Though their names may be slightly different, the family of nail salons that is Comstock Nails, Lovely Nails, MI Nails, and Wyoming Nails have almost everything else in common. That includes a friendly staff, pedicure thrones with soothing jet tubs, and specialty nail services such as Shellac manicures. The last of these is a particular highlight—the specially formulated Shellac polish cures under UV light and resists chipping for up to two weeks. All three of the salons carry multiple colors of CND Shellac polish, including seasonal shades such as Sugared Spice and Deep-Fried Turducken.
The folks at Cheshire Nails strive to elevate nailcare from a mere series of treatments to a full-blown experience. Therefore, they offer VIP and hot-stone spa packages that turn simple manicures and pedicures into lavish journeys, comforting feet and hands with citrus-honey sugar wraps, marine masks, and massages that feature the soft kiss of butter creams. But the emphasis on embellishments in no way detracts from the salon's bread and butter. The technicians groom nails with precision and zeal, filing and shaping nails before layering on OPI and Shellac polishes, which can turn even the most accusatory finger wag into a gesture that emotes pure class.
As her salon?s name implies, Tamara doesn?t like to limit herself. Stationed within the stress-free confines of Color Palette Salon, the stylist and nail technician draws on her wealth of experience to bolster her clients? looks and self-esteem with a variety of treatments. When she isn?t imbuing strands with color or fashioning them into cute pixies or durable rock-climbing ropes, she turns her attention to nails. Among Tamara?s specialties is chip-resistant Shellac, which keeps nails shiny and protected for up to two weeks.
Cortexx Salon offers a wide range of luxurious treatments to beautify and relax the body. A spa treatment manicure ($23) and pedicure ($28) takes to your leg anchors and arm paddles with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub or masque to banish outdated skin cells to a faraway land of fashion mishaps and G-list celebrities. Treat your weary visage to a relaxing facial that will unclog pores and leave your face shimmering like the surface of a lake at twilight, but without skinny-dipping lovebirds constantly frolicking in it. Add an all-natural pre-Halloween mask to your facial treatment for $10.
Elements Hair Design matches its follicular focus with a dedication to nail nourishment. Plop down at the salon's new service stations and enjoy a manicure ($18) and pedicure ($32), administered by Elements' masterful team of technicians. Fingernails will be finessed, toenails will be treated, and cuticles will be cared for, as the salon's aestheticians—trained at the Matrix C.R.A.F.T. Global Academy in New York, as well as schools and salons in Chicago and Las Vegas—spin nail straw into finely shaped keratin gold. Call ahead and schedule your appointment for a mani-pedi treatment in the comfy confines of Elements Hair Design.
At Pleasant Nails Spa, a BYOB establishment, guests sink into new pedicure chairs while they sip on wine and chat with friends. Amid neon-green walls, techs transform nails with traditional manicures and pedicures, or use their fingers as makeshift miniature canvasses for flower-inspired nail-art designs. Hands and feet luxuriate in pampering add-ons, such as hot-towel treatments, sea-salt scrubs, and paraffin dips that leave hands softer than a boxing match fought wearing gloves made of cotton candy.