Whether it’s the rapid rise of a young upstart or the slow and steady gains of seasoned pro, successfully cultivating growth and harnessing its power is critical for taking any salon or spa to the next level. For SALON TODAY 200 applicants in this category, it’s simply a numbers game—who among them achieved the highest percentage of growth from the gross sales of 2010 to 2011. But to keep things fair and to share their ideas with all owners, we challenged these salons and spas to craft an essay explaining detailing three or more areas responsible for their successful increases.

Here are the first 50 2013 SALON TODAY honorees (alphabetically) in the category of Growth:

5th Avenue in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, owned by Jessica McCoy & Tiffany Moll

Aabani Salon Spa in Weaverville, North Carolina,  owned by Jim Kitchens & Edward Lee

Acapello Salons in Scarborough, Maine, owned by June Juliano

Animare Salon and Spa in Newport News, Virginia, owned by F. Lindsay Arndt & Gretchen A. Arndt

Appearances Hair Color & Design Studio in Westminster, Colorado, owned by Jim & Sondra Thrasher

Artbeat Salon & Gallery in Berkeley, California, owned by Charlene & Christian Stratton

Aura Salon in Jacksonville, Florida, owned by Chad Pereira

Aura Salon & Day Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, owned by Sarah Wisda, Christy Vowers, Michael Ament

Aveda Institute New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, owned by Mark “Pardo” Gonzales

Bella Bethesda Salon in Bethesda, Maryland, owned by Stacy Dabney Ramirez & Lindsey Dabney Cabrera

Bella Salon and Day Spa in North East, Pennsylvania, owned by Carlene Youngs, Cheryl Phillips & Stephanie Dowd

Beyond the Fringe Hair Designs in Hillsborough, New Jersey, owned by Donna & Charlie Martin

Blo in Raleigh, North Carolina, owned by Bryan Nunes

BLU Salon Aveda in Arcadia, California, owned by Kim Hansen

Bravo! Salon & Spa LLC in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, owned by Lisa Graf & Shari Spies

Brio Salon Inc. in Lethbridge, Alberta, owned by Heather Tytula

Celebrity Spa & Salon in College Station, Texas, owned by Laura Atkinson & Leah Lucas

Centre Salon, Lakewood in Lakewood, Colorado, owned by James F. Pacifico

Changes Hair Studio & Spa in Kamloops, British Columbia, owned by Leianne Anderson & Alana Krenz

Cloud 9 Spa-Hair Design in Noblesville, Indiana, owned by Maria Rigakos & Irene Young

Coiffeteria Salon in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, owned by Marielle Shuster

Culture Hair Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, owned by Rachael A. Flynn

Cutting Loose Salon & Spa in University Park, Florida, owned by Coral Pleas

Dolce Lusso Salon and Spa in Fort Mill, South Carolina owned by Robert and Christy Delong & Melinda Hoopaugh

Dolce Salon & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, owned by Brandi Nuttall

Dr. Fly’s Salon in Joplin, Missouri, owned by Robyn Paul, Arista Grubbs & Deborah Miranda

Ecco Salon in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, owned by Sarah and Trent Lange

Eden Salon & Spa in Oakwood, Ohio, owned by Mary Nagle & Kelly Long

Elan Hair Studio in Sea Girt, New Jersey, owned by Kellie D. Johnson

Elements of Style Salon & Day Spa in Sykesville and Eldersburg, Maryland, owned by Paris Amino

Elle Marie Hair Studio in Bothell, Washington, owned by Colleen Buck, Lorry Green, Jody Bossert

Enright and Company in Brattleboro, Vermont, owned by Lawrence and Linda Enright

Evan Todd Salon & Spa in West Lafayette, Indiana, owned by Todd & Cindy Leuck

Flying Scissors Salon in Clermont, Florida, owned by Giovanny and Cristina Andrade

Foxfire Salon & Spa II in Tacoma, Washington, owned by Karin Walker

Garbo A Salon & Spa in Austin, Texas, owned by Marsha Power

Gary Patrick Salon in Pleasanton, California, owned by Gary P. Gemma

Gavin Scott Salon & Spa in Stow, Ohio, owned by Anne Davis & Kristie Warner

Gordon Salons & Spas in Highland Park, Illinois, owned by Tony & Pam Gordon

Hair Studio Sonterra in San Antonio, Texas, owned by Dana & Lance Lundgren

Headlines The Salon in Encinitas, California, owned by Gayle Fulbright & Letty Portilla

Hollywood Hair Salon and Spa in Centralia, Illinois, owned by Sonya Gettinger

HQ Salon and Spa in Portage, Michigan, owned by Angie Schirripa & Melissa Brockelbank

Indigo Salon Spa & Boutique in Canton, Michigan, owned by Melissa & Christian Huetter

James Griffith Salon in Venice, Florida, owned by James & Christine Griffith

Jonathan Kane Salon & Spa in Flossmoor, Illinois, owned by Larry & Kathleen Kane

Les Champs Elysees Day Spa and Salon & MarDon Salon in Bloomington, Indiana, owned by Donna Disque & Margarete Nowak

Life SalonSpa, Dartmouth in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, owned by Peter Lawson

Mango Hair Salon in Richmond, Virginia, owned by Patrick & Bobby Heaney

Mensroom Salon in Portland, Maine, owned by June Juliano and David Stanley