11 December, 2012

Barb's picks for Nailite polish starter colors: In each category they start with the "most important" or most used by my clients, and even these lists make up only a small percentage of the total # in my is very hard to choose as seasons and trends change... but here is my best shot, then you can get their color chart to order more (and you'll see that the color chart is a little off...but at least you'll have an idea) See my links and resources page for their web site link and 800 phone number. Basic Reds...124,19,50 Dark reds and burgundies.....75,236,106,97,192 Shimmer reds... (red with gold shimmer) 46, (slight orange-gold shimmer hint) 47, and Calypso Punch(no # yet) Dark shimmers... 252, 221, 27, 28, 250, 98, 235 Light shimmers... (mauvish pearlized)220, (light pearlized pink) 109, (white opal pearlized)29 Pinks.....100, 224, 211, 208, 217 Beiges....230, 231, (65, 193, 219 these three I personally don't like, but they are their lightest beiges, yuck!) Orange/peach.... 95, 116, 181, 179 Mauves... 51, 85, 157 Browns.... 77, 233, 151 French Manicure Whites (for free edge): #200 and #39 Black: #42 (for art, mixing etc....) If this is more colors than you want to start with then ask the nailite representative to help you narrow it down, that's how I started! I like them all, I just can't narrow it down any further than this.

Barb's polish color picks (nailite) for spring/summer 1999! 226, 119, 222, 46, 227, 56, 187, 178, 207, 179, 116, 255, 41, 224, 147, 135, 158, 162, 31, 211, 29, 108, 109. Lot's of pinks and peaches and shimmers! Have fun!

Barb's FALL/WINTER 1998-99 polish picks from Nailite selection  221, 46, 235, 236, 198, 192, 98, 197, 158, 27, 151, 28, 252, 250, 257, 256, 36, 17, 257, 44 I like to put out 20 "new" polish colors each season(Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer)...even if the colors aren't new, they do represent what is in style and the current fashion trend! It helps to let my customers know that they can count on me to keep them up to date on the trends.... and only costs me the price of a new polish wheel!

 Everybody's always talking about lifting of acrylic nails. Following, are my opinions on some possible fixes or remedies. Of course you should also try contacting the manufacturer of the brand you use for their advice (highly recomended 1st step!). This is my GENERIC advice about how to stop and prevent lifting and every hint may not apply to your situation. First, consider altering your prep steps! See additional references to prep steps in Rants and Raves, Opinions, and Acrylic nails pages, and others. Most lifting problems can be traced to inadequate preparation of the nail plate and the old acrylic material!!!!!!! I cannot stress proper prep enough!!!!!! You could also try experimenting with other prep methods such as a stone cuticle pusher (since they are porous, these can't be sanitized properly, so you would need separate ones for each client) and/or pterygium remover (I like the new pusher from OPI), then strong dusting w/ surgical scrub brush or similar....not a fluuffy barber brush! More about this subject in other sections of this site. OK, next step, wipe with some type of dehydrant, such as 99% alcohol (DO NOT USE 70% TOO MUCH WATER content!) on a lint free wipe, pull from cuticle to off the free edge (like marathon cocktail napkins or generic paper towels), then brush on a pH balancer or dehydrator like Bond-aid (or any of the others, I use the one from Nailite), then prime if you decide to w/ MAP (methacrylic acid primer) or BX (bondex or other similar adhesion promoters) and let dry, then continue as usual.

More Pedicure Tips
I prefer to see professional techs keep Pedicures at one or 2 price points(in each of our individual salons, you know what I mean)rather than a la carte. Since a regular pedicure would/should be twice the price of a manicure or the same price as a basic fill....then a DELUXE PEDICURE should be that price PLUS about 25% to 33% more (or even more if you can get away with it!). That means the pedicure should include everything (seems more upscale!)rather than having differant types of pedicure packages or add ons (such as aromatherapy, paraffin, etc). A PEDICURE should, in my opinion always be a pampering experience, with no skimping! If you give them the OPPORTUNITY to skimp, by offerring lower price points and lower service levels they will choose those and then leave disappointed, as if it's YOUR FAULT they picked the budget pedicure instead of the "luxury" one, so I offer only one type...the deluxe spa pedicure...period! ("Deluxe" soaking options, paraffin, massage, etc.)

