The phrase "rock-star nails" might call to mind fingernails painted a gothic black, or ones made jagged by too much guitar-strumming. At A-Luxe Beauty Salon, however, rock-star nails are polished and glamorous—nail artist Liz Vargas crafts the shimmery designs that she lays atop enamel. With glitter-speckled base colors that fade from dark to light, the nails upgrade any manicure to a fashion statement.
The salon itself is colored just as boldly. Lime green, vibrant red, and blue tiled walls border the space where a team of beauty experts administers hair, skin, and nail services. Each treatment is meticulously customized, whether it's a haircut and blowout or a facial based on face-mapping, a method of skin analysis that's more reliable than conducting a phone survey on each pore. The staff are also particular about which products they use, stocking up on non-toxic nail polish, natural shea-butter foot cream, and the Dermalogica line of skincare formulas.