When nails need a helping hand, Laura Gronholz is there. At her post within Amenity's Hair Studio, she draws on years of experience to groom cuticles, shape fingernails, and gently remove piranhas affixed to big toes. During her signature spa pedicure, she also removes calluses and softens skin with warm towels and a hydrating mask.
Wine-colored walls punctuated by natural wood accents warm the interior of Style Nails, where light from tall windows illuminate a line of plush pedicure chairs. Nail technicians carefully lacquer digits in OPI polish, which can come in an array of prismatic shades, before lending toes pizazz with designs that feature geometric shapes, dazzling colors, or portraits of Rip Taylor. Meanwhile, gel manicures add strength and a high-shine finish with help from a specially formulated light that leaves nails instantly dry and resistant to chips for up to two weeks.
Natasha Kennedy knows what it feels like to be stressed. Along with being the owner of Aloha! Massage and Spa, the massage therapist is a licensed aesthetician, holistic nutrition coach, nursing student, and mother of five. She uses her knowledge and experience to help others who might be leading busy, stressful, or overwhelming lives. At Alhoa!, she provides five different massage styles including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. In LomiLomi massages, she uses her forearm to stroke the body and mimic the waves of the ocean or splash after a cannon ball. Meanwhile, her mommy-to-be and post natal massages aim to ease labor pains and reduce stress. All of her techniques bring about various benefits including improved circulation, enhanced sleep quality, and decreased anxiety.
The skilled digit-dressers at Essence of Nails Salon focus on cleanliness and customized care when cloaking phalanges in glossy new shells. During the Lickety Split mani-pedi, files slim and contour nails before technicians deftly coat them in a sleek layer of polish. The Minx mani-pedi overlays nails with flexible films sporting pre-painted designs, circumventing any drying time by sealing them with heat and pressure. The Heaven Sent pedicure includes a massage with warm stones, paraffin treatment, and a customized exfoliation with heated towels in addition to cuticle care and polish. During the 90-minute paw-pampering session, an aromatherapy neck pillow disperses pleasing scents while a pumpkin-spice foot scrub attracts affectionate ankle nips from jack-o'-lanterns.
Von's Nails' clients are greeted to large smorgasbords of color polishes. On the walls, large prints display sparkly toenails and a woman with tidily shaped brows. Amid these decorative accents, skilled nail technicians administer therapeutic mani-pedis, adorn digits with elegant French tips, and exile unwanted hair with specialty waxing. The nail salon also abides by strict health guidelines, using hospital-grade solvents and pedicure baths of hot chicken noodle soup.
The staff at Wendy's Spa Services draws on more than 15 years of industry experience to blur the distinction between relaxation and beautification. Though many of their treatments are geared toward achieving aesthetic results, the staff commonly helps promote an inner state of calm with soothing add-ons. Reflexology, for example, can accompany mani-pedis, just as customized facials may include remedies for puffy eyes, and massages regularly make use of hot towels and aromatherapy. The staff relies on their own considerable artistry, as well as products from glo therapeutics, OPI, and Nufree—an alternative to wax that doesn't stick to the skin or cause one to be mistaken for one’s more famous wax-museum counterpart.