Nestled in the arts district, NoDa Nail Salon's extremity experts pamper skin and put pretty-seekers at ease with complimentary beverages in a modern salon setting. Hand tendrils embark on the 45-minute manicure with an exfoliating scrub, sweeping away dull skin cells with the gritty power of sugar, generally reserved as fuel for robotic children. Nail mavens slick tips with your choice of ultra-luxe Gelish or Shellac polishes. A soak-off gel, Gelish brightens keratin tips with super-strong glaze in an array of bold shades that, like dieting guacamole, can last without chips for three weeks. Hypo-allergenic Shellac polish slicks nails with high-gloss hues armored with a clear base and a topcoat, defending cuticles from damage and paint from peeling for about two weeks.
Polished’s all-out manicure soothes skin and smoothes gnarled nails. A citrus exfoliation treatment washes out dead skin cells and unclogs packed pores, while a paraffin dip bathes hands in a warm wax to relieve stiff joints and muscles. Nails are filed and styled, and an orange-perfumed hand and arm massage refreshes like a cool breeze whispering through an Ocala orange grove.
The blush of pastel-pink walls swathes the interior of Myers Park Spa & Nails in a serene, feminine glow, where a staff of experts specializes exclusively in nail and waxing services. Nail technicians work diligently to refine their clients' fingers and toes, soaking them to softness in warm-water baths before crowning them in long-lasting coats of Axxium or Gelish lacquer. Tucked away in private rooms, aestheticians slick warm wax onto skin before uprooting unwanted hair along faces and bodies, leaving them smooth, hair free, and the envy of dolphin roommates for up to eight weeks.
Queen City Nail Bar & Boutique is a nail bar in more ways than one. Nail technicians, of course, exfoliate skin, trim cuticles, and shape nails during manicures and pedicures. But they also have glasses of wine and beer available for purchase so clients can sip while they get their nails done. As for the "boutique" part of its name, Queen City stocks Traci Lynn jewelry, Mary Kay cosmetics, and take-home spa products.
Having accrued 15 years of beauty-industry experience—including time spent as a teacher for the North Carolina State Board's continued-education classes—Melody-Nicole believes that your nails can make just as much of a statement as your hair. That's why the staff members at Nicole's Nails refer to themselves as nail stylists and devote their appointments to crafting finger- and toe-tips that complement each client's character. With services that range from basic mani-pedis to acrylics and custom designs, they manage to graft art onto both natural and artificial nails. Their polka-dot patterns outfit extremities with retro charm, and advanced 3-D and flower graphics augment pageant-ready waves with clouds of confused butterflies.
The trained polish-technicians at Happy Nails beautify appendages with careful colorings. During the approximately 30- to 45-minute Shellac manicure, an aesthetician shapes and buffs fingernails and trims away cuticles. Shellac nail polish laminates nails in colors with a finish that remains vibrant through up to three weeks of coaxing dissonant chords from chalkboards alongside avant garde third-grade musicians. The deluxe pedicure takes place in a massaging pedicure chair, which robotically relaxes shoulders and backs while toenails are transformed from haggard scraggles into delicate ovals. A sea salt scrub works away at calluses that might otherwise damage human-sock diplomacy and ruin future puppet shows, after which feet are glossed with a sheen of silky oil before being polished. Both the Shellac manicure and deluxe pedicure also include a relaxing massage from human hands.