At The Hair Lounge, co-owners Angie Pilkington and Jennifer Miller keep their creative styling team educated on the latest industry trends through ongoing education. According to a feature on The Company Lab website, Pilkington has been a representative at the New York branch of the renowned Intercoiffure Mondial––an international organization for high-quality hairdressing that represents the top 2% of salons in the world. By encouraging her crew to strive for that same level of success, Pilkington has created a small business that is stylish beyond its stature, where personalized services take the place of cookie-cutter cuts and styles are sealed in with paraben-free Oribe products.
Inside the salon, vintage-inspired chandeliers illuminate the bright-pink dividers at each styling station. The lounge area uses transparent chairs, rich hardwood furniture, and gray walls with white wainscoting to create an ambiance that is both classic and modern, calling to mind the aesthetic of a hip Manhattan club or Mozart's favorite discotheque.
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.
The technicians at Amy's Right Touch beautify nails with vibrant coats of polish and artistic designs. Long-lasting gel and Shellac varnishes resist chips for up to two weeks, whereas acrylic tips add length and strength. But these techs don't limit their attention to fingers and toes. They also offer massage, waxing, and facials, and enhance features with permanent makeup and natural-looking eyelash extensions.
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.
Dee'Sign Nail Salon's head nail tech Demetria "Dee" Jordan wields 10 years of experience imbuing fingernails and toenails with vibrant new caps. Put your hands where a member of the skilled staff can see them, and you'll be rewarded with a neat nail trimming of fingernails and toenails. Perfectly symmetrical tips will take the place of formerly unruly edges, and cuticles will be gently groomed into a more sightly disposition. Dee'Sign's staff dips limb-tips into polishes from brands such as OPI, Orly, and China Glaze with the attentiveness and care of a zookeeper bottle-feeding a newborn snake. After the mani-pedi, a nail technician buffs dry skin and removes tar and feathers from hands and feet with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub.
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.