Sol Oasis's founder and veteran manicurist, KaSundra, earned her stripes in the upscale salons of New York and Atlanta before getting the opportunity to work on the high-profile hands of Hollywood stars such as Terrance Howard, Kelly Hu, and Regina King. Welcoming only one client at a time in her tranquil spa, KaSundra is able to lavish each guest with her undivided attention as she performs a wide array of nail and spa treatments. She incorporates natural and organic products into her many services, which include facials, makeup application, Chinese finger-trap removal, and waterless pedicures that are safer and more sanitary than normal pedicures. As natural light peeks through decorative window screens and visitors kick back in a plush, olive-colored throne, KaSundra treats hands and feet like royalty.
It’s no coincidence that Devona Davis-Gordon, owner of Delaney’s Nail Loft, named most of her treatments after natural elements, such as helios, which means sun in Greek, or anthos, which means flower. The chic nail boutique is located right outside the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the salon tends to use environmentally friendly products such as organic sugar scrubs and soothing bath salts. Both men and women can pop into the serene space for one of three indulgent manicure or pedicure treatments, and services for the ladies end with a colorful coat of China Glaze polish or two weeks’ worth of Gelish polish. Devona’s team also waxes away unwanted hair from the face and body and pumps up lashes with volume-boosting extensions.
Classic beauty is the theme at Eminence Nails & Spa, where faux-finish walls, marble ionic columns, and stone banisters evoke the elegance of a more romantic age. But don't make the mistake of calling the spa old-fashioned; it was featured on Fox News for its use of trendy Minx nail films, which adhere to natural and acrylic nails with heat and have been sported by Hollywood types such as Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, and Pink. When they aren't primping paws, the staff stay busy by cosseting clients with facials and massages and by administering routine eyebrow waxes to their print of Napoleon Crossing the Alps.
“Remember, it begins with your eyebrows and ends with your feet,” reads a quote on Alicia's Arch Complete's Facebook page. For more than 15 years, beauty veteran Alicia Rankin has been building more beautiful bodies from the brows downward, working from a service menu that includes antioxidant-rich facials, full-body waxing, and nail services. To help customers maintain that postsalon patina at home, the staff also retails a line of foot and body scrubs in scents such as lavender, pumpkin spice, and pink grapefruit and can also be called upon to lead makeup lessons for individuals or groups of confused time travelers.
Specializing in extreme looks and unique designs, the technicians at Nail Ink stylishly outfit nails with colorful lacquers, chip-free polish, and the latest nail enhancements. Technicians stock stations with products from brands such as OPI, Gelish, and Minx, and can enhance natural nails with full sets of acrylic, silk, and glass overlays. Simple polish changes allow hands to coordinate their colors with a favorite outfit or accessory, and trendy stiletto nails taper to an edgy point, making them particularly adept at scratching or serving hors d’oeuvres.
Make your hair break out into joyful song, backed by shimmering harmonies from your glowing skin. With today's Groupon, $50 gets you $100 worth of salon services at Salon Carcica. You’ll also get a 30-minute skin treatment of your choice (a $30-$50 value). Your body from the neck up does a lot of work, maintaining your cognition, balance, mandolin playing, and juggling abilities. Brush up the control center of your body and render it as shiny-fresh as it is functional, just like your roommate's way-nicer corkscrew.