Nail Art

Nail Art

Nail art has been around for years. Overtime, designs and ideas have become more elaborate and more commonly used. Originally, it was a way to distinguish between cultures and classes. Now, it’s simply a form of accenting the manicure and pedicure.

Anything you can imagine has been used for the decorations. Here are some of the most popular choices:

  • Glitter
  • Crystals and rhinestones
  • Stickers and decals
  • Wraps
  • Marbling
  • Stripes
  • Charms and Jewelry
  • Geometric shapes
  • Airbrush
  • Stencils

Each of these give a different look to whatever design is trying to be achieved. To get the chosen materials to stick, its best to use nail glue or clear top coat polish because using other forms of adhesives could damage your nails. Nail art is used mostly during special occasions, holidays, parties, weddings, on vacations, or to accessorize a particular outfit. As you can probably imagine, hearts, flowers, dots, and stripes are the standard hand drawn design.

Nail paint is used to achieve the hand painted decoration. Its advised to be quick with the strokes because it dries quicker than nail polish. To get the art to stick, apply 2 coats of the base color being used. Once finished, apply a thick layer of clear, top coat to help seal things in place. This top coat should be applied weekly to keep the design looking fresh for a longer period of time.

There are unlimited designs and techniques used when doing nail art. Just make sure you are using the proper supplies to keep everything looking professionally done and to help it last as long as possible. Some of these supplies can be found on


Calluses are an unattractive growth of thickening of the skin when excessive, consistent pressure on specific parts of the feet or hands. It’s the skin’s automatic protective response against this friction. Athletes, physical laborers, firemen, those who wear flip flops or walk barefoot, etc. are examples of who have an increased chance in having calluses.

There are simple daily things that people can do to help prevent a callus from forming, such as…

  • Wear proper shoes
  • Wear gloves when lifting anything heavy
  • Lotion/moisturize those areas to keep the skin from getting too dry
  • Use extra padding where needed

If after taking those precautions a callus still forms, there are at home steps you can do to help reduce or remove it. The most simple way is to soak it in warm water and file with a pumice stone until its smooth. If you decide to go to your local Spa and Salon, they have a callus remover formula to help soften and breakdown the skin for easier filing. They may opt to use a tool called PediSmuter Callus Remover that has rotating pads to buff away the dead, overgrown skin. The good thing is that surgery is not recommended, unless instructed by your doctor.

Callus Remover Formula

Callus Remover Formula

Pumice Stone

Atlantique Pedicure Stone

PediSmuter Callus Remover

Pedismuter Callus Remover

Nail Dryers

Have you ever been in a rush for your nails to dry after a fresh manicure, but it seems to take forever? Nowadays, everyone is in such a hurry, that the Nail Dryer has become a necessity at most salons and spas.

Depending on the type of polish chosen, determines the best type of Nail Dryer to use. For example, standard polish only benefits from moving air caused by the fan in most dryers.

UV108 nail dryer


Gel polish must use UV lighting to help set the polish in place.

36 Watt ultraviolet gel curing light


The average set time for polish is between 2-5 mins. I know to some people that can seem like a lifetime, but being patient during this process will help keep your nails from smudging by not being dry to the touch. Remember, it still takes about a half day for the nail polish to be fully dry.  Both of these dryers can be found at


Flavored Waxing

Waxing is one of the most common methods of body hair removal specifically when it comes to facial hair. Waxing stretches and pulls the skin which results in removing the top layer of skin. This is damaging to the skin and can cause scaring.  Flavored waxing is found to be healthier and less damaging especially to the face which has the thinnest layer of skin compared to other parts of the body. This form of waxing causes less irritation and allergic reactions thanks to the natural flavors that are used.

Flavored Waxing

Flavors can consist of:

Chocolate – which hydrates and boost the skin and makes hair removal less painful

Aloe Vera – soothes the skin, has anti-inflammatory properties that firms the skin, & replaces dead skin cells

Strawberry – revitalizes and nourishes the skin, has vitamin C, and helps manage oily skin

These are just a few flavors that can be used along with a few of the benefits that they possess.  Why not implement this new method in your Spa & Salon ? Remain innovative and competitive by showing your customers that their well-being is your number one priority!

Which form of eyebrow shaping should you offer your customers ?

Which form of eyebrow shaping should you offer your customers? There’s so much to choose from.

  • Waxing pulls and stretches the skin
  • Threading is painful but less damaging than waxing
  • Plucking/tweezing is also painful but creates a clean look
  • Shaving is easy, quick, & very painless but the most dangerous
  • Sugaring hair removal the least painful, last up to six weeks but not well known by professionals

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Should you offer the one that’s the most cost effective, popular, quickest, healthiest, or whatever the customer prefers? Customers today are generally more educated now than ever before, they have a good idea of what they want, what’s best for them, and know what they’re willing to pay to get what they want done. With that in mind most customers are very open minded and there’s nothing wrong with educating them a little bit more especially when they know that you have their best interest in mind, and providing them with the best you can offer. Start by eliminating the worst and working your way to the top. The process of elimination.

Eyebrow Shaving #1 no, no for shaping brows. Why?

  1. It’s much easier to get cut and worst cut your client.
  2. It does not last as long other shaping methods.
  3. Chances of getting an even cut is pretty tricky.
  4. It creates an unattractive stubble.

The Benefits of using Natural/Organic Products

The use of natural and organic products has become increasingly popular over the past 5 years; from household cleaning products to cosmetics. Not only are they better for the environment but also much better for you and your client’s health. As consumers continue to educate themselves on the benefits of buying and using natural products they are looking for similar products when they enter their neighboring Spa & Salon. In order to remain competitive and stay in tune with your client’s demand the conversion will eventually have to take place. You can always start off slowly (ex. Sugar/Salt scrubs & lotions), the beauty is these scrubs are easy to make, can be bought locally, or can be purchased in large quantities just like any other spa salon supplies.

The Benefits of using Natural/

The use of citrus fruits (lemon, orange, and grapefruit) not only has a lovely aroma and is found to be very refreshing, but also rejuvenates the skin, detoxes the body, and relaxes the mind. The use of these fruits in lotions and scrubs are enjoyed and found to be clarifying to customers add a hint of mint or thyme to create an even more refreshing and stimulating experience.

Organic Products

Proper Salon Etiquette

Great customer service along with excelling at your craft is a definite must have in keeping your customers happy, but don’t forget etiquette.  Portraying proper Salon Etiquette shows your professionalism and appreciation of your customer’s business. There’s nothing more frustrating to a customer than receiving service from a specialist who does not respect their time and does not use good etiquette.  Here are a few easy and simple practices that you can implement in your salon and spa.

Proper Salon Etiquette

  • Dress professionally – Stay away from shorts
  • Keep your work station clean & neat – sanitize your station and wipe away dust and excess particles
  • Limit the use of your cell phone when with a client
  • Be on time – try not to overbook, customers do not like to wait
  • Don’t ever let your customer feel like they are being rushed even if you are in a hurry.
  • Keep your conversations professional – absolutely no gossiping – especially about other customers
  • These are some great tips that will help you to retain and increase your clientele.  Implementing these simple practices will make your customers feel like they are priority #1 in your presence.