Xpressions of Beauty's owner Alethea McGhee employs her years as a manicurist and nail-technology instructor to primp digit tips with the utmost care. Deluxe manicures begin as the manicurist meticulously trims nails, buffs them to a satiny sheen, and teaches them to speak French. An exfoliating sugar scrub and relaxing massage then rejuvenate weary arms from hand to elbow. Fingers find moisture after a quick soak in warm paraffin, which imbues hands with a radiant glow that matches the crystalline polish at their tips and the melted mercury clutched within their fists.
Carlene Francis helms her boutique, Nails by Carlene, with a friendly demeanor bolstered by a self-proclaimed “Caribbean sway.” The passionate digit artist gussies up finger- and toenails with colorful gel fills in a range of patterns and designs, from zebra stripes to Rorschach tests. Hands and feet also receive pampering treatments, as Francis lavishes skin with fruit-based scrubs, hot oils, and sea-salt soaks.
Orchids and other plants accent the earth-toned walls of Couture Salon of Chattanooga, where beauty pros pamper clients from head to toenail with a full menu of hair services and mani-pedis. The salon's staff members flatter features with precision haircuts and doses of color and get nails ready for thumb wrestling championships with artful coats of polish.