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Confessions Of A Nail Tech

Confessions Of A Nail Tech

By Nails By Rah
A new segment of the Nails by Rah brand where we talk about everything nails and the business of nails! Tune in every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. for topics, nail business news, and nail art related Confessions by your host Rasheedah H. Muhammad, Nail Tech affectionately known as "Rah." She will be bringing in special guests and answering any questions that you may have so spread the word! This podcast is for anyone who is aspiring to become a nail technician, an experienced nail technician, or someone who just wants to join the conversation.
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S2E9: Not "Just" A Nail Tech
Hey Good People, Not "Just" A Nail Tech is a think piece. Earlier this week, I saw a post by Nailpro Magazine that featured Celina Ryden's story about the struggle of Nail Technology being recognized as a real job. *scoff* The nerve, right? Her story resonated with me so much because I shared a similar experience when deciding to work as a nail technician. Take a listen!
October 13, 2021
S2E8: Set Your Price and Live Your Life
Hey good people! Happy Tuesday! I hope these last couple of weeks have been productive for you as we transition into the last quarter of 2021. I know, right? The year is almost over and we made it through another year and a half of trying to abide by CDC guidelines and then taking risks! (Wear your masks and continue to social distance, please). I also entered into my last year of business school so I am equally excited about what is to come for Nails by Rah and Confessions of a Nail Tech. Speaking of which, I did some research on my most listened to the episode and the number of subscribers and follows that I have gained since I started this podcast last year and I am truly amazed! I cannot express enough gratitude for you all because again, without listeners, I’m just another professional with a podcast, so thank you! After doing some research I found that the most listened-to episode was Episode 5 from Season 2, “Why is my Full-set So expensive?” You all must really like this one! I wanted to do an episode to recap on the way to work the price into your service without setting off your clients. We learned in that episode that you must set your price and do not bend the rules. Yes, we are here to provide nail services, but we are also here to make a profit.  Books that I mentioned in this episode were: Woman Evolve - Sarah Jakes Roberts Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes Nice Girls Don't Get Rich - Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D Jazz - Toni Morrison  Follow me on Socials: Twitter: @NailsByRah Instagram: @NailsByRah YouTube: @NailsByRah Blog: 
August 25, 2021
S2E7: Professional Biases
In this episode, we talk about the professional biases we have within the industry. I know, as a professional, I am particular about the salons I visit when I feel like being pampered. Whenever I need a break from maintaining my own nails, I visit local nail salons in hopes that I’ll find a salon that does a job as well as I do. Admit it, you too. Very seldom do we go get services at a salon as a professional and completely relax. I’ve only done that ONCE and it was in a salon that I worked in. A simple conversation with my auntie about tax evasion in the salon space triggered a new episode. Under the table, half check half cash, all check, bi-weekly, weekly, pay, and what it all means. Be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter: @nailsbyrah and IG: @nailsbyrah and YouTube @nailsbyrah 
August 11, 2021
S2E6: Welcome Back: Storytime
Welcome back after a three-month hiatus. Rah talks about owning your nail technician journey and shares a personal story about her eight-year nail salon-nail tech journey. She is open about her successes and failures. The most important thing to remember is that your journey is personal and important because it allows you to see your progress and be a work in progress. The nail salon industry in a global market is a $9.9 billion industry, which saw growth amid a pandemic. To read more visit the links below. Also, follow me on social media!: @Nailsbyrah (that’s rah R-A-H) on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel Nails By Rah. Also, if you have any questions please e-mail me with any nail tech-related questions at Global nail care industry report:,revised%20size%20of%20US%2411.&text=6%20Billion%20by%202027%2C%20growing,the%20analysis%20period%202020%2D2027.&text=The%20Nail%20Care%20market%20in,Billion%20in%20the%20year%202020.
May 12, 2021
S2E5: Why is My Full-Set So Expensive?
Hey Good People, I saw a post floating around my timeline about how nails have become so expensive over the years. I read through 10% of the comments, internally laugh and then screaming when I saw the comments. In 2021 customers want a full-set of nails for $25 and a fill in for $12. Yes, you don't know what you don't know, however, it isn't wise to bargain with your nail care provider. In an older post, I briefly explain why some of these prices remain the same in certain shops and the danger of exposing yourself to cheaper chemicals.  So, why the uproar over expensive salon prices? Have a listen!
February 10, 2021
S2E4: Out with the Old, In with the New Year
Happy New Year! I feel it's appropriate to say until the end of January.  In this episode, we dive deep into what we want for 2021. I think 2020 put a lot of things into perspective for us and turned us into survivors. We survived a pandemic! Yes, the nail salon survived a pandemic! If the year didn't kill you then it certainly made you stronger.  Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes.
