Kim Huggins, the talented nail technician at Leah Nickie Advanced Aesthetics, channels a quarter of a century of experience into each perfectly polished pedicure. The 75-minute pedicure ($45 value) pampers paws with all-natural lotions, salves, and nontoxic nail polish. The spa safari begins with a foot soak in a warm, aromatic bath of Dead Sea salt crystals that calm the nervous system, combat fluid retention, increase circulation, and strengthen nails, enabling pinkie toes to lift pregnant elephants with ease. After tweezing away overgrown cuticles, a toe farm technician clips and shapes nails, then exfoliates expired skin from the base of human pedestals. Ankles, calves, and feet receive a soothing massage to melt away stress and toes get a new paint job with formaldehyde-free Zoya nail polish, available in a jellybean jar of colors.
Indulgence is the status quo at Polish’d Nails, where staffers offer spa treatments that are as relaxing as they are physically rewarding. They offer pedicures with hot stones, cooling masks, antioxidant-rich green-tea soaks, and circulation-stimulating peppermint moisturizing masks, often accompanied by soothing massages. The staffers' manicures aid clients in unwinding with the addition of walnut-and-raspberry scrubs and hot-towel wraps.