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.
Nail technician Melane specializes in Shellac manicures and pedicures, which keep nails embossed with a chip-free sheen for up to two weeks and can withstand even the most heated of patty-cake tournaments. Melane also draws on techniques learned at Empire Beauty School to enhance fingers with acrylics and funky nail art and smoothen physiques with body-waxing services.
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.
Like a scoop of ice cream atop warm apple pie, A'La Mode Salon & Day Spa stacks indulgences with its dynamic spa services. The decor ranges from lilac paint and tall cozy furniture in the waiting area to retro checkered tile and Cadillac-pink walls in the central studio. Amid these vintage accents, Cheryl Greiner sculpts elegant cuts and highlights tresses with products by Biolage, Redken, and Aquage. As a graduate of Hair Dynamics Education Center and the Academy of Beauty Culture, Cheryl has both an expertise in color technique and the ability to jumpstart a gas-powered nail file. A few of the 11 aesthetic experts on her team also banish unwanted facial fuzz during signature waxing sessions.
A design motif characterized by simple but elegant chandeliers and lemon- and lime-hued walls maintains a sunny ambiance across all three of Nail Day's Denver locations. The charming backdrop puts clients at ease as they hunker down into plush chairs and let aestheticians primp and prettify their hands and feet. To ensure optimal sanitation, Nail Day offers manicure kits that customers can take with them and bring back for each treatment, giving them their own individual file, sanding file, and orangewood stick. In addition, staffers disinfect sinks and tabletops multiple times a day with a hospital-grade germ-killing solution and clean all metal implements through autoclaving, a heat-sterilization method used at medical facilities.