PUT TIME TO GOOD USE! ....MASSAGE them to death!~ Time permiting of course, but if feet are maintained regularly and still in good shape, use that extra time for extra massage and TELL them so, don't punish them for taking good care of their feet(by coming in for regular peds 3-6 weeks apart) by just getting done faster (I know a lot of techs do so all the time, because I hear the complaints!)that's not fair to the client! Besides, it's easier to massage than to exfoliate and clip and scrub, etc., etc., etc.,!

One last tip....always let the clients SEE you cleaning as you go along (at least filling the footbath with bleach and /or disinfectant and setting aside to soak [tell them that's what you are doing, or they may think that that is how you prepared it for them!]), but better yet, while they are in paraffin wax and/or the dryer, make a BIG SHOW of scrubbing the footbath and implements, etc, then rinsing and drying, and/or putting away or into disinfectant solution. Clean up towels and any trash and put in covered containers...etc...yes, they do want to relax, but who can relax if they are worried about sanitation and the mess around them...use a dust buster or broom or sweeper to quickly get stuff up off the floor (nail clippings, exfoliating crystals, etc). After polishing, use the Vaccuum quickly (30 seconds) while they are in the dryer (the dryer is noisy anyway) and spray surfaces w/ a mild non-offensive smelling cleaner, as many surfaces as possible to "soak" before thorough cleaning....if she seems irritated then stop ( or ask first if you prefer) and tell her you will finish later so that she can relax....but I know that there is nothing I like better than watching someone else clean up (without the guilt of feeling you should offer to help!)And again, this will be extremely reassuring to her to SEE you do it! Because now she knows all of this was done before her arrival and she will be eager to rebook and return!!!! (and tell all her friends)....Besides, you've got to do it anyway......

Cut the wells short on the tips....cut out a V if needed...customize the tips well so they fit perfectly....blend the tips (especially the corners) religiously (biters become PICKERS!)...keep the extensions short....have her come in for WEEKLY maintenance for up to 3 months or so as needed...use forms to help "shore-up" the sidewalls as the tips are growing out at fills....make her commit to get a broken (chewed!) nail immediately repaired (otherwise she will become VERY tempted to devoure the other 9 as well!)...sometimes with nailbiters the exact opposite of logical thinking is what is required (keeping their nails a little longer--rather than short as recommended--to "disable" her)...French Manicure polish helps dissuade biting/picking as sometimes problems aren't as noticeable to them and they'll leave them alone, and if one does break it isn't as obviuos to others as a colored polish would be when 1 is broken...but here too sometimes bright red works better w/ some offenders....offer free repairs as long as the free repairs are "redeemed" only one at a time to make her come in right away for repairs--if she needs 2 repairs then she pays for 2 repairs, because she did not come in immediately or ASAP thereafter when she broke/bit/picked the first....This policy also allows you to check the integrity of the other 9 and see if you can find any structural defects and repair them BEFORE they fall victim not leave her ANY rough spots, jagged spots, unbeveled spots to pick at---because she will find do I know this....I was (and sometimes---the horror of it to admit---still am a nailbiter---there, my secret is out.....I am most probably the ONLY nail biting professional nail tech in the world!)

What we should do as professionals is to first stabilize the cracked area by :

#1) Sanitize with alcohol or peroxide (yes this will hurt!)

#2)Put a small amount of high quality nail glue or resin into and on the crack....(contray to popular belief, cyano acrylate, when used properly is not was developed for soldiers in the Vietnam war to carry with them so that they could stop a small cut or wound from becoming infected out in the jungle, and then killing them before they could reach a medic! So they would "SEAL" the wound with "crazy glue" to save their lives. Medical grade cyanoacrylate is used by surgeons every day for internal, self dissolving stitches......)

#3) Hold the crack shut untill it dries and is now stable.....

#4) Shorten the nail as short as possible to prevent further damage.

#5) Buff (file, thin) down the break area as much as possible without causing pain (or reopening the crack). This nail will not be beautiful, and will most likely need to be completely redone in 2-3 weeks anyway.

#6) If it is a complete break all the way off, then apply a tip that covers the cracked area on the nail bed to stop air from hitting the nerves, cut the tip fairly short, and continue w/ product application...

#7 If it is a crack down into the "meat" of the nailbed but the nail has not come off, then follow steps above with glue and shortening and buffing, and re-apply product or fiberglass patch..... By the time of her next appt. the break should be pain free and grown out enough for you to fix more properly and more esthetically pleasing...The temp. fix may not be "pretty" or perfect, but the pain will stop...and that alone will make the client happy....

