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Professional Nailcare: nail enhancement chemistry and technique, mancuring and pedicuring. I am not qualified to give medical advice or make medical diagnoses.

Experience in the area

I am a professional nail technician with 17 years experience in the professional beauty industry. I am licensed in the states of California (license #M120766) and Colorado (license #8611.) I have been an active member of the online mailing list at since 1999 where I network with 100s of nail industry professionals around the world. Over the last 15 years I have accumulated several advanced training certificates, including the coveted Creative Nail Designs Master Nail Technician status, and personal training by Tammy Taylor, Tom Bachik, and Tom Holcomb. I briefly joined the competition circuit in 2002, taking first place in the second annual Strut Your Stuff Online competition in the Enhancement 2 category. In 2009 I have decided to make time in my schedule to get back into competition by joining "Team Pink," the competition team captained by current world champion nail technician, Lynn Lammers. I boast several contributions to articles that have appeared in both Nails and Nailpro magazines, including a brief stint as a Nails Magazine Help Desk contributor and now I write a semi-weekly blog for Nails Magazine while continuing to attend tradeshows and continuing education events.


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Nails Magazine. Nailpro Magazine. Blogging for Nails Magazine since September, 2008:


CA license #M120766. CO license #8611. CND Master Nail Technician. Tom Holcomb Academy. Personal training with Tom Bachik. Two day advanced training with Tammy Taylor. AEFM certified for use of electric file. HRTE (High Road to Education) in San Jose, CA 2009.

Awards and Honors

2nd Annual Strut Your Stuff Online competition, 1st place in Enhancement 2. Member of "Team Pink" competition team 2009. 3rd place, Novice tip-and-overlay relay at IBS Las Vegas, 2009.

What do you like about this subject?

It's easier to discuss what I DON'T like about nails! Which isn't much, in fact, nothing that I can think of right now!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There are so many different views and approaches to so many subjects within the industry, I never want to stop learning and I never want to get so comfortable with my ways that I can no longer learn from my colleagues.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The professional nail industry is just as much about science as it is about art.

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Recent Answers from Maggie Franklin

2014-10-24 Allergic reaction:

It is unlikely that acetone is the culprit here. If you find you have a reaction to nail polish removers that contain acetone, switch to a non-acetone product.    Most often, it's the monomer that leads

2014-07-25 paper wrap manicure:

I'm afraid I can't help. I've been searching for someone who is experienced in the Juliette method, myself, for years. I would love to learn the technique.    However, there are other options available

2014-07-04 nail strength:

Interesting. More than other detergents? Is it a temporary problem? or do your nails remain weak long after your hands have dried?    I'm not familiar with any ingredients in Dawn that would cause a permanent

2014-05-22 extreme line by backscratchers:

A quick Internet search shows    as salons in your area that use Backscratchers products. You'll need to contact them directly

2014-02-26 Nail polish:

Hi Lakeya,    Yes, you can skip the chemist. "Franken polishes" or "indie" polishes are all the rage right now. Just do an Internet search for one of those terms with "supplies" included and you'll come


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