Candles flicker inside the marble fireplace, sending droplets of light into the colonial revival–style home, built in the 1920s, that houses Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa. Hardwood floors and tan leather seating compose a warm color palette, and WiFi—installed by the ghost of the original architect—keeps busy guests connected. After appointment reminders land in their email inboxes, clients step into the earth-toned sanctuary for services ranging from basic mani-pedis and beard trims to all-day spa excursions. Guests pluck from a menu of massages, facials, waxing, and haircare, and such treatments are combined in packages for individuals and couples.
Quintana's soothing sanctuary doesn't just speak for itself. Patrons banded together to vote the salon into CityVoter's top five for Best Barber in 2009 and Best Manicure and Pedicure in 2009 and 2010. The spa's acclaim page also spotlights press recognition of Friendliest Staff, Best-Looking Storefront, and Most Helpful Combs.
Stephanie Saddler is the owner and chief nail technician of the coral- and pink-colored Butta Fingers Nail Studio, and she's been profiled by the likes of Fox 8, WKYC, and The Today Show for her talon talents. Nail magazines showcase her daring nail art, but Stephanie's customers can also opt for more demure mani-pedis. At her salon, technicians doll up vacant keratins with gels, polishes, and acrylics from the salon's own signature collection and popular brands such as OPI, Gelish, and CND. Sandal-ready piggies make their debut after a shaping, grooming, and exfoliation are performed as patrons perch atop plush whirlpool chairs between vibrant pops of pink. Staffers cater to adventuresome talons with Minx nails, sporting flashy designs that shrink into fingertip contours when heated or frightened by a sudden whiff of nail-polish remover.
Owner Kath L. Heim enhances hands and feet by way of scrubs, soaks, and polishes that call on the beautifying powers of her exclusive line of Sea of Softness (SOS) products. The spa pedicure, which can treat feet weary from pacing on a floor covered in sandpaper, administers a relaxing mineral soak, a callus filing, an SOS sea-salt rub, an SOS Moisture Whip lotioning, a hot-towel treatment, and a foot massage with hot-rock and reflexology techniques. The ankle anchor pampering concludes with a technicolor toenail polish in the shade of your choice.
Artistic prowess doesn't just appear overnight. It takes years of practice. That's why each of Dino Palmieri's salons, including the Dino Palmieri Salon & Spa, employs stylists dedicated to staying at the top of their games. The skilled stylists give each client one-on-one attention to ensure every hair service comes as close to the client's vision as possible. The stylists add depth to hair with highlights, smooth rebellious strands with GKhair treatments, and apply expert perms to reshape hair's texture until each strand would turn Louis XIV green with baroque envy. That same level of personalized attention carries over into the salon's meticulous nail services, which clients can upgrade with moisturizing white-tea masks or herbal foot peels. Waxing sessions use body-safe Nufree botanical wax to keep skin calm and collected while hair says its goodbyes. Deep-cleansing Darphin facials can be infused with essential oils and plant ingredients such as orange blossom and licorice to relax clients and bring them closer to nature than sharing a hibernation den with their favorite grizzly family.
The nail technician at Nail MiMi at Style Bar Salon has an eye for detail. She draws from more than six years experience to decorate nails and maintain the health of hands and feet. She pays meticulous attention during mani-pedis, in which she trims cuticles, buffs nails, and removes calluses. She can also enhance treatments by adding an exfoliating scrub, wrapping feet with hot towels, and decorating each finger with complex nail art.