QUESTION: I have a client in a lot of pain from catching her nail extension on her car door handle and ripping the natural nail off of the nail bed, as well as cracking the nail further down the nail bed. What should I do for her?
ANSWER: Sounds like that really hurts...and yes it will be a while before the nail reattaches to the bed. What you are describing is referred to as a MECHANICAL LIFT; meaning it was done by outside force rather than a disease or infectious process. (But the possibility of a "disease" process taking advantage of the compromised nail always exists, so always direct cleints to ssk proper medical attention when necessary.) Keep the nail clean, dry, and short. According to Dr.s quoted in our trade journals

YOU CAN keep an artificial covering on the nail while it grows out (fiber, acrylic, or gel)to help protect it from further injury, and strengthen it enough to withstand the rigors of growing out NOT ATTATCHED to the nail bed....that will take 6 mos or more to accomplish. So no EXTENSIONS to lengthen the nail (too much weight and pressure on the injured nail, and the length would only act as a lever to BREAK it again). The nail covering will keep oxygen away from the sensitive nail bed nerves...which is what causes the pain...but no bandaids---that only traps moisture in darkness which will lead to secondary infections (bacteria, mold or fungus) settling into the mechanically lifted area which could then lead to disease related nail bed lifting..... So artificial nails are not to blame...but they did not help....the length you describe was quite should never start out w/ extensions that is one thing to GROW out to that length GRADUALLY under the acrylic...but quite another to just go to that length's just a disater waiting to happen which is what happened to you. So yes, in my opinion and experience, you can have nails...but start w/ a reasonable length (such as a 25% extension, meaning that the white FREE EDGE is equal in length to only 25% or 1/4 of the pink nail bed length (the part that is SUPPOSSED to be attatched)) and then gradually go to a 50% extension. 50 to 100% extensions and beyond, just are not practical and as you found out are painful and dangerous. But, I would alow NO EXTENSION on the cracked/broken nail, until it grows out and reattatches!!!!! Keep the affected nail short, clean, dry.

You can use a professionally applied nail covering for strength, provided that it is maintained and re-shortened regularly. Steer clear of gluing it yourself as glue can trap germs and moisture in , and glue is only a temporary fix that could cause more damage than good if not done properly. If a client is "hell-bent" on doing it herself with glue then instruct her to PLEASE completely DRY the area first...w/ a blowdryer if possible, then sanitize w/ 91% or higher alcihol, let dehydrate till dry again, then use glue on the end of a clean cuticle stick, a little at a time,use LESS than you think you need, letting layers dry in between coats if applying multiple coats. Then buff lightly w/ white buffer block, and coat w/ clear polish....(This is in addition to SHORTENING the nail.) This is not the recommended way to handle this situation, but a better alternative than......? They also make something called "crack attackers" that clients can use in place (preferred) of the glue....check your local nail salon or supply house. They are thin, clear, oval nail crack "band-aids" designed specifically for nail cracks....but they are intended to be a temporary fix only, till the client can seek prof. help for a professional repair!.... I advise no polish, or ONLY French Manicure polish (white free edge w/ clear topcoat only) to allow sunlight in (darkness breeds germs and humidity---your enemies right now) and to be able to watch progress of nail bed re-attatchment diligently.

Daily wiping w/alcohol or peroxide may be necessary to kill bacteria in the not pick at ugly, yellow, crusty stuff under the nail...that is the scab forming to protect your nail bed..."cleaning" this out will lead to permanent scarring and callousing of the nail bed and the nail will never reattatch ....if you have any questions or concerns though you should call or see or consult your Dr. for further medical advice...especislyy if you see redness or swellin or extreme pain, or elevated body temp...all sings od more serious infection! Also, nail bed and cuticle skin may need to be moisturized daily too, (especially after disinfecting on a daily basis to clean out germs w/ alcohol)so that nail bed stays supple and non-scarred (use VITAMIN E OIL PRFERABLY, right out of the little capsules for sanitary reasons if possible..if not than atleast some sort of natural, non-scented or non-colored (ie edible )oil, such as sesame or rice bran oil.... Please remember that all the above information is anectdotal in nature and not intended to replace professional advice from a doctor.

