Stepping into Metropolitan Nail Bar is like entering a modish 1960s club. Bright-red retro loveseats groove in the waiting area. Black lights dapple patches of the spa in their electric glow. Cushy camel benches line the walls, with whirlpool tubs below each station. To entertain guests, a flat-screen TV faces a circular chrome bar and blue-light drying station.
If posh environs weren’t sufficient to make visitors feel like VIPs, the savvy crew of nail techs augments services with indulgent extras usually reserved for celebrities and presidential ghosts. Manicures and cocktail-themed pedicures come with hot-towel wraps and massages, and optional add-ons include reflexology and acupressure foot treatments.
During a signature W Nails & Spa pedicure, warmed river stones glide across legs for a treatment that’s part massage, part pedicure, and part acupressure stimulation. Other pampering pedicures use ingredients ranging from warm nectar honey balm to marine mud masks. Along with pedicures, the staff members beautify hands with manicures, remove unwanted facial and body hair with waxes, and tint eyelashes and brows for elegant yet sassy eye rolling. In the spa’s interior, yellow sconces shine upon eggshell-white walls, and pedicure thrones feature soft white leather and brown armrests. Elsewhere, rows of manicure stations are near a wall with a flat-screen TV the size of Rhode Island.
With locations in the Region National Airport, the Pentagon, and downtown DC, Lenox Nails understands the need for a well groomed appearance and a peaceful mind. That’s why the nail salon takes hand and foot pampering to another level with a variety of manicures and pedicures. In addition to milk and honey, white tea, and aromatherapy mani-pedis, the salon offers a hot-stone and paraffin pedicure as well as a men’s business manicure. The salon’s nail technicians also add length to nails with acrylics, gels, or fiberglass wraps, and remove unwanted hair on the legs, bikini area, or vestigial tail with swift waxing sessions.
The staff at Modern Nails believes in the importance of regular manicures and pedicures to keep nails healthy, strong, and well-groomed. Each day, clients enter the salon and are greeted by the smiling faces of skilled technicians who perform a plethora of nail-related services, from simple polish switches to avocado-rosemary manicures and luxurious European pedicures with whirlpool spas. They also apply acrylic and gel nails as well as silk wraps, which strengthen nails and provide jobs for out-of-work silkworms. Though the staffers are mostly dedicated to nail services, they also offer body waxing, threading, and eyelash extensions.
One part school and one part salon, Kenny’s Hair Salon instructor stylists teach both aspiring beauty professionals and clients the ways of beautification. Here, style students put the finishing touches on practice hairstyles and learn the ins-and-outs of professional makeup application. Meanwhile, the seasoned veterans practice what they teach, primping clients to perfection with trendy cuts, while showing them how to re-create their new looks at home. Their hair-straightening treatments smooth out kinks, rendering locks frizz-free with Coppola Keratin Complex or the organic ThermaFuse f450º system. Beyond tending to tresses, the staff pampers hands with manicures that ready digits for making an appearance out on the town or tickling royalty.