on the lines to look like bubbles. 4. Use white acrylic craft paint to add accents to the lines and to give the circles dimension. Apply gel-polish top coat. Cure. Remove the sticky layer.

Christie Gibson, Christie’s Nails, Ocean View, Hawaii

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STYLE} nail art studio Lucky Leprechaun 1. Polish the free edge green, creating a French. Add crushed gold mylar pieces. 2. Add a pot of gold decal, partially on top of the green. (All decals shown are from Designs by Donalyn.) 3. Use five different colors of polish to draw a rainbow. 4. Add a leprechaun decal. Add more mylar. Apply UV top coat. Cure. Rosa Vargas, Nails by Rosa, Palm Springs, Fla.

Kiss Me, My Nails Are Irish 1. Apply sparkly gold acrylic to the free edge, creating a French. Apply sparkly pink acrylic to the rest of the nail. 2. Use lime green acrylic craft paint and a fine point detail brush to paint a shamrock in the middle of the nail. Use red acrylic craft paint and a fine point detail brush to add lips on the corner of the free edge. 3. Using white paint and a fine point detail brush, write “Kiss Me I’m Irish” on top of the design. Apply UV top coat. Cure. Jade Sewell, Just Nails, Great Falls, Mont.

Safari Nails 1. (All products mentioned are enVogue. This application must be done on an extension.) Apply Gold Medal Colour Gel to create half of a chevron smile line. Cure. 2. Apply Bronze Medal Colour Gel to complete the chevron French. Cure. 3. Apply Active White Gel under the smile line. Use a brush to create a crisp smile line. Cure. 4. Wipe off the dispersion layer. Use black art paint and a fine liner brush to paint animal prints. 5. Apply Flashback glitter mixed with Modeling Resin on each leopard spot. Cure. 6. Apply Modeling Resin to cover the entire nail. Cure. File, shape, and buff. Apply Sealer.

Joanne Millar, Langley, British Columbia, Canada

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STYLE} t s e t n l Co a r u M Winners



The winner of NAILS’ 2012 Nail Mural Contest pays homage to some of our era’s greatest musicians. Check out the detail in this hand-painted mural by Robert Nguyen and in these other impressive entries.

1st Place: ROBERT NGUYEN, Oceanside, Calif. It took Robert Nguyen of Salon Nouveau in Bonsall, Calif., about six hours to complete the winning mural. “I did an instrument theme,” says Nguyen. “I wanted to show some well known people in the music industry: Stevie Wonder, Slash, Jimi Hendrix, Steven Tyler, and some people I made up.” To create the hand-painted mural, he used four different DNA brushes. “I didn’t use any special techniques. All the techniques I used are shown in the “1-2-3 Nail Art” books, which are available in NAILS’ online store. Nguyen has never taken a formal painting class, so what’s the source of his talent? “All of my family are artists,” he says. “I didn’t know I could paint until I started doing nails. Before doing nails I took drafting classes. Everything I’ve learned has been from my older brother Vu Nguyen.”

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2nd Place: ROXY CARRILLO, Los Angeles





SHANNON MCCOWN, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Vancouver, Wash.

LAURA MCCARTHY, Bantry, Cork, Ireland

EDINA AIGNER, Rathdrum, Idaho

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3rd Place: TRUC NGUYEN, Lebanon, Tenn.

SARAH PETERSEN, Salon Legacy, Rolla, Mo. TRUC NGUYEN, Lebanon, Tenn.


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STYLE} boutique


1. U.K. brand Umbrella Heaven recently introduced its collection of fashion umbrellas and parasols, featuring trendy graphics and innovative shapes — such as the Heart, Flower, and Pagoda Witch Hat umbrellas. The company’s new products have an improved automatic opening — a single button that both opens and closes the umbrella. Umbrella Heaven also offers a large collection of wedding, golf, bubble, and children’s umbrellas. 2. Itty Bitty Brellas are miniature and convenient. Perfect for protecting your client’s hair and makeup, they also are small enough to store inside purses, briefcases, or backpacks for those unanticipated rainy days. They come in a wide range of colors — including pink, blue, red, and polka dots — and are suitable for women, men, and children. The petite product is also an excellent promotional tool as it can be custom ordered to feature any company logo. 3. Marimekko blends new seasonal designs with coveted classics that have made an indelible mark on the fashion world over the years. Perhaps the most well-known of these is the 1964 poppy print “Unikko,” featured on automatic, compact umbrellas that feature lightweight framework and a glossy, wooden handle. 4. Leighton Umbrellas offers an extensive selection of fashion prints. Available are classic stick umbrellas with a modern twist, such as a slim black umbrella lined in sophisticated lacey trim. Leighton also offers a collection of transparent bubble umbrellas featuring fun colors, like hot pink. In addition, Leighton sells compact folding umbrellas in jaunty prints that come with matching handbags. 5. Totes offers signature Automatic Open & Close ’Brellas, which come in stylish, feminine patterns featuring flowers and butterflies. Their sleek design makes them easy to transport, and they come in matching fabric cases. Also available is the Manual Umbrella, which features an elegant bamboo-like handle.

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6. Your client will get a kick out of Cheeky Umbrellas. The newest line of ladies’ umbrellas includes themes like poppies, bubbles, and bumble bees. They feature a lightweight yet windresistant frame, quick-drying fabric, a slip-resistant hook handle, an automatic opening, and limited lifetime warranty. 7. Located on the Oregon coast, Let-It-Rain carries a variety of stick and compact umbrellas, ranging from traditional solid colors to fun, stylish, and unique patterns. Special orders are welcome. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY BRACKEN

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Take a peep at what Light Elegance has new for this spring. Six pretty, perky,and perfect pastels in our proprietary UV hard gel polish formula. There’s six in the bunch (not sold separately and only for a limited time), each in an 8ml size that will bust out about 20 full sets; probably more once you start hatching ideas for nail art.

There’s pink, yellow, blue, green, orange and lavender—all the trendiest colors ready to go out and see the world. Peep peep peep. To order, please contact your Light Elegance distributor, call us directly at (800) 275-5596 or online at

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BUSINESS} The Beauty Collective: A Learning Experience

Sometimes a new service or a new tech just isn’t ready for primetime. That’s why Audra Senkus and Gabrielle Ophals developed the concept of “The Beauty Collective” at their New York City-based salon Eve. By joining the volunteer Collective, salon clients gain the opportunity to receive free services from trusted technicians — or new faces — while the techs themselves benefit from a lowstress environment to perfect a new skill. “Each of Eve’s nail and waxing techs, new and current, go through a vigorous training course for whatever new treatment the salon plans to offer,” says Senkus. “Once they’ve completed the training courses, the natural next step is to practice, practice, practice. And what’s a better way for the techs to practice than on their very own clients? As a result, we get feedback from the clients and based on that, we can shape and fix the kinks of the treatment to make sure it is perfect before officially offering it to the public. It’s a winwin incentive for both Eve’s techs and the clients.” >>>

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BUSINESS}, a web portal specializing in small business insurance owned by Sadler & Company, now offers nail salon insurance policy quotes in all 50 states. The types of policies available include general liability, workers’ compensation, crime, and property. Nail salons can complete an online application and get a quote from an A-rated carrier. “Nail salons face a variety of risks,” says John Sadler, president of Sadler & Company. “For example, customers could become injured on the salon’s premises due to slips and falls; customers could also become victims of infections or chemical injuries due to improper nail care services, exposing the nail salon to liability. The nail salon employees themselves could be injured while providing services, exposing the company to workers’ compensation liability. There are also possibilities of fraud, vandalism, robbery, and burglary at nail salons and it’s important that these providers are covered with the right type of policy.” For more information, go to or contact John Sadler at (803) 254-6311.

The Art of the Staff Meeting

The key to productive, meaningful staff meetings is involving your team and getting them on the same page as a group. When your staff members feel part of the conversation — as opposed to being talked at — they will participate, adding valuable comments, suggestions, and feedback. If you’re on the receiving end of rolled eyes and loud sighs when you remind your team about the next staff meeting, you need the new book Super-Charge Your Staff Meetings: 52 Ways to Create Fun, Meaningful, Memorable Meetings That Your Employees Will Love by Mara Dresner, Strategies’ director of communication. The book offers fun, innovative ways to get your meetings started and get your team working together to achieve significant goals for the salon. For more information, go to fifi/13441.

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BUSINESS} reader to reader shh... pedi in progress!

While I love the one-on-one time with clients that single rooms provide, it’s always nice when the whole salon is in on a discussion, then pretty soon the ladies are chatting like old friends. I’ve had several clients say what a great time they had with other clients who they didn’t even know beforehand. I definitely think the multi-station setup is better!

Monica Geyer South Side Nail Candy, Pittsburgh, Pa.

It really depends on your target market. If you are attracting a younger clientele, then the open area might be ideal. If you are targeting a mature clientele, they may appreciate the private rooms.

Olga Little Nails by Olga, Chicago

I love the buzz of everyone in one room. The interaction can be fun for everyone! However, I find that a separate area for pedicures can be nice. It is a much more relaxing service and you can keep the noise level down.

