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One Size Fits All

Cole’s Salon for You in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minn., has a charmed history that sounds like the makings of a feel-good Disney movie: small two-man barbershop for kiddies expands when clients outgrow its child-sized chairs — then keeps growing and growing into five world class full-service salons. 

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Will Beauty Superstores Hurt Salon Retail?

All-in-one retailers complete with salons and professional products are popping up left and right. Should smaller salons take coven or is there something the beauty industry can learn from these salon superstores?

Volpe Back to the Future Nails

The biggest Y2K issue Volpe Nails faces was getting back to its roots of technical training and salon management support and away from franchising its name and systems. 

California Dreamin': New Salon Chain Opens

A new breed of nail salon is on the horizon and the first glimpse of the future is in Beverly Hills, Calif. The future nail salon "chain" is called Hands On and the owners say they have designed a nail business that opens up a whole new realm of service-oriented, quality spa manicures and pedicures at reasonable prices.

There’s No Stopping the Nail Express

Nail Express proves that “discount salon” is an issue of pricing, not of practices with its upscale decor; high technical and sanitation standards, and “the client is queen” attitude.

Behind the Scenes: Christopher Truong

Christopher Truong recently became an educator for OPI Products because he says many nail technicians need help with certain skills, especially when it comes to proper product application.

Chain Salons Have Their Benefits

Finding good nail technicians is difficult for all salon owners and a particular problem cited by chain salons, whose growth depends on having a large pool of qualified candidates to choose from.