Three principles have made Nailagio's owner and nail technician Judy Tran popular with celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, Heather Locklear, and Jada Pinkett Smith. For more than 25 years, the beauty veteran has built her nail career on these basics: precisely prepare the nail bed, use uncompromising technical expertise, and only work with the finest-quality products.
At her highly sanitized facility, Judy and a team of nail technicians use more than 10 brands, including OPI, Essie, Poshe, and Young Nails, to fortify nails with acrylic or fiberglass covers, Shellac or gel polish, and French tips. Bold clients can take advantage of the nail team's nail-art capabilities, which include painting nails with everything from animal prints and abstract designs to festive American flags and replicas of the Declaration of Independence.
Sonja Sadi, a certified and licensed nail technician, draws on more than 22 years of experience when shaping, filing, and polishing nails using products from Zoya, Qtica, Minx, and CND Shellac. When scheduling appointments, clients can opt to relax at her station in Refuge Salon and Spa, covering nails with intricate designs and patterns from Minx, including stripes and animal prints.
While clients sink into cushy cream-hued pedicure chairs or close their eyes for a facial, beauticians melt away their worldly troubles with organic lotions, brand-name products, and top-notch sanitation. Plush footstools support drowsy arches after they emerge from warm, soothing baths, and free mimosas flow on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to take the edge off of waxing services and the dry skin off of throats.
The licensed manicurists at Stylish Hair Studio exfoliate hands and feet before applying dazzling nail color and administering soothing chair massages. The nail experts shape nails and cuticles before exfoliating dead skin, leaving hands as soft as a cumulus cloud clad in silk pajamas. Gentle massage strokes ease tension from palms before technicians buff or polish nails to a high shine. After feet receive a scrub to remove rough skin, technicians massage arches and ankles and adorn nails with colorful polish. Following the mani-pedi, clients drift to a massage chair, where a licensed massage therapist performs a full neck and shoulder massage to stimulate the circulation and loosen tension accrued from day jobs and comic-strip cliffhangers.