January 20, 2021
S2E3: Own Your Hustle
Hey Good People, Happy Tuesday! Welcome in November! This is a new month with new opportunities and NO NONsense. You know, I’ve been seeing a lot of memes and things on my timeline about learning how to say “NO” in November to keep your sanity. I agree, there are a lot of things we have to learn to say no to, am I right? So in this “No” November, I am saying NO to candy, alcohol, and people with ill intentions (especially the folks who think nail techs should price match services, but that’s for a later episode). What are you saying NO to this season? Speaking of which things have slowed down as we near the end of 2020! It doesn't really mean much because 2021 and 2022 are looking abut the same until we get a handle on this coronavirus, however, we have reached a slow season in the salon, what do you do when this happens? Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes. Mentions: VeenailedIt VLog: 
November 03, 2020
S2E2: Life After the Salon
You know it’s time to leave a place of employment when you start to feel undervalued, even after making your concerns known with the person in charge. If you have listened to season 1, my first episode is dedicated to “Knowing your Worth” where I talk at length about setting your price and understanding the value that you bring to the salon. Yes, even my students who just became licensed bring value to a salon. So, you must know what when you start to feel undervalued that it is time to part ways. I’m not saying to up and quit, I’ve done that before too. What I’m saying is to have a plan for your life after leaving the salon.  Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes. Follow me on Social Media: IG @Nailsbyrah Twitter: @Nailsbyrah Youtube: @nailsbyrah Teespring for Nail-Tech shirts and Masks: 
October 27, 2020
S2E1: The Nail Tech Survival Guide
Annnnnnnnd we're back! Season 2 is near and dear to my heart because we really get into the nitty gritty of salon life and, in my case, life after the salon. Yes, there is a life after the salon. I wanted to start season 2 with a survival guide to set the tone for the season. So many things have happened since our break for the summer and i'm here as your guide through the COVID-19 crisis and everything else that is going on. How've you been?  You may now buy your "Confessions of A Nail Tech" t-shirts and masks on my teespring store and be sure to follow me on all social media (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) @nailsbyrah. Tune in at 8:00pm EST #ConfessionsOfANailTech  Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes.
October 21, 2020
S1E12: 2020 is Still Perfect Vision: Season 1 Recap & Finale
Hello Good People! I appreciate you all for tuning into Season 1 of Confessions of a Nail Tech Podcast. As promised, this is a recap and the final episode for this season, so I wanted to make this one count! This journey has truly been amazing and I thank you all for listening, contributing to my topics, and finding me on social media platforms, and engaging with me on my topics there as well. Also as promised, below are the links to my YouTube channel, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Teespring to shop for your Confessions of a Nail Tech Podcast face masks and t-shirts.  Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes. I truly do appreciate your support and I am super thankful for all who are here and those to come! Youtube Channel: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Teespring: Blog:
July 29, 2020
S1E11: Product Knowledge
Hey Good People, I apologize for the wait. Last week was so busy that the episode got away from me.  Are you enjoying your summer so far? Feel free to let me know how you're adapting to COVID-19 guidelines while running your salon. E-mail I love hearing from you. In this episode, we cover MSDS charts, the difference between EMA and MMA monomer, the difference/similarities between Dip and Traditional Acrylic, and so much more!  Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes.  Be sure to subscribe, in case you haven't already to my Youtube Channel: 
July 08, 2020
S1E10: Determining Your Pricing
Happy Tuesday everybody! I have more good news to share! I’ve been accepted into the graduate program at Clark Atlanta University and will be pursuing my Master's degree in Business Administration this fall! Some wonderful, wonderful things are in the works for me moving forward. With that being said, I have hit the ground running in search of scholarships and grants for advanced degrees and I came across a scholarship for entrepreneur’s where I had to answer a question in either video form or essay. There was a two-part question which were, “What are some challenges that entrepreneur’s face? How are you overcoming these challenges?” Of course, I answered in video form, it’s on my Youtube channel,” Nails By Rah,” and my answer was almost second nature because earlier last week I had to make a PSA about pricing for nail services. This came after I saw a long status on Facebook about the refusal to support certain nail salons that charge more than $25 for a full set of acrylic nails. Prior to that, I had heard a lot of complaints about nail salon prices and the way nail tech’s charge for their services in recent times. Immediately I thought about how discouraging it could be for a budding nail technician to see these kinds of complaints and begin to sell themselves short in pricing. I felt the need to defend the rising cost of services and this episode, is dedicated to determining your price… Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes. 
June 24, 2020
S1E9: Self-care, Are You Taking Care of You?
