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Between my last blog and this one, Mike Nave sold his blue rag and is now focused on this next adventure. Can you imagine how much less bullshit there will be at trade shows now?

Is the powder dipping system a fad, trend, craze or here to stay? I remember all too well when Dubanne launched in the 80’s. In fact we had a local nail tech introduce a line called Exquisite Endings which was among the first powder dip systems. It’s really nothing more than acrylic powder and glue. Today’s story involves colors and only one manufacturer makes it for everyone. Apparently they are months in backorder and causing all sorts of issues. But then again a major distributor returned $350,000 of one brand due to low sales. So we will await the answer to my question. My guess: Fad. Women are sold on nail polish and “Shellac” manicures.

Speaking of “Shellac” manicures, you have to give CND credit for creating the category of soak-off gels that last up to two weeks. Every salon I go into women ask for a “Shellac” manicure when what they really want is a gel manicure. Too bad CND couldn’t capitalize on this early on. On another note OPI is relaunching their gel color late Summer, dubbed GC 360. A buck more a bottle with a few more bells and whistles.

It appears everyone wants to get into the beauty business and one concept being tossed around is franchise color express salons. Unlike blowouts, cutting, and updo’s, hair color is a very involved process that only experienced hairdressers can master. The best of them are charging $60 and up for a basic color so finding talent to run these salons is virtually impossible. Now if we could figure out a way to do foolproof color without foils, that could be a game changer.

First we complain about the roads. Then we complain about the road construction when they fix the roads. But perhaps what we complain about most is when they do construction on the roads they detour us to. Only the government can plan like that.

I recently read an article about the top 5 companies and if we could give them up in our daily lives. Here they are: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Starbucks. Rank them in order of importance and see which ones you could not live without. For me, Apple, Google, Amazon, Starbucks, Facebook.

Can you believe it is already Memorial Day weekend? It would be nice for the weather to show up. Either way smoked baby backs are on the menu. YUM!

Remember those pink “While You Were Out” notes that dotted your desk when you were out of the office? We bought tons of them. Then voicemail came and they went away like 8 track tapes. Remember how cool voicemail was? And today, who even uses an office phone let along voicemail. Like the fax machine that was once “can’t live without” the office phone will soon be a relic too.

What’s going on with Detroit sports teams? We build the fanciest and most expensive stadiums and arenas for mediocre teams. What gives?

And finally this weekend TNG is updating to the latest version of Windows/Outlook. You talk about a nightmare job, this is it. Everyone has to change their password to an 8 character creation that most will forget within a day or two. We have to archive anything and everything and our email shuts down at noon on Friday until late Monday. Our tech team is working around the clock to get it done and they will. And all the while Microsoft is whistling all the way to the bank. THANKS MUCH TECH TEAM!

Happy Thursday!