Beginning her career in Budapest, Erika Tolnai studied chemistry and anatomy, but she didn't aspire to be a mad scientist—her fascination was instead with beauty. After a move to the United States and further extensive training, she opened Ika's European Spa as a body care oasis. She now tends to her clients' hair, skin, and nails with an emphasis on customized treatments, which enable her to address conditions from acne to 'dos in need of color correction.
For all of her haircuts and color services, Ika uses Redken and gluten-free Baco products. She tends to skin issues with a skincare menu that takes advantage of organic Image Skincare serums as well as microdermabrasion tools and ultrasound waves that produce anti-aging effects. If that's not enough, she also waxes away unwanted hair and polishes nails, warming hands with add-ons such as paraffin wax or a two-hour handshake.
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.
Brands Used: Pureology,
Joico, Kenra, Redken, Bedhead
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: We accept Visa, Mastercard, checks, and cash
Certain hairstyles look good on certain facial shapes. When a client asks for a haircut you know will be a mismatch for them, how do you handle it?
I tactfully guide them to a choice that will flatter them more, maybe using some of the elements they like about the other style.
For many people, a trip to the salon is a way to enjoy some "me time." What supplemental courtesies do you offer to make guests feel relaxed?
I offer my clients cold drinks, and I can also do makeup, mani-pedis, and scalp massages if they schedule them in advance.