The nail technicians at Bella Piaz Salon & Spa focus on beautifying natural nails. Eschewing acrylics—and the fumes and damaging drilling that come with them—they daub their clients’ fingertips with non-formaldehyde polish or CND Shellac. Elsewhere in the salon, a trio of stylists cuts, colors, and adorns hair with feather and tinsel extensions. In the spa, staffers whip up customized facials to target acne and rosacea, or treat guests to other services such as waxing, aromatherapeutic massages, and spa parties for all occasions.
Eman, better known as Mrs. B, has spent her 30-year career as a cosmetology instructor learning just what makes a salon work: quality products and quality education. After taking the reigns of Be⋅You⋅tiful Salon⋅Spa⋅Supply in 2012, Eman stocked its shelves with products from Paul Mitchell, Sebastian, and Nioxin, and made sure her staff received ongoing training from the likes of TIGI and Wella. Within the kid-friendly space, the team takes a holistic approach to beauty and wellness, whether they are straightening hair with formaldehyde-free products, clearing out pores with European facials, or painting nutritional advice onto nails using chip-resistant Shellac polish.
A table of manicure stations sits directly opposite the row of padded pedicure chairs at Simply Nails by Lisa, establishing the salon’s almost singular commitment to reinvigorating spa services for the hands and feet. In addition to trimming nails and applying vibrant coats of polish, the staff members also pamper their clients with treatments such as towel wraps, hot-lotion massages, and exfoliating sea-salt scrubs. As the nail techs gussy up digits, the salon’s aestheticians cater to a variety of cosmetic concerns with facials designed to smoothen skin and waxing treatments that leave chosen body areas as hairless as a sasquatch who lost a bet.
In a world of solemn responsibilities and stern rules, Flirt Nail Lounge stands as a haven of whimsical femininity. Bright pink walls, purple shag carpets, and signs declaring, “A princess sits here” cast off the grownup world to let guests revel in luxurious nail services elevated by a host of pampering extras. Nail techs sit on plush pink ottomans as their clients melt into tufted white armchairs above them, their feet dangling in the warm water of sinks set into the floor. In addition to performing manicures and pedicures with OPI polish and no-chip Shellac lacquer, the techs specialize in painting ornate designs—replete with 3-D accoutrements such as gemstones, gold accents, and can openers—on natural nails or acrylic extensions. The lounge also features a private room for waxing treatments and a boutique that brims with bath oils and cupcake bath bombs by Sugar Rush.
The nail technicians of Galaxy Nail Spa pamper and polish digits with a specialized menu of mani-pedis. The staff’s repertoire builds upon the classic mani-pedi, lavishing patrons in customized levels of luxury with optional additions, including skin-softening scrubs, soothing hot towels, and sense-invigorating aromatherapy. Patrons can opt to upgrade polishings with a coat of shellac, which maintains a chip-free surface despite the wear of day-to-day activities and marathon ding-dong ditching.
Lime and mint walls accentuate white paper lanterns hanging in Dublin's Synergy Nail Spa, where a team of aestheticians and manicurists flutter about, sprucing up the digits and countenances of clients. Manicures and pedicures cascade across a menu of services, boasting a long-lasting Shellac mani that shrouds nails in bright CND polish alongside a paraffin wax treatment that leaves hands as smooth as a jazz quartet in a roller-skating competition. A hydropeptide facial imbues parched façades with natural antioxidants, and eyelash extensions augment peepers with synthetic lashes that boost flirtatious flutter for up to eight weeks. To lengthen locks, highlight dull coifs, or redesign head topiary, Dublin's Synergy Nail Spa's stylist will wield her skills and an overturned stool at wild manes.