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NAILS Magazine - April 2013

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[Gel-Polish] Spring Break
After a chilly winter freeze, gel-polish is making a break for the sun with the newest collections bursting with fun spring shades. These new spring gel-polish colors are sure to get clients excited for much-needed vacations.

What’s New at Nail Art Gallery?
If you’re a fan of our online community, Nail Art Gallery, you’ll be happy to know that it is now easier than ever to share your nail art. Let us walk you through some of the modifications we’ve made so you can begin uploading and sharing ASAP.

Can Feet Stand Alone
Donald Trump may have given apprenticeship some glamour, but aspiring nail techs have been completing these hands-on training programs for years pre-dating the hit show “The Apprentice”. (And instead of hearing “you’re fired,” nail tech apprentices hear “you’re licensed!” Before you sign up for an apprenticeship, take on an apprentice at your salon, or set out to get your state’s laws changed on the subject, here’s what you need to know.

Are You Experiencing Déjà Vu?
Try as we might to produce fresh and original covers year after year, it’s inevitable that certain themes and trends return for another cycle. Here’s a look back at 30 years’ worth of NAILS covers. As you can see, we have quite a few repeats.

Common Causes of Nail Service Breakdown
When it comes to service breakdown, a handful of common slip-ups and mistakes are often at the root of the problem. Clients can share the blame too, by abusing their own nails and causing damage, but NAILS compiled a list of 100 common application mishaps to help you keep your enhancement applications flawless.

  • Demos
        Step-by-steps from Minx and Gel II
  • Signature Services
        Step-by-steps for a Chocolate Decadence Pedicure and Diamond Manicure
  • Behind the Scenes
        Find out how to do the nails that are on this month’s cover.
  • A Pirate’s Heart
    Kari McQuitty shows you how to apply watercolor paint on top of a gel enhancement to create a layered effect with this pirate design.

  • Designer Stilettos
        Designer Nail Products’ Pam Sawyer-Thompson shows you how to make a glitter an confetti frosted stiletto design.
  • Green with Style
        One way to show your love for planet Earth is to paint it on your clients’ nails. Here are some nail art designs that will inspire you to go green.
  • Nail Art Studio
        Step-by-steps on new nail art designs.
  • Boutique: Doorway Decor
        With April showers on the horizon, customers might show up with their arms full. Give them a place to put their coat, umbrella, and keys, greet them with user-friendly décor from the minute they walk through the door. These products make a great retail items too.

  • Reader to Reader
        Is real nail art hand-crafted?

  • Under the Microscope: Arthritis
        Arthritis is a painful inflammation of the joints that limits everyday activities.
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