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The hottest beauty salon in town premiering “Boss Nails” on Tuesday, August 11 at 9pm ET/PT is going to give you insight to running a nail salon.   The series follows 26-year-old Dana Cody, the glamorous and sassy owner of TippieToes Beauty Lounge in Miami.  A no-nonsense boss, Dana is determined to continue the legacy her mother left behind by building an empire one nail at a time.

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Each half-hour episode features Dana’s eccentric and sometimes unruly staff as they create custom, one-of-a-kind fantasy nail art for her equally unique and demanding clients. From a dancer that wants nails as fierce as her stilettos to an artist with an alter-ego who wishes to have a set filled with personality, the requests are over-the-top but no one ever leaves disappointed.

Well, I had time to talk real shop with her about business and what we should all keep in mind when living polished professional lives.

What has been the hardest lesson that you have learned?

Dana Cody: Never take things personal in business! I have made several bad decisions within business because I mixed business with my personal life. It was very difficult because I consider everyone in my salon my family!! Now I know how to separate one from the other and I have developed a common ground.

What do you wish people had told you before you started on this road?

Dana Cody: You are not the boss – your staff and clients are the true bosses!! The staff knows what makes the clients happy and the clients keep the bills paid. My position is to keep them both happy and coming back to Tippie Toes!,That way, we are all happy in the end.

What do you want people to take away from this project?

Dana Cody: I want people to understand that despite whatever anyone is going through, anything is possible if you stick to it!! Tippie Toes was opened in 2007 by my mother and myself. In 2011 my mother passed away from Leukemia and it was a major setback for me, my family and my staff. But we kept and keep going!! We stuck with it and look what’s happening now because of our hard work – we are fortunate to have a network like Oxygen to believe in the company, brand, and family. Now “Boss Nails” is a movement, which is epic for my peers and those in the industry!

 Share one great professional lesson you wished people would apply?

Dana Cody: Help as many people as you can grow! One will be amazed at how much you can learn from yourself when you genuinely try to help someone else grow in business!

Dana broke boundaries in the world of nail design with “Treasure Nails,” a crystal embellished manicure made popular by celebrities and high-end clients alike. Determined to expand her business beyond Miami, Dana’s formula for success isn’t following trends, it’s setting them. With the world at her fingertips, nothing will keep Dana from making her mother’s dream come true.

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