Many dentists use a UV light to whiten their patient’s teeth, but only the beauty experts at Twilight Teeth reasoned that clients could use the same light to tan their skin while whitening their teeth. The UV lights of their tanning beds shine on bodies and illuminate smiles, comfortably held open by a mouth guard and coated in gel. The gel activates under the light and contains 25% peroxide—among the highest concentrations in the industry. Since the gel is painted on instead of held in place by a whitening tray, it can brighten high beams with minimal discomfort. Clients who can’t stay at the tanning salon can take home a kit, which substitutes a portable UV light or a mason jar filled with baby stars.
Lisa Lewis knows how to work a brush. With the skills of Monet, she paints fingernails in bright hues with artistic touches, which include sparkly flowers, zebra prints, and the coat of every animal that boarded Noah’s ark. She also adds some va va voom to faces with mink eyelash extensions applied to existing fringe one lash at a time.
Inside Effess salon, Paul Mitchell–certified cosmetologist London Armstrong-Adame keeps hands and feet polished with meticulous manicures and pedicures. Beyond doling out basic cuticle care and enhancing tips with gel add-ons, London gives toenails the RockStar treatment, covering them with glitzy, glittery designs that will draw attention from adoring fans and avid scrapbookers for up to six weeks.
Having worked as a nail tech in the U.S. and Europe since 1999, Liz masters the techniques and tricks of the trade. That's exemplified by her Grand Master–certification through Creative Nail Design (CND). To achieve ideal presentations, she uses quality products such as shellac and gel polishes, customizing manicures and pedicures to each client.
The Aqua team hunger force starts by treating clients' digit-dialing digits to a peppermint-chocotini manicure ($15), wherein hands are soaked in a bath and then exfoliated with a chocolate-mint scrub before receiving a refreshing massage. After firmly securing your hands behind your back so that you're not tempted to eat your newly candified fingers, Aqua will treat your little piggies to a little wine with a Napa sparkling-lavender pedicure ($28), which soaks feet in a lavender effervescent fizz before treating them to a lavender aphrodisia salt-glow scrub. Toenails and cuticles will then be shaped and filed while a massage therapist trained in reflexology presses the healing heat of warm stones to your sneaker fillers and massages them with a soothing pressure.
The technicians at Thread & Sugar embrace a natural approach to beauty, whether they are practicing ancient Eastern hair-removal methods or hand-mixing organic facial ingredients right before the client's eyes. An organic salon located in the Central Valley, they use nail polishes free of DBP, formaldehyde, and toluene, and organic, herbal hair color products that are non-toxic. Even the cleaning products they use are eco-friendly and the space is equipped with an onsite purifier that keeps dust, allergens, and debris from invading the air.
Throughout the last decade, the trilingual beauty professionals at iNail Care & Spa have simultaneously broadened and honed their skills. In addition to manicuring nails the traditional way, technicians upgrade fingertips with gel polishes and intricate designs—they can paint nails with miniature Frankenstein faces on Halloween or decoupage fingertips with W-4 forms to celebrate tax season.
The spa’s aestheticians add expertise in skincare, whether that means softening signs of aging with facials or grooming brows with precision waxes. They also alleviate the physical signs of stress with leg massages, hot-stone treatments, and warm footbaths.