Cosmetologists’ Campaign Successful in Modifying Proposed Legislation

Depth of Proposed Deregulation Reduced Somewhat

– Word has just come from the Honorable Senator Kathleen Passidomo’s office regarding her sponsored Senate Bill 802 addressing Regulated Professions and Occupations that she has heard our pleas for leaving Cosmetology out of her sweeping deregulation. Below is an excerpt of an analysis of the proposed Bill in its current iteration.

This Bill is still in committee with the Judiciary and is not carved in stone, but the time is short for requesting further modifications. Please take the time to read the language and see if you agree.  If not…more letter writing is needed!

Curious about how other professions will be affected?  Click here to read the entire text of the Judiciary Committee’s Analysis.  Click here to read the entire text of Proposed SB 802.

Cosmetologists at Risk to Lose Their Credentials

If you are an Esthetician, Nail Technician, Hair Braider or Body Wrapper, your credentials are being stripped away! In Florida there are three Bills under consideration to reduce the training needed for cosmetology services–or to deregulate them entirely!

Three Bills Under Consideration in Florida

These Bills are part of a nationwide agenda of deregulation that is racing across all states, so it is bigger than us cosmetologists. We need to band together and let our legislators know in NO uncertain terms that Cosmetologists are different than Auctioneers and Yacht Brokers and Interior Designers—we are laying our hands on people in personal services and we should NOT be lumped in with other non-personal services.

Cosmetology is different!

Take a few minutes to contact your State Legislators and tell them deregulating services in which their voters’ bodies are directly affected is not a good idea!

In Florida, here is the list of your State Senators:

Your Florida State Representatives are found here:

Similar lists of other State Legislators are available by simply searching out your state’s Senate and House links.

  • Your License could become worthless.     
  • Any Jane/John Doe could now do your job.
  • You will not be able to work in another state without completing their program.
  • Your clients are now at risk of getting hurt by untrained practioners.
  • No insurance company will cover untrained, unregulated professionals.

Take a few minutes to write your Legislators…

Your Clients Deserve It!  Your Career Demands it!

Pediciures with Electric Files


Electric files can be the most productive and safe way for callus reduction, nail shortening and smoothing.  Includes video demonstration of various techniques you will need to know for using an electric file throughout a pedicure service.  The proper use of an electric file can be more comfortable for your clients and ergonomically beneficial to you, as well.

Pedicures with Electric Files

  • Gives background information on the components of electric files
  • Discusses the various bits and when they are appropriate
  • Demonstrates several necessary techniques you will need to know

This Presentation will teach you higher quality techniques for performing more profitable services.

Pedicures with Electric Files

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So You Want to Learn Microblading – Nail Techs

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – To all Nail Techs who want to “learn MicroBlading”– Get your $10,000.00 ready! (and a beverage–this is going to be a long one!)  If you are not a nail technician, just substitute your discipline into the story–for example if you’re an esthetician, think about someone taking a 2-day peel class and thinking “hey I could do some great facials.” Or if you’re a stylist, think about a 2-day balayage training. You get the idea.

There are gobs of videos going around showing how great MicroBlading is…it’s talked about in salons across the nation. It looks really easy to do! Just draw in better brows than they have!

Nail techs have a good eye for symmetry, and we have good eye-hand

Karen Hodges at PMU Training Jan, 2016.

coordination. And we work with color all the time! Right? “I bet I could totally rock this” you think. “And my clients are asking about it, so why not? Hey! there are even a TON of trainers in my state! I could easily take a 2-day course and then I could do some bangin’ brows!” HOLD THE PRESS!

First of all, how would you feel if a lot of oh—I don’t know—tattoo artists started saying they could take a 2-day Pink & White Sculpture course and whip up some excellent nails? You’d laugh them out the door, right? Well guess what? Tattoo artists are not laughing at nailtechs who think they can take a couple days at learning an advanced technique and capitalize on a high-ticket item for which they’ve spent years investing in training to do! They are angry at all the botch jobs that people come crying to them for any kind of improvement (some are “unfixable!) If you think MB is a good idea for you, then here’s what you need to know.

