Chenell’s Natural Nails invites the fingers and toes of both men and women to sit in the lap of luxury during manicure and pedicure treatments that each come in four different styles. During the signature manicure, mitts soak in a warm water potion infused with essential oils before enjoying a massage with body butter. Exfoliation is the emphasis of the Sugarmama-Cure pedicure, which ousts dead skin cells with sugar crystals and a disposable pumice stone. Nail technicians finish treatments with a polish or buff as shiny as an engagement ring presented on a chicken drumstick. Clients can also add à la carte upgrades to their manicures and pedicures, choosing UV-cured Shellac polish to extend their nail color's lifespan or enlisting a callus treatment to rid themselves of the rough skin that results from jigging barefoot through a diamond mine.
Stylist and salon owner Michelle Wood leads the charge at Apollo of Alpharetta, where she draws on 20 years of experience in the hair industry to specialize in hair replacement and barber cuts. Her professional cohort Tina Styles, who has designed looks for high-profile clients, specializes in makeovers, during which she upgrades clients’ hair and makeup and clears wardrobes of outdated clothes and busted Gutenberg printing presses. To complement Apollo’s range of hair services, the crew also offers facials, mani-pedis, and body wraps.
At Hanna Nails, a series of manicures, pedicures, waxing, and massage treatments await customers seeking relaxation and beautification. Licensed specialists soak hands and feet before shaping and buffing nails, and then apply eye-catching polish or acrylic nails. Deluxe spa pedicures soothe calf muscles with sea-salt massages, as back and shoulder massages remove upper-body stress. Also available are eyelash extensions and waxing services, which can remove unwanted hair from areas such as the arms, legs, stomach, or brow.
Beyond the SOAK Nail and Body Lounge door lays an elegant world of pristine white pillows, billowy white curtains, and hanging lamps cocooned in globes of intricate white flowers. Sunlight pours in through tall windows, spotlighting specialists as they position themselves at white countertops and ready their tools for professional manicures, massages, and facials. When administering pedicures, the skilled technicians bathe feet in porcelain sinks with fresh running water and the tears of joy of handsome mermen. Meanwhile, clients can recline on cushions, sipping on tea as they rifle through the pages of fashion magazines. They even stock a selection of jewelry and host events such as bachelorette parties, girls’ nights out, and corporate events.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Kelly Couture by Melanie is a beauty boutique specializing in makeup application, eyelash extensions, and image consulting. Choose between custom eyelash extensions or makeup application to achieve a glamorous look for an upcoming wedding, formal affair, or afternoon spent gazing dreamily at your reflection. Eyelash extensions combine lashes of varying length, thickness, and curl for a natural doe-eyed stare. Makeup application can be executed in three different styles—barely there, head turner, and red carpet ready. Barely there offers a fresh and natural daytime look, while head turner applies defined eyes and contoured cheekbones for a more dramatic effect. Red carpet ready provides a flawless finish appropriate for a photo shoot or premier event where you will be on display. It also includes a thorough consultation and trial run of your look. View the online gallery for a better idea of what to expect. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.