The all-natural Hannah’s Hair and Nail Studio specializes in weaves and relaxer treatments. But they also offer a wide range of salon services, from hair enhancements and braids to manicures and keratin treatments. Talented aestheticians work with each client to achieve their individual beauty goals.
Laura Leakhena Ley is living proof of what you can accomplish with a little hard work. After moving to American from Cambodia with her family, she trained at Hayward College of Cosmetology and became a licensed nail technician and aesthetician, and then spent five years perfecting her techniques in other salons. When she and her husband, David, opened Orchid Nails, they had only two employees. Since then, that number has more than quadrupled as customers continue to pour in, thanks to the salon’s reputation for friendly service and strict sanitation standards.
Those standards include disposing of every file, buffer, slipper, and toe separator after nail services, which end with the customer’s choice of more than 1,000 colors of polish by OPI, China Glaze, and Essie. They take equal care when waxing away hair from chins, sideburns, and bodies, or while threading it away from brows and lips or onto balding teddy bears. Facials scrub and steam away imperfections such as blackheads, while massage services soothe away tension and muscular congestion with techniques ranging from deep-tissue pressure to reflexology.
The attentive staff at Color Nails festoons fingers and toes with a glossy array of nature nails, acrylic nails, and CND Shellac polishes. But that's just the final step in relaxing nail regimens that include foaming sea-soak whirlpool baths, reflexology massages, and meticulous grooming and buffing services. Lest extremities have all the fun, the staff also brings complexions to a radiant glow with nourishing facials and subdues tension in the muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, also designing packages for brides or those playing the role of king, queen, or spoiled mayor for a day.
A long row of plush, khaki-toned pedicure chairs on raised platforms lines a bright yellow interior lit by hanging lamps. The studio's service list includes waxing and facials, although the Solar pros specialize in nailcare. A warm paraffin treatment or french tips can be added to classic or Solar Deluxe mani-pedis, or clients can opt for acrylics or shellac gel polish for longer-lasting color that, like a selfless poker player, resists chips. Solar's technicians also gussy up nails with colorful patterns and intricate freehand designs.
Fela, the cosmetologist behind Hair and Nailz by Fela, keeps clients looking well groomed and stylish with signature hair and nail treatments. She cuts and colors hair, sews in weaves, and infuses strands with keratin proteins or Moroccan hot oil for a smoother, shinier texture. Signature mani-pedis keep natural, acrylic, or gel nails in mint condition, with optional trendy accents such as caviar texture or stiletto points. Fela's studio is located within Phenix Salon Suites.