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On the Road: Giovanni's, Largo, Md.

Maisie Dunbar goes on the road to check out Giovanni's full-service salon in the neighboring town of Largo, Maryland.

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Queen of the Spas

What sets Maryland’s About Faces Day Spas & Salons apart from the rest? Well, for starters, the first location opened more than 26 years ago and is still going strong.

Have the Courage to Let Bad People Go

It is better to turn down business, referring business to another salon, than to keep employees that I cloud your space with their negative attitude.

In a Hurry?

While salon owner Melissa Hash originally planned to target teens, she quickly realized that there was demand for a moderately priced, fun, upbeat salon for everyone. Billing itself as an express salon and spa bar, Rush! In Gambrills, Md., is a hip full salon that appeals to the young and young at heart.

Nail Technician of the Year: Honorable Mentions

These techs gave this year's winners a run for their money!

The Drilling Principle: Using E-Files Right

With all of the negative hype on drills, it is becoming crucial for nail technicians to be properly trained on their usage. Connecting with the right people for education and knowing the state regulations can help pave the way drilling success.

Beyond the Classroom - Apprentice Programs

Apprentice programs give new nail technicians what formal school training leaves out in many states: hands-on experience. Whether replacing or augmenting classroom instruction, apprentice programs could be the answer to today’s educational shortcomings.

Salon of the Year Winners Show Professionalism and Creativity

This year's winners span North America and inspire with their creative and optimistic approach to business and customer service, as well as their passion for nails.

Self-Made Women Rise To The Top In The Nail Industry

Give and take is the secret to success for these 10 women, who are some of the nation’s top nail technicians. They give their all to clients and their craft and take advantage of every opportunity that arises.

From Motorcycles to Manicures

Creating a salon from an auto parts shop was a lot like giving a nail service – involved cleaning up the dirt, giving the area some shape, and adding a couple coats of paint.