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Local salon owner took an inevitable career-ending surgery and turned her business into a multi-million dollar brand within five years.

Local salon owner and entrepreneur Lori Halloway, in Saline, MI, known as The Meticulous Manicurist on YouTube, overcame all odds after an inevitable career-ending cervical neck fusion. Against her neurologist’s suggestion to retire, her determination to keep the business she built led to a “nail industry” invention to prevent the receptive use injuries that led to her surgery. The two-year patent process was successful, and she was awarded a patent for a hand rest for nail technicians in 2019. The Ergo Lift, designed to keep nail techs pain-free and eliminate receptive use injuries, is now used in 10 countries worldwide to keep nail technicians working longer, healthy, and happy careers.

But she didn’t stop there. She decided to start a YouTube channel and share her knowledge of pedicures and nail technology with the world while she still could. She was optimistic about earning supplemental income to reduce the weekly hours behind the table. If she was unable to Service her clients, at least she could live vicariously through others, knowing they could have a financially rewarding career after learning the techniques she has used over the years to create a thriving business.

Five years later, she is often referred to as the pimple popper of pedicures and has over 540K subscribers and 168 million views. Her channel, The Meticulous Manicurist Nail Tutorials, has grown a thankful community. One member says, “she has single-handedly revolutionized the pedicure industry.” Her videos have reached so many people to show them what a pedicure should be and how to take care of their nails at home to prevent, reverse, and restore nail issues. One viewer, Heather Mirman, says, “It’s incredible how much your meticulous care of people has changed the way I think about self-care.”

The overwhelmingly positive response from clients worldwide on YouTube leads to the branding of her line of pedicure tools, nail supplies, and the Meticulous Manicurist nail polish line. Her team ships an overwhelming number of orders to customers everywhere who want professional tools to care for themselves, their families, or their elderly parents. Customers rave in the comment section of her YouTube channel about her brand’s quality, especially the 9-free nail polish line.

Clients travel from all over the United States to see her for their pedicure needs and problematic toenails. Donna Johnson had such painful toenails she was unable to sleep on her stomach for three years. But after the first visit to see Lori for a customized pedicure, she emailed to say, “Such a sigh of relief!!!!!! I stayed up half of the night just laying on my stomach, toes firmly pressed against the mattress. 100% NO PAIN!!!! Thank you so much. I don’t think you understand how much you have helped me just after one visit! I can’t wait to return and see and feel my progress after each appointment. You have brought tears of joy into my life. I can’t thank you enough, Lori.

Motivated still by the inpouring interest from nail technicians worldwide, she spent the three solid months of quarantine to complete and launch online, The Meticulous Manicurist Nail Academy. Her courses provide in-depth training, techniques, and skills you see in her pedicure videos. Just six short months after the launch of her Meticulous Manicurist Pedicure Certification course, there are nail technicians in over 34 US states, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Isreal, and the United Kingdom. All eager to provide the meticulous foot care they learned in the course.

The positive response and gratitude of the students are overwhelming. Denise Spragg had to share with the network group to say, “Hi everyone, I’m based in the UK, and I believe I was the first person here to qualify with Lori – shout out to my fellow UK techs who have joined since. I had to share something with this group – I have just had my first inquiry from a non-local client who’s traveling to see me for the service we provide. For all of you in the States, I know this probably won’t sound like anything remarkable, but we don’t work in such large distances as you guys. 10 – 15 miles is usually how far we’d travel for such an appointment. But this lady (I’m so excited!) lives 75 miles away from me!!!! I have a stranger willing to drive a 3 hour round trip to have me look after her feet! You don’t normally see a Brit get this excited, so enjoy that too! Lori Halloway, I want to thank you so much for giving me this opportunity, and I promise to do my very best not to let you down!”

Lori plans on grooming and growing The Meticulous Manicurist Network all over the world for nail technicians to provide the kind of services that clients need most and continue to help people at home with their self-care. She is thrilled with the business growth and continues to see about a 60% increase each year. Last year the business generated 1.7 million dollars, and she doesn’t plan on giving up yet. The reward of helping others is the greatest motivation, and she continues to receive “thank you” letters and messages every day from people all over the world. 

