Salon Cheveux's nail technician, Christy, creates fingertip works of art using a variety of glamorizing materials and procedures. A new set of pink and white acrylics ($30) imbues nails with a durable dual-tone gloss and distinctive click when tapping on hard surfaces such as glass panes or diamond tables, whereas the CND Shellac ($20 for color, $30 for french) covers fingertip shields with a wet gleam that preserves its liquid sheen long after drying. To inject a dash of sparkle into rich hues, clients can request a gel nail frosting ($35 for a new set), which causes nails to pop with the addition of glitter. Inside the salon, soft-pink walls can bestow a sense of comfort and brightness, like a teddy bear that can write in Latin.
The iron curlicues and elegant lettering on the sign in front of Le Salon aren’t just decorative—without them, it’d be difficult to notice the salon there at all. Flowers bloom, palm trees lean, and flags flap around the neat brick-and-stucco bungalow, which blends right into a block of vintage wood houses. It’s equally homey inside, where a family of four stylists snips and lathers as women, men, and children sit before old-fashioned vanity tables, sink into a paisley sofa, or stretch out on the gleaming wood floor. The stylists are happy to share the secrets to getting the most out of their wide lineup of Redken products, and they will gladly special order anything they don’t have so clients can take home the latest in smoothing treatments or bottled hair.
The specialists at Thrive Salon & Spa festoon client’s nails with tiny cupcakes, 3-D pink bows, and spinning dice set into cutouts on long acrylics. The intricate nail art also befits holidays, with Halloween-themed ghosts, candy corn, and 3-D eyeballs painted onto keratin sheets. While their nail skills add a touch of spunk to clients, the rest of the services aim to relax them. Massages with aromatherapy and rebalancing facials allow patrons to kick back for 60 minutes with no requirement to talk or act out any scenes from Quantum Leap.
Hair and nails have a great deal in common. They are both in a constant state of growth, look great with color, and people take it personally when you cut either in their sleep. In lieu of these striking similarities, The Beauty of Color Hair and Nail Salon offers hair and nail services under one roof. Clients can request voluminous layers and highlights or a mani-pedi with long-lasting shellac polish. Rounding out their beauty offerings, waxing and facial services are also available.
Lisa Spears–formerly part of Waters of Hadassah– transforms beauty with hairstyling services that include cuts, perms, conditioning treatments, and color services. At Vero Bella Salon, she works alongside a team of beauty professionals who help in the transformation by preforming mani-pedis and other nail services.
Tonya Johnson at Studio 7 Salon pampers guests with soothing manicures and pedicures, replete with shimmering polish. She adds her expertise to a staff that includes stylists, nail technicians, and massage therapists.