Plush, black chairs line the walls at Greatest Nails & Spa, cushioning clients as licensed manicurists and aestheticians pamper them from head to toe. An expansive menu of nail services cossets cuticles and keratin on hands and feet, augmenting mani-pedis with more than a dozen add-ons such as paraffin dips and 3-D designs. Enriching skin treatments and facials enlist Oro Gold, a nontoxic line of skincare products infused with 24-karat gold, to stimulate blood circulation and help coordinate complexions with ornate palace ceilings. The salon also facilitates group pampering with gatherings targeted toward bachelorette and bridal parties, as well as kid-centric soirees for girls aged 12 and younger.
Susan Madain earned her license from the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology more than 20 years ago. Since then, she has also become a color specialist. Madain draws on this experience during haircuts, color treatments, and specialty services such as Brazilian blowouts.
After 25 years of fine-tuning hands and feet, The Soft Touch Nail Salon continues to soothe clients with attentive service and relaxing nail treatments. For 30 minutes, manicure technicians soak hands in a bubbling basin before buffing and shaping nails into smooth shields. A gentle massage relaxes digit muscles before a coat of shiny polish preps hands for important handshakes or slow-motion high-fives. Feet rest in a spa bath to loosen up cuticle and callus strongholds, followed by a sugar-scrub exfoliation to brush away dead cells and coax out hummingbirds hiding between toes. A metatarsal massage coaxes lower limbs out of rigid right angles before sending polished tootsies back into the world.
Before Bessy Lim had her first facial, her life was a succession of stressful, 12-hour shifts. Her first spa experience awakened a latent desire: she wanted to help others find the relaxation she had forgone for so long. With that, she left her stressful career, earned a number of spa certifications, traveled abroad to learn the various therapeutic techniques and ways to pronounce "microdermabrasion" of spas overseas, and finally opened Agua De Vida. There, a corps of certified and licensed massage therapists team up with the spa specialist to mend tense muscles with massage, swaddle bodies in wraps, purify pores with facials, and primp hands and feet with nail services.
The nail technicians at Nailz N' More clean and prettify fingers and toes with high-quality salon products. Talons and their cuticles embark on a 105-minute organic mani-pedi session with a thorough trimming and shaping. A soothing10-minute hand massage follows, along with an exfoliating scrub, an organic Tasha body-butter rubdown, and a snuggle session with toasty-warm towels or baguettes fresh from the oven. OPI or Essie polishes adorn the body's 20 tiny canvases, and hooves enjoy a 15-minute massage. Once at the salon, Groupon holders can upgrade at a discount to french polish for $8, paraffin treatment for $12, or CND no-chip gel fingernail polish for $28 or toenail polish for $33.