When it comes to a good manicure, experience counts. That’s why all polished tips point to Elite Nails owner Elisa Garcia, who has spent the last 19 years perfecting her nail-polishing technique. Beyond basic polish changes and mani-pedis for both men and women, she specializes in acrylic enhancements, which come natural, French tipped, capped in colorful glitter, or rolled in fresh powdered sugar. To prevent lifting, she uses acrylic products from Creative Nail Design, which also guard against yellowing to keep nails looking new for longer.
At Exquisite Salon and Spa, stylist Wendy cuts, colors, and styles hair. She and her fellow beauty professionals work their magic with an emphasis on calmness and relaxation—whether guests seek salon or spa services inside the gleaming white space, they're guaranteed a "quiet zone," complete with subtle music and soft conversation. Tanning services and Botox are also available for those who prefer to spruce up their looks and clear their heads at the same time.
Inside Exquisite Salon and Spa, pops of dark lilac and an occasional splash of red interrupt a sea of pristine white floors and furniture. The space also features spotless, private rooms dedicated to services such as steam baths, body treatments, and colon hydrotherapy.
Aesthetic specialists harness the power of light during photo-rejuvenation skin treatments and keep harmful rays at bay with spray tanning. In addition to enhancing facial features, permanent makeup artists hide flaws ranging from uneven pigmentation to scars. Stylists also beautify faces with traditional means such as makeup applications, haircuts, and highlights.
Angie Cummings never thought she'd own a salon. When her husband surprised her by buying one, she worried about expanding her clientele beyond the loyal fans of her at-home nail business. "So I kind of just stumbled into [this business], honestly. But it has been the biggest blessing," she says. "There's never a day, ever, that I wake up and think, 'I don't want to work.'"
The turnaround came when Cummings realized she could "[sit] there talking to people" as she boosted their confidence beautifying their nails. The salon is fresh from recent redecorating, which included painting the walls a soothing neutral color and filling tall vases with even taller reeds. Within the new salon, massaging pedicure chairs cushion clients during luxurious spa services, and oval portrait mirrors capture the flash of stylists' scissors and twinkling eyes as they customize fashionable cuts.
At Nail’d, savvy nail technicians pamper fingers and toes, and waxing specialists swiftly defuzz skinscapes. The basic mani-pedi begins with a shaping and buffing of nails and offers clients a selection of 70 dazzling polishes. Nail’d treats customers’ appendages with hospital-grade disinfectants as well as new files and buffers to ensure a sanitary hand-and-foot transformation, so feet can healthfully and confidently expose themselves to airport-security personnel. Additionally, waxing specialists decimate stubborn follicles sprouting from brows ($12), lips ($8), sides of face ($15), or the entire face ($25) as well as hair on toes ($3 per toe) or top of feet ($5 per foot).
Signature Service: Color and haircut
Brands Used: OYA by Schwarzkopf and GK Hair
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Friendly atmosphere and great service.