How talented is the staff at Britt David Hair & Nail Salon? Well, the proof is in the pictures. Exhibits A and B: this woman's chic, chin-length bob and this woman's flattering pixie cut. But talent is nothing without a little playfulness added to the mix, which is why these stylists also shave mohawks and other fun styles for kids. This is also a nail salon, and customers often stop in between haircuts for a relaxing manicure or a psychic nail reading.
Seasons Spa & Salon's stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians maintain cosmetic prowess through both hands-on training and classroom learning, a practice which keeps them up to date on current developments in their fields. This gives them an edge as they shape masterful 'dos, dole out seven different kinds of massages, and render skin blemishes as null as a scratch lotto ticket in the flippers of a manatee.
But you don't even have to enjoy one of these treatments to get a feel for the peaceful nature of the center, since it's obvious from the moment you enter. Inside the pastel lobby, white columns flank an arched entryway, which lends glimpses of the treatment area's polished hardwood floors and pristine treatment stations.
When talking about Upscale Nail Bar, owner Alica Best fondly refers to her salon as "tesoro in città"—an Italian phrase that translates to "treasure in the city." Amid soft lighting and cushy spa chairs, Alicia takes hours at a time to pamper feet and hands through luxurious mani-pedis and massages. Committed to maintaining an atmosphere of uninterrupted tranquility at her salon, she doles out her services by appointment only and requests that cell phones or particularly shrill kazoos not be used during sessions.
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.
The nail artists at Oh! So Nat-Tru-ral Nail Salon keep hands and feet looking and feeling young with a menu of pampering manicures and pedicures. The crew meticulously grooms cuticles and shapes nails into perfect parabolas without the assistance of a graphing calculator. They also employ an arsenal of skin-softening lotions and serums infused with natural ingredients, such as grapefruit extracts and tea-tree oils. With help from OPI, Creative Nail Design, and Solar Nails, techs gussy up digits with a rainbow of hues and no-chip Shellac polishes. The nail designers also cater to diabetic clients with specific treatments and sugar-free tools.
Licensed nail technicians at Royal Nails & Spa beautify fingertips and toes with skilled shaping and painting. Clients can sashay past the aquarium filled with luminous orange fish and sit in a cushy leather pedicure chair while nail technicians trim cuticles, file nails, and calibrate elevator shoes. Flat-screen TVs entertain clients as technicians slick designer polish onto toenails. Across the amber-hued spa flanked by gilt Corinthian columns, clients offer their hands to be beautified into shapely ovals and buffed to shimmering smoothness. Technicians ornament fingernails with seasonal shades evoking autumnal harvests, wintery frosts, or springtime cap-and-gown receipts.