Uniek Kreations’ stylists ornament clients with long-lasting Shellac polish and flutterful false lashes. Meticulous nail techs file and trim keratin caps into orderly rounds or chaotic curlicues before glazing toes in polychromatic polish. Fingers get special treatment, reveling in Shellac’s specially formulated system of UV-cured base, color, and top coats. The resilient gel polish resists chipping and smudging for 14 days and brightens digits in a variety of mat and glossy hues. An eyebrow wax relieves arches of unwanted strands, and scrupulous applications of individual false lashes ready peepers to beckon a suitor or snap the top off a jar of pickles with a single flutter.
As a child, Carmen Honaker liked to style the hair of her Barbie dolls. Now an adult, Carmen has graduated to cutting and styling the different textures and types of hair of her human clients. Carmen believes in keeping hair healthy and uses Paul Mitchell and Joico products with each cut and color.
Candles flicker inside the marble fireplace, sending droplets of light into the colonial revival–style home, built in the 1920s, that houses Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa. Hardwood floors and tan leather seating compose a warm color palette, and WiFi—installed by the ghost of the original architect—keeps busy guests connected. After appointment reminders land in their email inboxes, clients step into the earth-toned sanctuary for services ranging from basic mani-pedis and beard trims to all-day spa excursions. Guests pluck from a menu of massages, facials, waxing, and haircare, and such treatments are combined in packages for individuals and couples.
Quintana's soothing sanctuary doesn't just speak for itself. Patrons banded together to vote the salon into CityVoter's top five for Best Barber in 2009 and Best Manicure and Pedicure in 2009 and 2010. The spa's acclaim page also spotlights press recognition of Friendliest Staff, Best-Looking Storefront, and Most Helpful Combs.
Licensed cosmetologist Lauren Payten works wonders with natural hair at Naturally Me, where she specializes in flat twists, locks, sew-ins, and silk presses. However, she also helps clients treat chemically treated hair. They can come to have strands relaxed and eyebrows waxed or receive single-, double-, or triple-process color.