Framed artwork lines light green walls inside Unique Day Spa, creating a tranquil atmosphere complete with live, self-aware plants and a living room–like waiting area. Guests relax inside private treatment rooms, where specialists rejuvenate bodies with services such as relaxing massages, moisturizing seaweed facials, and skin-softening callus treatments.
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.
Jazmin Spa, which has locations throughout the Atlanta area, caters to its clients' cosmetic needs while still indulging them with a luxurious spa experience. Its massage therapists provide a brief reprieve from everyday stress by using an assortment of therapeutic modalities to soothe tense muscles. Microdermabrasion wands conceal common signs of aging, such as wrinkles, uneven tone, and tattoos showing support for the League of Nations. Similarly, its nail technicians elevate straightforward mani-pedi treatments by incorporating anything from warm-lotion massages and exfoliating sea-salt scrubs to peppermint foot soaks and heated basalt stones.
Indulgence isn't the only goal, though—the aestheticians also strive to create dramatic cosmetic changes utilizing products that can't be purchased by the general public as well as advanced spa procedures. PCA peels, which are only administered by licensed healthcare professionals that have been trained to use them, help resurface skin.
Buckhead Nail and Toe Spa's staff have spent more than two decades helping others keep their skin and nails looking sharp. Inside the spacious salon, rows of extra-wide orthopedic pedi thrones—each outfitted with heat and massage features—line the floor, and gauzy white fabric hangs above pedicurees as they ease toes into large basins of water heated to their preferred temperature. Joining the spa's nail care services and large collection of polishes are plenty of skin-care options—custom facials and massages, eyelash extensions, and waxing treatments with low-temperature, anti-irritant wax—that serve to summarize the rejuvenating possibilities. To ensure a safe and bacteria-free experience, the staff of Buckhead Nail follow strict sterilization guidelines and wear special bacteria-vision goggles to locate any trespassing microorganisms.
Cindy Barshop may have a familiar face. She gained reality-TV fame as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she found success much earlier when the Madison Avenue spa she founded more than 10 years ago grew into a hair-removal brand known throughout the country. Completely Bare’s waxing specialists dab bikini lines with the shop’s proprietary blend of ouch-less wax, which adheres to hair instead of skin to avoid the painful pull that often accompanies a waxing session. The blend is hypoallergenic and does not cause acne, which makes it ideal for depilating sensitive skin and touchy bodily zones. Routine waxing sessions add extra sparkle with the salon’s vajazzling service, which bedecks newly hair-free spots with up to 70 Swarovski crystals arranged into such shapes as hearts, stars, peace signs, and MPAA ratings. The spa specialists also migrate beyond the below-the-belt area to polish the rest of the body with facials, laser hair removal, spray tanning, and teeth whitening.