Malea Immergluck Yorkville, Ill.

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What’s better in the salon: small private rooms that are oneon-one or a room with multiple stations so people can interact with each other?

see other salon clients and interact with them so they can see you and your work. This helps grow your business.

ffany Tucker Mocha Nails Salon, New Orleans

An open room is better. We have clients who come in at the same time as a friend or who meet new friends at the salon while getting their nails done. Clients love the open dialogue. I also think it’s great when they get caught up in chatting — I can work a little faster when I don’t have to carry a conversation.

Kara Milner POLISH!, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

I have a private room, and my clients love the one-on-one, the privacy, and the fact that I can create my own atmosphere to suit the client (like changing up the music to suit her preference). Being in a studio room also prevents clients from extra exposure to multiple chemical services going on at once in a multiple station salon and from having to talk over blow dryers and other conversations. Also

I should add that I do hair and nails in the same studio room; this is really convenient for my clients who come to me to get all their services in one place without having to move to another area of the salon.

Vicky Kissick Today’s Images Salon, Avon Park, Fla.

I offer both in my salon. The pedicures are separate (and quiet), as is the esthetician room. But the nail techs and stylists are all together. I love the hum of a busy salon. If we want to interact we can, and if you look busy we have enough professionalism to not interrupt.

Lisa Anderson Avanti Salon, Sparks, Nev.

One big room where people can interact — my clients enjoy it more. They can have a great time talking and having a laugh with each other. Clients who like it quieter usually book their appointments at less busy times.

Tara Akhtar Beauty Junction, Sheldon, Birmingham, England

Next question:

When it comes to other techs duplicating your nail art designs, is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? (And where do you personally draw the line; for instance, in what cases is it OK to copy a design or use another tech’s photo and in what cases is it not?) [Answers will be printed in the June 2012 Issue.] Share


your opinion on the topic by e-mailing your response by August 15 to Please include your name, salon name, city, and state with your response. ILLUSTRATION BY AJAY PECKHAM

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BUSINESS} My Favorite Mistake Sometimes the most painful mistakes you make, turn out to be experiences you learn the most from. For nail professionals, NAILS asked what has been their “favorite mistake” — the one that taught them valuable lessons that continue to serve them and help them in their nail careers to this very day.

YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER…. My biggest mistake (and lessoned learned) was when I had my first apprentice at my nail studio. She’s the sweetest girl, but she came with some major career handicaps. First, she had absolutely no experience, which was fine because I was willing to train her from the ground up. Second, she had no car or any efficient mode of transportation. Third, she only wanted to be a nail technician because of coercing by her older sister, so she didn’t even want to do nails to begin with. I had been in the industry for over a decade and had always been the nurturing type. And I’ve trained many people but had never had anyone work under me. So when I acquired my apprentice, I tried my hardest to make it work. Despite the fact that she carried good conversations, she could not perform a decent standard manicure. I held her hand and led her through it, but after nearly eight months of teaching her, or to put it bluntly “coddling a baby,” I felt like I was ready to rip my hair out. What a mistake I had made having an apprentice. It was difficult for me to discipline her because of her kind nature. She would pout and it would break my heart. She couldn’t paint or do a simple French or any basic tasks, and on top of

that, she was terrified of glitter. But when I realized she only came in whenever she pleased, was never punctual, and only worked once a month (Yes! Isn’t that crazy?), I reached my breaking point and fired her. The mistake of hiring her made me grow as a salon owner today. Now, I’m never afraid to voice my opinion (with much grace, of course). I did the poor girl a favor though. Nails were never her forté nor her passion. I believe now she does something with customer service and retail and is fantastic at it. And letting her go made me learn to stand my ground, something I feel every strong salon owner should be able to do.

Amy Oung Harmony Nail Studio, Warwick, R.I.

NO MORE FLAT RATES My favorite mistake so far as a nail technician is only charging a flat rate for nails, which I currently do. I am well known for it, yet sometimes I regret it! I never charge extra for nail art, extra glitters, Mylar, Fimo canes, decals, or anything. Some of my more intense designs, that in my opinion should probably cost well more than what I charge, only cost my clients $40 for a full set or $35 for a backfill. I just feel like my clients are loyal and deserve something from me, so I strive

to be a friendly, open minded, creative, and efficient nail tech. Sometimes I feel as If I am “underpaid” but never under-appreciated. My clients always talk about how they love my nail art and can’t believe how affordable it is.

Alycia Barrett Nail Candy, Redding, Calif.

A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE I’m reminded of a time when I’d first opened my salon and knew of a tech who was about to leave her salon in search of greener pastures. I put together a complete proposal outlining everything positive I could offer her if she came to work with me, the chief reason being my 15 plus years of nail knowledge I could share with her. It hurt my feelings and pride when she chose to be a solo tech in a different salon, but in the long run it worked out better for both of us. The salon she chose had many issues and I felt it was not the right fit for her. I tried to talk her out of starting there and told her of a different salon where I thought she’d find a better salon family. She didn’t take my advice again and went to the salon she chose, where she had one bad experience after another. She finally left to go to the salon I had recommended, and she’s been there now for about six years. >>>

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During this situation I was griping to a client/friend and she imparted some sage advice to me that I will never forget. She said â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want something more for someone than they want it for themselves.â&#x20AC;? It helped me put things into perspective and cut loose any ill-will I could have developed toward this other tech, and to this day I try to keep myself from getting emotionally bound up in decisions other people make that are totally out of my control anyway.

Jill Wright Jillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Place for Nails, Bowling Green, Ky.

STRICTLY BUSINESS I have been a salon owner for almost two years now, and I have learned quickly that you cannot be friends with renters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; only friendly. They can take advantage of that friendship. During altercation resolutions, one or the other will feel you are going to take their side. Then hard feelings happen and more conflicts can arise from that. You can never make every type of personality happy.

Alison Sanders Byford Lavish Lashes, Tulsa, Okla.

FOOLS RUSH IN My biggest learning experience came from ordering products without researching them properly.

Julie Pecanty Perry JuJu Does Nails, Brookhaven, Miss.

OH MY ACHING BACK Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in this business for 22 years and my biggest mistake was NOT listening to my body â&#x20AC;&#x201D; specifically the lower back.

LaSharn Newbill My enHANDSments by LaSharn, Bolingbrook, Ill. & Elkridge, Md.

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BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF My biggest mistake has been making exceptions for people, i.e. price breaks, not enforcing policies, and being too lenient. When you give some people an inch, they can sometimes take a foot. This is my business and in order for you to respect it I have to respect it.

Shawn A. Wilkins Chicago, Ill.

FINDING YOUR SPECIALTY One mistake Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned from is that as nail techs we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to offer every kind of nail service. We usually start out as nail techs wanting to do and offer every nail service. Big mistake. Hone in on a specialty and you build a stronger clientele.

Lynn Nicolai Manicures to You, Naperville, Ill.

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This custom-built drying bar and manicure area is a friendly place where clients can relax before heading home. There is also a complimentary candy bar offering various snacks for clients to munch on.

One-Of-A-Kind Spa Expands to Three With two salons, a licensed “concept,” and a third spa in the works, salon owner Cindy Huynh is leaving her tropical mark on Texas. Isle Pedi Spa’s design and services are as interesting as they are original. BY BRITTNI RUBIN After the success of Houstonbased Isle Pedi Spa, which has generated over $2 million

in revenue since its 2003 opening, salon owner Cindy Huynh had to open a second location. Before the idea of another Isle Pedi Spa came to fruition, Huynh was booking more appointments than she knew what to do with. She hired additional nail technicians and extended the salon’s hours — to 12 hours a day, seven days a week — but

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it still wasn’t enough to accommodate her ever-growing clientele. Huynh began planning. Finally, in July 2011, Isle Pedi Spa’s sister location was ready for business, and within months of its opening, it had already proven to be just as successful as the first. Huynh estimates that within the first year, they’ll make over $700,000 from the nail services alone. Huynh strategically set up shop in the Memorial area of Houston, only

a few blocks away from two affluent neighborhoods as well as a popular Houstonian shopping center — or the “mecca for all high-end clothing stores,” according to Huynh. This counterbalances Isle Pedi Spa’s first location, which borders Rice University and a large medical center, attracting a faster-paced crowd of working professionals. “The great thing is the clientele who work near the first Isle Pedi Spa actually live near the second one, so

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[left] Isle Pedi Spa allocated 400 square feet to its retail section, which features over 600 different shades of high-end polish to purchase. Also available are candles, bath bombs, nail care products, neck wraps, flip flops, sandals, and all of the salon’s house-blended products. [right] The front reception area of Isle Pedi Spa’s Memorial location has a clean and sophisticated look. The white walls, cabinets, and desks are balanced with splashes of bright pinks, purples, oranges, and silver.

they have the option of visiting both,” says Huynh. “The second location is still close enough to the first that we are hoping to push some of our overflow there.” Between the two locations, Huynh has 55 employees. Of that, 36 are nail technicians, some serving as cosmetologists as well. The Memorial area location is about 2,700 square feet with 20 mani/pedi stations total. Ten are in the main area of the salon while the rest are in private two- and four-person suites available with advanced booking.

