At Atir Natural Nail & Skin Care Spa, manicures aren’t meant to be a simple indulgence. Instead, the staff focuses on the belief that beautiful nails are healthy nails, combining the usual services of trimming cuticles and applying polish with added attention to maintaining hands’ natural wellness. They moisturize the skin, remedy cracked cuticles, and soften calluses, restoring the damage caused by constantly walking on your hands to avoid waking the downstairs neighbors.
Working exclusively with natural nails—no acrylics here—Atir’s technicians cover four bases: hydration, maintenance, protection, and polish. Since each client’s nails are different, each manicure begins with an in-depth consultation, after which may prescribe everything from a moisturizing dip in paraffin to a hand treatment that fights signs of aging or abuse from gardening, beanstalk-climbing, or other repetitive hands-on jobs. Pedicures are just as in-depth, incorporating six types of botanical pedicures infused with such fruits as pomegranate and blood orange, and services such as heated foot wraps and massages help sap tension from well-traveled soles. Beyond natural skin care, the spa also soothes the skin with natural treatments, including chemical peels and waxing.
Licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at Christine’s Day Spa know how to pamper their clients, but the spa’s service list reflects a greater goal: with 15 facials and peels, the staff has a far-reaching slate of aesthetic treatments with which it dedicates itself to vivifying its clientele's complexions. Their botanical extracts and cosmeceutical products help to boost collagen and minimize fine lines, slowing signs of aging without having to slather faces with molasses.
Massage therapists administer Hawaiian, reiki, and traditional European massages to relax muscles, and Christine’s Day Spa's UV and sunless tanning helps to burnish bodies with golden glows. An array of nail services exfoliate, moisturize, and polish fingers and toes. The spa is open after hours every weekday, and its interior unites floral arrangements with vivid orange and red sponge-painted walls for a warm ambiance.
Keeping freshly painted fingertips out of your purse is the first rule of mani-pedis—or at least it used to be. At Great Spa, you can feel free to dig around for your keys the second the UV lamp clicks off. Gel nail polish takes only about 10 extra minutes to dry and is much more durable and long-lasting than typical polish. Gel manicures are just part of a day of pampering at the spa, though. Other beauty experts cut hair, cleanse skin with facials, knead away stress with massages, and removal hair with warm wax.
Katie Astone and Gina Galante Skillings fused their talents (and names) to create Salon Astante. The style-savvy pair believes that beauty should be a simple, stress-free process. As such, the two remain dedicated to creating stylish looks that merge seamlessly with each client’s lifestyle and personality. They help clients achieve this type of style-savvy synergy through services that range from traditional hair care to advanced facials and chemical peels. They also know how to assemble a team; consider Pam, their seasoned nail technician. A former OPI educator with 13 years of industry experience, she adds flash to every gesture with coats of traditional polish or sturdy chip-free gel solutions.
Walking through the minimal, dimly lit interiors of Invidia Salon and Spa may feel like walking through a dream. Ultramodern floral wall sconces and chandeliers fashioned from branches illuminate hardwood-floored hallways that split off into dark rooms filled with plush couches. In the central hall, studio lights cast dramatic beams onto swiveling salon chairs positioned in front of floor-to-ceiling mirrors, each aligned in two rows flanking a central stone fireplace.
Here in the multimillion dollar 10,000-square-foot facility, stylists sculpt new ’dos and colorists add hues to locks. Aestheticians smooth skin with customizable facials rich in vitamins and natural extracts, and laser technicians boost collagen with LED light therapy and laser facials.
In private spa rooms, equipped with fireplaces and temperature-controlled beds, therapists imbue a sense of calm with massages and Reiki. In the Vichy shower, clients treated with mud or fruit body wraps recline on a cushioned bed while multiple showerheads work to clean their skin.
Beautifica Day Spa offers a pleasing plethora of spa services for fingers, faces, and feet of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a certified-organic and vegan manicure ($15) with a nail kit to take home, or opt for the classic facial ($75), which uses custom-blend cosmetic substances to return a healthy glow to your flesh-emoticon. A full-body airbrush tan ($30) gives you the bronze of the beach minus the squawk of seagulls, while a bikini wax ($30) uses a soy-based liquid hair remover to give your bod more surface area to bronze.