Red and black polka dots dapple NoDa Nail Salon's walls as concentric circles lace the waiting-area rug, mirroring droplets of vibrant polish as they're brushed onto toes and fingertips. As guests sip complimentary beverages atop sleek chairs or cushioned pedicure thrones, expert technicians beautify natural and acrylic nails alike, daubing them with polishes by OPI and China Glaze or longer-lasting formulas from Gelish and Shellac. Specialty treatments, such as rejuvenating dips in paraffin wax or gel powder finishes, boost extremity enhancements to round out the array of customizable services. The salon also gears manicures and pedicures toward men with clear polish or buff finishes, and toward children and young adults by offering special youth rates and polishing nails with Scantron answer-sheet patterns.
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, which they deliver using the Qtica Smart Spa system, which offers a choice of more than 14 different scents. 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 nail technicians at Happy Nails pamper natural nails and acrylics alike, while curtailing cuticles that grow over the nail bed and promoting nail health. They lavish nails with OPI polish and UV gel during services that include airbrush designs and nail art, examples of which can be seen at their online gallery. They’ll also perform deluxe pedicures and french manicures to tidy up the nails of artists who want to scratch portraits of Nicolas Sarkozy onto canvases covered in crayon.
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