1) Pick a model with the best looking hands/nail beds you can find! Practice putting full-sets on her a minimum of 20 times before the competition (this also requires you to remove the #2).

2)Invest in a LAQUER WACKER for removing practice sets! It has a spinning cup that removes each hand of acrylics in about 10 minutes...

3)After removal always try to paraffin wax if you can, also massage, hydrate, etc.

4)Set up your practice stattion away from the salon...something that would more realisticly mimic the "rustic" and transient settings of a nail competition. Get yourself an 18" wide table, available in-stock or special order from most office supply houses--they are used for lectures when everyone will be facing in one direction---plus you'll love having it later for use at home (OR THE SALON)---perfect as a buffet table against a wall(takes up very little space) and also great for kids parties, crafts etc because of it's width, comes in 5 and 8 ft lengths, less than $100.

5) Pack up everything you will need and then each time you practice pull it all out and set up as if it is a real competition! This will help you see what you forgot, what doesn't work, don't want to get to competition to find out that your light isn't strong enough or bothers your eyes, and flickers, and gets hot enough to burn your model should she accidentally touch it trying to be helpful and reposition it for you.....! This also helps you decide where to put things at this make-shift station, and get used to finding them there! Set the timer and GO. Practice each time as if it were the REAL thing!

6) Take lots of before and after photos. If possible, video tape yourself (use a tri-pod) during one of your practice run-throughs. Then watch it to find errors or time wasting techniques! (Check for bad posture, bad technique, notice how your monomer is right under the light so no wonder it seems to be evapoating so fast and you seem so lightheaded.....)

7) If using forms, put forms on and off your model a good 100 times or so....If tips memorize her tip #s as well as refinement techniques to be done to each.

8)Work with whatever product you usualy work with, now is not the time to experiment w/ differant brands.(Especially if you are new to competition.)

9) Practice doing your full-sets in DIFFERANT CLIMATE SETTINGS...such as make the room: too cold, too hot, too humid, too dry, too much overhead light (heating up and activating your product), not enough overhead light, throwing weird shadows, etc.

10) Practice working with NOT ENOUGH SPACE because of space hog neighbors (no matter how well, and how far in advance YOU are ready, there is almost always 1 late arrival who will invariably end up next to you, and all her unorganized stuff will start spilling into your neat, organized section..... so practice working in cramped quarteres... sometimes LITERALLY elbow to elbow w/ the tech next to you... but if you are prepared and have practiced to accomodate this scenario, you won't be flustered!

11)Do not overpack (well you can, but don't un-pack it then)....points have been marked off for a competitor having too many differant sculpture brushes on the table among other things.....

12) Pick an "attack plan" and stick with it---except for the unforseen---such as: crystalyzing product because it feels as if it's minus 20 w/ the wind chill in the competition arena...then go to your back up plans...because you have already practiced this scenario.

13) Do not allow your model to drink a lot of pop or coffee before competition (sounds obvious I know). Also, be sure your model is WELL DRESSED (comfortable, clean, and jeans or t-shirts, a theme to match you is ALWAYS nice---in case you win, the 2 of you will look great on stage---not like twins, but complimentary is good!) Also, no identifiable jewelry, tatoos, etc, to distract the judges if possible!

14)DO NOT LEAVE POLISH FOR THE LAST MINUTE....allow 10 minutes just for perfect polish, and an additional 10 minutes left AFTER that for other refinements and DRYING time......For the polished hand be sure to use a THICK red so that you can NOT see the PINK and WHITES thru the 2 coats of polish (my personal judging pet peeve!). Buff the polished hand as much as the non-polished hand (time permitting), the polish will look GLOSSIER over the high shine nail! Try to polish the red hand EARLY, unless you are SURE your model will have to wait at least 20 minutes in line to be judged....TRUTH: models (one of mine included!) have complained of the first judge manhandling and smudging her polished hand...sure, the judge IS required to make a note that they are responsible for the smudges, but it ruins the first impression....and this is all about image and first impressions!

