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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…

The difference between the SSE & WRE?

We are always looking for ways to set us apart from the average. If you look at the basics, every salon does the very same thing in their pedicure service. We soak, manicure, perform callus work and massage. What we…

A Personal Story with a Lesson!

Many of you know the health scare my family has had with my Dad over the past couple of years. You’ve prayed for us, you’ve sent words of encouragement and you continue to inquire of his well being. I thank…

10 Things you should know about an Ultrasonic cleaner

Going on just about a year now, Centre For Beauty introduced Ultrasonic cleaners to our Trade Show venues. It happened out of necessity at the time, however we soon realized how little our Beauty Community really knew about the benefit…

What You Should Know about the Nellie Kit!

Perfection, Amazing, Beautiful, Artistic…these are just a few of the words to describe the finished product we have seen of the work which Nellie Neal performs on his clients. When I first met Nellie Neal, several years back at an…

Why you should choose your tools wisely! Introducing GERMANIKURE!

I know this isn’t the first time you have heard me say this, and I promise you….it won’t be the last.  How would you feel if your hairstylist took out a pair of plastic, paper cutting shears to cut your…

3 Money Making Ideas for your Nail/Pedicure room

I would first like to give a shout out to all our customers who came by our booth at the Premiere Orlando Show.  It is always a pleasure to either see you again or put a name to a face….

5 Helpful Trade show Hints

Trade show season is upon us and many of you will be attending one or another or maybe even multiple. We have Premiere Orlando, Nail Tech Event of the Smokies, Foot Forward Summit and Premiere Birmingham….all before the fall season….

The Importance of being YOU?

Can you imagine? We all eat the same food, dress the same way, buy the same cars? We do this because we see and/or hear this is what the majority of people do and we are followers. Inheriently, we follow what others do. …

The Pedicure Re-Invented

My 2019 goal which, I am in the process of developing is an on-line infection control class.  I have a nephew who is a Nurse Practitioner who studied Infection Control and actually got published in the Medical Journal for one…

Are you working Smarter not Harder?

I have many conversations with clients regarding specific services they wish to add in their Foot Care room. Everyone is different. Some like the relaxation aspect, some like the results aspect. And, some truly just don’t know what they want to…

The details of PodoSafe in the Pedicure room

I had the absolute pleasure of spending a day with Suely, the owner/founder of PodoSafe. PodoSafe is a callus solution product used in the Pedicure room for safe reduction of stubborn calluses. It is safe for anyone with immune compromised…

Are We Being Hypocritical in our Salons?

As always, my friends and clients circumstances encourages ideas for my Blogs. This week I had a couple of messages regarding products being found on the internet and/or amazon.   These are products we sell in our Salons. Products our…

Nike says “Just do It” I say “Do it Now”!

I was talking with a girlfriend the other day. She was sharing with me the loss of a client, whom she calls a friend. At the young age of 62 she went out of town on a Business trip. She…

3 Ways to perform a Waterless Pedicure?

There was a time in my Salon career when I wanted to build a “Foot Care Only” Salon. I had 2000 Sq Ft filled with Nails, Hair, Skin Care, Massage, Tanning and Retail. However, as with all of you, the…

It may be time to reboot?

Spring forward Fall back Such a simple reminder of what to do with our clocks during the Spring and Fall seasons. It works for me. I have to repeat it in my head as time comes around, for me to…

Money is in the Retail

Unknowingly a couple of weeks ago, I hit a hot spot for many of you when I brought up some pointers on retail. Seems like such a simple concept yet, a good majority of you aren’t selling retail at all….

What constitutes “Sub Standard”?

I was sitting here in my office, looking at the various amount of notes I have written down regarding thoughts about what I want to write about. Sometimes having too much isn’t a good thing. It’s difficult to decide what…

Why being 1/2 assed can be dangerous!

This past week I was blessed to travel with my husband and friends to Colorado for some skiing. The weather was a gorgeous 30-40 degrees, with light snow flurry’s in the evening. I’m not an expert skier by all means, but…

Are You Motivated?

As I was scrolling through SM this past week, I’m overwhelmed with all the brands, the products, the options we have available to us as Nail Technicians. Every day there is a new polish line a new gel line, a…

The Importance of the Why?

If there is ever a moment when you realize going through the motions just isn’t enough. Contact me personally for information on our next OSS (Oncology Spa Solutions)-in the Pedicure room More often than not, we as licensed Nail Technicians…