Shellac Manicure in Alton

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Signature Service: Face and body sculpting

Brands Used: Terra Organics

Established: 2012

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Good for Kids: No

At Ultimate Hair & Body Studio, Green French doors surrounded by brick open up to high ceilings. The spacious salon-spa's wood-paneled floors and walls contain everything from private massage rooms to a fitness club manned by personal trainers. While stylists and techs primp 'dos and nails, aesthetic specialists remove unwanted hair with wax and slow it's return with a restraining order.

4800 N 10th St., Ste. G

Beauty and health take center stage at The Aria Nail Spa & Salon, a Paul Mitchell focus salon. Single-use tools and foot baths with disposable liners protect hands and feet during refreshing mani-pedis, before nail artists beautify fingers and toes with Swarovski crystals or high-quality polishes by OPI and CND. While stylists create a whirl of classic and modern do?s, aestheticians reach for Dermalogica products to help them clear out clogged pores and smooth fine lines during facials. Of course, smooth skin is also revered below the neck, and so the team can also wax away unwanted hair on legs, underarms, and bikini areas.

713 E Tyler Ave

Ana Grossman, the owner of Dazzling Nails for 17 years and licensed aesthetician, personally kneads and polishes extremities in her quaint, charming salon. The first 30 minutes sees fingernails filed and cuticles cut. Each muscle spanning the palm to the triceps, like an oversized ketchup packet, joyfully releases tension with each hand squeeze. The meticulous manicure ends with a polish, before feet submerge in a warm footbath soak. In the 30-minutes pedicure treatment, cuticle shapers carefully sculpt toe chapeaus, and an exfoliation treatment rejuvenates skin. Legs and feet prove they can be stress-free, too, as evidenced by the relaxing massage and documents signed with feet.

4113 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island,

Converted from the 19th-century building of its namesake, Carriage House Day Spa offers relief from bodily bothers amid an ambience that blends modern luxury with old-world charm. Clients are greeted by light wood tones and tasteful art adorning the faded stucco of an antique brick façade. Within these historic walls, time-tested muscles are similarly renovated with the long, light strokes of a Swedish massage. After their hour-long knead-a-thon, clients will leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and pleasantly baffled by the barouche and livery-clad coachman awaiting them at the door.

319 E Elizabeth St