The cuticle shapers at Costa Verde Nails coddle hands and feet during manicure and pedicure treatments with warm towels, light massage, and kaleidoscopic ensembles from a rainbow of polish and Shellac colors. While lounging in the comfort of a cream-colored treatment chair, guests can pluck potato slices from the environs' scalloped upholstery, which is joined by sheer drapes and inset lighting.
V2 Nail Bar Salon's nail-polishing services clip, buff, and shine keratinous appendage-enders with professional flair. Gift grippers with a spa manicure and a therapeutic anti-aging hand treatment with cleansing, exfoliation, cuticle shaping, and hand massage to complement the nail-shaping service. While mitten-fillers are mollycoddled, paws are pampered with a spa pedicure—a gentle, thorough exfoliation with a robust Dead Sea salt-butter unguent that soothes sandpapery soles and scours away dead skin, an essential oil soak, and a nail trimming for the southernmost phalanges.
Expert aesthetician Bonnie Berry of Impeccable 10 Nails deploys more than 30 years of digit-tending wisdom to pamper individuals with a bevy of beautifying transformations. Designed for women who take pleasure in flaunting a baroque set of nails, the CND Hybrid Shellac manicure outfits each pincer in an exquisite, lustrous layer of Shellac guaranteed to last for 14 days without chipping or running off to become a part of the nearest magic mirror. The 45-minute treatment leaves nails and cuticles trimmed, shaped, and buffed for a lovely 10-piece ensemble of newly primped Fritos grabbers. Running a no-credit-card operation, Berry burnishes extremities within the tranquil ambience of Golden Touch Salon, which is situated near shopping where clients can go postmanicure to pick up finger-shaped blouses.
The expert stylists at 999 Nail and Skin Care sculpt, shine, and paint nails with dexterous skill and high-quality products, including OPI and Nu Skin. Technicians commence each manicure with a nail trim and cuticle shaping, which leave fingertips as well-rounded as a basketball drawn with a compass. Hand massages sap away paw-bound stress before guests choose from dozens of OPI and Essie polishes to ornament nails with chromatic coating. During pedicures, a foot soak, scrub, and massage set tootsies humming before toenails receive the same careful shaping and painting as their upper-body cousins.
Gracy, a native Brazilian, was born with what her clients call “a green thumb for hair.” After immigrating to the United States, she earned her cosmetology license in New York and spent several years working in upscale salons around the city. Today, she lives and works in sunny San Diego where she owns Gracy International Hair Design, a full-service salon. Like Gracy, the salon has a warm, laid-back vibe with colorful rugs, painted furniture, and lots of potted plants. In the front, a small boutique sells jewelry made in Afghanistan, hand-painted bikinis, and purses made from recycled, organic materials.
Gracy and her all-female team perform a range of hair services using products from Lanza, L’Oreal Professionnel, and Glo Essentials that are designed to improve hair’s health. She herself specializes in Beox Brazilian keratin hair treatments, which help prevent hair from frizzing and progressively smooth and improve the quality of hair. She’s been performing these treatments for more than 10 years.
On a quiet side street in San Diego’s Mission Hills, behind a bank of towering bamboo, sits a salon full of natural light and comforts. The original building for Bamboo Salon was a single-family house, but not a remnant remains; instead, a low couch curls in the waiting area, stuffed with pillows, and guests enjoy the glow from an overhead skylight. The salon has had the same owners for nearly two decades and their delight in doling out quality cuts is apparent, as are their positive reviews from locals. Straightforward stylists here specialize in coloring, as well as cuts that take advantage of hair’s inherent curl and lift. A full complement of salon services is offered for men and women, including manicures and pedicures, threading and blowouts.