Chipped nails and rough hands may come into Nani Day Spa, but they certainly don’t come out. The staffers’ sharp eyes and attention to detail help them carefully file down tips into square or rounded shapes and paint nail beds with classic polish, adhere acrylic nails, or cure Shellac polish for an un-chippable finish that lasts for up to two weeks. Outside of their mani-pedi treatments, the aestheticians offer full-body waxing sessions that leave skin hair-free without having to play limbo beneath a flaming torch.
Professionally trained nail artiste Darci Eichelkraut performs the manicuring duties at Livin' it Up! Nail Studio, which sets up shop inside Hometown Salons in Verona. Plush, green chairs prevent clients from falling to the floor or sitting on a ficus as Darci soaks hands, tidies up cuticles, shapes and buffs nails, and applies CND Shellac polish, if requested. The professional digit doctor also pampers toes during a wide range of pedicure services, including sessions specifically designed for men and a treatment that incorporates callus reduction. Rows of colorful polish options and framed pictures of vividly decorated nails adorn Darci’s hygienic and cozy treatment room, which also features stained-wood blinds, the kind of blinds most likely to be “borrowed” by Bob Vila.
Five years ago, Stephanie—a licensed nail technician since 1999—survived a massive stroke. But that didn't stop her from pursuing her passion for her work. After a hiatus, she's now retaking the nail-art reins to refresh her skills while rebuilding her business, Tranquility Nail Spa. She offers a variety of nail services, including manicures with chip-resistant Shellac polish, pampering spa pedicures, and acrylic nails.
Rather than devote itself entirely to healthy movement or meditative rest, New Self Renewal Center represents both sides of the spectrum. On one side, its fitness area hosts small-group classes ranging from energized boot-camp and Zumba routines to KettleCore, whose strengthening swings were featured in Brava magazine. Students can even order classes from the fitness menu, scheduling sessions of athletic stretching or core work at times that work for them. Personal trainers and a certified wellness practitioner are also on hand to develop custom programs.
Because the center's philosophy is one of balance, it counteracts the gym's kinetic offerings with a spa. There, massage therapists knead away aches, administering add-ons of aromatherapy and moisturizing shea butter, and nail technicians beautify fingertips with signature mani-pedis. The onsite café makes for another replenishing stop between workouts or paraffin dips—its menu includes sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and a variety of housemade items such as hummus and granola.
As a complement to its wide spectrum of amenities and a symbol of its family focus, the center also provides childcare services. Youngsters can draw on the chalkboard wall of the Kid Corner while their parents exercise or relax. At lunchtime, the corner's designated snacking space enables adults to eat with their kids and explain that cutting off sandwich crusts doesn't actually hurt the sandwiches.
Getting a tan—whether by way of sun, tanning beds, or sunless tanning—not only affects how you look, it affects the state of your skin. With this in mind, the airbrush artists at Modish Studios Salon–whose motto is "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful"–begin spray-tan sessions with an all-natural, anti-aging sunless-tanning formula that has been infused with antioxidants, botanicals, and vaporized pennies. Customers may also choose to have a pH-balanced normalization primer applied to nurture epidermal health. The session yields a natural-looking, golden-brown tan that lasts up to 14 days. Alongside airbrush tanning, the staff promotes both inner and outer beauty with Xtreme Lashes applications, waxing, manicures, pedicures, and hair and massage services.
The staff at Hybrid Salon combines artistic sensibility with technical savvy, and the result is one dynamic salon. And folks have noticed. For three years running, Hybrid has taken home the Talk of the Town "Costumer Satisfaction Award". Along with their outsized dose of talent, the staff arms themselves with only high-end Redken coloring products in their services and treatments. Beyond basic cuts and colors, they offer Brazilian blowouts, waxing treatments, nail art, and a full blow-dry bar. No matter the treatment, stylists make a point to meet with new clients before every service to ensure a personal touch.