Since she started doing hair more than two decades ago, Nichole Alner’s career has taken her places—such as Santa Barbara, where she trained as a color educator, and Paris, where she attended the L’Oréal Expo. Today, as the owner of Salon Aura, she’s curated an experienced staff to help her transform clients’ looks with hair, nail, and skin services, or help them relax with seaweed body wraps in a private room. She’s stocked the styling stations with products from Kevin Murphy and Aquage, and during manicures and pedicures, nail technicians dip into bottles of OPI or CND Shellac polish. Vibrant artwork pops against the styling space’s blue and mocha walls, lit by modern track lighting in a lofted ceiling. Oversize, modern armchairs in the lobby give clients a comfy spot to wait or a space for impromptu rounds of musical chairs.
Before jumping into the spa industry, Jill Quinnette graduated with honors from Capitol School of Hairstyling & Esthetics. Sharing space with her diploma are certifications in Brazilian waxing and AHA chemical peels, both signature services that she doles out from her private treatment space inside Avalon Suites. An expert in hair removal, Jill sweeps away stubble from the brows, back, legs, and everywhere in between and helps clients show off their newly smooth contours with custom Norvell airbrush tans. She also flexes her spa muscles during services such as Shellac mani-pedis and exfoliating sugar scrubs and offers candling treatments to help rid ears of excess buildup or bats.
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At Bei Capelli Salon, master stylist Tiffany Fitzpatrick remodels hairs with calculated snips and the sleeking effects of moisturizing treatments. Ms. Fitzpatrick nourishes strands with products from brands such as Matrix, Redken, Paul Mitchell, Aquage, and Moroccanoil. During treatments, guests receive a complimentary water, soda, or coffee along with access to the latest magazines and feelings of relief that they can get frizz-free follicles without sending their hair to the dry cleaners.
The technicians at Pro Nails & Spa draw from more than 15 years of experience to groom hands and feet. They shape nails, buff away calluses, and apply long-lasting acrylic nails or Shellac polish. Clients can opt for relaxing spa accents such as hot stone pedicures or for a waxing session.
At Salon Aura, Mary provides an array of hairstyling services. Guests can get a quick cut to change things up before lightening up their look with highlights or adding drama with lowlights.
At Sculptured Nails at Kathryn’s, clients will benefit from a friendly atmosphere and top-notch services that have been spiffing up hand pointers since 1974, when humans first evolved fingernails. Specializing in sculptured nails, Kathryn’s experienced staff masterfully molds nail canvasses into works of art. Each sculptured nail is expertly applied using a powder and liquid concoction so that it follows the shape of a natural nail and extends it to a desired length. No flimsy factory-made nail tips are used, avoiding lifting and air pockets. Additionally, all nails are precisely hand-filed and gussied up with any polish color, a French or American manicure, or a sturdy Viking manicure that’s handy for battleaxe wielding. Finally, you'll get to either hydrate your dry hands with an extreme cuticle treatment or relax them with a hand massage.
At Sharpest Nails, digit helmets are made to glisten without being dipped in a vat of liquid gold or having fishing lures taped to fingers. Each manicure includes cuticle treatment, shaping, polishing, and a hand mask or paraffin wax application. Pedicures include a polish, callous remover, foot mask, massage, lotion, and sugar scrub. Sharpest Nails' friendly aestheticians expertly apply professional OPI and Essie polishes to slicken nails until they outshine the salon's contemporary and upscale interior.
At E. Wellington's Body Works, patrons can spiff up their skin suits with a vibrant bronze sheen from high-quality level-two VHR and standup tanning beds or precision-applied spray tans. As the largest Magic spray-tan location in western Omaha, E. Wellington's can outfit visitors with two color-boosting spray tans that catch the eye of passing orangutans while mesmerizing jealous chameleons. Each spray-tan application lasts only a minute and materializes into a healthy bronze shine. Or, customers can opt for a full month of bed tanning, which applies eye-catching luster without being surf waxed.
Buttery leather chairs, super clean stations, and soothing simulated-nature décor make the salon a relaxingly exotic locale for refreshing fingers and toes. As the name implies, the High Rollin' treatments are a kick up from the standard polish and paint. Digits are treated to the requisite shaping and smoothing, followed by a cuticle grooming, cleaning, sugar scrub, callus treatment, foot mask, and hot-stone massage. Hands are then encased in a toasty terrycloth before an expert aesthetician liberally coats nails in the color of your choice.
If healthy nails are happy nails, then the nails frequenting Model Nails should be ecstatic. Safe, hygienic practices are the cornerstone of the business, where strict standards are met with EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectants, as well as fresh nail files and buffers for every customer. Knowing their nails are in safe, clean hands, guests are free to focus on the spa's flat-screen TV or give relaxation their full attention as nail techs soothe aching feet and hands with indulgent treatments. Salt and sugar scrubs, hot lavender cream, and exfoliants made from ground walnuts are just a few of the extras that leave appendages soft and tastier to socks, while meticulous cuticle care and a dollop of the shop's signature aromatherapy serum leave them looking and smelling great as well. Aside from painting on traditional polish or topping tips with acrylics or UV gels, the fastidious, steady-handed pros also freehand custom designs, with specialties including star-studded nail beds, glittered zebra art, and sculptural, solar-glitter tips.
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Every artist finds their own kind of canvas on which to express themselves. For the creatives at Artistry Nail Spa, that canvas just happens to be the human nail. They put time and client-pampering effort into each treatment, providing massage chairs for guests to relax in before having hangnails trimmed and cuticles banished. Paraffin wax hand dips soften the skin, providing manicurists with the perfect palette on which to practice their art. They work with nail polish, shellac, and gel to create smooth, even coats of color. For the adventurous, they go one step further, enhancing nails with a printed image that could feature a grinning pumpkin for Halloween, and paisley pattern to match a dress, or the good old stars and stripes, so that everyone must salute whenever you wave.
Housing their business in a new salon, the owners of NT Nails, take cleanliness seriously. "NT Nails uses disposable files, buffers, and pedicure sponges. We use hospital-grade autoclaves to sterilize our equipment," the owner explained during an interview with Midtowncrossing.com. They also line pedicure tubs with disposable liners to ensure a hygienic experience and protect skin from harsh cleaning chemicals. After buffing nails to perfection, they coat them with a polish. Their waxing sessions are just as meticulous, rooting out each hair from its follicle, instead of hammering it back in with a peen hammer, to leave skin smooth and soft.
As they melt into Petra 500 Pedicure Spa chairs, Nina Nails' clients can activate built-in massagers that roll up and down the spine, nudging tension from muscles. At their feet, pipeless tubs churn warm, pure water as technicians soften their legs with sea masks or sea-salt scrubs. These attentive treatments garnered Nina Nails its second straight award as a finalist for Best Manicure and Pedicure in a 2009 Omaha CityVoters poll. Beyond standard mani-pedis, the staff brightens digits with enhancements such as solar nails, pink-and-white acrylics, and sixth fingers.
At All Nails, hot towels and massages aren't add-ons, but standards. They're included in every pedicure administered by the pampering team, whose services range from relaxing mani-pedis to artificial-nail applications and waxing. There are still bonus treatments to be had, however—seasonal exfoliating sugar scrubs, soothing hot stones, and even scented wax that softens the skin. The technicians also utilize Arbonne products, such as a sea-mud mask and foaming sea-salt scrub, to augment their detoxifying pedicures.