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.
The Nail Spot Salon emanates a regal vibe with its rich purple walls and floors, bejeweled decorations, and trompe d'oleil chandeliers. Throw pillows decorated with purple rosettes line the sleek white pedicure station, where stainless steel faucets arch over pristine white basins. There, feet soak in warm water during the salon's signature "Spots" pedicures. Beyond gussying up natural and artificial nails, staffers host a slew of other beautifying services, including waxing, massages, milk and honey masques, eyebrow design, and cosmetics applications.
Sol Oasis's founder and veteran manicurist, KaSundra, earned her stripes in the upscale salons of New York and Atlanta before getting the opportunity to work on the high-profile hands of Hollywood stars such as Terrance Howard, Kelly Hu, and Regina King. Welcoming only one client at a time in her tranquil spa, KaSundra is able to lavish each guest with her undivided attention as she performs a wide array of nail and spa treatments. She incorporates natural and organic products into her many services, which include facials, makeup application, Chinese finger-trap removal, and waterless pedicures that are safer and more sanitary than normal pedicures. As natural light peeks through decorative window screens and visitors kick back in a plush, olive-colored throne, KaSundra treats hands and feet like royalty.
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.
It’s no coincidence that Devona Davis-Gordon, owner of Delaney’s Nail Loft, named most of her treatments after natural elements, such as helios, which means sun in Greek, or anthos, which means flower. The chic nail boutique is located right outside the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the salon tends to use environmentally friendly products such as organic sugar scrubs and soothing bath salts. Both men and women can pop into the serene space for one of three indulgent manicure or pedicure treatments, and services for the ladies end with a colorful coat of China Glaze polish or two weeks’ worth of Gelish polish. Devona’s team also waxes away unwanted hair from the face and body and pumps up lashes with volume-boosting extensions.
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.