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  • Troubleshooting Traditional Gels

    This reference guide will help you spot problems on your own and quickly remedy them so you can provide the very best service to your clients.

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  • Holidays In The Salon

    Holidays in the salon can be very hectic, so we wanted to make sure everyone is prepared for this time of year with some helpful tips & tricks

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  • Polish Pro Over Gel Enhancements

    Step-By-Step

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  • Rock Star French with Polish Pro Accessories

    Leanne Stares, an accomplished NSI nail technician in Australia, found a quick and easy way to a “rock star” French, no messy glitter involved.

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  • Creating the Perfect Acrylic Stiletto

    Techniques to help you achieve the perfect stiletto shape.

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  • Simple Nail Art with Polish Pro

    Some simple, albeit beautiful, nail art with our Polish Pro Light-Cured Nail Polish.

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  • Keep Your Brush Looking New

    A high-quality acrylic nail brush is a smart investment for any nail technician.

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  • Troubleshooting Polish Pro

    This reference guide will help you spot problems on your own and quickly remedy them so you can provide the very best service to your clients.

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  • Layering With Polish Pro - Nude

    Nude is the hottest color in Hollywood and on the red carpet, according to March issue of Nailpro magazine.

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  • Better Color Coverage

    This “trick” employed to increase the ease of color coverage...

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  • Matching Your Clients to a Professional Service

    There are many different types of clients out there, and lucky for you, NSI has a professional service for each and every one of them.

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  • Cuticle Care

    It is very important to treat your client's cuticle in the proper way.

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  • Prepping For an Interview

    With a little preparation and a game plan, you can ace any interview.

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  • Design Elements

    There are five elements of great pink and white nail design.

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  • Rebalancing

    Acrylic or gel enhancements.

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  • Social Media Best Practices

    If the statistics in “Are You Using Social Media?” have convinced you to start social media marketing, here are some best practices to keep in mind:

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  • Are You Using Social Media?

    If you haven’t already started to dabble in social media as part of your marketing mix, then we seriously suggest setting some time aside soon to do just that.

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  • Clients Going Through Chemotherapy

    What every nail technician should know about their clients and chemotherapy.

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  • Counter Cards

    It’s extremely important to use POP (or point-of-purchase) materials in your salon.

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  • Effective Communications - Part 2

    Here is an example of a detailed Guest Profile.

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  • Effective Communication - Part 1

    A consultation consists of general information, the client’s profile and her service history.

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  • Promoting Disinfection & Sanitation in the Salon

    Here are a couple of tips for salon owners to promote sanitation to their staff.

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  • Hand Massage Techniques

    Everyday, more and more nail technicians are incorporating hand massages with their nail services.

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  • Clients with Sensitivity Issues

    Clients with sensitivity issues can be a concern for nail technicians.

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  • Perfect Smile Lines Every Time

    To create the perfect smile line you have to have a clear picture in your mind of what you want the end result to look like.

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  • Techniques for Applying Glaze 'n Go

    There are certain application techniques to follow to achieve the absolute best results with Glaze 'n Go.

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  • How to Control Odors in the Salon

    Controlling the odor in the salon should be a priority for any nail technician.

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  • Nail Form - Fitting Techniques

    An important part to sculpting with a nail form is to ensure a proper fit. The strength of a sculpted nail is only as strong as the fit of the form.

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  • How to Build an Apex

    Proper placement and thickness of the apex translates into added strength of the nail.

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  • Sculpt or Overlay - Competition Tips

    Denise Wright, competition pro, offers sound advice for earning valuable points during a competition.

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  • Proper Mix Ratio

    Mix ratio is determined by the amount of polymer powder blended with the monomer liquid.

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  • The Difference Between Acrylic & Gel

    Clients will often ask the difference between acrylic and gel. Here are some tips for accurately answering them in terms they'll understand.

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  • The Best Results – In or Out of a Competition

    Many competitors will use different products for competition than they use in their salons; however there are certain things you should look for in the product you use every day as well as in a competition.

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  • Marketing Ideas for a Slow Economy

    In a difficult economy, you have to be creative to drum up new business. Here is some food for thought to get your marketing wheels turning.

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  • No Lifting Tutorial

    Lifting is probably the problem that plagues nail technicians the most. By using high quality, scientifically driven products with proper prep and product application, lifting can be a thing of the past.

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  • The Gel Grow-Out Program

    The Gel Grow-Out Program is intended as a means of safely removing gel enhancements for those clients wishing to move to a natural nail-care regimen.

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  • How Not to Look Like a Competition Rookie

    It is always daunting to enter a nail competition for the first time. Here are some tips that will keep judges from thinking “rookie” as soon as they see you.

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  • Retail Sales

    If you aren’t offering retail products to your customers in your salon, you might want to ask yourself why *90% of salons in the US currently do.

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  • Nail Biter Solution

    Acrylic and Tip Overlay with Attraction Pink Masque Powder

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  • Use Technailcolor for Customization

    Nail Systems International believes that the same principals of wearing the right colors of clothes and make-up to compliment a women’s overall look apply to customizing colors for the nails as part of a woman’s overall appearance.

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  • Tips for Boosting Your Income

    In any type of business, there are two simple ways to improve your bottom line:

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