furniture to fit perfectly. That’s how I came to the decision to open the first Isle.” All of the lotions, scrubs, soaps, and oils used in Isle Pedi Spa have been developed especially for the salon and are blended in-house by Huynh and her staff. The original manicures and pedicures also aim to give customers something they can’t find anywhere else. When Huynh sat down to create Isle’s long list of treatments, she noticed she was naturally incorporating a lot of tropical fruit like coconut, mango, and papaya. “I wanted the salon to be an escape, a paradise,” says Huynh. IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME “So we chose to have an island theme What makes Isle Pedi Spa so distinct is because it was cohesive with everything that everything in it — from the decor we were doing.” Isle’s signature manicure, and to each service offered — is custom most popular treatment, is the Isle designed by Huynh. “I had a vision to do something Naturale Manicure. Before nails are different — something outside the polished, clients’ hands are exfoliated box,” says Huynh. “I wanted to make with mango peel and a house-blended all my products myself with natural vanilla salt glow, dipped in a warm rose ingredients, and I wanted all of the petal milk bath, and then conditioned with a milk and honey shea butter to seal in the moisture. The salon also has well over 20 branded pedicures Salon Name: Isle Pedi Spa (Memorial location) treatments to choose from Location: Houston including Sangria Sunset Owner: Cindy Huynh Pedicure, Herbal Green Square Footage: 2,700 Tea Pedicure, Mangolicious Opened: July 2011 Pedicure, Bahama Mama Number of Nail Techs/Total Staff: 36/55 Pedicure, and Peppermint (rotated between two locations) Sea Breeze Pedicure. Isle’s Specialties: Tropical custom-designed manicures range from $24 manicures and pedicures to $40, depending on the Compensation: Commission service, and pedicures are Website: between $24 and $70. In the mani/pedi area of


the salon — which Huynh describes as looking retro-modern with a splash of glam — every piece of furniture is either custom built or hand-picked. Early on, Huynh experienced difficulty finding tables, chairs, and cabinets that fit the large and unconventional space, so rather than trying to find perfection, she designed it herself. “When you’re passionate about something, everything comes to you so naturally,” says Huynh. “People always ask, ‘Who is your designer?’ They don’t believe that I took measurements and then sat down with a paper and pen and drew it all out myself. Doing it all myself worked out a whole lot better.” Each room in Isle features different designs, making the salon appeal to a diverse crowd. One of the private suits is nicknamed the “purple princess suite” because it is adorned with glitzy crystals, and its walls and pillows are lined with royal purple patterns. There is also the “romantic suite,” which has a warm color scheme focused on shades of teal and gold. According to Huynh, you’ll find a lot of male clients and couples occupying Isle’s suites because of the innate privacy they offer. In total, there are over 30 crystal chandeliers throughout the spa and wall decals imported from designers in Beverly Hills. “I’ve always envisioned making the nail industry a little bit better and greater,” says Huynh. “I wanted to do something that would bring the spa-like atmosphere to customers without them having to go to a high-end spa.” >>> MARCH 2012

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The Sole Relief pedicure features fresh citrus and sliced grapefruit in a personal foot bath. Clients also receive a house blended grapefruit sanitizer and exfoliating bath salt.

HOUSE Another reason Huynh was initially interested in customizing her salon space was to make sure that cleanliness was incorporated into every detail. “Even before the stories about whirlpool jets being unsanitary, sanitation was one of my most important priorities,” says


Huynh. “Isle has been focused on that since the day we opened.” The salon only uses stainless steel pedicure tubs without whirlpool jets.

The “romantic suite” offers privacy and coziness. Large pillows and padded seats line the walls, while a handpicked warm color scheme focused on shades of teal and gold.

Isle Pedi Spa’s staff also includes housekeepers who focus specifically on disinfecting tools. Since each nail technician has about 20 to 30 pairs of nippers, they can simply throw used equipment into a bin; the housekeepers will then disinfect them using an autoclave and re-bag the tools for future use. “Having that many nail techs to look after, making sure everyone is properly disinfecting equipment was a big issue for me,” says Huynh. “I don’t want to take any risks, so not allowing them to clean their own tools ensures that the process is done correctly every single time.” As a nail technician, Huynh says she learned a lot from what her previous coworkers were and weren’t doing and used those observations to better her service. “I’m very meticulous,” says Huynh. “I host monthly meetings for my nail techs, and we’re always doing continuing education or going to trade shows to improve our techniques and remain sanitary. At the end of the day, the service speaks for itself.”

RETAIL: A SMALL BUT NECESSARY KICK On top of having televisions built into every station, a coffee bar, and mimosas on the weekends, Isle Pedi Spa also offers a handful of extra nail- and skin-oriented amenities to clients during their service. Included are neck wraps, lotions, callus

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Nicknamed the “purple princess suite,” this is one of three private two-person suites available to clients via advance booking. The suite is adorned with glitzy crystals and very popular among Isle Pedi Spa’s regulars.

softeners, and over 700 polishes and 300 gel colors to choose from. These extra amenities not only make a client’s experience more enjoyable, but also boost retail, as Isle employees make it a point to sell everything they use. “We encourage our clients to have a beauty regimen of their own at home, so we offer a wide array of products for upkeep in between services,” says Huynh. “My whole thing is I want to be able to offer everything to our clientele.” Huynh also pays her nail technicians 10% commission on all products they sell. Only 3%-5% of revenue comes from retail for Isle Pedi Spa. However, Huynh considers this outcome well worth the effort. “Although only 3%-5% of our revenue comes from retail, that’s out of two million, which is a decent amount,” says Huynh. “The goal is to have the retail help pay for things like utilities or electricity bills, so an extra $5,000 to $6,000 a month is a huge kick.” Another large source of income for Isle Pedi Spa is its gift certificates, which come pre-wrapped and decorated with a fresh orchid. “Clients love them because they’re already packaged nicely so they make great and easy gifts,” says Huynh. “Gift certificates are the best advertising because they get someone new through the door.” Huynh has calculated that about 95% of purchased Isle Pedi Spa gift certificates are redeemed annually. Isle Pedi Spa has become such a marketable brand that Huynh even began licensing out the concept. Other individually owned salons can pay to use Isle’s unique menu. So far, a total of two salons — both featured on Isle’s website — are doing this. Huynh was also approached recently by real estate firms asking her to build a third location in a posh Texas shopping center. “When we first opened, getting into a nice shopping center was difficult, but after the second Isle Pedi Spa opened, it was easier to get the space we wanted.” For the third location, Huynh plans to custom design all of the furniture again.

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HEALTH} Raise Clients Level of Comfort The RaisEase rest was designed by veteran nail tech Jan Siegel to use with her own pedicure clients. A stickler for neatness, sanitation, and client comfort, Siegel — owner of The Nail Spectrum in Sherman Oaks, Calif. — found messy wet towels or bare feet on the floor during a pedicure service unacceptable. She was also concerned with short-legged clients who were uncomfortable because their feet didn’t touch the floor. Her solution: RaisEase, a pair of slim, sleek foot rests that can be easily sanitized. Simply place the durable, lightweight units on each side of the pedicure bath. “Your client’s bare feet will gravitate to the foot rests,” she says. These versatile units can be used as armrests as well. “They support and steady your client’s arms, keeping her hands in a calm and relaxed position, which helps avoid those annoying dings and smudges on freshly polished nails,” she says. For more information, go to www.nailsmag. com/fifi/13451. >>>

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I have noticed lately that there are monomers on the market that claim to be universal. Is there really a monomer that can be used with any acrylic system and have the product cure to the durability it should? Liquid-and-powder systems are based on two different components that must be properly matched and mixed at the correct ratio in order to achieve the desired results. Since there are so many different types of powders available, and these powders contain different levels of initiators and other additives, it is impossible to develop a monomer liquid that works with any polymer powder. Claims of a “universal” acrylic liquid are marketing claims and not substantiated by the scientific facts. Using the incorrect combination of liquid and powder and/or using these at incorrect ratios are leading causes for service breakdown and adverse skin reactions. All products should be used properly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Using the incorrect polymer powder with a monomer liquid would not be considered proper use. — Doug Schoon is chief scientific advisor for CND.


