NAILS Magazine - August 2015

The professional nail industry's top magazine, with features on salon business, nail art, practical techniques, Signature Services, salon profiles, new products, and working safely. Plus, in every issue we feature business-building tips, nail art how-tos, manufacturers' step by steps, and in-depth health stories.


A Light Finish

LED (light-emitting diode) technology is one of the hottest trends in nails right now.  In a mad dash to keep up, manufacturers are coming up with new LED lamps designed to cure gels faster and smarter than older-gen UV models.  NAILS illiuminates the basics of an LED lamp's anatomy and offers a buyer's guide to the latest generation of these amped-up lamps.

What's in a Name?

How you name your business can pave the way for how successful you become.  So choosing wisely is important.  Find out from the experts exactly how to go about it.

Fandam Fingertips: Nail Art for the Cosplayer

Every summer at the world-famous Comic-Con, super fans cosplay to showcase their homemade costumes and craftsmanship.  Why not play along and offer nail art featuring your client's favorite superhero or super villian?


Step-by-steps from CND.

Signature Services

Step-by-steps for a Margarita Spa Pedicure and a House of Polish Premium Pedicure.

Behind the Scenes

Find out how to do the nails that are on this month's cover.

Tropical Fish Nail Art

NSI's Jana Warnke demonstrates a dreamy under-the-sea design, using acrylic.

Mini Masterpieces 2015: A Victory Celebration

An iconic World War II-era black-and-white photo was the subject of this year's winning entry.  Nail tech Amber Dunson's skillful artwork captures the exuberance of an American sailor celebrating V-J Day with a kiss in Times Square.

Boutique: Cocktail Accessories

With that summer sun shining, clients will want nothing more than a tall glass of something cold.  Now they can turn their beverages into a talking piece or decorative detail with these trendy drink accessories - from patterned coasters to bright straws.

Crowdsourcing -

What important life lesson has doing nails taught you?

Amp Up Your Offerings: Waxing

In the last installment of our series, NAILS explores services you can add to your menu to increase your revenue and offer your clients convenience.  This month, we take a look at waxing.

Salon Profile

Sensing the demand, two sisters opened Polish in the Bryker Woods area of central Austin earlier this year.  The high-end, natural nails -focused salon is quickly becoming a fixture in the neighborhood.

Something to Talk About: Cuticle Oil

Healthy Living: Back Pain

Most people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.  As a nail tech, you're more likely than most to suffer from occasional or even chronic back pain as a result of sitting for extended periods of time.  Find out what you can do now to treat and prevent back pain.


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