15) CONSISTENCY IS KEY! Everybody's idea of THE perfect nail is differant...if yours is differant than mine (the judge) show me that difference with purpose...ALL 10 NAILS MUST BE EXACTLY THE SAME!

a)LENGTH (relative to each other, obviously the pinkie is not the same ACTUAL length as the thumb). Each of the fingers should match the corresponding finger on the other hand. Middle fingers are longer than index and ring, index and ring are APPROXIMATELY the same length, w/ ring sometimes slightly longer, thumb is generally longer than middle....but this is all subjective and a measure of the free edge length vs. the nail bed length. A good competition length is GENERALLY 100% (but again it depends on your model, and the region of the country you are in where differant lengths are considered acceptable) 100% means that the free-edge (white) equals the nail bed (pink)--standard salon lengths are 25 to 50 %. Again though, consisitency is key, and this is why a good hand model is key because she will have nail beds that are proportionate to each other and to her hands (vs our clients who give us much more of a challenge, and we make trade offs to give the "appearance" of equal lengths when in reality they may not be!)

b)SHAPE Pick a shape, any shape,(complimentary to your models nail bed of course) but be consistent, watch out for "right (or left) hand drag", which means that you pull the file heavier on that side and have a consisitent but WRONG lopsidedness---check the shape from several angles to be sure! Also check for the same degree of tapering on the sidewalls if you taper at all!

c) Arch placement, etc---be consisitent!

d)Blend cuticles and sidewalls so that there is nothing at all to catch on! Keep them thin too, these are COMPETITION NAILS NOT SALON NAILS....they don't have to even make it to the awards ceremony (although that would be nice) they just have to hold up through judging. THIN, THIN, THIN!

e) Make sure your clear is clear and your white is does not HAVE to be superwhite(although that photographs the BEST, and the photo session at the end IS on the judges mind!). And you do have to show superb definition in your smile line. TAKE EVEY SECOND OF TIME THAT THEY GIVE YOU, especially when you are new...time is only for ties(in some comps), and is rarely used, and those competitors already know who each other are and so they then use their "Final Jepoardy" strategy to decide time points vs perfection points when it matters..... There is no such thing as nails that are TOO shiny....keep going back w/ that 3-4 way buffer and shine, shine, shine, until time is called. OK, more to come later on competition tips....(such as scoring systems and sheets, etc)

MONEY SAVING TIPS....Buy in bulk and at shows.....
NAILITE SAVES YOU TONS OF MONEY YOU MUST TRY THEIR NAIL POLISH! (Note, call and order by phone, I recently their web ordering thru and it was very confusing...ended up having to do the whole order over the phone the next day anyway! So call the 800# (listed on links page). When someone has better luck with the online ordering let me know and I'll update my recommendation here! I like almost all of the brand-name knock offs from nailite: Love their line of no-name polishes (go back to top to see:

A) the 50 colors to start out with (at least 2 or 3 of each to start, then you'll want 6 each of all 200 hundred coros) and:

B) the 20 colors I picked from their line to be the trend colors for fall/winter 98 and spring summer 99.

Absolutely LOVE their Thin U-V Gel Shield Topcoat (In my opinion even better than pro-finish). Also gotta love their paraffin wax prices, holiday decals, and diamond and carbide bits for nail drills (my fav they don't carry, the KUPA, but Nailites BITS do fit it perfectly), also like medicool for bits.... I like files from H & H, and some other knockoff brands from Dee Enterprises.(See links page for contact info) DeEnterprises---GET THEIR COMPARES TO...."BONDEX" PRODUCT (I actually first found tham at a show out of state....and here they have been all along, right in my own backyard!)

They have a full catalog (it's easy for me, I can just drive there, but of course they ship too and they make knock-offs of EVERYTHING and ANY BRAND you can imagine. THEIR KNOCK OFF OF OPI BONDEX IS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL THOUGH(in my humble opinion)! ...good prices on glues, acetone, tips, liquid/powder acrylics, empty polish bottles to fill*, etc phone # is on my links and resources page.... Try their BONDEX substitute or their MAP primer, they also make Aqua Nails, an odorless, water cured acrylic, not a favorite of mine, but some techs do use and like sculpt as usual w/ the liquid and powder ---it's odorless---then client puts fingers in bowl of warm water for a minute or so to harden and cure, pat dry with towel, and then file and do finish work as usual.

