Feet soak in a cool tub of water spiked with a concoction of real rum, lime juice, and moisturizers before a nail technician exfoliates lower appendages with a sugar scrub made with more lime juice and mint leaves. The pedicure also includes a moisturizing mint mask for tootsies, a massage with a lime-scented crème, and classic filing and polishing services.
To enhance the deluxe pedicure, toes can dip into paraffin wax that’s loaded with minerals in order to restore skin’s moisture. Alternatively, shellac manicures include shaping, cuticle care, and the application of a specially formulated polish that cures beneath a UV lamp. Nails dry instantly and stay flaw-free for up to two weeks, depending on the client’s tendency to stick fingers into electrical outlets.
Nail artist Chanda Jenkins takes it literally when her clients ask her to make them look like a million bucks. Using natural and acrylic nails as her canvases, Chanda has spent the past decade creating three-dimensional and multicolored art—including designs that mimic US dollar bills. When she isn’t transforming faux nails into facsimiles of currency, Chanda soothes feet during pedicures that include a foot mask and hot paraffin wax. She’s also added Gelish manicures to her repertoire, using a polish resilient enough to last for up to three weeks spent furiously clawing at a scratching post. She works out of A Lil Me Time Salon.
Cozy Toes Nail Spa's meticulous nail technician boasts more than 14 years in the industry. The salon features pipeless pedicure chairs and popular products such as Opi nail polish and CND Shellac's long-lasting gel formula.
In the olden days, nomads and royalty alike made pilgrimages to the lowest point on earth: the Dead Sea. The vitamin-rich waters, which are roughly six times saltier than the ocean, had a therapeutic effect on bathers, dissolving stress, boosting metabolism, and brightening skin tones. Nowadays, the same benefits can be had without a trip to Jerusalem, thanks to L’Ultime Day Spa’s mud wraps, which tighten skin and detoxify systems with the sea’s salt and mud. A team of massage therapists can also relax muscles with kneads customized to each client, in styles that range from Swedish and deep tissue to reflexology, which focuses exclusively on the hands and feet. They can even ply the physique with reiki, energy work that stimulates the body’s self-healing powers without also activating its self-cloning powers.
The friendly staff at Zen Spa Lounge—located in The Sedgefield Shoppes between Marisol Restaurant and Blossoms—pampers clients with a lengthy list of massage, skin, and nail treatments. Therapists knead away tension and improve immune systems with deep-tissue massages and reflexology treatments. Aestheticians customize four kinds of facials to combat acne, dehydration, and dullness, perking up treatments with specialty masks full of football-movie pep talks and vitamins A and C.
Relax Natural Nail & Beauty Bar's polishers dote on hands and feet with emphasis on hygiene and products free of formaldehyde, paraben, and noxious fumes. Guests sip on complimentary wine, tea, or lemonade while a heated aromatherapy neck wrap soothes aching head pedestals. During mani-pedis, aestheticians shape nails and primp cuticles, then rub hands and feet down with a polishing sugar scrub to evict dead skin and exfoliate off old grocery lists scrawled on the bottoms of feet. Fingers are smoothed with lotion, and toes are rubbed with a shea-butter mask before snuggling into a heated bootie. Guests then choose a polish color to adorn nails, matching hues to a celebratory outfit or favorite sword hilt.