Helmed by a talented nail tech known as “Queen Minx,” Your Nail Palace and Spa ups the ante when it comes to manicures and pedicures. Soft jazz music and lavender oils create an immediate sense of tranquility within the salon, as talented nail artists guide tired feet into ion baths. With more than 20 years of experience, the spa’s chief technician specializes in just about every beautifying technique, including shellac and gel manicures, organic pedicures, and soothing body wraps. Beauty specialists also enhance features with eyebrow waxes and pump up lashes with synthetic extensions.
The master groomers at Nails by AkyJills polish talons to perfection with OPI products at highly sanitized stations and relieve stress or aches with targeted massage. Solo beauty seekers or pairs sipping beverages kick back in AkyJills' inviting salon as nail beautifiers primp upper and lower limbs with mini mani-pedis. Both services tend to extremities with a thorough nail shaping, cuticle trimming, and choice of polish color. Manicures in both options may be upgraded to a Bio Sculpture gel no-chip manicure for $20 per person. Aestheticians augment the treatment with a gentle massage that works an organic moisturizer, smoothing hydrator, and demo tapes from their cousins' bands into clients' hands. A choice of Swedish or deep-tissue massage eases the strain on muscles by using either gentle strokes or firm pressure to dissolve knots.
25 minutes. That's the length of the longest single treatment provided at any LAKA Manicure Express––and that’s exactly how the customers like it. Born from a desire to provide "fashionable manicures for the busy woman," LAKA has grown to more than 25 locations across Israel, Hong Kong, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, and the United States.
Stationed inside busy malls, each urban-inspired nail bar is easily recognizable by its futuristic, white-cube design and the pops of color provided by a selection of 150 nail polishes. Each lacquer is specially crafted in France using saturated pigments and inspired by the latest world trends and seasonal hues chosen by Mother Nature's mood ring. Inside the geometric styling stations, technicians speedily provide express manicures, mineral-rich hand peels, and nail art using real Swarovski stones. Since most sessions only take around 15 minutes, appointments are never required.
Liz, owner of the aptly named SalonLiz, specializes in waxing and facials, while her staff performs haircuts, manicures, and pedicures. Liz makes sure her clients relax during all these services, outfitting her space with big, comfy leather recliners and private rooms with soft, comfortable beds. An array of take-home beauty products greet customers in the lobby, as does a selection of handmade jewelry, which enhances the boutique-y feel of the establishment. Pieces include necklaces, bracelets, and watches, which are bracelets that magically prevent you from being late.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Mani pedi
Virginia Griffin owns Kismet Nails, a hidden gem concerned with sculpting and polishing nails with an expertise that comes from ten years of experience. She coats nails with solid-color shellac or turns each surface into unique works of art that can feature everything from arabesque designs to diamond-studded patterns.
While she generally conducts business from within the salon, Virginia also hits the road for mobile services, meeting clients in homes or offices. She even puts aside entire days to take care of bridal, birthday, or little princess parties, helping clients look their best as they walk down the aisle, grow a year older, or usurp their mothers’ thrones.
The add-ons are half the fun at Nails by Rita. Rita Rivera, a nail technician for nearly five years, offers plenty of options that turn nail grooming into an indulgence. These include hot-stone massages, warm paraffin dips, and hand, foot, arm, and leg massages. That's not to discount her regular services though. Even Rita's pedicures and manicures include foot and leg, or hand and arm massages, respectively, in addition to her attentive nail work, which gets fingers and toes looking as well-groomed as a landscaper's desktop Zen garden. Rita also offers reflexology treatments as well as facial waxing.