The beauty artists at Ibiza Nails & Skin Care and The Finest Nails pamper bodies with a range of spa treatments and embellish hands with luxurious European manicures and pedicures. During shellac manicures, skilled techs trim cuticles and shape nails before curing long-lasting shellac gel under a UV light. Body waxing, facials, and skin care services leave skin looking smooth and clean, while neck and shoulder massages soothe tense muscles.
Mary Ann Kilgore always wears sandals. So she used to obsess over the condition of her feet, a preoccupation she was able to turn into an occupation upon becoming a training manager for Minx Nails. The Minx process uses adhesive colors and designs that, when heated, bond to nails with an effect similar to shrink-wrap or the vacuum cleaner on Superman's back that sucks his cape tight. This enables the pedicure to last for up to six weeks, a feat Mary Ann was so continually impressed with that she no longer wanted to just train Minx stylists—she wanted to be one.
Along with her experience as a nail technician at The Spa at Pelican Hill, which boasts one of Forbes' elite five-star ratings, Mary Ann used her Minx training to open her own nail studio. Despite its cheeky name, The OC Minx is more serene than social: she is the only practitioner and works with clients one-on-one in a completely private space decorated with plants, candles, and cushy earth-toned furniture. She does more than just Minx pedicures here, though, as she also blends OPI polishes for custom colors, administers Shellac manicures, and gives hot-stone massages as part of spa pedicures or to overworked pedicure chairs.
Conveniently located in Tysons Corner Center Mall, Modern Nail Studio has everything the modern nail needs. Unlike old-fashioned nails, modern nails appreciate a classy atmosphere and mood lighting, details that Modern Nail Studio delivers. Clean lines and a neutral palette paint Modern Nail Studio into the 22nd century, and indulgent, oversized pedicure chairs with headrests give the owners of the modern nail a much needed break from their taxing days working as taxidermists of tax collectors. Translucent curtains fall gently from the ceiling, dispersing the pendant lighting throughout the cozy boutique.
Ilena Barr has more than 20 years of experience as an aesthetician; her specialties are grooming nails and threading unwanted hair. Visitors to Artistic Nails & Hair Removal by ilena can choose from beautifying treatments such as manicures with shellac polish, pedicures with volcanic clay foot masks, and threading for the face or arms.
The technicians at MYU Beauty don’t just look at nails as canvases for color, but for three-dimensional designs as well. Flowers, jewels, and even Hello Kitty designs are just a few examples of the 3-D gel art that the staff can create. These designs can upgrade traditional manicures to multicolored galleries of rhinestones and holiday themes, such as ghosts for Halloween and stripes for the Fourth of July, a much prettier way to show American patriotism than replacing your shoes with apple pies. Those who opt for a smooth and simple manicure can still choose between LED-cured gels, which resist chipping, fading, and peeling for longer than standard polishes.
The technicians conduct all of their nailcare with sanitized and disposable tools. For those hoping to launch their own cosmetic career, they also host classes on gel and gel-art techniques. Eyelash perms and permanent-makeup services round out the combination spa and beauty school's menu.
Owner and founder Jackie Dark, a longtime eyelash-extension customer, wanted to introduce others to the beauty service that shortened her daily routine. She and her team of certified aestheticians and cosmetologists at Lovely Lash Salon & Cosmetic Center dedicate the practice solely to instant beauty fixes. Some of the services they offer include eyelash extensions—with synthetic or mink lashes in varying sizes, lengths, and styles, they add volume to guests' eyes, making them look alert and fresh during all hours without using mascara. They also perm and tint lashes, as well as spray tanning, teeth whitening, and help improve figures with VelaShape body shaping.