Lawmakers propose legislation to offer tax relief to beauty salons

Andrew M. Santos

Two members of Congress teamed up Friday to introduce a bipartisan bill that would offer tax credits for income from tips to beauty salon owners and workers.

Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Washington, and Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, together introduced the Small Business Tax Fairness and Compliance Simplification Act, which would offer tax relief to beauty professionals and salon owners by extending the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) tax tip credit to the beauty service industry. The credit helps provide more accurate reporting of tipped income. The legislation would also reimburse small businesses for implementing reporting systems for tips.

The tip credit is already available for restaurants, bars and other parts of the food service industry. When the credit was made available in the food and beverage industry, it improved reporting of tipped income, and its proponents argue it’s time to give parity to the beauty industry. The legislation also comes at

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COVID restrictions pummel Orange County spas and salons

Andrew M. Santos

To toast a new year, Tina Vo usually travels to Las Vegas to “stuff my stomach” and try her luck at blackjack.

In her luggage, she packs essentials like perfume, sequin dresses and strappy heels “that make me look much, much taller in photos,” says the customer services agent from Anaheim. Before taking off, her tanned skin would be vigorously massaged, her toes and fingernails buffed and painted crimson, her hair gleaming with brown ombre highlights.

Yet this winter, Vo is not as sparkling. She skipped her pampering rituals and her annual jaunt to Sin City.

The holiday season, normally a mainstay of the nearly $50 billion beauty industry, lost some of its luster this year, as California’s stay-at-home orders intensified. Empty chairs now adorn Little Saigon, the Orange County nail salon capital of the U.S., as pandemic restrictions not only left countless manicurists out of work, but also slashed

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How to properly remove gel and acrylic nails at home while salons are closed (OLD)

Andrew M. Santos
If done properly, you won't risk damaging your nail bed or end up with thin and flakey nails (Getty)
If done properly, you won’t risk damaging your nail bed or end up with thin and flakey nails (Getty)

As three quarters of the country enter tier 4 restrictions mandating closure of all non-essential shops including hair and beauty salons, you may be facing an overgrown gel manicure. With a trip to your favourite manicurist out of the picture, removing them at home is your only option.

And no that doesn’t mean picking them off with your hands, despite how satisfying that may be.

Removing them properly will minimise any damage to the nail bed and keep them in tip-top condition. Flaky, weak nails are good to no one and if you can avoid it, you absolutely should.

While a trained beautician is the ideal way of having your nails done or removed, it’s not possible during lockdown, but there are steps you can take to ensure it’s done safely.

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Dads share their hilarious makeovers after visiting their daughters’ ‘beauty salons’

Andrew M. Santos

ANY dad will know that a visit to their daughter’s beauty salon is a rite of passage when it comes to parenting.

But as these photos prove, beauty is in the eye of the beholder with some of these dads sporting some seriously dodgy looks.

Dads are showing off the hilarious makeovers they have been given at their daughter's 'beauty salons'


Dads are showing off the hilarious makeovers they have been given at their daughter’s ‘beauty salons’ Credit: KoachAlexander/Twitter

In a new photo gallery BoredPanda has compiled some of the most… er, unusual makeovers fathers have been given by their kids.

No matter how short their pa’s hair is, these mini-beauticians have found some seriously creative ways to style it.

And it’s true what they say, there is a red lipstick out there for everyone as these diva dads prove.

Here we share some of the most delightful yet dodgy daddy-daughter makeover sessions…

This dad was seriously into his new beauty look


This dad was seriously into his new beauty lookCredit: kyliemoy/Twitter
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