With a certificate from the Creative Nail Academy in hand, Sara Ann could have left her expertise at that––but she didn’t. Beauty is an ever-evolving field. That’s why she went on to receive an electric-filing certification, and she is now pursuing cosmetology licensure at the Milan Institute. Drawing on the skills gleaned from her continuing education on top of more than six years of experience, Sara crafts gel nails, long-lasting Shellac manicures, and more than 300 custom-mixed RockStar acrylics for her clients. Sara also has a deft hand for 3D nail art in intricate designs such as cupcakes, roses, or surrealist paintings of Salvador Dalí painting his nails.
It's all about fingers and toes at Nails by Ashley. Ashley doesn't just dole out luxurious spa manicures and pedicures, she also specializes shellac and Gelish nails, which resist chipping and scratching longer than traditional polishes. What's more, she's also skilled at nail design and can enhance natural nails with acrylics decorated with everything from leopard print to stick-on gems.
Alicia Dieringer of Totally Polished By Ali adorns nails with traditional polish, acrylic overlays, and full sets of falsies during her artistic manicures. Pedicures leave soles softened and toenails varnished, ready for sandal season or footsie tournaments.
The technicians at minx'n it up nails are true artists at heart. They decorate nails with animal prints, polishes mixed with sparkles galore, 3D bows, and DNA strands. On holidays, nails pop with mistletoe and snowflakes or hearts and red lips.
Privato Salon & Spa is filled with sleek, modern decor, from plush leather chairs to long wooden tables, highlighted by pops of green and purple. Amiee's nail services mirror the salon's lustrous, contemporary atmosphere. She exfoliates feet with Bella Luccè scrubs and pampers them with hot-towel treatments during spa pedicures and combines crushed rice, sea kelp, green tea, coconut, and lemongrass to soothe feet during Touch of Thai pedicures. Hands and fingers aren't left out, either. After shaping, trimming, and buffing them, Amiee decorates digits with vibrant lacquer from butter London or chip-free polish from Gelish.
At Chop Shop Salon, Tammy Abbott's clients often leave her manicure table with digits featuring custom drawn designs, such as jack-o'-lanterns, baseballs, and sparkles. Other clients opt for simple solid colors, and that's OK, because Tammy stocks a wide assortment of hues. Either way, after Tammy is finished, she primps and protects clients' nails with durable, glossy Gelish polish or eye-catching acrylic nails.