Nailcare Academy Invited to Join INTA Task Force

International Nail Technicians Association® (INTA) Task Force Continues Work on Game-Changing Certification Program

Nailcare Academy Co-Founders, Janet McCormick and Karen Hodges have been asked to join other industry movers and shakers who are working toward a comprehensive certification program that will offer a level learning foundation for nail technicians.

Currently, nail technicians are one of several salon disciplines subject to widely-varying regulations among the states. “Since starting in the industry in the early ‘80s,” notes McCormick, “it has been a goal of mine to raise the various state standards for knowledge and licensure—especially in the area of infection control. My background in dentistry gave me an understanding of how important aseptic techniques are in providing personal services.” McCormick’s trademarked Safe Salon Certification Programs, stemming back to her published works in the 90’s, mesh perfectly with INTA’s imperative.

The INTA Task Force is meeting at various venues—usually in conjunction with tradeshows throughout the U.S.  Paul Dykstra, CEO of America’s Beauty Show and Chicago Cosmetologists, has long been an advocate for the industry. Now heading up the INTA Task Force, his attention is laser-locked on bringing a long-held goal for INTA to fruition. In today’s mobile society, there should be high level industry standards for nail services across state lines, and ultimately across borders.

In widespread industry representation, members of the Task Force are manufacturers, educators, salon owners, consultants and heads of associations:  Jan Arnold, CND; Lorrene Conino, Salon Lorrene and treasurer of Cosmetologists Chicago; Amber Edwards of Mario Tricoci Salons and Day Spas; Athena Elliott, NailTalk Radio; Dasha Minina, Maxus Nails; Sigourney Nunez, NAILS Magazine; Doug Schoon, Schoon Scientific; Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage and CIDESCO; Bob Spalding, Medinail; Nail Care Consultant Tricia Trackman; Jessica Vartoughia of Jessica Cosmetics and Katharin von Gavel of Footlogix; McCormick and Hodges of Nailcare Academy.

“It’s been long-time dream of mine,” adds Hodges, “for nail technicians to get organized and create a self-policing organization with the clout to bring about change in the states that have little or inadequate safety standards in place.”  As an educator of safety precepts throughout her career as a nail technician and esthetician, she has deplored the lack of basic knowledge and training in sanitation, disinfection and sterilization in salons. “We need to create standards of professionalism,” she continued, “that are inclusive of all scenarios in a salon—whether liquid immersion disinfection is the system used or a dry heat or steam autoclave—they should be understood completely and practiced perfectly.” She feels INTA’s mission of unification is perfect for rejuvenating a professional nail industry that has become tarnished by media sensationalism. “We want more stories about clients finding the help they need with their nail care in clean, safe salons,” Hodges concluded.

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The International Nail Technicians Association® (INTA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cosmetologists Chicago® (CC).  CC, owner and producer of America’s Beauty Show®, is an association of more than 14,000 salon professionals.  INTA and CC members include licensed cosmetologists, estheticians and nail technicians, salon owners and cosmetology students.   INTA offers members continuing education, free admission to America’s Beauty Show, legislative representation, technology, networking opportunities, and soon, a certification program.

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