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Lori Halloway, The Meticulous Manicurist

Nail Experts Boost Industry Growth with Online Nail Education

Nail Experts Boost Industry Growth with Online Education

Covid-19 can’t keep veteran nail technicians from sharing their knowledge and mentoring new nail techs in the beauty industry! When traveling constraints force nail technicians to shelter in place, nail experts put their heads together to organize online nail education like private Facebook Group Courses and the new Global Meticulous Manicurist Online Nail Academy. 

 The Nail Source, operated by Amy Masters, recently hosted an exclusive, private Facebook group called Salon Menu Makeover and broadcasted “The Virtual Tour Menu Makeover.” The focus was to help nail technicians reopen their salons with new successful strategies, skills, and confidence. The opportunity to train with experts from around the world was a huge success. Educators included Lori Halloway, The Meticulous Manicurist, who taught “Salon Menu Makeover for Profitable Pedicures.” Hilary Herrera “Nail Prep,” Jesse Bruner, “Acrylic Nails,” Becky Bunnel “Sogel Nails,” Tracy Vinson “Nail Art,” Amy Masters “Salon Pricing,” and Karen Skeward “Social Media Marketing.” 

Determined nail technicians know their communities will be bustling again soon and want to be prepared to offer the best service to their clients. By taking online classes techs can keep growing their knowledge base to be the best they can for their clients. Continuing education is often not required in many areas of the world, but a certificate of training was available to those who took the course. Participants also have lifetime access to the group and recordings created during the week-long educational event. 

Online education is imperative for nail technicians who want to boost their business and technical skills, especially during this difficult time. The Global Meticulous Manicurist Online Nail Academy offers self-guided courses in all areas of the nail industry. Nothing compares to the quality and experience packed content of, creator, Lori Halloway’s online courses. The courses provide detailed instruction, quizzes, and certification to boost any nail technician’s confidence when it comes to pedicures and nail services. She shares the exact steps she has taken to find the success she has today. Her goal is to build a network of Meticulous Manicurists across the globe to provide services that meet client expectations. For updates on the Global Meticulous Manicurist Online Nail Academy join the mailing list.   

250K Subscriber Giveaway Enter to Win!

I promised a Big Giveaway when I hit 250k subscribers and that just happened! Would you like to win a customized pedicure with me, The Meticulous Manicurist? Depending on where you live and your ability to travel I may fly to your city and perform your service in a host salon or I will fly you to my city and perform the service in my salon. I will also pay for your hotel stay if you come to my city. Good luck everyone!

Rules to Enter:

  1. Follow @themeticulousmanicurist
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  3. Re-post this post, add your @instagramusername at the end of the repost message and tag 2 friends (download Repost app)
  4. Take a photo of your feet and post it with a brief reason why you should win with the hashtag #myfeetshouldwin and @themeticulousmanicurist
  5. Subscriber to both my channels:
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    http://bit.ly/meticulousmanicuristnailacademy

I will choose the top entires and post them for my followers to choose the winner. Winner announced on Feb. 14th 2019.

Imperial Feet

Imperial Feet

Imperial Feet is a product line from the Netherlands I fell in love with after using on my clients for a few months. The line promotes healthy nails and feet. I have used many product lines over the years that promise to improve one condition or another to no avail so when I started using this product line I had my skepticism. I was pleasantly surprised when my clients came back the following month with marked improvement in their nail condition.

Nail Micosis-

This product does not contain any water

Nail mycosis – also known as a fungal toenail infection- is hard to treat and not easy to prevent.
This product has been shown to be highly effective in treating nail mycosis. No water and the addition of glycerin and herbal extracts enhances the healing action.
Tea tree oil works effective against bacteria and fungus. Jojoba oil restores the natural balance of the skin by keeping it hydrated and it works antibacterial.

Fissure Cream-

Finally a solution to painful and disfiguring fissures. Also suitable for the hands. The fissure balm penetrates deep into the fissures.
The essential oils of pines and citrus trees help against very skin. The rosemary oil soothes the skin.
This balm ensures a quick recovery.

Athlete’s Feet Treatment_

A highly effective treatment against athlete’s feet. Athlete’s feet is a fungal infection on the foot and between the toes. Many people suffer from this fungal skin infection, as well as tackling itchiness and peeling skin. The solution is rich in vitamine E that nurtures the skin and promotes softer, more nourished skin. Aloe vera soothes the skin and serves as an anti-inflammatory. The glycerine keeps the skin soft and moist where as almond oil protects the skin and prevents cell damage.

