Repeat customers to Austin Nails & Spa, which is under new ownership, will notice something familiar during their second visit: the nail file, sanding block, and manicure stick that the nail technician uses. That’s because after an initial visit, the staff stores the tools used in a nail kit with your name on it to ensure that they’re used only for you or Meryl Streep playing you with uncanny accuracy. This is just one of the ways that Austin Nails & Spa’s new owners, a group of sisters, have made their salon stand out during their 10-plus years in business. They also make sure to give abundant training to each of their staff members in their area of expertise. The team, in turn, plies skilled hands to perform manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing services, among a whole smorgasbord of services.
Though their spa’s name might suggest otherwise, five is the most important number to the nail technicians at 620’s Nails & Spa. They focus on one hand or foot at a time, softening skin and grooming cuticles before brushing a glossy coat of standard or Shellac polish across all five nails. Along with their traditional manicures and pedicures, they apply CND Solar Nails during a two-step process similar to a French manicure. These chip-resistant coverings can last for up to three weeks without refills, much like a soda sipped once every seven hours. The spa doesn’t just specialize in nail services—a staff composed of aestheticians and massage therapists clears complexions with European facials and soothes muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
Addicted to Glamour's staff wants to help their clients create their ideal look. To do so, the licensed aestheticians offer chic haircuts and rich color services, along with full-body waxing and sugaring and deluxe nail services. Specializing in intricate nail art, the nail technicians can create almost any design, from cheetah-printed artificial nails to tiny hearts drawn over a gel manicure.
Massages with hot-towel treatments, facials with hand and arm massages and tranquility rituals, and haircuts with masks?it's clear that Skye Salon & Boutique's pampering experts love doing that little something extra to make their services stand out. Even the business itself stands out. It's a salon-and-boutique hybrid that encourages guests to snap up handbags, clothing, and the handmade wares of local artists.
Melody Lasseter wields brushes and sponges like any other artist, but rather than paper or a famous chapel’s coatroom, her canvas is the human body. As the manicurist behind Gemini Nails and Makeup, she paints nails and rouges cheeks to prepare clients for casual nights out or special occasions. She finishes manicures and pedicures with enduring polish in one of 36 shellac polishes and 42 gel OPI colors, or creates custom polish blends and patterns with traditional acrylic nail paints. Her make-up services employ a similar level of artistry, whether she’s beautifying a bride for her big day or applying imaginative color combinations and patterns for fashion shoots. Her work even took home first place in the 2010 Create Your Ultimate Face contest with a denim-textured blend of colors that elegantly engulfed a quarter of her model’s face.