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.
At Image Nail Salon, nail gurus pamper hands and feet with a fleet of manicures and pedicures. During the manicure and spa pedicure, patrons commit hands and feet to the care of a keratin master, who spends between 60 and 90 minutes clipping and buffing nails and swaddling digits in colored polish. A package of two can be used to spruce up original work at a later date, or to decorate your second set of limbs. Alternatively, opt for a 40-minute gel manicure, and a skilled technician will trim nails, curtail cuticles, and finish each fingertip with a long-lasting color swatch. Though not included in today’s Groupon, clients can treat paws to further TLC with a variety of add-on services, including a french manicure ($5 extra) or nail art ($5 extra) such as stars, flowers, or a miniature replica of the Sistine Chapel.
Nails so pretty you can't blame someone for thinking they're not real--that's what Michelle Shoemaker creates at her salon, Nails By Michelle. She glosses them with brilliant color before adorning them with one-of-a-kind designs: glittery dots, sprawling spiderwebs, variegated stripes, or various spins on the french manicure. She specializes in gel manicures, which resist chips from everyday use or from scratching sidewalks. She's adamant about keeping her salon sanitary, so she passes on disposable files and buffers to the client and disinfects all other implements after each appointment.
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.
Delicate gold stencil work glimmers from the scarlet red walls of The Squoval Nail Salon, where knowledgeable technicians use vegan Nubar polishes and highly sterilized tools during nail services. Staff members massages legs during a reflexology sugar scrub as the soothing smells of aromatic oils rise from the warm waters of hammered copper pedicure bowls. This style of metal bowl is not only aesthetically pleasing but also naturally eliminates bacteria and helps reduce inflammation caused by driving Fred Flintstone's car. At manicure stations, technicians welcome guests to recline in chic chairs decorated with a single satin ribbon as they beautify fingertips with traditional and Gelish polishes as well as decorative nail art. The boutique nail salon also offers freshly brewed tea for clients to enjoy during their services. They even host bachelorette parties, baby showers, and girls? nights out.