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MAR 2013

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BUSINESS} reader to reader When designing a salon, is it wise to stick with genderneutral colors? Absolutely. When I worked at a salon, I remember some of my male clients coming in and saying, "Don't tell anyone I got my hair cut at a girly place!" The walls were a bright blue, so I guess some guys thought it was too girly for their taste. When I branched off on my own and built my studio, I made sure to keep both genders in mind. Now, my studio is very neutral with earth tones, so both men and women will find it comfortable. Alexandra Mansoor Algae Veronica, Madison Heights, Mich. My studio is almost a Tiffany blue with deep brown hardwood floors. My male clientele don't have any problems with it. Bekky Meier Urban Country Spa, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada I think one of the few places that you can have that fun bright atmosphere is a salon. I personally hate walking into a dull salon that looks like a cookie cutter business. My nail salon is decked out in a shimmery gold with black sparkly accents and I get compliments from nearly every person who walks through my door, male or female. Monica Maynock Smashing Nails, Colorado Springs, Colo. to attract a generic clientele, so why design my salon that way? If I have to spend a great portion of my life there, I want to not only feel comfortable in my own space, but I also want to enjoy the company I am keeping. I feel we are all artists, and everything we touch should be an expression of our art. Yomishia Beasley ISA Salon Studio, Adrian, Mich. I am in the process of opening my own salon and in the beginning I had every intent to stick with neutral colors. As I began purchasing things my personality kept sneaking into my design until I had pops of color all over my gray base. I like the ombré acrylic designs on nails, so I painted my pedicure room with ombré walls. The first thing that anyone says when they see it is "Oh it's so you!" I realized that the reason I love my clients so much is because they have the same fun attitude toward style and life that I do. I am not trying The salon that I'm working in is in the middle of a remodel. We're sticking to a gender-neutral scheme. I think it's wise in this day and age. We want male clients to feel comfortable as well and remove the stigma of pampering being girly and just for women. We can't expect them to come into a pink and frilly salon and feel manly. It may take us a while to talk these men into a manicure or pedicure, but we're ready! Jayne Minium Pax Salon, McAllisterville, Pa. Next question: Are French manicures and pedicures still in style for bridal nails? [Answers will be printed in the June 2013 issue.] Share your opinion on the topic by e-mailing your response by March 15 to beth.livesay@bobit.com. Please include your name, salon, city, and state with your response. 94 | NAILS MAGAZINE | MARCH 2013 ILLUSTRATION BY YUIKO SUGINO

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