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I just learned that I am allergic to acrylates. Are there any artificial nail products/ techniques that do not have acrylates as an ingredient? All artificial nails and adhesives, including UV gels, liquid-and-powder, fabric wraps, and dips are based on some type of acrylate, which includes urethane acrylate oligomers, methacrylates, and cyanoacrylates. It would be unlikely that a person would be allergic to “all acrylates” in general, since some are highly unlikely to cause allergic skin reactions. It’s more likely that a person would develop an allergic sensitivity to specific acrylates. A qualified medical doctor can perform various test to determine which particular type of acrylate is the cause of a skin sensitivity. Since these types of skin problems are generally caused by prolonged and/or repeated exposure, simply changing to another product and using it a fashion that can cause overexposure will likely lead to development of allergies to the new product as well. Nail professionals should work in such a way as to prevent prolonged and repeated skin contact, which will minimize the potential for developing adverse skin reactions. — Doug Schoon

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Salon Inspector


How does your workstation look when you are having a busy day? We have reached month three in our quest to get rid of bad habits and give your workspace Butler a new look. By now, you have labeled everything at your station and removed all unnecessary items. This month we will address nail clippings — and oh they can fly so far! — as well as other debris that stays on some stations for a very long time. Tip #3: Operation Clean Sweep Clean your station after each customer. No exceptions. It really takes only one minute, maybe less. To make this task easier and more practical, store all items on a tray that can be easily removed from the table. Never just clean up around items on your station. Clear the table of all products and equipment and wipe it down with disinfection wipes. Clean the surface right after the service, before you seat your new client. Even if your schedule has you booked back to back, investing one additional minute per client will pay off. Your clients will be thrilled to see your extra efforts and appreciate being seated at a truly clean station. Always keep in mind: You want to set yourself apart from your competition. Go the extra mile where it counts and make your clients feel cared for.

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HEALTH} under the microscope

Pseudomonas Familiar to nail techs because it can turn clients’ nails green, pseudomonas is a common bacteria that thrives in many environments.

Pseudomonas is a common form of bacteria that can turn a client’s nails green. The bacteria can be present almost anywhere — on plants and animals, in soil, even in water. Advanced cases will appear as dark green or even black spots on the nail.

What is it?

Most of the time, the nail bed and the nail plate do not provide a suitable environment for these bacteria to grow. There are times, however, when conditions are perfect, and bacteria grow either on top of the nail bed and under the natural nail, or on top of the natural nail and under an enhancement. Because these bacteria are so prevalent, all it takes is for the skin under the nail to be compromised and then exposed to the pseudomonas bacterium. Alternatively, when product is applied over a nail plate that holds pseudomonas bacteria, it creates a nearly oxygen-free environment — in which these bacteria thrive. They eat the oils and excrete an extremely dark substance. This is what we see when the nail turns green.

How do you get it?

The treatment for green nails is to remove the enhancement, and trim, clean, and disinfect the nail to kill the pseudomonas bacteria. Some doctors will suggest a 1% acetic acid treatment, an antibiotic, or an antifungal cream.

How is it treated?

Prevention is the best treatment. The first step in prevention is a clean environment and proper application. Protect yourself and your client by adhering to industry standards. Techs need to be vigilant about thoroughly cleaning their implements, all salon surfaces, their own hands, and the hands and nails of their clients. Careful cleaning and disinfection of the nail surface is essential before applying product. Otherwise, techs could unknowingly trap bacteria between the product and the natural nail. If any of your implements come into contact with an infected nail, immediately clean and disinfect them, wash your hands, your client’s hands, and the surface of your work area. Pseudomonas infection is considered a medical disorder and the client should be referred to a doctor. Techs may want to remove the product from the nail, but if the nail has an infection, they are legally bound to avoid any form of treatment.

What can a tech do?

In the case of pseudomonas bacteria causing green spots under the nail product, the cause is always one of two things: Either the bacteria was on the nail plate when the product was applied (due to dirty implements or poor prep) or product adhesion was insufficient. When adhesion is insufficient, pseudomonas bacteria can find their way under the product through a chip, crack, or lift. Remember also to educate your clients about nail care. During a client’s first appointment, instruct her not to pick, pry, or glue her nails. Don’t wait until she has glued a cracked or broken nail to tell her about trapped bacteria and green spots. When a client glues the nail, she increases the risk of trapping bacteria under the nail.

What else?

Doug Schoon contributed to this article.

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Defenders of the Feet

Ask a nail student what she thinks about touching strangers’ feet and you’re likely to get a grimace. But somehow, as their careers progress, most nail techs learn to love feet. We asked a group of techs who specialize in pedicures to tell us how their love affair with feet began and what they do that’s so special.

Nancy Donatone McCoy, McCoy Nail Salon, Walnut, Miss. How it began: I didn’t start out liking pedicures. At school, I refused to do them. I’d miss class on the days of my pedicure appointments and had to go for two extra weeks to finish my hours. When I opened my own nail salon, I had a manicure client who hadn’t worn open-toed shoes in 30 years. She was embarrassed by the nail on her big toes due to a childhood injury and refused to show me her feet. I had a pedicure area in the back room with its own door. I told her we could go back there and she could show me in private. Three months later, she did show me and I told her I could sculpt a new toenail for her out of acrylic. The client let me give her a pedicure and new acrylic toenail. She came back the next day to show me her brand new pair of sandals. Ever since that day I have loved doing pedicures. I saw how something so simple made someone so happy. What makes your pedicures special? My clients make my pedicures special. Most of my clients have heath issues that don’t allow them to maintain their feet themselves, such as clipping toenails and applying lotion — tasks we take for granted. I customize each pedicure to each of my clients’ needs.

Courtney Mendoza, Fuchsia, Mesa, Ariz. How it began: I never liked touching other people’s feet. It wasn’t until beauty school that I found a passion for them thanks to a loving teacher and a few wonderful clients. Where I live, most women will get a little more funky with their polish and nail art on the toes since this is the one way they can express themselves in the corporate world. That’s what I love the most — the ideas that some clients come up with. This will sound crazy but when someone has nasty feet and you transform them into the beautiful feet they were meant to be, your clients will love you forever. What makes your pedicures special? I think it’s the attention to detail. I take my time cleaning up the cuticles and all other dead skin so the client’s feet look and feel healthy and beautiful. Also special is the amount of time we massage a client’s foot. Some salons in the area only massage for two to three minutes. We make sure we massage for a full five to six minutes per foot.

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Natalie Williams, Natty Nails, Barataria, Trinidad, West Indies How it began: As a new nail technician most of my clients are middle-aged women — many of whom are office workers and housewives who are always on their feet. Every day I encounter dry skin, poorly kept cuticles, and cracked heels while applying nail designs on my clients’ toes. They often complained that though they had been given foot spa basins as gifts, it was difficult to actually do the pedicure on their own feet. The tilting forward often led to dizziness or difficulty breathing. Fortunately for them I also offered the service within my practice. After doing a pedicure, my clients’ feet feel soft and moist and look radiant. They often say they don’t feel like their feet should ever touch the floor again! This made me love feet as much as I do. What makes your pedicures special? My pedicure procedure, as with all my other procedures, usually starts with sanitation: my hands, my implements, my equipment, and my clients’ feet. Clients are always impressed at how much I sanitize and so they feel relaxed and know their feet are in safe hands. Before becoming a nail technician I specialized in homemade spa products. I guess what really makes my pedicures so special is that I now use some of them in my pedicure service, such as the scented bath salts for soaking the feet and body scrubs for exfoliating the heels. One of my favorites is my Almond Wheat Germ Scrub, which smells like such a treat.


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Petra Vonder Newton, Nu Nails Plus, Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies, and Soul 2 Sole, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands How it began: I learned to love feet when I first started to take care of my own every Saturday evening, scrubbing and polishing for church the next day. I love sandals and appreciate toes and heels in good condition. I decided to become a manicurist not just to “do feet,” but to help others appreciate and take care of their feet. I have even taken it a step further and became an educator specializing in manicuring to teach others the proper way to care for their clients’ feet. I usually say “It’s not about beauty, it’s about healthy.” Many people do not realize how important  our feet are. Our feet carry the entire body and we do not take enough time out to rub them or pamper them or even thank them.  What makes your pedicures special? I have a vast selection of pedicures on my menu and we encourage our clients to try a different pedicure each time they are scheduled. They are encouraged to try our Deluxe Pedicure or Basic Pedicure, then move to our Paraffin Pedicure or Reflexology Pedicure, then our Hot Stone Pedicure. And every  year we  introduce a new pedicure to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month so they have something to look forward to. Our services are by appointment only and we encourage the client to relax and unwind while we pamper, massage, and care for her feet. Clients are also educated on at-home care between appointments.

Alana Gibbs, Hair 2 Sole Beauty Studio, Bridgeville, Pa. How it began: For years, I hated feet. Then one day, my mom taught me how to give a basic pedi using an old dish pan and  Palmolive soap. She said if I got all the calluses off by the end of the summer, she would give me $50. Being 13, that was big money. I now know she was totally ripping me off. But once I knew how to do it and could make money from it, I took my little dish pan and started giving pedicures to my family. It made me feel good to be able to do something to make them feel good. I always thought I would be a psychologist, because I wanted to help people and make them feel better. I took some psychology classes and found it just wasn’t for me. Giving pedicures, however, definitely gives me the feeling of helping people. So that feeling outweighed my hate of feet.  To me,  pedicures are like comfort food, they just make everything better. If your feet hurt, everything hurts. There is nothing better than slipping your feet into warm water after a long day, a break up with your boyfriend, or your kids driving you nuts, and dishing to your favorite manicurist. I have bonded with so many people while I am giving them a pedicure. What makes your pedicures special? I really care about what I am doing and the people I am doing it on. Even though we have a basic pedicure protocol we start out with, each and every pedicure I perform is different. A client may come in with dry heels and tell me she has an aunt who was just diagnosed with cancer. That client is leaving with a grapeseed treatment, paraffin dip, oncology info (my mom works for the Oncology Nursing  Society), and a hug. Another clients may want a new funky color to go with her recent breakup. She gets not only her new color, but nail art and a high five.