Corns and Calluses Treatment-

The Solution for Corns and Calluses is the easiest, pain-free and guaranteed solution for removing excess corns and calluses. Success is guaranteed due to the clever composition based on lanolin, salicylic acid and walnut shells.
The vaseline soothes dry skin and the salicylic removes dead skin.

 

Foot Balm-

This balm is ideal for treating dry and itchy feet. The balm contains ingredients that are ideal for everyday care.
The rosemary soothes the skin and the eucalyptus improves the skin health.
Quickly absorbed by the skin.

 

These products are now available on my online store 

Top Ingrown Toenail Video Tutorials

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I have had so much feedback on my ingrown toenail tutorials and the general consensus is most nail technicians are not cleaning under or around the free edge of the nail as much as they should be. If the nail is cut to an appropriate length it will be less intimidating to work on and around. Impacted toenails should be treated for pain relief during a pedicure service as long as they are not infected. Learn the difference between an ingrown toenail and impacted toenail by watching this tutorial.

 

Everyone should subscribe to my YouTube channel The Meticulous Manicurist Nail Tutorials where I have over 140 videos and a new video every week.

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Did you know only about 50% of discolored or thickened, dystrophic-appearing, nails have a fungal infection?

Did you know only about 50% of discolored or thickened, dystrophic-appearing, nails have a fungal infection?

It is possible for the layman to believe a thickened nail must mean a nail fungus is present. When concern a person has a nail fungus presents itself, before treating them cosmetically, it is best to refer the person to their general practitioner who can refer them to a podiatrist or dermatologist to correctly identify the condition if needed. Only about 50% of discolored or dyst

Onychomycosis

rophic-appearing nails have a fungal infection confirmed with culture. And 20% of the adult population has onychomycosis, nail fungus.

Thickened Toenail Caused by Chemotherapy

 

There are many other causes for a nail to become thickened or discolored. Treatment like chemotherapy can cause changes in the nail matrix and cause an overproduction of nail cells that form the nail plate. Older people are at an increased risk of nail alterations, including normal age-related changes and disorders that more commonly affect this specific population. Secondary factors are important contributors to pathologic nail changes, including impaired circulation at the distal extremities, faulty

biomechanics, infections, neoplasms, and skin or systemic diseases with nail manifestations.¹

The many other causes of nail thickening and discoloration, which are not a fungus, include:

Onychogryphosis

1. Onychogryphosis thickening and distortion of the nail, typically of the big toe, thought to be due to previous nail bed trauma.²

2. Onychauxis, an overgrowth or thickening of the nail, reveals nothing to the casual observer, the tech, or the doctor. Many times, in fact, onychauxis is a natural part of aging.3

Onychauxis

If the thickening is caused by a fungus it “can sometimes be cured,” says Dr. Schumacher. “When a nail is thick because of a fungal infection” ” treatment of the infection may cure the nail.” In cases like this, the nail may be able to grow in healthy after the primary condition has been resolved. However, if onychauxis is caused by trauma and the matrix is damaged, it’s more likely that the thickness will need to be maintained through regular manicures or pedicures, because the nail may continue to grow in thicker than normal nails. Since a doctor must determine a cause before treatment is recommended, there is not a standard treatment for onychauxis. 4

3. Trauma (tight shoes, nail-biting).

4. Poor foot care.

Eczema

 

Subungual melanoma

 

Lichen planus.

5.  Eczema (irritant or allergic contact dermatitis).

 

6. Lichen planus.

7. Subungual melanoma.

8. Psoriatic nail disease. Psoriasis can affect the skin, nails, and joints. Classically, psoriatic nail disease consists of onycholysis; salmon (oil) spots (discolored areas that represent nail bed psoriasis); an irregular pitting pattern; and onychauxis. The Koebner phenomenon, or the appearance of lesions at the site of in

Psoriasis

jury, can also occur in the nails and may manifest in an asymmetrical presentation. If a patient presents with an onychomycosis-like nail involvement and has failed oral antifungals, one should consider a diagnosis of psoriatic nail disease. Also, if psoriatic plaques and nail dystrophy are present, they do not automatically lead to a diagnosis of psoriatic nail disease. This is why culture and biopsy with negative PAS stain are essential to achieving the correct diagnosis.5

 

9. Bacterial paronychia – e.g., Pseudomonas spp. infection.

Bacterial paronychia

10. Systemic disease – e.g., thyroid disease, diabetes, peripheral arterial disease.

11. Rare systemic disorders – e.g., keratosis follicularis (Darier’s disea

Yellow Nail Syndrome

se), yellow nail syndrome, nail-patella syndrome, pachyonychia congenital.

