September 2008

Vicki Peters

The Nail Extension | by Vicki Peters


Filling Your Manicuring Stations

Salon owners are always on the hunt to find a good nail tech to complement their salon and nail techs are always looking for a good salon to work in. So why is it such a challenge to put the two together?

Over the years, I have received many calls from salon owners who want a good tech but do not know how to find one, so I thought I would offer some tips.

Spend some effort in developing and distributing a flyer. Design it to represent your salon as an inviting place. Post it at every beauty supply in town. Have a team meeting and ask all your salon employees to share the flyers with the techs they use when they get their nails done. Everyone knows a nail tech that is looking for a new salon—get the word out that you’re looking.

Call all the nail techs people recommend to you. If that doesn’t yield results, consider purchasing the state board’s list of nail techs. If you can, purchase specific zip codes and mail them your flyers. The state board list goes to the homes of the licensees, so you won’t be mailing your flyers to your competition. Invite them to an open house one evening, serve refreshments and have your stylists join you. In a friendly environment, they can check you out and then you can comfortably schedule an audition or interview privately.

When developing the flyer, keep in mind nail techs want to know about the work situation and environment, so you need to tell us. Start by developing a nice flyer with the following information on it:

If all else fails, visit your local cosmetology school. There is going to be that one outstanding mature nail tech that would thrive in your salon with a little encouragement and training.

And if you’re a salon owner who doesn’t know a thing about nails, learn. You are responsible for the actions of anyone working in your salon, including independent contractors. With today’s pedicure issues, you need to know proper protocol to protect your clients and business.

Finding a good salon to work in is difficult. So get out there and network—there are plenty of good techs just waiting for your great salon to invite them in.

Vicki Peters is a 26 year veteran master nail tech, competition champion, judge, international educator, author and manufacturer and serves on the Nail Manufacturer Council. For more information visit or email her at

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Septmeber 2008

Vicki Peters

The Nail Extension | by Vicki Peters