Ruth Windsor, Angelic Nails, Dearborn Heights, Mich. How it began: When I was in nail school the last thing I was going to do was touch someone’s feet. No way! Then six months after getting my license I got a job in a salon and the owner booked me for two pedicures. She asked me if I did pedicures and I said I had not but would be willing to give it a try. She gave me a video and when I got home, I watched it and practiced on my husband. I went to work the next morning and explained to my client that this would be my first pedicure and if there was something she did or didn’t like to please let me know. She stayed with me for nine years until she moved out of the area. After that I took classes, read, practiced, and did whatever I could to make my service better. In one of the classes I took, the instructor made a statement that stuck with me: “Feet are the cleanest part of the body. We shower in the morning and they are put into socks and shoes. They don’t touch door knobs, money, or anything else.” The more pedicures I did, the more I grew to love what I did. I became certified in reflexology and that added to my service. What makes your pedicures special? Once I got into doing pedis, I wanted to do more than just a manicure on the feet. I truly enjoy what I do and my guests say it shows. It doesn’t matter where I am or what equipment I use, I always made it an oasis for my guest. We are always rushed and on the run and this is one time when we can get our guests to sit still and help relax their minds. I get all our talking out before the massage begins. Once I start I am quiet, lower the lights, and just let them lie back and enjoy. I also use chilled eye pillows, heated neck wraps, and blankets to add to their comfort. That is also the reason I wrote my book [Answering the Questions to Your Sole: Pedicure Treatments That Will Have Your Clients Begging For More, available at NAILS’ online store] — to share what I have learned over the years and to help those who want to take their pedicures to the next level.

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HEALTH} secret ingredient primers & bonders

1 What Are They Made Of? The majority of primers and bonders on the market consist of about 10 different resins, which are used in different combinations to meet the manufacturers’ desired function. So the ingredients in a primer can be similar to a bonder, but a gel bonder will have an increase in the amount of resins that react to UV light, and the primers will focus on airdrying resins. A popular resin currently being used in gel bonders is called a BISGMA, which is UV light-activated and also popular in the dental industry for fillings and fastening crowns on teeth. Older primers for acrylic systems used acid-based primers, mostly methacrylic acid, which is not to be confused with methyl methacrylate (MMA). Methacrylic acid has a chemical structure that bonds better with the keratin in the nail and makes it more receptive to bonding with the acrylic enhancement product. And methacrylic acid does not cause the allergies that MMA does. Most often, a primer will consist of a blend of chemicals to reduce the acidity on the nail bed.

With most gel and acrylic systems, a bonder or primer is applied to the natural nail first to increase adhesion for the enhancement. Often the term “bonder” is applied to gel systems, and “primer” is for acrylic, but they both have a similar function in that they bind to the keratin in the nail bed to create a stronger bond for the enhancement product. So what are they made of? And what is the difference between the two?


How Are They Different? Both primers and bonders chemically prepare the surface of the nail for better adhesion for the enhancement product. Primers will work to modify the pH of the nail bed, bonding with the keratin in the nail bed, while also leaving part of itself exposed above the nail bed to bond with the acrylic. Bonders will use UV light-activated ingredients to achieve a similar effect, where part of the product is embedded with the natural keratin in the nail, while also remaining partially exposed to bond with the gel product.


Structure Is Function An interesting thing to note is that the resins and chemicals that make up primers and bonders are not drastically different than the ingredients in the actual acrylic and gel enhancement products. It’s just that the final molecule shape has a different structure that enables it to work better as an adhesive product. In chemistry, the actual shape of the molecule has a strong impact on how that molecule will function or perform. Sometimes molecules are made of similar components but have significantly different functions and effects.

.com Check out the “primer” and “bonder” entries on NAILS Encylopedia,, for more articles on everything you’d want to know about primers and bonders.

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I need help selecting a good UV light. What should I look for? Is price a good indicator? Why is it important to ask new clients if they have any allergies? I’m thinking about doing a client survey. What questions should I include and what’s the best way to go about it? How do you thank your competition model? I have a 50-year-old client with hard, brittle nails with recurring ingrown nails. Can I help prevent the ingrown nails? How do I get a small business loan to open my own nail salon? What is the chemistry behind nail prep items that help with bonding? What are “color drops” for acrylic monomers? Why aren’t my soak-off gels looking shiny after the first few days? When mixing glitters, what gives more of the 3-D look? Why do I have headaches at work? How can I get my nails to grow? What is your policy when it comes to putting enhancements on teens? Is it true that most white gels do not cure all the way? How do I avoid raising prices in this economy when my product costs are increasing? What is the best way to handle no-shows? Why did my client’s natural nails suddenly become grooved? I have a new client coming in and he told us he has athlete’s foot. How should I deal with this? Can I work on his feet? How do I approach our employees about staying in the salon when it’s not busy? What’s the trick to getting dark glitters to cure when doing rock star gel nails? Is it better to perform pedicures with or without gloves? A client wearing acrylics wants to come in weekly. Should another coat of acrylic be added or is there another procedure to follow? How do I keep wraps from lifting on a client with poor circulation? Why do tiny white spots appear on my finished acrylics? How do I know if a salon is right for me? Will the chlorine in swimming pool water affect nail polish colors? Can a booth renter make a commission for retail in the salon she rents from? If oil causes acrylic nails to lift, then why are we urged to use it and to tell clients to use cuticle oil? How to correct a vertical split in the nail? Where can I find manicurist-themed wall art or good manicurist clip art? How do I get clients to book their next appointment after their service is finished rather than calling just before they want to come in? What is the average shelf life for acrylic powder and monomer? I am trying to keep my hours down and work shorter days but I just can’t say “no” to my clients. Any advice? What do you do to be environmentally friendly in your salon? When someone comes to me for an acrylic fill and I wasn’t the one who put on the previous set, does it matter what product I use? Can you embed nail art in gels? Should a beginner tech earn the same wages as a more season tech? What techniques can techs use to keep salon conversations professional? What causes artificial nails to turn yellow? What is the best way to market to university students near a college campus? What should I wear on my first day of work? Can you offer any tips for keeping my books as full in the fall and winter months? Is it true that when you remove calluses with a razor, they come back harder? Can you use any primer with any acrylic? What does it mean to be an independent contractor? What causes the burning sensation when gels are curing? Do you bargain when it comes to your prices? What nail shapes and polish colors are best for natural nail clients with short nail beds? Am I entitled to a key as a booth renter in the salon where I work? Could chlorine in the water make my client’s acrylics lift? How do I promote myself within a full-service salon when I am the only manicurist? What methods and type of equipment do I need for paraffin treatments? How do you warn your clients not to use lotion before they come in? How do I determine my fee for party packages? How much space do I need to have spa parties? Should we have clients sign a consent form prior to receiving nail services? What’s the best way to keep rhinestones on the nail so they don’t fall off as easily? How do I fire a nail tech? How should I respond when clients ask me why they should pay a higher price for my services? Why do you choose not to wear a mask when filing acrylics or gels? Do you discuss politics in the salon? Is there a product that would help with the swollen and irritated cuticles for my nail biter client?


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The House Always Wins Hit, stay, or bust, Lady Luck has more than a trick up her sleeve. She holds her king in the palm of her hand, with vice-laden polish colors in tones of blue, gold, silver, and orange.

Polish on model: CND Gold Chrome

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Nubar Lemon

PNI Snow Pearl

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LCN Fire Me Up

China Glaze Aquadelic

Nubar Blueberry

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Dazzle Dry At First Blush

Dazzle Dry Starry Eyed

China Glaze Sunshine Pop

Dare to Wear Golden Boy-Friend

Nubar Cherry

Beyond Such a Tease

Nubar Blue Raspberry

China Glaze Electric Beat

Dazzle Dry Smitten

LCN Smile

Essie Navigate Her

Dare to Wear Shangri-La

Feeling Lu

Beyond Shaken Not Stirred

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Essie A Crewed Interest

Nubar Kiwi

Beyond Caramel Swirls

Duri Stay in Splendor

Kinetics Mudness

Essie Orange, It’s Obvious

China Glaze Gaga for Green

LCN Paradise Green

Nubar Toasted Marshmallow

CND Gold Chrome

OPI A Roll in the Hague

CND Electric Orange

OPI Thanks a Windmillion

LCN Aqua Light

Dare to Wear My Sweet Desire

Orly Jealous Much?

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Kinetics Velvet Asphalt

OPI Do You ‘Ear About Van Gogh?

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Dare to Wear Our Secret Eden

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Beyond Ballerina Smile

Kinetics Pink Twice

Duri How to Pick a Winner

Essie Tour de Finance

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China Glaze Gothic Lolita

Orly ArtiďŹ cial Sweetner

Kinetics Flowery

Kinetics Secret Garden

Nubar Strawberry

Duri Off the Beaten Path

LCN My Royal Robe

Nailite Prima Ballerina

PNI Lilac Silk

PNI Sheer Pink Opal

OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes

Beyond A Lot Like Love

OPI Kiss Me on My Tulips

MK Indian Violet

Jessica Dazed Dahlia

China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic

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OPI Dutch‘Ya Just Love OPI?