1. Microblading (MB) is NOT a salon service–Boards of Cosmetology in most states won’t touch it because you break the skin. It is a para-medical procedure governed by the Board of Health in most states under the Tattoo Licensing. The BoH is MUCH more stringent about what they will and will not allow…and guess what? They don’t allow tattooing in a place where there is airborne hair and particulates–like nail dust! Sounds like a salon, right?

2. MB is NOT appropriate for many people–skin type, health considerations and a dozen other informed decisions must be made before the service is ever booked!

3. MB is an ADVANCED technique of implanting pigment in the skin–it is a direct application of the ancient art of hand tattooing. There are many considerations that must be made for successful implantation of pigment 1) must be in the correct layers of the skin–can you easily determine which skin cell separates the “correct” layer from the “incorrect ones? NO! It takes much skill! 2) pigment color choices–yes you may have an excellent understanding of color theory and a good eye for color matching, but do you understand that you will be viewing the pigment THROUGH the skin! Not on top of it! You need to understand what blood and skin cells and oxidation and UV exposure will do to the pigments. 3) Proper after care is vital. Do you know when you should recommend “dry healing” versus a treatment of some sort? No? Because you need training in skin/wound care. There are many more considerations: what about pregnancies? what about medications? what about health conditions? What about lifestyle? and so on.

4. SADLY there is a wave of shysty 2-day trainers popping up everywhere. They charge about $1000 a day for wretched “training” that is actually illegal in many cases–did you know that trainers are required by law to license every training venue as a legal and inspected “tattoo establishment” in order to train? Many states allow for this to be done on a temporary basis…but it does need to be done! These “hotel is not announced until a couple of days before” the training…or the location is changed AFTER you pay…is a clear indication that the venue is not legal. Many times, the training is a “demo” of you watching the trainer…and no foundation work to build upon.

There are more concerns. If you would like to read the story of one person who was totally ripped off by her so-called “training” here is a link that will help you avoid her mistakes: 13 Tips to Avoid Wasting Money on PMU /Microblading Training

If after this, you still think MB might be a good path for your career–here’s what you need to do.

1. Save up about $10K to get a good quality training. You’ll need about 100 hours of “core” education in permanent cosmetics/tattooing before you venture into advanced technique specialties.

2. Research the trainers – there are organizations which certify trainers– the Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals, the American Academy of Micropigmentation and the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics. Once you find one of their trainers in your area, ask to see their students’ HEALED work…it makes a big difference! Many, many have tried MBing, only to find it looks great immediately after, but in 6 weeks, it’s jacked up.

3. Plan on opening a new space to perform MB in. Your tattooing area will need to be completely closed off from salon contaminates.

If after all that, you still think MB is for you, please feel free to contact me…I will be glad to refer you to some REPUTABLE groups on FB (there are many that allow “back yarders”.)

This has been a public service announcement. You may now return to your regular programming!

Nail Technicians Working with Physicians

This course takes you through the steps of approaching a medical practice and creating various working relationships. As a safety-trained nail technician, one of your best assets is the ability to observe and recognize conditions that need to be referred to a physician. This program will take you through the consideration you will make as you reach out in your community to establish contacts in the medical field.

Or perhaps you are ready for a shift in your career? You might want to work in a medical practice helping people with cosmetic foot care, whether as an employee or an independent contractor. This program takes you through the necessary steps to give you the best possible success as you introduce an innovative and new-to-physicians cosmetic service in their medical practices. All the steps from approaching the medical practice, to interviewing, negotiating your compensation and what to expect when you show up for work are discussed. Checklists and timelines for both you and the physician’s or podiatrist’s office will keep you on track to successfully launching and building a much-needed service model.