Having accrued 19 years of beauty-industry experience?including time spent as a teacher for the North Carolina State Board's continued-education classes?Nicole believes that your nails can make just as much of a statement as your hair. 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.
For more than 20 years, nail specialist Lisa Danielle has decorated thousands of nails. In one-on-one sessions, she shows each nail the attention normally reserved for needlepoint or an overachieving youngest child. OPI and China Glaze polishes work to brighten fingernails.
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.
At No1 Nails Spa, cleanliness and indulgence go hand in hand. While nail technicians pamper clients with calming masks, lotion massages, and OPI polishes, a second prep team keeps busy behind the scenes, changing out pedicure tubs, sterilizing and swapping equipment, and bringing new tools as needed. These staffers help ensure that the spa stays sparkling and well above state standards, but more importantly, they allow their coworkers to focus all of their attention on one task: beautifying every single digit on every hand and foot that walks through the door.
The path to polished nails passes through deluxe treatments such as the hot-stone spa pedicure, which soothes with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub and hot-stone massage. Fingers enjoy services including the royal galvanic deluxe manicure, an anti-aging procedure that combines special gel and Nu Skin galvanic spa instruments to soften skin and reduce the idle doodles of time. No1 Nails Spa carries acrylic, UV gel, and pink-and-white nails, and rounds out its extensive menu with microdermabrasions, facials, and children’s mani-pedis.
Lisa has spent 15 years tending to the fingernails and toenails of both men and women. Services start as clients sit back comfortably. While they relax, Lisa treats tired feet and hands to a pomegranate soak (for women) or an Epsom salt bath (for men), then further softens rough, dry skin with an exfoliating scrub made of brown sugar. Foot and calf massages follow before nails are trimmed and buffed. For the finishing touch, Lisa offers a rainbow of China Glaze and OPI polishes, and she is more than happy to use multiple colors to create stripes and abstract designs. And, for nails that need an even bigger boost, Lisa can also apply 3D faux crystals or tiny, nail-sized tiaras for a bit of bling.