Orly Prelude to a Kiss

China Glaze Dance Baby

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Jessica Witchy Wisteria

Nubar Grape

Duri The Mood

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THE MAGIC OF The marbleizing nail art technique is so simple — just swirl colors together to make them look like the technique namesake of marbles — and so flexible. You can create a never-ending stream of different looks just by switching up the color family, changing the medium, or tweaking the direction of the strokes. Michelle Tyson, Michelle’s Nail, Teays Valley, W.Va.

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Erin Myrick, Epic Salon, Reno, Nev.

Jamie Duffield, Nails by Jamie, Eugene, Ore.

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Amy Walp, Dreamweavers Salon, Springfield, Ohio

All nails created using water marbleizing with polish.

Yamilka “Mika” Sanchez, JenLuis Salon, Cleveland

Diane Self, Revive Salon and Spa, Gilbert, Ariz.

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Dawn Doan, Just for Nails Salon, Stockbridge, Ga.

Nail 1 created using gel; Nail 2 with water marbleizing with polish; Nail 3-4 with polish; and Nail 5 with acrylic.

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All nails created using gel-polish.

Crystal Ngo, Lila Nail Spa, Garrett, Ind.

MyAn Thi Doan, Just for Nails Salon, Stockbridge, Ga.

If you don’t quite understand how to marbleize nails, we’ve got video tutorials on our NAILStv website. You can watch these videos for free. Simply visit, then search for the below video titles. > Young Nails Acrylic Marble Design > China Glaze’s Polish Swirl Live Demo > Acrylic Gel Nail Art: Water Marble Tutorial 3 > Marbling Nails Without Water by Robin Moses

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What makes the perfect nail? How do you define the picture-perfect acrylic pink-and-white sculpt? NAILS combined contributions from CND education materials, Young Nails’ Greg Salo, and former NAILS Top 25 competitor Lynn Lammers to help draft guidelines for the quintessential “perfect nail.”

Perfection is a concept debated since antiquity, with great minds from Aristotle to Vince Lombardi quoting famously on whether perfection is something that can actually be attained, or merely striven for. There is an inherent subjectivity in the idea of the perfect nail. What is perfect for one experienced nail tech can be quite different for another. But the universal truth that every nail tech will agree upon when it comes to the perfect nail is that it should take the qualities of natural beauty already present within the nail and enhance them to create a beautifying effect of longer and more elegant nails and fingers. With this in mind, NAILS offers some key highlights to help aid in the crafting of perfect — or if not perfect, as close as humanly possible — acrylic pink-and-white sculpts.

Smile Lines

can make or break a nail. A perfectly symmetrical smile line can turn a clumsy and thick set into something elegant, and conversely the most well-structured nail enhancements can appear sloppy if the smile lines are askew. > A smile line should begin about halfway down the nail bed. Corners that go into the cuticle area can make backfills more difficult and create a drastic visual effect. > The depth and overall balance should have a similar symmetry with the eponychium curve. > Square nails should have a more shallow smile line, while oval and almond shapes can handle deeper smile lines.

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Cuticle Area

The is the razorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge for nail techs. A game of chicken, where the tech must come as close to the skin as possible to complete a full-coverage look, but go one millimeter over and have enhancements compromised by lifting, service breakdown, and unsatisfied customers. > The enhancement should taper and thin to be flush with the nail plate when approaching the cuticle. > Too much product will create an unnatural and bulky look that could lead to lifting and cracking toward the middle of the nail if the nail is stressed or impacted.


are the foundation for a wellbalanced acrylic pink-and-white. They must remain faithful to the width of the natural nail bed while forming straight and parallel walls to create an illusion of elongated nail beds. > Sidewalls that taper out will lead to a wide, clumsy extension. The free edge becomes compromised and conflicts with the smile line to make for an unnatural-looking enhancement. > If one sidewall goes awry the overall enhancement will be crooked. > If the sidewalls are too narrow the structure will be weak and can incur cracking toward the middle of the enhancement.

Free Edge

is where you will find the most diverging opinions on what constitutes a perfect The nail. Some argue for the classic square look, while others prefer a more natural-looking oval-shaped enhancement. We opted for the oval shape here. > Filing becomes paramount for a proper free edge. Square free edges need to be perpendicular to the nail bed, and ovals, almonds, and rounds must have symmetry on either side. > Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to make accurate product applications to minimize filing. Oval and almond shapes should not be filed down from square. The sculpt should dictate the shape, with the filing for perfecting. MARCH 2012

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The will expose even the slightest of imperfections in a nail enhancement. Where they may remain hidden in a top-down view of the nail, a direct observation of the C-curve will quickly illuminate any weaknesses in structure, thickness, and/or symmetry. They should have a smooth, round arch and follow the contours of the finger on either side. > Too deep of a C-curve will make it appear more like a “V”-curve, or “U”-curve. A proper C-curve should resemble a circle or barrel. > An overextended C-curve can appear when the sideswalls are too thick with product. The amount of stress placed at the flex of the apex can lead to cracking. > C-curves that are too flat will look unnatural and gawky.

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The of the nail is viewed best from the side. It should have a gradual slope to it, with an apex at the stress area to keep the nail balanced and reinforced. > Angling your brush when applying acrylic at the cuticle area helps create a natural arch toward the apex. > For very long extensions, the apex needs to come back toward the eponychium (just slightly) to provide the extra strength needed to balance the nail. > The arch is a gentle curve, using the natural angle of the nail bed as a guide.

NAILS has lots of articles online to help you come one step closer to your own perfect nail. > GETTING NAILS INTO SHAPE A guide on how to file extensions into the oval, square, squoval, round, and stiletto shape. > THE LAMMERS METHOD Fomer NAILS top competitor Lynn Lammers shows how she does her signature acrylic backfills. > COMPETITIVE SKILLS Lynn Lammers gives some tips on how she practices her smile lines and prepares for a competition. > ACING THE C-CURVE Cindy Davis of Studio 1632 in Ridgecrest, Calif., shows how to properly use a C-curve stick. > CND CUSTOM BLENDING AND ILLUSION SCULPTING VIDEO CND education ambassador Roxanne Valinoti shows how to blend pink powders for custom colors.

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Pro Spa ..................................................................................................119


Ram Products Inc. ............................................................................ 155

Duri Treatments ..................................................................................24


Republic Nail .................................................................... 108, 132-133

Entity Beauty Inc.........................................................................42, 43


Seche ......................................................................................................66

Essie Cosmetics .................................................................... 8-9, 10-11


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Flowery Beauty Products ........................................................ 87, 137




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Forever French Nail Systems ........................................................147


Tweezerman International ...............................................................71


Gulfstream Plastics..........................................................................143


Ultronics ..............................................................................................145


Hand & Nail Harmony ...................6-7, 18-19, 35, 55, 68, 69, 70


Young Nails ........................................................................ 12-13, 14-15


Cuccio ............................................................................................ 73, 89


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Dollar Nail Art ...................................................................................147


Dr. G’s .................................................................................................... 90


Duri Cosmetics ...................................................................................25

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e s n e Lic to

e v r e S Relaxing with a glass of wine while getting those tootsies pampered at the nail salon

is as common as taking in a game over beer and wings ... but could the salon be running afoul of alcoholic beverage licensing laws? Could be, if it operates in one of the state or local municipalities that regulate possession, dispensing, or sale of alcoholic beverages. It seems simple enough. Make the right calls. Get the right permits or licenses. Continue doing what other salons have been doing without any problem for some time. Only it’s not that simple. And just because it’s a widespread practice, doesn’t mean that it’s legal or without drawbacks.

