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.
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.
“Remember, it begins with your eyebrows and ends with your feet,” reads a quote on Alicia's Arch Complete's Facebook page. For more than 15 years, beauty veteran Alicia Rankin has been building more beautiful bodies from the brows downward, working from a service menu that includes antioxidant-rich facials, full-body waxing, and nail services. To help customers maintain that postsalon patina at home, the staff also retails a line of foot and body scrubs in scents such as lavender, pumpkin spice, and pink grapefruit and can also be called upon to lead makeup lessons for individuals or groups of confused time travelers.
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.