Billowing drapes, exposed brick walls, and playful zebra-print furniture fill Swan Skin and Nail Spa, where owner Swangela Barlow brings her clientele up to speed on the latest developments in mani-pedis, facials, eyelashes, and waxing services. Barlow's diverse nail services?a specialty?include children's manicures, long-lasting shellac-gel treatments, and Minx manicures, a wholly customizable favorite of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Not everyone can say an Emmy-nominated celebrity stylist does their hair, but the clients of Charles Gregory do. Charles was recognized as head of the hair department on HBO's Emmy-nominated original film Lackawanna Blues, a position he has also held on numerous Tyler Perry films. With such commercial success, it’s not surprising that celebrities such as Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, and Raven-Symoné have also flocked to his talents.
Today, after years spent teaching, medal-winning, makeup-academy-founding, and star-styling, Charles pilots his own salon’s team, which includes hairstylists, a massage therapist, and aestheticians that provide facials, microdermabrasion, waxing, and makeup application. In addition to cutting and coloring, the salon’s stylists can also apply extensions and weaves made from real human hair.
From the elegant furnishings that line its studio to the nearly one dozen unique nail treatments it offers, it's easy to see Posh Nails and Spa’s focus on luxury. But behind the scenes, its approach is closer to that of a hospital than a nail spa: between services, the staff use an autoclave to sterilize all metal tools, and toss all used nail files, buffers, and pumice stones into a vat of magma after each use. Pedicure clients soak their feet in easy-to-clean, pipe-free whirlpool foot spas that prevent the spread of foot-borne fungi. These precautions give clients peace of mind as they relax in luxurious cream-and-chocolate-colored chairs, listen to soothing music, and reap the benefits of the staff's skills in nail services, skincare, and waxing.
Classic beauty is the theme at Eminence Nails & Spa, where faux-finish walls, marble ionic columns, and stone banisters evoke the elegance of a more romantic age. But don't make the mistake of calling the spa old-fashioned; it was featured on Fox News for its use of trendy Minx nail films, which adhere to natural and acrylic nails with heat and have been sported by Hollywood types such as Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, and Pink. When they aren't primping paws, the staff stay busy by cosseting clients with facials and massages and by administering routine eyebrow waxes to their print of Napoleon Crossing the Alps.
The first thing to know about Kat’s Café is that it’s likely to be crowded – really crowded, unless you can sneak in early. But if anything, squeezing in for the drink specials and vibrant music is all just part of the charm at Kat’s, where the exposed brick walls and warm, autumnal coloring give the café a laid-back, cozy vibe. Whether you are in the mood for spoken word artists, comedians or live music, Kat’s has a weekly night that you – and plenty of others – will want to check out. It’s a great place to meet up with a couple of friends and just relax, downing cocktails and noshing on hand-made pizzas, quesadillas and simple salads.
The deluxe manicure and pedicure at Nail Talk and Tan builds on basic grooming (cuticle and nail shaping, light massage, and a fresh coat of shiny polish), adding extra muscle manipulation, aromatic exfoliation, and sea-salt scrub to the mix. During the treatment, a skilled nail technician will help you slaughter stress by masterfully massaging your head, temples, neck, shoulders, legs, and feet. Sea-salt and sugar scrubs leave skin smooth and moisturized and set expired skin cells free to float around in the air. The pedicure includes a luxurious cooling mask with hot towels to soothe aches and pains.