The stylists at Kozy Salon sculpt cutting-edge styles amid periwinkle walls and lace curtains. While some of them snip away at split ends and craft face-flattering layers, others straighten tendrils or add permanent curves to languid locks. Dull coiffures come to life as they slather them with bold hues or brighten them with highlights, and they help lashes achieve more definition with eyelash tanning than by winking at the sun. When they aren't molding new 'dos, the stylists primp hands and feet with spa mani-pedis and lengthen talons with acrylic or solar gel nails.
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.
A youthful, modern glamour sets the stage at ten20, where a friendly staff relaxes and converses with patrons in front of a big-screen television. During the 45-minute “tenfingers” manicure, your opposable knuckle sticks will be equipped with shiny new finger helmets worthy of a Costanza hand model. Put your hands where a member of the skilled staff can see them, and you'll be rewarded with a neat nail trimming. Perfectly symmetrical tips will take the place of formerly unruly edges. Cuticles will be gently groomed into a more sightly disposition, leaving your handle bars feeling buttery and spry. After a gentle massage of the arms and hands, a deliberate polishing finishes up your transformation from hand abandon to extreme extremity envy. Over the course of your skin-mitten renovation, use any free appendages to help yourself to complimentary Diet Coke and M&Ms, which you can sip and munch while taking in an episode of Sex and the City, Ellen, or Matlock on the massive monitor before you.
The soothing orange walls of Guru Waxing and Nail Spa surround guests as they sip on authentic indian chai tea, lounge in leather armchairs, and bask in the entertaining warmth of a flat-screen television. Meanwhile, owner Kalpana Gurung tends to visitors’ needs while drawing on her 16 years of beauty-industry experience and ability to tell the difference between body hair and stuck-on cotton candy. Kalpana and her staff polish hands and feet, apply purifying masks to faces, wax unwanted fuzz, and tint lashes and brows.
The first things that come to the average adult’s mind when thinking of fun children’s activities are most likely ball pits, bounce houses, video games, and singing animatronic animals. The staffers at Flutter: A Day Spa & Salon for Kids, however, conjure an entirely different list—they think of massages, facials, hair styling sessions, and makeovers. These trained spa professionals customize grown-up beauty services such as these to suit the needs of a younger generation, giving 12–15 year-old boys and girls a unique and fun way to enjoy an afternoon or birthday party.
Tucked inside Salon Republic, the team uses 100% organic ingredients to perform safe nail, skin, and body treatments. A dessert-inspired pedicure refreshes little toes with a fizz soak and foot mask, and a teen facial designed for 12-15 year-old clients aims to control acne with deep cleansings, extractions, and stern threats of detention. The staff can also adorn youngsters with mineral makeup, temporary tattoos, and a range of hairstyles that includes everything from up-dos to mohawks.
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.