Innovation sometimes comes from unexpected places. In 1985, researchers at the German company Wilde Dental realized that their durable, composite, light-cured dental resin could revolutionize the cosmetic nail industry. The idea came to fruition in the form of LCN polish, which lengthens, seals, and corrects natural nails without the damaging effects associated with acrylics.
Today, LCN’s innovative products inspire creative, colourful nail designs at Glamorous Nails: An LCN Boutique. In the comfortable boutique, technicians lengthen nails with glass-gel polish or use magnetic polish to pattern finger tips with bright, metallic stripes, stars, or 3-D disco balls.
"From fingers to toes, the polish, it goes," reads the home page of Cutiecalls' website. It's apt phrasing for the salon, where nails reign supreme and polishes are selected for both their cosmetic beauty and lasting strength. Take, for example, CND's Shellac—the UV-cured lacquer yields a glass-like finish that resists chipping for up to 14 days. Alternatively, LCN gel nails come in classic white and pink colours or bearing sparkles and nail art. In addition to enhancing nails, the salon's beauty pros groom brows and make the journey to bridal parties and nail-biting overtime hockey games—polish and files in hand—to perform on-site manicures and pedicures.
Crystal Saulnier](http://gr.pn/GHvbcV) can trace her passion for entrepreneurship back to childhood, when she played store and set up imaginary businesses with her friends. Now that she’s moved past games, she operates SunMe Swimsuit Spa, a retail-spa hybrid. There, she and her staff ready clients for vacation—or make them look like they’ve just returned from an exotic locale. Airbrush artists spray on a custom bronze tan that accentuates each body’s curves or camouflages its suctioned tentacles, and nail technicians polish finger- and toenails after softening skin with warm hand and foot soaks.
After treatments, clients can flip through the racks at SunMe Swimsuit Spa’s swimwear boutique, where fitting experts help customers sizes 6–24 pick out an ensemble for a staycation that includes running through a neighbour’s sprinkler.
The aestheticians at Burlesque Nail Design see nails as tiny little canvases, using their impressive arsenal of polishes and embellishments to build works of art. They have hundreds of colours and thousands of 3-D ornaments at their disposal and can combine them with glitter, feathers, and rhinestones to create unique finger masterpieces. Along with colourful designs, nails are outfitted with a 100 per cent organic gel that resists yellowing and odours, and like a pencil-drawn tattoo, is much easier to remove. Those interested in a more natural look can opt for traditional manicures, which can include sugar hand scrubs and warming serums for added relaxation.