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The friendly, meticulous nail technicians at The Scissor Room pamper hands and feet with a relaxing 90-minute manicure and pedicure. After a nail guru employs 20 miniature private detectives to assess nail motive, guests relax in an oversize spa chair as appendages’ caretakers clean, trim, and reshape cuticles. Tender talons are buffed to each client’s specifications, leaving them as soft as a pillowcase filled with shredded parking tickets. Patrons are then free to peruse The Scissor Room’s inventory of nail-polish colors to dress newly smoothed finger and toe canvases in a gleaming, museum-worthy hue.

21 N Main St
Munroe Falls,
OH
US

Cuticles: Defending Your Digits

Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon?s investigation.

No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.

Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection?even with properly sanitized instruments?may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they?ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it?s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.

50 Metric Drive
Tallmadge,
OH
US

Sara Fraraccio Hair and Beauty Boutique's styling team has trained at salons across the country. This experience serves them well as they snip and color chic new hairstyles amid their salon's trendy decor, which includes a foyer with twinkling chandeliers. During their various services, the stylists employ carefully selected products from brands such as Redken, K?rastase, and Pureology. They can also dole out haircare tips or recommend a beauty school for pony tails.

117 Merz Blvd
Fairlawn,
OH
US

At Salon Sorelle, the stylists leverage years of industry experience to beautify locks with a full gamut of salon services fueled by Pureology and Redken products. Handpicked and educated by the salon's owner, the aesthetically minded crew supplement salon offerings with nail, waxing, massage, and spray-tan services. As clients beautify, the team induces relaxation by letting them soak up complimentary drinks as well as complimentary glances at the glossy hardwood floors.

3067 W Market St, Ste 6
Akron,
OH
US

At Sassi Nail and Tanning Lounge, men, women, and teens address beauty and grooming needs with an extensive selection of spa treatments. Custom facials appease individual skin quirks, and six types of massage employ hot stones and deep-tissue techniques to extract tension acquired from giving piggyback rides to lazy shadows. Freshly pampered bodies can imbibe a bronzy glow from spray or UV tanning, and nail techs shape up both natural and artificial nails.

470 Portage Lakes Dr
Akron,
OH
US

Artistic prowess doesn't just appear overnight. It takes years of practice. That's why each of Dino Palmieri's salons, including the Dino Palmieri Salon & Spa, employs stylists dedicated to staying at the top of their games. The skilled stylists give each client one-on-one attention to ensure every hair service comes as close to the client's vision as possible, which is why it was named by readers of Cleveland Scene as the best hair salon in the city. The stylists add depth to hair with highlights, smooth rebellious strands with GKhair treatments, and apply expert perms to reshape hair's texture until each strand would turn Louis XIV green with baroque envy. That same level of personalized attention carries over into the salon's meticulous nail services, which clients can upgrade with moisturizing white-tea masks or herbal foot peels. Waxing sessions use body-safe Nufree botanical wax to keep skin calm and collected while hair says its goodbyes. Deep-cleansing Darphin facials can be infused with essential oils and plant ingredients such as orange blossom and licorice to relax clients and bring them closer to nature than sharing a hibernation den with their favorite grizzly family.

3265 W Market St.
Akron,
OH
US