 

Idiosyncratic drug reaction

12. Idiosyncratic drug reaction (especially tetracyclines, quinolones and psoralens).

 

It is a “nail myth” that “nail thickness is caused by separation of the nail layers.”

The layman explanation to most of the causes of a thickened nail, items in the above list, is due to changes in the matrix which produce the nail cells. Nail cells move up the nail bed after being produced. When the matrix experiences change due to trauma, circulation or disease, it can create an overproduction of nail cells creating the thickened nail.

The technical term for layers of the nail separating is Onychoschizia. It is the transverse and lamellar splitting of the free edge and nail plate. The causes are excess wetting and drying of the nail, trauma, nail enhancements or polish, and systemic diseases. But does not include thickening of the nail.

Nail fungus caused by dermatophytes can cause an illusion of a thickened nail. The invasion of the organism causes mild inflammation, the skin under the nail to thicken (focal parakeratosis), and an overproduction of keratin (subungual hyperkeratosis) which push the nail up from the nail bed creating an illusion of thickness.6

Older people are at an increased risk of nail alterations, including normal age-related changes and disorders that more commonly affect this specific population. Secondary factors are important contributors to pathologic nail changes, including impaired circulation at the distal extremities, faulty biomechanics, infections, neoplasms, and skin or systemic diseases with nail manifestations.7

Holding a nail technology or cosmetology license makes you the best advocate for the people who trust and look to you for your expert advice your license gives you, and the knowledge to know when to refer them to a physician. You were trained and tested on nail disorders and diseases. When in doubt always refer to a physician. Holding a nail technology or cosmetology license does not prevent you from educating yourself beyond the nail technology course. Always follow your state board guidelines regarding this topic when it comes to treating your clients cosmetically.

Links to supporting documentation are included in this post.

Definitions that are not explained above.

Nail dystrophy refers to poor nail formation, usually as the result of trauma or infection. When caused by trauma, the nail becomes discolored due to blood pooling underneath the nail. Over time, the nail breaks away from the nail bed until it detaches completely.8

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3038811/
  2. https://patient.info/doctor/fungal-nail-infections-pro
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3038811/
  4. http://www.nailsmag.com/article/82023/what-is-onychauxis
  5. http://www.podiatrytoday.com/how-treat-dystrophic-nails
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3038811/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3038811/
  8. http://naildystrophy.com/

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Finger Baths Should be Outlawed in Nail Schools

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I graduated from Nail Technician School in 1994 and I was taught to use a finger bath to soak the cuticles before starting a manicure. It took me about one month to realize this strategy made no sense what so ever. My favorite subjects in high school and college were science and physics so I had a great understanding about how chemicals and elements affect their surroundings. Many people believe the nail plate to be a solid surface, but it is actually porous. Just like a sponge, it has thousands of tiny holes that can and will absorb water. So if you can imagine how your skin gets soggy when it has been submerged in water for a long period time, your nails get soggy too.

Our goal when giving you a manicure is to care for your cuticles, relieve your stress with a great hand and arm massage and polish your nails so they last. So if your nails are submerged in a finger bath of water they are being water logged and will not hold they polish for any length of time.

I have had clients come in for a manicure and ask, “Aren’t you going to soak my fingers?” And I tell them, “No, I use a cuticle remover that will dissolve the dead skin so I can removed it more efficiently.” “A finger bath will not dissolve the skin that needs to be remove, it will only water log your nails and cause the polish to chip within a few days.” They are doubting Thomas right away of course, the hand massage at the end usually sways them to think I know what I am talking about. But it is the polish that lasts for 2 weeks that makes them a believer and they are back in my chair. I hear things like, “I have never had a manicure last for two weeks in my life!” “I don’t know what you do different from other nail tech’s but my polish didn’t chip, it just wore off the ends from friction.”

