Nailpro - December 2011 - (Page 40)

EDITORIAL Holidays Come Early hanksgiving used to be the catalyst for jumping into the holiday season. I know this because every year on that day I change the channel on my radio to the local easy listening station, which swaps its regularly scheduled programming for 24-7 “sounds of the season” (I know, I know, but I can’t help it!). Commercials and advertisements featuring Santa, sleigh bells and stocking-stuffers plaster television and billboards, and holiday-inspired movies are showcased on the big screen. Traditionally, because we work three months ahead, when I’m gearing up to write my December Editorial, we’re still experiencing an extended Indian summer. In other words, it’s hard to get into the spirit of things when it’s October and hot outside. However, this year it seems as though someone hit the fast-forward button. The East Coast was pummeled with a pre-season snowstorm that was on par with some of the Blizzards of [insert year here]. Even our unusually warm SoCal fall abruptly turned chilly. And the minute the candles were extinguished from Halloween jacko-lanterns, the holiday season hit in full force. Naturally, there were the obligatory Facebook posts moaning and groaning about the holiday season arriving too early, but I for one am pretty excited about it. I love this time of year, and any excuse to celebrate it a little longer is fine by me! Actually, if we think about it practically, it does make some sense to start early. T I was in a department store the other day, and there were already displays featuring cute little gift items that inspired me to get an even earlier start on my holiday shopping. In theory, I could have all of my holiday shopping done before the first of December. In reality, that probably won’t happen, but the theory is a good one—and for those pre-planners out there, you’ll be way ahead of schedule! For salons, this is practically the busiest time of the year. Consider this: You can start up-selling seasonal services and nail art a full three weeks earlier than usual. If your clients are already in the holiday spirit, this is certainly going to reflect in their services. Just think about all of the retail opportunities! This, in turn, will fill your pockets so you too can get started early on your holiday shopping. Practicality aside, the season isn’t actually about shopping or presents or the holiday rush. When we hear the music, see the decorations and inhale the wonderful smells, it sparks a sensation inside of us—the spirit that is so often referred to. It’s the feeling of being cozy in our homes or spending quality time with our families. It’s that glow you get from going out of your way to be just a bit nicer to a stranger on the street and becoming a little more generous. This is what I love so much about the holiday season, and I think we could all use three more weeks of warm and fuzzy kindness in our frantic lives. So, here’s to a healthy, happy and extra-long holiday season. See you in 2012! Stephanie Yaggy NAILPRO Executive Editor Halloween Comes to NAILPRO It happens to be one of our favorite holidays, therefore the NAILPRO team simply must dress up! This year, we decided to pay homage to the classic film The Wizard of Oz. From left: associate editor Megan James, senior editor Stephanie Corbin-Mills and art director Patty Quon-Sandberg. Stephanie’s Nails… I get so much inspiration from the photos you post on NAILPRO’s Facebook page and that I can’t help wanting to create some designs of my own. Here is my latest endeavor: handpainted art inspired by the mix-and-match theme from this month’s cover. 40 NAILPRO DECEMBER 2 0 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Nailpro - December 2011

Nailpro - December 2011
Nailing the News
Polished Look
Behind the Nail Pros
Art Gallery
Savvy Salon
Rules of Giving
Salon Gratuities
Holiday Cheer
Readers Choice
Nail Clinic
Pro Talk
Marketplace Plus
Ad Index
Hollywood File
Manufacturer Deals & Promotions
Test Yourself

Nailpro - December 2011