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Are you looking for the beauty?

I was getting ready to walk into the gym this weekend when my husband called. He called to inform me he was as our warehouse doing some organizing. Apparently he left the night prior, before he was able to clean...

Should we or shouldn’t we?

I don't particularly like the work associated with decorating. However, through my years at my Salon and since the day I owned a home, I always seem to go over and above when it came to Holiday decorations.   I...

Respect

This past week I posted a one(1) line statement on Facebook. "WHAT HAPPENED TO RESPECT?" The comments posted solidified my point. Many of them went directly to politics, criticizing and accusing our President of causing the lack of respect in...

Our challenges have NOT stopped

In March of this year when our sales dropped 90% I would never have imagined the challenges of COVID would still be present 7 months later. After 30+ years of owning my own Business, I'm aware of everyday challenges and...

Why Educate?

When I wrote my article last week, I was a tad bit apprehensive. Even my husband thought I was taking too much of a risk. However, the many responses from all channels that I received, solidified the need to bring...

The Shame of our Nail Schools!

In 1987 when I bought "A Polished Look" Nail Salon in Largo, Fl, I would never ever in a million years imagined I would be where I am today. The opportunities which are available to us in this Industry, are...

Are you Easy?

My education on writing a blog begins with learning how to use the right title. ARE YOU EASY?  lol....so many ways this conversation could go. Fear not. "Are you easy" is questioning the ease of customers being able to do...

Cost per service!

Many of you have reached out to me in regard to knowing your cost per service. I know what the industry tells us. Break down the cost of each individual service. From suds to soap. From top to bottom. Most...

What is Professional?

I don't know why I write about the topics I do. It's whatever hit's me at the moment I'm ready to write. Sometimes an idea might come the week before, mainly because of what I've seen on Social Media(SM). Lordy...

THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS

One of the things I like about being my own boss, is being the final decision maker in the products which I bring into my venue. As a former Salon owner and still a licensed Nail Technician, I understand the...

The “Way of Life”!

For the past few weeks I've attempted to sway away from writing about COVID19. However, at the request of clients and the difficulty to ignore the affects it is having on our industry...it's hard not to. I'm finding in all...

Pedicuring the Diabetic client!

I don't know, call me skeptical. I highly respect those in our field who have gone the extra mile in getting educated on how to care for the feet of the geriatric diabetic client. However, I'm not sure anymore, if...

Switching gears!

I started on a totally different path for my article this week.  I planned on covering the topic of total sanitation.  However after showcasing at the Nail Tech Event of the Smokies this weekend, I found it necessary to change...

Biofilm

Several months back, as far back as a couple of years my family and I began the process of helping my parents clean out and move out of their house. My family is amazing and I love and trust all...

Are we worth it?

Where do we go from here? In talking about our services and our service dollars these past couple of weeks, I've received so many who expressed YES! YES! YES! I'm humbled by all your kind comments and so incredibly grateful...

Perfect Pedicure Pricing

Last week I talked about the Perfect Pedicure.  While writing, I thought back to the days when I had my Salon and what I did as well as what I didn't do. I spoke of the after life.  Many times...

The Perfect Pedicure

I think if I have the opportunity to return in an "after life", I can see myself coming back as a psychiatrist. The after life from the COVID19 pandemic, has been nothing short of amazing to watch. In the course...

The Journey continues

It's been 5 weeks since I have written a blog, other than a discussion on cleaning, disinfection and sterilization. I have to say, it feels good. When I was thinking about what topic I wanted to address, let me tell...

On the other side

This feels so strange to me. It's Friday afternoon and I'm beginning to write my blog. Typically, I write my blog on Sunday's. I never have time during the week and on Saturday I am either going into work in...

Fighting till the end

I was poolside on Saturday trying desperately to give my brain a rest. I haven't been sleeping well. I am on the computer every waking moment and I have to say it out loud at least 3 times per day..."this...

A touch from the unknown

I got to thinking this week about how I am always dictating about Education, Education, Education. How I base my Business on Education based Marketing and how so many of you trust my thoughts, my opinions and trust I will...

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I'm beginning my Blog today without a title. I have no idea what my topic is going to be. I just know I need to write. I need to write about our fear. I need to write about our attitudes....

CREATIVITY IS YOUR SURVIVAL KIT!

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic Centre For Beauty will be operating as usual. Being a small Business does allow for 100% assurance that any and all processes will be taken to keep our products clean and safe. With...

Do you have a contingency plan?

Whether we are in a State of emergency, we have a Technician who leaves us, a natural disaster or maybe even an illness....do you have a contingency plan? I am not going into panic mode over the Coronavirus, although our...

Are there contaminants in human nail dust?

I'm guilty.  I'm guilty of purchasing items based on price without consideration of anything else. After all, if I can't afford it, I shouldn't buy it right?   Being a small Business owner and at one time a single parent,...

How do you make others feel?

It makes me really sad knowing that other people have the ability to make us feel a certain way. Sometimes its happy, sometimes it's sad and sometimes it's just downright ugly. When I've been asked what I would like my...