Getting Answers

Everything is blurry, the room is spinning, one eye is twitching, and I think I’m getting a headache. It has nothing to do with imbibing the intoxicating

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liquid though. I’m making calls looking for a few answers. If I own a salon in your state, can I serve a complimentary glass of wine while my client settles in for a pedicure or manicure? Can I sell it? What do I need to do? Where do I get a license? Starting with the letter A naturally led me to Alaska, which gave me a taste of what the rest of the U.S. had in store. Like many states, Alaska allows individual counties to opt for dry/moist status. In these areas, it may be illegal to sell, serve, or even possess alcohol. If your salon is in one of the 25+ completely dry cities of Alaska such as Emmonak, Grayling, or Scammom Bay, the answer is easy. No. I pressed the information tech further to find out that an application would need to be made to determine if a license was possible. She told me that it was hard to say without knowing the particulars. In fact, the laws were “so incompre-

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hensible in Alaska that even the Board didn’t understand them and they had to be totally rewritten.” Almost as an afterthought, she let me know that it’s illegal for licensed bars and restaurants to give away free alcohol. Turns out the relationship between regulatory agencies, taxing authorities, and businesses is as murky in many places as it was a century ago. The Web has made information easier to access, but even in this age of technology almost half of the numbers listed were out of service or had nothing to do with alcohol regulation. Even if you pass go at the state level, local laws may differ. It becomes more confusing in Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, and North Dakota where most enforcement is handled at the local level. In some cases the practice has gone unscrutinized for some time but once brought to light, as it was in Bismarck, N.D., city officials send warning letters to businesses, letting


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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. BY ERIN SNYDER DIXON

them know that a liquor license is required to serve any alcohol in a business — even if it’s free. Canada Lytle of A Perfect 10 Nail Bar located in Rapid City, S.D., chose to get a license to sell beer and wine only because the state of South Dakota has very few liquor licenses to offer and they are very expensive. She advises that salons go about it the legal way. “Work with your city and you may be surprised at the support you get,” says Lytle. “It is a very unique and unusual concept so you really have to explain what it is you are trying to do and the goal you are trying to achieve.” Lytle does charge for drinks and says, “The customers think nothing of it.” Right now, A Perfect 10 Nail Bar is the only salon in Rapid City with a beer and wine license. In Tennessee, according to Mrs. Harris at the Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC), there are still dry

areas so alcohol is tightly regulated. She says, “It’s OK to serve (at the state level), but not to sell without a license.” But “salons need to check with the local health department and city office to see what they need to do to be legal.” District of Columbia officials parroted the same view as Tennessee in one call, but later said they would have to research it further to confirm. I’m still waiting for the answer. Graffiti Nail Bar in Memphis, Tenn., serves complimentary wine to clients. Lauren Scales first heard about the practice of serving but not selling in nail school. She doesn’t serve until after

noon, limits it to a single drink, and only to those over 21. “You have to be careful and watch your bottom line too. Alcohol can really add to your overhead.”

Do Your Research

If you are already offering the service or thinking of adding it, start researching now. Follow up any phone conversation with a letter so you have the information in writing. While navigating the quagmire of ABC enforcement, I routinely got several different answers from the same office. One state, Virginia, followed up my inter-

BEFORE YOU ADD ALCOHOL > Have a discussion with your insurance agent about alcohol liability. > Develop an alcohol training program. > Set up a formal system to track distribution. > Get all rulings in writing to avoid misunderstandings. > Be prepared for a background check when applying for a liquor license. > Know that every application is unique in circumstance.

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WHO TO CALL IN YOUR STATE Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

(334) 213-6300

Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

(907) 269-0350

Arizona Dept. of Liquor Licenses & Control

(602) 542-5141

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

(501) 682-8174

California Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control

(925) 602-7717

Colorado Dept. of Revenue Liquor Enforcement Division

(303) 205-2306

Connecticut Dept. of Consumer Protection

(860) 713-6210

Delaware Div. of Alcoholic Beverage Control

(302) 577-5222

District of Columbia Dept. of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs Alcohol Beverage Div.

(202) 442-4400

Florida Div. of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco

(850) 488-3227

Georgia Alcohol & Tobacco Div.

(404) 417-4900

Hawaii Liquor Commission

(808) 768-7358

Idaho State Liquor Dispensary

(208) 947-9400

Illinois Liquor Control Commission

(312) 814-2206

Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission

(317) 232-2469

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division

(866) 469-2223

Kansas Dept. of Revenue Alcoholic Beverage

(785) 296-7015

Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control

(502) 564-4850

Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control

(225) 925-4041

Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages

(207) 624-7220

Maryland Comptroller

(410) 260-7314

Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission

(617) 727-3040

Michigan Liquor Control Commission

(517) 322-1345

Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement

(651) 201-7000

Mississippi Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control

(601) 856-1301

Missouri Liquor Control Division

(573) 751-2333

Montana Dept. of Revenue Liquor Licensing

(406) 444-6900

Nebraska Liquor Control Commission

(402) 471-2571

Nevada Dept. of Taxation

(775) 684-2000

New Hampshire State Liquor Commission

(603) 271-1110

New Jersey Div. of Alcoholic Beverage Control

(609) 984-230

New Mexico Alcohol and Gambling Division

(505) 476-4875

New York Div. of Alcoholic Beverage Control

(518) 474-2121

North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Commission

(919) 779-0700

North Dakota Office of the State Tax Commissioner

(701) 328-4576

Ohio Div. of Liquor Control

(614) 644-2411

Oklahoma ABLE Commission

(405) 521-3484

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

(503) 872-5000

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

(717) 783-9454

Rhode Island Dept. of Business Regulation Liquor Control Administration

(401) 462-9500

South Carolina Dept. of Revenue & Taxation

(803) 898-5864

South Dakota Dept. of Revenue & Regulation

(605) 773-3311

Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission

(615) 741-1602

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

(512) 206-3333

Utah Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control

(801) 977-6800

Vermont Dept. of Liquor Control

(802) 828-2345

Virginia Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control

(804) 213-4400

Washington State Liquor Control Board

(360) 664-1600

West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration

(800) 642-8208

Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue

(608) 266-2776

Wyoming Dept. of Revenue

(307) 777-7961

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view with highlighted copies of the code. Special agent in charge Bob Brooks was quick to point out that Virginia has a day spa ABC license. Becky Gettings, the public information officer, acknowledged that only 68 day spas are currently licensed in Virginia. Part of that figure is that nails-only salons are not eligible for licensing, nor may they serve. The day spa license requires that an establishment have both cosmetology services and massage therapy to be considered. In addition, bona fide day spas must adhere to local ordinances, zoning, etc. and are restricted to serving actual clients no more than two 5-oz. servings of wine or one 12-oz. beer per day through the complimentary service. Serving in a salon without a license is a class 1 misdemeanor, carrying a fine of up to $2,500 and/or jail time. Pretty stiff penalties considering that a license is only $100 + a $65 application fee. Many states, such as New York, California, and Virginia, have special event permits that are available several times a year to cover things such as parties and grand openings. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious that the list of salons holding permits is a short one. What can be daunting is deciphering from whom that permit or license must be garnered. In California and Michigan, businesses must get approval from the state and the local municipality. In some states, such as Indiana, servers must also have a server permit. Some municipalities have further restrictions on how far a business must be from a church, school, or funeral home. Someone make that spinning stop. If you are a bit confused by the seemingly wide range of licensing restrictions, you are not alone. The state, county, and city all have a say in the matter. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a brave new world out there, and as fellow salons pave the way through the process, you can expect to see more Day Spa specific types of licenses evolve.

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Mehaz A “must have” for gel polish applications, the Mehaz Curette features two tiny scoops for cleaning under and around the nails. This 6” stainless steel tool is hand crafted in Solingen, Germany, and features a textured grip for extra control. The perfect tool for manicures and pedicures. Mehaz (888) 225-6342

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Taylar Hillman Bliss Hair Body & Boutique, Anaconda, Mont.

Amber Storms Blooming Nails, Port Jervis, N.Y.

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Christian “Chris” Mans Jeweled Nails, Irvine, Calif.

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CrocoFever from LCN is a top coat similar to shatter, but it breaks up along lines that are designed to imitate the look of a crocodile-like leather handbag. The lacquers allow you to create the reptilian/snakeskin manicure in minutes with a simple application that gets a bold result. LCN has four Croco Top colors available: Croco Eyes, Ruby Forever, Black Leather, and Rescue Red, which combine to create a nice range for the eye-catching look. (888) 745-4030 x13317

Dermelect’s Resurface Stem Cell Reconstructing Serum is a skin-perfecting system that utilizes extracted stem cells of the Swiss Alpine Rose. The formula helps protect skin while stimulating its protein production and boosting skin stem cell activity. The Dermelect Reconstructing Serum helps prevent wrinkles and reduce lines in the skin. (888) 745-4030 x13319

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CND has new Shellac colors for spring 2012. The UV-cured gels that apply like polish and soak off easily now include the colors Dark Lava, Rubble, Cityscape, Silver Chrome, Gold VIP, and Silver VIP. Whether you’re a classic taupe addict or a metallic iron maiden, the 36 total Shellac shades will provide a sophisticated look to suit all digit desires. (888) 745-4030 x13318

Zoya’s new Fleck Effect Nail Glazes for spring 2012 give nails a sparkly glam effect with polishes that can be layered to create a variety of looks. The polishes have flecks of Mylar to make a holographic effect on the nails. The colors are Chloe, Maisie, and Opal. (888) 745-4030 x13320

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ing Butter up your clients with Cuccio’s new cuticle conditioning icle stick, also available with a retail counter display. The Cuticle stic Conditioning Butter Sticks are available in two fantastic ate fragrances, comforting Milk & Honey and Purely Pomegranate mall & Fig, and the slim tube can be easily taken along in a small purse or makeup bag for quick and easy touch-up treatmentt to hydrate dry or cracked cuticles on hands and feet. (888) 745-4030 x13321

Fōm is a useful foam product designed for manicurists, so much so that the company says the name is an acronym for “friends of manicurists.” The Fōm comes in strips that can be cut to perform any service or need. They can be used for prep as a surface cleaner, for removing gel residue or the tacky layer, and for polish removal just to name a few. (888) 745-4030 x13322

