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On The Road: Hush Nail Boutique

When Carla Alvarado realized nail services were booming at her Lincoln Park hair salon, she decided to open up a nails-only salon right across the road.

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No More Nails-Only?

Between 2012 and 2017, nail salons will increasingly expand into full-service salons, which will allow industry operators to diversify their customer base and mitigate revenue fluctuations, according to a recent report by market research firm IBISWorld.

Ayurvedic Retreat Caters to Beachside Crowd

Long Beach, Calif.-based salon owner Elizabeth Ashton uses ayurvedic wellness techniques from India to provide clients with relaxing services based on age-old tradition.

Studying Services

Allure’s staff reviews tops salons from all over the country. Cities visited include New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Turkish Delight on the High Street

Turkish salon Misk keeps cleanliness and luxury at the top of its priority list as owner Ceren Ergun gears up to open a second location of her popular nail haven in Istanbul.

Art Aesthetic Meets Vintage Flair in Rockford

Salon owner Heather Hall-Williams’ focus on art scene-appeal, education, and top-notch standards keeps Scratch Pedicure Parlour a cut above the rest.

On the Road: Nails Icon, Montclair, Calif.

A one-stop shop, Nails Icon in Montclair, Calif., boasts a bustling retail area, clean, affordable services, and isn’t afraid to stay open ’til 1 a.m. for mani-pedi parties. The owner credits the salon’s customer service as key to surviving the recession.

Harmony Nail Studio

A mentor and mentee discuss the evolution of their salons, which are in adjacent towns.

Gel Essentialz in Michael K. Galvin Salon

A mentor and mentee discuss the evolution of their salons, which are in adjacent towns.

Setting a New Pace in Columbus

Coupling the luxury of upscale services with the expertise of a podiatrist's care has proven to be a winning forumal for Columbus, Ga.-based salon owners Dr. Alap Shah and his wife Pinki Shah.