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).
Before Steven Trujillo heads to his salon in the morning, he takes a moment to relax in his garden, relish the fresh air, and marvel at the blossoming white roses. When explaining this ritual to reporters from the Rocky Mountain News, Steven said, "This is my peaceful spot. Once I spend some time out here, I can handle the chaos of the rest of the day." And his day certainly can get chaotic—the highly sought-after stylist is the owner of El Salon, where he snips new looks for a never-ending queue of brides and everyday clients pursuing the latest styles. The deftness of his work also has made him a popular man in the fashion world, with magazines such as 303 commissioning his work for photo shoots.
Within Steven’s sunlit salon, clients await appointments on sleek white chairs, admiring the abstract artwork and paintings that adorn the walls. A staff of highly trained specialists darts about nimbly, coloring hair, polishing nails, and pampering skin with facials. In order to stay on top of their craft, Steven and his staff routinely undergo training and take pains to monitor the hairstyle trends perpetuated by recent celebrity events and bigfoot sightings.
Pressed-tin ceilings, floors checkered in black-and-white tile, reclining leather chairs and walls brushed a deep, oceanic teal are the first indications that Tootsies the Nail Shoppe isn’t a pedestrian stop on the pampering circuit. Couple those swanky design elements with the pop music that pulsates over the speakers and hipster aestheticians whose bubbly personalities are as vibrant as the nail polish, and Tootsies becomes an experience that’s as stylish as it is sanitary. Hygiene, in fact, is paramount at Tootsies: new nail files and buffers are used for every client, and all the pedicure tubs sanitized in Barbasol between uses. Services include everything from express manicures for those strapped for time to full spa pedicures. That means starting with a warming neck wrap, gliding into a sugar scrub and concluding with a soothing ten-minute massage, all to ensure that your digits are in tip-top shape.
At Allure Hair Studio, a Redken Elite salon, stylists seem to have a knack for fixing bad hair jobs, whether it's a botched at-home haircut or color another salon's stylist didn't completely blend. They learn their tricks by attending advanced-education classes; a few stylists even got to fly to New York to learn techniques from Redken's top stylists and to see if the Statue of Liberty came to life during a full moon.
Allure Hair Studio also tends to beauty needs with Pevonia facials, which use all-natural ingredients to soothe skin battered by the elements. Waxing treatments, manicures, and pedicures round out the salon's selection of indulgent, beautifying services.
Cindy Miller, and the rest of the staff at Two Perfect Pinkies for that matter, keep their eyes tightly focused on hands and feet. These are like spoiled children here, doted upon with buffers and polishes, paraffin waxes and acrylic waxes, all in the name of getting the fingernails looking like they just spent time in the wash basin of eternal youth. Two Perfect Pinkies offers natural nail treatments, such as oil and water manicures, as well as acrylics.
Each flower in the bouquet of services is tailored to fit individual needs and skin types. The comprehensive revivification begins with a half-hour basic facial (a $60 value) to clear pores of Silly Putty, sparking a warm glow. Next, digit caps receive some TLC with a one-hour spa manicure (a $35 value), with "No Scrubs" playing in the background. Once fingertips are in check, hair tips will be cut, shampooed, and styled to meet personal preferences (a $50 value). Laser hair removal is available for curious cats and scheming supervillains—you get one session in one area such as the underarms, brow, upper lip, chin, cheek, or sideburns ($150–$200 value). If lasers aren't your bag of Fritos, opt for the hydrafacial microdermabrasion instead, which hydrates as it exfoliates to deeply clean the skin of dead skin cells and impurities.