Backscratchers’ Divine Design Fimo Cane flowers are pre-sliced and come in a variety of colors to complement any nail design. Use either a small drop of Emergency Stikr from Backscratchers or clear nail polish where nail art is to be applied. The flowers can also be used with gels and acrylics. (888) 745-4030 x13323

Alfalfa Nail Supply has a new collection for its Beyond Nail Enamel color polishes. The collection ranges from solid reds to shimmering creamy beiges, and include the colors Caramel Swirls, Wild Cherry, Mimosa, and Bed of Roses. (888) 745-4030 x13324 >>>

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{product spotlight} Enjoy a chip-free manicure with IBD’s Just Gel Polish. This 100% pure gel formula wears like a classic gel but applies like a polish for rich, even color that lasts. The Just Gel Polish Starter Kit comes with everything you need to get started with gel services right away. The kit even includes an instructional DVD to help you with application and removal and for keeping

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Young Nails ManiQ Color Gels brush on like polish, but cure like a gel and soak off quickly for easy color changes. The colors range from dark greens and blues to purples and reds, and Young Nails has come out with seasonal collections for spring and winter. (888) 745-4030 x13326 OPI Launches its Holland Collection for Spring/Summer 2012. Inspired by the country’s range of stunning shades as seen in vivid tulips, windmill-dotted hillsides, and bustling canals, the collection’s 12 shades offer a mixture of sophisticated neutrals and highlypigmented brights. The colors are A Roll in the Hague, Red Lights Ahead…Where?, Kiss Me on My Tulips, Pedal Faster Suzi!, Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI?, Vamperstam, Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh?, Thanks a WindMillion, Wooden Shoe Like to Know?, I Have Herring Problem, I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!, and Gouda Gouda Two Shoes. (888) 745-4030 x13327



Jessica Cosmetics’ GELeration is a brushon gel polish line that the company says can last for more than three weeks with

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Belava’s Indulgence Chair is a simple yet effective accessory to the Belava Pedicure Tub. The sleek design allows clients to swivel and recline while the tech performs an effortless manicure or pedicure, and the foot pad rests right above the pedicure tub holder so techs do not get muscle fatigue or cramps. (888) 745-4030 x13332 >>>

no chipping, peeling, smudging, or fading. GELeration works great for both manicures and pedicures, cures quickly in LED and UV lights, and goes on easily. The brush-on gel polishes can also be purchased in a starter kit with buffers and files to help you get started. (888) 745-4030 x13328

Priti NYC launched a pre-spring polish collection this year. Inspired by the chill that runs through you when walking into a cozy room from the cold outdoors, Priti NYC’s After the Snow collection will have clients eagerly anticipating the arrival of spring. The colors are Lambs Ears, Cotton Spicy, Coffee Bush, and Dusty Miller. (888) 745-4030 x13329


Maxim-ize your pedicures with Maxim’s Pedi Redi Plus. This foot soak formula was designed by a nail technician to deliver maximum exfoliation and help reduce filing and scrubbing time. Pedi Redi Plus is available in over 80 fragrances and sold in four convenient sizes. Maxim also offers this great product without dyes and/or fragrances. (888) 745-4030 x13330 This spring, cure your sugar cravings with Hand & Nail Harmony’s Gelish Candy Land, a collection chocked full of sweet temptations. Candycoat your nails with a selection of shades so sweet they’re sure to leave you addicted. The Candy Land collection includes the colors Sugar Daddy, You’re Such A Sweet-Tart, Don’t Be Such A Sourpuss, Sugar n’ Spice & Everything Nice, Orange Cream Dream, and You’re So Sweet You’re Giving Me A Toothache. (888) 745-4030 x13331

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been a huge profit maker for professionals, when retailed to clients it can bring in 300% profit, says the company. (888) 745-4030 x13335

The Duri Cosmetics Spring/Summer 2012 Collection is aptly named Keep Your Options Open to match the easy-going flow of the coming seasons, while inspiring a sense of fun-loving adventure wherever life takes you. The collection springs ahead with a color palette designed to evoke the promise of a brighter day with renewed vibrant energy and optimism. The 12 new shades paint nails in an assortment of soft and sophisticated muted tones, fun-loving pastels, vivid modern brights, and metallic glitter. (888) 745-4030 x13333 The new NaiLuv UV Gel Polish is set to capture your heart this spring. The longlasting and smudge-free, NaiLuv promises polish lovers out there a nail care experience

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Antoine De Paris’ # 93 Pedicure file has a large paddle-like handle for comfort, measuring 10” x 2”. The file has two sides of filing surfaces, coarse and medium, and it can be sanitized in liquid. This item has

Pedi-Sox has a new edition for its trademark pedicure socks. The socks are designed to keep feet comfy and warm, while leaving the toes exposed for polishing. Great for cold weather pedicures when salon floors get extra chilly. (888) 745-4030 x13336 Essie’s ejuvenate is a revolutionary system for younger-looking hands. The comprehensive hand treatment is infused with proven spa-

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quality age-deďŹ ers like rice extract, arginine, vitamins A and C, glycolic acid, and licorice root extract to help combat signs of aging and reveal new, younger-looking skin. (888) 745-4030 x13337ďŹ ďŹ /13337 Light Elegance has six new playful pastels, just in time for spring. They will be soft, pretty, and popular â&#x20AC;&#x201D; everything a client wants to complete her spring wardrobe. Light Elegance gel nail products are odorless, easy-to-apply, and have strength and ďŹ&#x201A;exibility for full-sets and ďŹ lls. (888) 745-4030 x13338ďŹ ďŹ /13338

AkzĂŠntzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Competition White Gel gives brilliant shine with superior strength for high-quality Frenches and more. Designed to satisfy both novice and advanced nail technicians, this unique formula is perfect for sculpting new sets and ďŹ lls. Competition White cures easily without special forms and holds a sharp smile line while being easy to remove. (888) 745-4030 x13339ďŹ ďŹ /13339 Entityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rainforest Pedicure Kit uses rich nutrients, exotic ingredients, and curative energies to revitalize skin as well as the soul. The soak, scrub, masque, and nanotechnology-based lotion work in harmony for an experience that is sumptuous and relaxing to all senses. The

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chips, smudges, or drying time. The color is long-lasting and chip-resistant. Every package of the 22 colors includes a free Dare to Wear nail lacquer that perfectly matches the color. (888) 745-4030 x13341

The Beautiful Nails Kit by Kupa Inc. offers both the professional and student a great acrylic starter kit. Complete with an instructional DVD, the kit has two monomers (odorless and traditional), dappen dish, #6 flat sculpting brush, brush-on glue, files, buffers, forms, tips, cuticle oil, prep, primer, and three Poly Mojo Powders — clear, white, and pink. (888) 745-4030 x13342

Dashing Diva’s Gelife Soak-Off Gel System has everything you need to get started with gel services. The kit includes coarse files, medium files, and a buffing block, as well as a Cleanser, Bonder, Builder Gels, French Tips, and a Top Gel. It comes in a convenient lightweight tote bag. (888) 745-4030 x13343 Made with 75% certified organic ingredients, SpaRitual’s newest Organic Soak Tonics continue to soften and restore balance to the skin with organically harvested plant extracts and lightweight botanical oils

Orly’s French Polynesian line brings the perfect blend of tropical nutrients with repairing emollients to leave hands feeling like they’ve been on vacation. The line includes Paradise Polish, a renewing hand buff; Hot Lava, a self-warming hand repair mask; and Tropical Dew, a maximum moisture hand butter. (888) 745-4030 x13345


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my other life

Jenny Constantine, nail technician In her other life: police officer and armourer

A Wonder With Weaponry

“I never wanted to be in a job that would have me confined to an office pushing paper,” says Jenny Constantine, owner of a mobile nail service called Junique Nails, based in Diego Martin, Trinidad.



That’s also one of the reasons behind her other career choice: police officer. “I have been a police officer for eight years,” says Constantine. “I like the action, the energy, working with people — all the excitement.” In particular, she was drawn to working with firearms. “In 2003 after firing my first gun I realized I had become somewhat like a God in terms of having the power to take life,” she says. “I wanted to know how firearms worked. How could man take pieces of metal, some black powder, and take lives and take over countries? I wanted to know the mechanics of it.” She satisfied this curiosity by becoming an armourer — a person who repairs and maintains firearms. “I am a certified Smith and Wesson M & P 9mm armourer capable of repairing countless rifles, handguns, shotguns, revolvers, etc.,” she says. “On a typical day, I check the requests for repairs of firearms and available staff and distribute tasks to the team. Most days we repair different firearms and test for serviceability by firing them off. We troubleshoot problems and even visit police stations to check their weapons and storage facilities. Most times they are amazed to see a competent and capable female officer doing it. I always laugh at that! “The job has it has its ups and downs, but I love it.”

How could man take pieces of metal, some black powder, and take lives and take over countries?

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SOLAR POWERED. This iconic little bottle holds a big secret— the magic of gorgeous nails and cuticles! SolarOil™ helps manicures shine brighter and last longer. Healthy nails are the perfect canvas for your art, and smooth cuticles frame each finger flawlessly. SolarOil. Only from CND.

8 YEARS IN A ROW! ©2012 Creative Nail Design, Inc.

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