NAILS Magazine - September 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.


Polish Preview: Shadows and Shades

Let those beautiful, expressive hands do the talking and be the life of the party making cute shadow creatures!  This season's nail palette is alive with nuanced color, crossing boundaries between the natural and spiritiual world.

NTNA: Meet the Season Three Contestants

In what may be the toughest year of our competition yet, these nail artists have earned their spot in the Top 12.  While all are worthy, only one can be named NAILS Next Top Nail Artist.

How to Conquer the Commitment-Shy Client

Give yourself a leg up by getting more clients to commit to standing appointments.  Our experts tell you how.

Show and Tell With a Salon Design Pro

Interior designer Michele Pelafas has dedicated her professional life to creating sophisticated salon and spa decor that is both fashion-forward and timeless.  We asked her to share her advice, her most inspirational designs, and a little about what makes her tick.


Step-by-steps from Young Nails and Christrio.

Signature Services

Step-by-steps for a Moroccan Oil Manicure.

Chandelier Art With Caviar Beads

Nail tech Natasha Harton offers this tutorial on a romantic embellished look.

Nail Trends From the Fall/Winter 2015 Fashion Week Runways

Fall nail fashion makes the jump from the runway to real life with four highly wearable

Nail Art Studio

Step-by-steps on new nail art designs.

Boutique: Anti-aging Products

Since you've never too young to worry about getting old, clients of all ages will welcome the addition of anti-aging products to your retail inventory.  Protect and revitalize your clients' skin with these anti-aging treatments that will match fresh faces to perfectly polished nails.

Crowdsourcing -

What have you learned by visiting nail salons other than your own?

How to Hold a Top-Notch Nail Tech Networking Event

So you want to host a nail tech networking event in your area but don't know where to begin?  Learn six rules for hosting a successful event, plus the top four rookie mistakes and how to avoid them.

Salon Profile

Paying homage to a chic bar atmosphere, Laque Nail Bar delivers a novel approach to the nail salon experience.  Owners Robert and Marina Torosian conceptualized their one-of-a-kind space to surround clients with opulence and luxury., affordable nail art, talented techs, and more.

Something to Talk About: Appropriate Nail Length and Style

Feet Smarts:  When to Refer Your Client to a Podiatrist

Healthy Living: Allergies

As a nail tech, you may have at one time suffered from product-related allergies.  From itchy, dry cuticles, to burning skin and eczema, symptoms caused by allergies to common ingredients can range from mild to severe.  Learn to spot these aggravating symptoms and treat them accordingly.


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NAILS Magazine - September 2015