Glaze's studio immediately asserts itself as a zone for the bold and modern. Light-blue and lime-green accents are juxtaposed against the industrial aesthetic of an exposed floor for a stark contrast. This setting, however, belies the aestheticians' preference for nature. The pipe-free Sanijet pedicure baths, inspired by the stone paths strewn throughout Asia, deliver a reflexology massage to soaking feet by stimulating specific pressure points on the underside of each foot. This attention to detail pervades everything on Glaze's service menu, which spans nailcare, facials, massages, and waxing. Aestheticians rely on a stock that contains many eco-friendly products, such as the Aveda skincare line and the formaldehyde- and DBP-free nail polishes of butter London. They also maintain a meticulously clean studio, sanitizing instruments in the same kind of high-temperature autoclaves found in hospitals, the dentist’s office, and the homes of professional taxidermists.
According to a 2009 feature in the Anchorage Daily News, In Style Nail Spa’s nail technicians, Tam Phan and his wife, Michelle, focus on comfort and sanitation while they pretty up hands and feet. Their emphasis on safety is evident during each appointment—they only adhere nontoxic nail enhancements to fingers and toes and redirect polish fumes away from the manicure tables with a specialized ventilator.
Their services cover gels, acrylics, and China Silk nails in addition to pampering add-ons, such as paraffin and exfoliating scrubs. They coat nails in traditional polishes from OPI and Orly or in Shellac polish, which guards against chips for up to two weeks no matter how much you massage your coworkers. During treatments, guests can sip on coffee, tea, or water.
The technicians at Regal Nails pamper hands and feet with manicures, pedicures, and stylish synthetic tips. Upgraded deluxe mani-pedis include exfoliation and soothing massage, whereas quickie express pedicures cover the basics of nail shaping, cuticle grooming, and polish. In addition to these nail services, the beauty pros offer waxing, lash tinting, and eyelash extensions.
From nail repair to UV gels, Artistic Nails & Spa offers services and treatments that turn every finger and toe into a work of art. Acrylic, pink-and-whites, and glitter nails are a few examples of artificial sets that can ramp up nails that have been damaged or chewed by anxious winter gloves. To pamper clients, staff members also offer lavish treatments such as the luxury combo mani-pedi, which includes cooling gel, a foot mask, and a 20-minute massage. During all treatments, hands and feet receive the full attention of a technician, who dotes over each extremity with patience and polish. The nail spa bookends its service menu with skilled nail art and quick polish changes for on-the-go clients.
In a chic, pink-hued space with natural-wood floors, The Beauty Room's stylists and aestheticians beautify clients with a range of professional skin and haircare treatments. They use brands trusted for their results, including American Crew, Bare Minerals, and Morrocanoil, as well as Bumble and bumble styling products, which are designed to be mixed and layered to create custom hair effects or give house plants more of a punk-rock look. Additional skin services include microdermabrasion, which removes dead skin cells; photo rejuvenation, which diminishes scars and discoloration; and microcurrent treatments, which awaken collagen-producing cells.
Nail painting has been a respected art form ever since Leonardo da Vinci sketched his rough draft of the Sistine Chapel ceiling on his thumbnail. The beauticians at Tantrix Nails & Spa continue this tradition of artistic expression with a nail-centric roster of spa services. Staff members outfit fingertips with overlays, acrylics, and gels in colorful palettes to create creative, quirky, and flirty nail designs to clients' specifications. The boutique staff adds hot-stone massages to signature mani-pedis and uses tanning beds to give a bronze accent to fine nail work or faded pennies.