Finger baths should not be used as a tool for teaching manicures. Even if they need to charge more for the tuition to purchase cuticle remover, they should purchase cuticle remover! And if there is anyone out there still doubting this theory, try it yourself. Use cuticle remover on one hand and soak the other hand for 5 minutes in water. Then polish both hands, see what hand chips and which one lasts. But you really should take my word for it and ask your manicurist to stop using a finger bath and start using cuticle remover so your manicure lasts for a much longer period of time 🙂

Nail Tech Talk “5 funniest things that happened in the salon this week.”

nailtechtalktop5Top 5 Funniest Salon Moments This Week

1. My client was late for her appointment. She is never late for her appointments so I was beginning to worry a bit. When she arrived she was frazzled because she hates being late. She immediately started apologizing and said “Oh Lori, Lori I am so sorry I’m late. I was on my way here and I thought, oh my goodness something’s wrong, something’s very wrong, something doesn’t feel right with the accelerator.” To which I responded, “Oh….were you running out of gas?”  She said, “NO! I looked down at the gas pedal and I still had my slippers on! I thought to myself I can’t go in and see Lori looking like this!  I had to turn around and go back home and change my shoes and that is why I am late!” Her delivery had everyone in the room laughing hysterically.

2. A client told me a story about a disagreement she had with his sister-in-law, which got pretty heated.  Her sister-in-law just ranted and raved and would not stop. She wouldn’t let my client get a word in and kept interrupting as she responded to her sister-in-law.  She made an effort to shut her up by saying “you really should shut your mouth because I know how to throw a punch and not break a nail!” That shocked her enough to stop talking so my client could respond without further interruptions.

3. A client told me a story about being in one of the recently remodeled schools. She commented on the new configuration at the entrance. (With all the school shootings in the news, the school board voted to beef up security at the school entrance.) She said she felt very intimidated, like she was about to enter a secure building… like a prison.  She had to ring the buzzer and the person on the other end asked what they wanted.  She said she were dropping something off for her son and she was buzzed in. She made a joke saying she was waiting for someone to come out and tell her to “turn to around, put your hands against the wall, spread your legs shoulder width apart…do you have any latex allergies?” while they were getting gloved up! We laughed and laughed.

4. A client told a story about her argumentative 12 year old son.  Her son will not stay in the bathroom whiile he brushes his teeth. He walks around the hallway and into his bedroom and drips toothpaste slobber all over the carpet. She has told him a million times to stay in the bathroom while he brushes and over the sink. Of course the boy never listens.  That night before bed the mother told her son to get a rag and clean the toothpaste off his bedroom floor.  Of course he argued with her that there was no toothpaste on the floor. She pointed out the toothpaste on the floor and told him to get a rag and clean it up. To which he said “how do you knoooow it’s toothpaste?” The mother asked “well what else would it be?” The mother said “I know it’s toothpaste, I see you drip while you walk around, that’s why I tell you to stay in the bathroom to brush your teeth” and started to walk away.  When the boy didn’t think she was looking anymore he got down on his knees and sniffed the carpet! Just one last ditch effort to try and get out of cleaning the carpet!

5. A woman came into the salon and said “Halloway are you f’ing kidding me? I checked out your YouTube channel!” I smiled and thought what in the world is she about to say! She said “357,000 people watched you scrub dead skin off some lady’s feet! And you get paid for that? That is bulls&%t. You need to come over to my house and I will let you rub my foot all up in thoses big bo%&ies. Then lets see how many hits that bad boy gets, because momma needs a new roof!” I couldn’t stop laughing for about 10 minutes!

Bonus Funny

The last bonus funny is about me.  My husband Bruce made fun of me the entire day after this happened. He told everyone that came into the salon what I said that day.  Let’s just start by saying, I never know what day of the month it is. I just get up and go. And this month is our 20 year anniversary.  We knew we were not going to be able to do anything because of the boys football schedule.  Bruce said we were going to be at the football field on Thursday watching our child’s game. Well, he actually said Tuesday but I remember Thursday. So Thursday came and we got ready for work and got to the salon. I thought oh crap i didn’t tell him Happy Anniversary today! So I got my client settled into the pedicure chair. And went out and gave him a hug and said,”Happy Anniversary”. He started laughing and said “Ah ha I have a witness, did you hear that?” he said to my client. She said “yes that was sweet.” He said, “if I had done something like this she would kill me.” And we were both confused. The client said “that was really sweet of her.” And he said, “yes it would have been if today was our anniversary! Our anniversary is on Tuesday!” To which I said,” What! Today isn’t the 27th? He said no today is the 22nd! UUGGHHHHHH

 

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