The long row of leather pedicure chairs isn’t the token of luxury at The Nail Retreat. Not only do clients leave sporting polish from the salon’s kaleidoscopic array of shades from OPI, Shellac, or Gelish, they also have the option to indulge in manicures with botanically derived grape-seed oils or pedicures with soothing hot stones. Additionally, skincare treatments combine custom blends of products to cleanse, tone, and exfoliate the dermal layers, leaving faces looking as robust and hydrated as an ice sculpture of Hulk Hogan.
The seasoned nail techs of Beautiful Nails Salon, which opened its doors 15 years ago, pamper clients and smarten fingertips with long-lasting Shellac and gel manicures. Sterilized equipment snips nails into the client's favorite shape and gently tends to excess cuticle. New, disposable files and buffers prep fingertip palates for polishing before hands enjoy a soothing massage. CND Shellac gel polish or Harmony Gelish polish keeps fingers from being confused with carrots for up to three weeks with a choice of over 200 colors. For an additional fee, the amiable aestheticians of Beautiful Nails Salon will install white french tips, remove existing gel polish, or call you Nancy Reagan.
Most popular service: Pedicures and gel manicures
Brands Used: Gelish, Shellace, Ciucco, OPI, Morgan Taylor
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Parking is most accessible in the back of building.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
My passion for the hair and nails started when I was 14. My mom told me when I was younger that to get married I had to learn how to cook, clean, cut hair, and do my own nails. Once I started learning, I couldn't stop.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I'm a color specialist, master stylist, and a natural nail technician.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I love pedicures! You only get one set of nails, so you have to treat them well.
For more than 28 years, stylist Luann Albert has helped clients—including three former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterbacks—get ready for getting seen. Her crack-team of 12 stylists and cosmetologists operate out of a homey studio, full of throw rugs, curio cabinets, and hardwood floors with absolutely no telltale hearts beneath them. Luann cuts and styles hair, but also levels up manes with keratin smoothing sessions and permanent-wave treatments.
Within private and semiprivate rooms, staffers rejuvenate the non-scalp parts of clients with four facials that use Bioelements products, five nail services, and a range of massages, such as the deep-tissue, hot-stone, or less-practiced heavy-boulder massage developed at the Wile E. Coyote School of Beauty.:m]]
Nail Elegance of Dublin owners Kevin and Jo Ann Lewis have an affinity for doing things the natural way. Their 90% organic salon uses toluene and formaldehyde-free polishes and therapeutic-grade essential oils, as well as lotions, butters, and scrubs that are completely free of parabens and additives. After pampering paws with a signature mani-pedi and hot-towel treatment, clients can see the owners' own Hippy Lips brand of lip therapy, which is also completely organic.
Zuleykha Howard practically has nail polish running through her veins. As a child, she grew up helping out around her mother's beauty salon stocking supplies, greeting guests, and teaching the nail files to play fetch. This is just part of the experience she brings to Studio Elements, where she specializes in a natural nail care, gel shellac, mani-pedis, and freehand nail art. Clients may also solicit Zuleykha's hair-removal expertise for a waxing and threading session.