At Natural Nail Care Salon, manicures are both a soothing indulgence and a step toward healthier hands. The technicians conduct mani-pedi services for natural nails exclusively, grooming and buffing them with Swedish Mavala products that enhance nails' flexibility and strength. Just as the techs avoid artificial nails, their products eschew synthetics: Mavala formulas contain no harsh chemicals, and the salon's Essie and Zoya polishes are formaldehyde-free. Clients sit at a sprawling nail bar that seats up to nine for hand treatments, then retire to pedicure chairs, where stainless-steel foot tubs ensure clean soaks. The attention of the seasoned staff often ensures that polish stays bright for weeks on end, instead of flaking when anxious friends ask to borrow nails for biting.
Nails may be the salon's focus, but each technician also boasts an additional specialty. Salon owner Jessica Stannard channels her hairstyling background with cut, color, and texturizing treatments, and licensed aesthetician Amanda Ancell nourishes complexions. Amanda's facials and chemical peels use personalized combinations of products based on the client's skin type and conditions, and each treatment includes a massage to relieve muscular tension around the cheekbones. The spa menu also includes waxing, eyelash extensions, and permanent-makeup applications.
The nail technicians at Glamour Nails & Spa festoon hands and feet with manicures and pedicures. For a long-lasting look that's easier than super-gluing actual crayons to fingertips, they'll apply Shellac polish during manicures. The team also applies acrylic sets, and their 15 pedicure chairs ensure their ability to handle any sudden influxes of clients—they can give pedicures to three sets of pro-basketball starters at once.
At Churchill Salon and Spa, staffers are passionate about helping clients be their very best selves. They do this by transforming bodies with tanning services and restoring relaxation with therapeutic massages. Team members focus on faces during chemical peels, microdermabrasions, and makeup applications, which can prepare clients for special occasions or the rehearsals for those occasions. Clients can also get hair remodeled with cut and color treatments.
Skin cells may be tiny, but they're a big deal at Foxy Face Spa. The spa's aestheticians beautify clients by applying makeup to faces, clearing unwanted hair with waxing services, and performing facials that combat signs of aging. The staff performs skincare treatments with Dermalogica products.
At VY Nails, it's not just about the finished product, it’s about the process. Nail technicians offer numerous tiers of nail grooming, incorporating exfoliating sea-salt scrubs, reflexology, and smoothing paraffin dips into mani-pedi treatments. Using pink and white acrylics or gel polish, technicians can also add chip-resistant elegance to hands for up to 2 weeks. When not manning the pedicure chairs, staff members can be seen applying extensions to clients’ lashes or waxing away unwanted hair from bodies.
A good spa will transport its guests to a time and place where everyday stresses are forgotten. American Image Salon & Spa can take you to a rainforest waterfall, for example—its monsoon massage sends the gentle mist of a Vichy shower cascading onto backs and shoulders. If you'd prefer a steamier setting, opt for the hot-stone massage, during which a therapist banishes tension with kneads and strategically placed lava rocks. There are also packages that provide even longer, more luxurious escapes, such as the 6.5-hour Day of Beauty: a Clarisonic facial, massage, mani-pedi, shampoo, makeup application, and lunch.
Sometimes, however, a visit to the spa or salon is a quick reward in the middle of the day. That's why the staff here administers most of the standard treatments for the hair, nails, and body. Stylists trim new 'dos and flatten frizz with Chi Enviro smoothing formulas, or nourish the skin with specialized facials. Manicures might feature add-ons from a seaweed mask to a layer of eco-paraffin, a more environmentally friendly way to soften the hands than by wrapping them in live ferrets. Gentlemen are hardly neglected, either. Their services include haircuts as well as mustache- and beard-tinting.