NAILS Magazine - February 2013

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.


Happy Birthday to…Us!

February 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of NAILS Magazine. That’s a pretty amazing milestone – and we’re still going strong – that deserves some serious reflection. This month we take a look at the history of the magazine itself.

E-File Skills & Video Stars

Mastering an e-file is no simple feat, but with many new hands-on video tutorials, nail techs have a better chance than ever to become e-file top guns at your salons. Here are some of the top e-files on the market and the latest videos online to help you stay on top of the game.

All the Single Ladies

We often hear stories from techs who credit their spouse for carrying the financial burden while they built their nail business. But what if that’s not an option? Hear from single parents on what – and who – helped them make their dreams of salon life a reality.

You Are Now Entering the Breathing Zone

The invisible beachball-sized sphere of air that surrounds your face in all directions is a great place to start implementing efficient salon ventilation. NAILS walks you through all of the things you need to know, from what to look for in a ventilation system to know the components work to a few tweaks you can make in your day-to-day habits for extra protection.

Love Is in the Air

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked our Facebook fans to send us a single nail tip with a design symbolizing the phrase “love is in the air”. Here are some of their creations.

Step-by-steps from Cuccio Colour and Designer Nail Art

Signature Services: Escape to Fiji Pedicure and a Mud & Suds Pedicure

Flexing 3-D Gel Polish    

As nail art and soak-off gels are becoming more trendy these days, here’s a technique to create 3-D art with sock-off gel only – using no glue or acrylic.

Nail Trends From the Spring 2013 Fashion Week Runways

New York showed light and subtle nail colors on the spring Fashion Week runways. These hues served as the perfect backdrop for vibrant-colored clothing.

Pops of nail art color blocking, and metallic also made appearances on the catwalks to play up sunnier looks.

Boutique: Valentine’s Day Gifts    

To use in your treatments or sell on the shelves of your retail section, private-label products are a sure way to impress customers. Peruse our collection and find something you’d be proud to put your name on.

Reader to Reader: If your client requests a nail style that you personally abhor, do you do it?

Under the Microscope: Corns    


NAILS Magazine - February 2013