Applying nail polish ensures long-lasting nail color, unlike dipping hands in vats of ketchup or running toes along a clown’s painted face. Brandish bright paws with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a spa mani-pedi at Sonia Herbal Beauty Salon, valid at two Chicago locations (up to a $45 value).
Sonia Herbal Beauty Salon’s team of technicians meticulously grooms nails with pampering mani-pedis that leave skin feeling soft and smooth. During the approximately 75-minute treatment, hands and feet first soak in saltwater, which readies them for a round of nail filing, shaping, and buffing. A softening serum preps cuticles before they’re shorn short, and extremities receive a healthy dose of lotion followed by a tension-erasing massage. The pedicure includes an exfoliation to slough away flaky skin and soften calluses, as well as a razor, on request, to combat particularly stubborn patches or preternaturally hairy feet. Technicians swaddle limbs in hot towels before splashing the finish touch—a dash of OPI or Essi polish—across keratin.
Sonia Salon’s aestheticians draw on Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Indian health and beauty treatments as they pamper clients with contemporary facials, massages, and waxes. Ayurvedic treatments draw on 5,000 years of herbal healing tradition as they aim to balance the body’s internal energies and enhance beauty, and henna tattoos ornament skin on special occasions such as weddings or driving-school graduation ceremonies. Waxing and threading services rid clients of unsightly strands and leave eyebrows fit to hang in an expression of incredulity for hours, facial treatments keep mugs radiant, and massages melt stress with up to 10 modalities.