Glaze Nail Bar'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 Nail Bar'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.
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.
Each service at Borealis Body Aesthetics aims to boost clients’ beauty, from blasting away fat with ultrasound cavitation to tightening skin using radio frequencies or removing dead skin cells with microdermabrasion’s diamond-tip wand. Technicians customize facials with Image Skincare and Osmosis Skincare products, a skincare line that eschews chemical preservatives and parabens. For added sparkle, technicians coat eyeliner or existing tattoos with glitter designs.
The beauty experts at Plethora of Design glamorize nails with comprehensive mani-pedis. The 75-minute treatment begins with a cuticle treatment, which softens nail beds with soothing elixirs and heartwarming pictures of puppies dressed as flowers. Next, technicians buff and shape careworn talons before swaddling hands with steaming towels to open pores. After feet lounge in a mini hot tub, technicians load them with moisturizers and loosen muscles with a gentle massage. The renovations culminate with a glimmering coat of polish on fingers and toes. For an additional cost, guests may upgrade manicures to include a paraffin-wax hand dip ($7) and Shellac polish ($8).
The expert cuticle tamers at Hey Good Lookin’ douse extremities in a rejuvenating cornucopia of beautifying nail services. During the approximately 30-minute petite pedicure, patrons can sip on a lemon-drop martini as a nail technician works out foot kinks with a reflexology massage, which unties tense tendons and skillfully reties them to form a cursive haiku. Next, tootsies simmer in a Jetta jacuzzi footbath as a Sea Fizz effervescent foot soak marinades skin to sublime softness. A nail tech corrals wild cuticles in a flurry of intuitive snips before laying down a chromatic covering of polish on newly shaped and buffed nails. After the pedicure, clients can slip on a pair of complementary flip-flops to display their gussied up foot fingers or help to soothe an orphaned pony with the comforting sound of clopping.