THE LABELS I'M TALKING ABOUT FOR TURNING NO-NAME OR PRIVATE LABEL POLISH (SUCH AS FROM NAILITE --see list above) ARE NOTHING SPECIAL!!!! THEY ARE CLEAR PLASTIC ADHESIVE LABELS THAT ANYBODY CAN HAVE THEIR LOCAL PRINTER DO FOR THEM (THE PLACE WHERE YOU GET YOUR BIZ CARDS MADE (not the printer on your computer!), OR IN MY CASE I HAVE DESIGNED AND ALSO SPECIAL ORDERED MY OWN CLIENT CARDS AND ALSO MY OWN PAGES FOR MY APPT. BOOK TO SUIT MY EXACT NEEDS in addition to the labels. Unless you are a real computer whiz and have access to the right inks, labels, cutters, etc, this is NOT a do it your self job! Take your ideas into your local PRINT SHOP, they will print them off on rolls of 500 to 10000 each for you to stick on your bottles yourself! Keep it simple and uncluttered.

You can use clear, or white, or gold or silver or whatever, in whatever size and shape you want.... I use a 1/2 by 1 inch oval w/ just my company name "nailsplash" in blue in script font on clear self stick labels...I'll scan one in someday, along with my personaliozed client record cards, my appt. book pages, and my appt. cards that have lines for the next 8 standing appts on the differant phone #s they can get me at for a last minute change....hope this clears up the confusion...and as soon as I am finished reworking this site, I'll scan these items into this web page so you'll all know what I'm talking about....these ideas not only work and look better...they cost A LOT LESS in the long run as well!

Mixing your own polish colors* 
I was having trouble finding OPI clor #305, Sonora Sunset (clients brought it in, it's pretty and actually DIFFERANT for once!) made my own better version! Using nailite polish I mix: 1/2 bottle #85 (a darker mauve) and 1/2 #29, a pearlized white, plus 8 drops of black (#42) and voila, a perfect COPY, slightly pearlized, slightly purple (rather than pink or brown)mauve. A totally MODERNIZED version of an old favorite! Try it yourself and see!

Cuticle Oil Recipe* 
You can make your own cuticle oil by the gallon: *mix extra virgin light olive oil, canola oil, sesame seed oil, rice bran oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, peach oil, vitamin E oil, jojoba oil (etc, any natural non-mineral oil) ,plus add a few drops of a soothing essential oil (aromatherapy scents), plus a small amt. of tea tree oil (for disinfection properties) and also some "a la fois" [an anti-fungal from Calvert that I add to my polish remover gallons (acetone)] for good measure. Pour it into your own empty polish bottles, or 2 oz plastic bottles, and label it with your "brand" labels made at your printers (the same ones who make your biz cards). You can use it during service for buffing, and retail the 1/2 oz brush on and 2 oz rub in for home use. Also, use it before paraffin wax, in conjunction w/ heavy cream (like Eucerin or Udder Balm), and for massage w/ manicure or pedicures.

Exfoliating Crystals (table SALT!)
I keep my "exfoliating crystals" in beautiful cut glass (creamer) dispensers, clients pour out about a teaspoon worth and mix vigorously with their liquid handsoap for super exfoliation. The crystals are "mineral salts" plain old table salt! Almost all US salt is mined from the salt mines in Utah, which is where the "Dead Sea" used to be! (nice marketing ploy though), all my clients know that it's not some gaurded mystery, that it's JUST table salt (I buy it in 25# bags for about $3). If any one tells you that their salts are more beneficial than table salts then have them send me the MSDS---because if they actually have some therapuetic value beyond salt (reducing swelling and exfoliating properties) then the "SPECIAL" added ingredient would be listed (either as PROPRIETARY OR BY CAS#) and they would also need FDA APPROVAL!!!!!!!!!

Buy empty 1/2 or 1/4 oz. bottles to fill*, makes a great inexpensive x-mas gift filled with your oil with your LABEL on it (see my note at top about ordering from your printer)or fill those bottles w/ topcoat bought in bulk (32 oz bottle makes 64 1/2 oz bottles, again w/ your label and phone # on it---way cool! and not a fortune!) Add a magnet (your biz card stuck to a ready made biz card magnet, find these at shows or again at your local Printer!) and your salon file (mini) with your phone # (see ads in mags from those promo companies) and you are all set for the holidays. More ideas to come here soon.

Care to comment or give an idea for a subject you'd like to see discussed here?...Leave a message at message boards, the link is below here on this page or back at the nailsplash homepage....

*Always check with your insurance provider before repackaging or "manufacturing" product! Some won't cover you if you don't get their approval first, or a separate "rider"......... and others won't cover it at all! Don't have malpractice insurance??? Check my links page and the link to NCA at for their links to beauty industry insurance providers!