Beneath the shine of 20 Lounge Nail Bar and Boutique, a singular purpose pushes it forward: to bring high-end luxury to the masses. Like a beauty-conscious cousin of Johnny Appleseed, the ever-expanding franchise has planted locations throughout California and Arizona, always pampering its clients with the same menu of services. Therapists, for instance, perform facials using Dermalogica's MicroZone products, which wash away acne, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or exfoliate the skin. Mani-pedis, on the other hand, polish and dress nails in a rainbow of available colors, rendering their surfaces complementary to freshly waxed legs or accessories such as a freshly opened box of crayons.
Sugar & Spice gilds corporeal forms with a suite of beautifying procedures. Manicures and pedicures call upon skilled nail sculptors to trim cuticles and shape jagged claws into beautifully rounded finger ornaments before coating nails in chromatic armor. Piggies get extra pampering with a soothing footbath, a sugar scrub, massage, and pumice sloughing to remove rough calluses and stubbornly clingy octopuses.
Jennifer Whittaker's more than 20-year career has seen stints with Lancôme Cosmetics, her launch of Philosophy Skincare, and finally professional licensing as an aesthetician. Together with stylist Regina Lucas, Jennifer designed Bombshell Salon in a style that she defines as “urban chic”—white walls, black-framed mirrors, industrial ceilings, touches of exposed brick. The modern confines hint at the equally trendy hairstyling services in which the styling team specializes, services that include hair straightening, skincare, eyelash extensions, and—for the discerning, frequently head-butted client—titanium eyelash extensions. For each service they wield Kevin Murphy hairstyling products, an acclaimed line previously featured in Real Simple, Glamour, and InStyle magazines.
When Lisa Knight opened her second salon, she imbued it with an upbeat ambiance and dubbed it Orange Blossom Salon. Her stylists greet incoming guests with wine before seating them on a tangerine couch surrounded by lime-green walls bedecked with vines and grinning oranges. They then enhance hair with cuts, color, and keratin treatments, using products by Kevin Murphy, Eufora, Davines, and Soma. Stylists also primp patrons with elegant updos and flexible film nail designs by Minx to prepare them for weddings and other special occasions. After their treatments, guests can relax outside on a stone patio, where orange and green adirondack chairs rest under shady strips of canvas and strings of lights singing campfire songs in rounds.
At The Studio Illusions, Karla Vazquez and Kathy Lowery work in tandem to give patrons the hair and skin they desire. Specialties include SunFX airbrush tanning, skin-renewing PCA Skin peels, and hair services that range from chic cuts to advanced color correction. Patrons can bolster eyelashes with tinting or perming services, or opt for eyelash extensions applied by a certified medical aesthetician.
The team at 101 Nail Lounge adds glamour to its clients' digits and lids with mani-pedis and eyelash extensions. This brand-new downtown salon is staffed by old pros skilled at creating pretty looks for weddings, vacations, or highly photographed trips to the grocery store.