Self-care is important because, as cliché, as it may sound, you cannot pour from an empty cup. As beauty professionals, we give so much of ourselves to our craft that there are times that we forget about ourselves. For example, the salon was so busy one summer that I was unable to do my own nails. They’d grown out so badly that a client showed some concern. She said to me, “Now, I don’t go to a hairdresser whose hair is a mess, so *looks at my nails*, what’s going on Ms. Rasheedah?” Although I was embarrassed, it was a quick reminder that I had to start making time for myself. This year, I started a routine after work. I decided to light candles, pour a cup of wine or tea (depending on the workday), and sit in silence until my cup was empty. That’s right, no phone calls, texts, e-mails, social media, nothing, pure silence. For a while, it worked, and I was able to shower and go to bed without feeling the weight of tomorrow on my shoulders, and guess what, it felt good! Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes. Follow me on Social Media: Facebook: Instagram: @nailsbyrah Blog: E-Mail:
June 17, 2020
S1E8: You can be, do, and have so much more
Hey good people! Happy Tuesday! In this episode, we're going to talk about some other avenues to explore as a nail technician while you build your businesses.  Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes. Be sure to follow me on all social media platforms: IG: @nailsbyrah Facebook: @ Nailsbyrah Youtube:  Blog:
June 10, 2020
S1E7: Advice for the Incoming Nail Tech
Hey good people! Nails by Rah here, did you miss me? How’s it going? No really, how’s it going? I love hearing from you. In fact! I’ve been getting wonderful feedback from my listener’s and you all are so appreciated! Again, when I started the Confessions of a Nail Tech Podcast, I had no rhyme or reason, I just knew I had some salon stories that needed to be shared if people listened, I was grateful.  I want to give a huge shoutout to Gloria! She reached out to me over the break to catch up on some episodes and inquired about live listenership. We took a break with the confessions last week for the holidays. My birthday weekend and memorial day. I had a staycation and it was amazing. By the time Tuesday came around, I said, “uh oh, well, we’ll just take a break, you work hard kid!” But welcome back! I’m glad you’re here and before we jump into today's episode, be sure to follow me across all social media platforms @nailsbyrah and visit the to keep up. I’m usually doing nails or giving shoutouts to my nail tech friends, hey y’all! I appreciate ya! Follow: @nailtique716 on IG Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes.
June 03, 2020
S1E6: Surviving in The Salon During Shutdown
Hey Good People! This is a special episode because this episode shares a week with my birthday! (Cashapp $ppbny) However, on a more serious note, I wanted to address ways to survive being a nail salon employee while still surviving during the shutdown. In the wake of salons and states opening up in phases, I wanted to share some tips that I followed, and saw other nail salon professionals follow to stay afloat financially. Be sure to like and share this podcast because it is bound to help somebody. In this episode I do mention a nail salon owner who also sells press on nails alongside other merchandise on her website. Follow the link below: Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes. 
May 19, 2020
S1:E5: Moving to a New State as a Licensed Nail Technician
As you know, I was originally licensed in New York State however I relocated to Georgia. In the state of Georgia, you are required to complete 525 credit hours of nail technology courses. I almost fell out when I learned this because I was required to only complete 250 credit hours in New York State. If you know me, then you know that I research everything until my brain explodes before I spend money on anything and sign my name anywhere. So, as I looked for answers on how to transfer my professional license, I became overwhelmed. I learned that New York and Georgia do not have active reciprocity in place and that I may potentially have to go back to school even after being licensed and practicing now for four years (so I thought). I read that one woman had to go back to school once she got to Georgia after being licensed previously in another state. My determination kicked in and I refused to move without another source of income. Here’s what I did, and if you happen to be a practicing nail technician from the State of New York who is relocating to the State of Georgia. Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes. 
May 13, 2020
S1E4: Why Are Most Nail Salons Owned By Asians?
Hey Good People, what do The Vietnam War, an American actress, and nail salons have in common? I am able to answer this burning question in this episode! I can remember my first day in an Asian owned nail salon and halfway being scared out of my mind due to anxiety/expectations, and halfway encouraged to do my best. The history behind the boom in Asian owned nail salons can be traced to a moment in history dedicated to the Vietnam War. Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes.  I started to do research and found amazing evidence. Below are links to the places I searched for the information to answer this question.
May 06, 2020
S1E3: Every Nail Tech's Nightmare
Hey Good People! Episode 3 is dedicated to the Top 10 nightmares of every nail tech. Number 1 probably isn't the most shocking but it is certainly the most comical. Tune in to hear more!  Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes.  In the meantime, follow me on social media @nailsbyrah 
April 29, 2020
S1E2: Marketing Yourself as a Salon Professional
Hey Good People, Nails by Rah here! Marketing yourself as a salon professional is one of the many moving parts in being a nail technician. This takes a lot of work and having a strong marketing strategy is helpful. Tune in! Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes. 
April 22, 2020
S1:E1 Know Your Worth!
Hey Good People! Welcome to the Confessions of A Nail Tech Podcast! Tonight I want to start off light with the importance of "Knowing Your Worth," in the nail industry. This can be a slippery slope, especially if you are not honest with yourself about your craft and abilities. No fear, I'm here to help! Listen up, listen good! If you are a nail technician with experience, incredible work ethic, skill, and wonderful customer service you should NEVER make less than$25,000/ yr. I'm going to tell you why... Support this podcast with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes. 
April 15, 2020