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Nail Salon Makeovers

Is your nail salon looking dated and worn? Maybe it’s time to make some changes. Arm yourself with ideas and advice from salon owners who have taken the remodeling plunge.

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A Little Privacy, Please: Creating Privacy Without Actual Walls

Salon owners share how they created privacy in their salons without actual walls — using drapes, dividers, or whatever else was at their disposal.    

Your Guide to Manicure Tables

You spend the bulk of your day sitting behind it, so you may as well find one that’s functional, beautiful, and versatile. Here are 14 of the latest designs.

How did you choose your salon's color palette?

Your color scheme says a lot to clients about your salon. Is it upscale? Low-key? Bohemian? Five salon owners share their true colors and the stories behind their design choice.

Weathering the Storm: Where Do We Go From Here?

The worst of circumstances — the combination of a Nor’easter and a tropical storm — brought out the best in people. When the final coat of paint covers the last bit of evidence, it’s the kindness that I want to remember.

Manicures, Pedicures, and Beyond

European Touch, best known for its pedicure spas, now offers a line of sophisticated salon furnishings and useful appliances.

You’re So Vain

The newly opened Vanity Beauty Lounge in San Francisco is part sexy boudoir, part Manhattan lounge, and all nails-focused glamour. The design of the manicure-pedicure area of the 1,400-sq.-ft. salon makes it the ideal place for bachelorette parties and a dramatic escape from the pressures of the Financial District where the salon is located.

Zen-ith of Design

The salon experience is always supposed to be relaxing for clients, but Skin Deep — The Body Spa took this idea a step further by creating a “Zen Garden” room inside of the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based salon.

Save Money by Remodeling Your Salon in 2008

If you were thinking about remodeling the salon, this might be the time to fasttrack your plans. Earlier this year, Congress approved the Economic Stimulus Act in the hopes of aiding a sputtering economy. In addition to the individual tax rebates, the Economic Stimulus Act contains a provision that offers businesses increased tax deductions on purchases they make before the end of the year.

Is It Time for a Change?

If you’re like most salon owners, you know you need to remodel your salon to keep it current and to make sure your customers keep coming back, but the cost and inconvenience can be overwhelming. So how do you decide when and how to remodel?