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On the Road: The Pampered Pinkie, Chandler, Ariz.

The minute you walk into this organic-inspired salon in Chandler, Ariz., you feel relaxed, pampered, and surrounded by good friends.

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Bright Mind in Bridgetown

The success of Barbados-based Summa Nails is evidence of owner Christine Hinds’ many years of experience as a nail tech and constant dedication to education.

The Salon Owner as Brand

Prompted by the advice of a beauty business consultant, nail tech and wellness expert Maisie Dunbar moved from her old salon to the new branded Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge.

On the Road: Be Beauty, San Diego

I found Be Beauty by posting a message on the NAILS Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nailsmag) that I was looking for a salon in San Diego. Nail tech Brian Garces messaged me back to come to the salon where he works. When I looked it up online and saw it was in a cute little 1920s-era bungalow, I was sold.

On the Road: The Painted Nail

The Painted Nail — a cozy, shabby chic-style space with white-washed wood floors, big comfy white armchairs, vintage-inspired chandeliers, and pretty purple walls. Clients (including many celebrities) come in to get their nails done, but stay for the camaraderie.

Vivian Gilbert Mani Pedi Plus

Near the University of Oklahoma, tucked away among the bars and restaurants in an area known as Campus Corner, is Vivian Gilbert Mani Pedi Plus.

On the Road: Bijou, Gem of a Little Salon

Contributing writer Michelle Pratt visits Bijou in Skaneateles, N.Y.

On the Road: Naturals, Gloucester, Va.

Employing a "service-step" system and inventive nail bar set-up, Naturals in Gloucester, Virginia handles clients' natural nail care with ease.

On the Road: Embellish Nails & Boutique, Austin, Tex.

Two University of Texas grads left the business world to open a cozy nail salon and boutique close to campus in Austin.

On the Road: Salon Bella Mana Nail Spa, Plymouth, Mass.

Going to Salon Bella Mana Nail Spa is a lot like going to visit a friend.