As mothers, entrepreneurs, and self-proclaimed fashionistas, co-owners Shantell and Taffi understand the importance of taking time out to care for one's nails, hands, and feet. With that understanding they opened SistaSista Nail Spa, where women of all trades can maintain the health and appearance of their extremities by having damaged acrylics repaired or getting help for conditions such as dehydrated skin, corns, and calluses, which can negatively affect one’s ability to create shadow puppets. During natural manicures and pedicures, the duo details cuticles, trims nails, and massages hands and feet before beautifying nails with a high-shine buff, a Gelish polish, or patterned Minx nails. Additionally, they can educate clients on how to improve the condition of their digits in between treatments.
A fountain’s quiet bubbling welcomes patrons into the lounge of Reflexions Spa, which specializes in massage, facials, nail services, and body wraps. Further in, private treatment rooms in earthen hues host nine massage options that include aromatherapy and prenatal techniques. For those with more anterior concerns, a range of facial options addresses issues such as sun damage, aging, oil, acne, and too many pie-eating tournaments. Manicures and pedicures shape and buff nails and offer the options of paraffin-wax treatments and long-lasting OPI gel lacquer or CND Shellac polish. Waxing specialists are also on hand to evict unwanted hair from upper arms, legs, and faces.
Francheska DeLaney is an artist, and her canvases occupy the tips of fingers and toes. At The Nailology Studio, she tailors manicures and pedicures to her clients' specifications, soaking, filing, and buffing men's fingernails, for instance, or glamming up ladies' nails with her tools and brushes. Her portfolio displays short, cream-colored nails flecked with gold leaf, leopard-spotted toenails with zebra-print tips that help wearers illustrate the food chain to their children, and even 3-D crystal-kitten charms adhered to a fuchsia backdrop. And Francheska doesn't just innovate with pattern, color, and embellishments, either—she also takes nail shape into consideration. Long and pointy, medium and round, or short squares with softened edges, nails in Francheska's hands flourish into their most stylish selves.
The staff at Pampering with Elegance Nail Spa treats their guests to relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. Their focus on personal care means appointments can begin with a beverage or a glass of wine. From there, clients kick back and let the licensed nail technicians groom their nails and cuticles before receiving a colorful payoff courtesy of OPI, China Glaze, and CND Shellac polishes. There’s more to the hands than just the nails, though, and the techs can bring similar flair to the whole palm with conditioning treatments that moisturize the hands and remove blemishes, calluses, and stains from high-feeling mood rings. The staff also offers courses on at-home manicuring, as well as supplementary services such as waxing and eyebrow shaping.
Though Kissing Fish Nails salon was recently opened in May 2013, owner Ann Fish is no newbie in the world of nailcare. The skilled technician boasts five-plus years of experience tending to clients’ extremities, which is apparent as she beautifies them with solar, no-chip gel, and acrylic nail services. Beyond offering purely cosmetic treatments, she promotes relaxation with hot-stone massage during the deluxe pedicure, and moisturizes hands with a hydrating treatment to remove calluses. She also offers facial waxing and makeup-application services, helping customers prep for special events.
Salons at Preston Valley eschews the factory-floor feel of some haircutting outposts by providing stylists with their own private spaces. Florence Fidelma Kasyoki is one such hairdresser, and she outfits her own little slice of salon with natural, sweet-smelling flowers, putting guest at ease. As clients enjoy the floral fragrances, she cuts, colors, and styles their hair, mowing through as many as 15 inches a day, approximately the height of 3.5 Tom Cruises. To invest locks with sheen, she doles out conditioning treatments using gentle haircare products. She complements her trims with head, hand, and shoulder massages.