More! Fun with Feet

I had such an overwhelming response on our Fun with Feet blog last week, I couldn't help but want to share more with you. I thank all of you for your comments and emails regarding how interesting it was to...

Fun with Feet

On a typical day when I'm in town, I am usually out of my office between 6:15 and 7pm.  We all have our after work routines (I would think).  Mine consist of first changing into my gym clothes, feeding my...

How you can use Urea to safely and properly service your clients!

In an effort to provide you with different content, I began to think about the many questions I receive regarding why?  "Why should I purchase and use the products you recommend for my pedicure arena?" It's a legitimate question, I...

3 Ways to Market Yourself

As you know, I don't often look back at Salon ownership and say, "I miss it". In fact, I'm sorry to say it would be an act of God for me to go down that road again. What I do...

3 steps to choosing a trade show!

Orlando, Chicago, Massachusettes, Gatlinburg, Pennsylvania, Birmingham, Las Vegas, Oregon. This list goes on and on. Our industry has been inundated with a trade show for this, a trade show for that and they are all vying for your attendance. It's...

If you were to set “one” goal?

Those who know me, know I am a pretty positive person. I don't believe and even want to be around negativity and I somehow find a way to always look at the positive side of every situation. This disposition and...

What NOT to say-Part 2

Last week I wrote about what NOT to say. I wanted to follow up in this blog with what NOT to say in regard to your client consultation. This is an area of which many Technicians are intimidated by. I can certainly...

What NOT to say

With my passion for education, I have made a point to learn about proper communication. I'm not talking about politics or religion, although that usually is the #1 lesson. I'm talking about words we say and how they are perceived...

It’s time to plant!

How crazy is it that we have entered into the final weeks of 2019? I can still remember the Y2K of 2000. It seemed so impossible that we had actually hit the year 2000, but 2019? No freaking way! Many...

Client experience is everything!

I honestly don’t know if my patience level, as I get older, is getting shorter or if I’m just tired of the lack of “everything”. I don’t consider myself to be an angry person, however I have truly been put...

How do you measure Success?

My husband and I recently had dinner with some friends we haven't seen in a while. Mrs.(to keep the name private) is a school teacher. Mr. (to keep the name private) is a retired police officer. For 30 years he...

Expanding your retail!

Here we are again, the last quarter of the year. Wow! Can someone please tell me, where the time goes? As I finish up my year long season of Trade shows which, thanks to many of you were a great...

A forever Journey

My journey this past week, has been an emotional one. Gearing up towards my first experience with teaching the OSS oncology class and hoping I can deliver the message as Becky with the OSS has done for years. As with...

Oncology Care in your Salon!

I am soon to embark on a new adventure. 2020 marks the year, I will be independently teaching "Oncology Care in the Pedicure room" I've taken 2 classes, one of which I hosted. I'm about ready to host a 2nd...

Worth repeating!

I've always said, there are 2 types of service providers in the Pedicure arena. You have the Technicians that go through the motion of "performing the pedicure" and you have the Technician who "performs a service". The difference between the...

Are you leading your Team?

Doing the amount of travel I have in these past few weeks, has afforded me the opportunity to get back into a bit of reading. I’ve missed it. I feel reading feeds the mind, feeds the soul and I know it for...

Are you ready in case of an emergency?

It's crazy. Inspiration can come from anywhere. When talking with my husband regarding the topic of my next blog, I was stuck. Everything that was going through my mind related back to my last article. I didn't want to write...

Are you ready to “Up your game”?

I am humbled again by a couple of referrals I received this week for potential new clients. It doesn’t seem like a job to me when I’m able to help people grow personally and professionally. To think I’m trusted as a mentor...

Why choosing the right tools is important!

It's always mind boggling to me when our Technicians don't take the time to not only choose the right tools, but care for their tools properly.   After all, tools we use in our service(s) ARE our life. When we...

Are you Accommodating?

Is there a difference between Customer Service and Accommodating?   Customer Service; The assistance and advice provided by a company to those people who buy or use its products or services. Accommodating; Those who are easy to get along with...

Does your attitude have Zing?

Are you glad the heat of the summer is almost over?  It’s crazy how this time of year we look back and wonder “how did the year go by so fast”? Well, it has and we are approaching the madness...

Is your Salon ready for “Back to School?”

Whether you are a student a parent or a teacher, going back to school can be exciting, it can be fun and it can be down right exhausting. School is like having Company. Glad to see them come, happy to...

WHAT IS IQS?

In 1987 when I suddenly found myself the owner of a Nail Salon, I truly did not know what I was getting myself into.  My background is Business.  Sitting behind the chair is not really what I anticipated when I...

Learning Can Come from Anywhere

Inspiration can come at the least suspecting times in the least suspecting places.. I’ve gotten ideas for my articles sitting in an airport, hanging by the pool, talking to clients, from a commercial on TV or the radio, from my dogs…..the...