When working, Samantha tends to avoid eye contact. That is because she is busy staring deeply into her clients’ pores. As a medical aesthetician at Sydney Nails and Spa, she spends her days gently combating acne, fine lines, and blackheads during facials. To do so, she exfoliates skin, extracts last New Year’s Eve's confetti from pores, and applies masks that befit clients' skin types.
Liz, owner of the aptly named SalonLiz, specializes in waxing and facials, while her staff performs haircuts, manicures, and pedicures. Liz makes sure her clients relax during all these services, outfitting her space with big, comfy leather recliners and private rooms with soft, comfortable beds. An array of take-home beauty products greet customers in the lobby, as does a selection of handmade jewelry, which enhances the boutique-y feel of the establishment. Pieces include necklaces, bracelets, and watches, which are bracelets that magically prevent you from being late.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Mani pedi
Looking beautiful shouldn't take all day, which is why Apple Lash Studio offers a menu of services that helps clients cut down on their primping time. Mascara can be nixed from one's makeup routine after synthetic-fiber extensions—available in black and glitter-coated styles—add immediate length and volume to lash lines. The naturally curved, semipermanent lashes never interfere with one's other daily activities, including swimming, showering, and sweating, and only take a trained lash specialist up to two hours to apply, one lash at a time, using sterilized equipment. While at the intimate shop, clients can also have unwanted hair quickly removed from their brows, lower legs, and bikini lines.
Virginia Griffin owns Kismet Nails, a hidden gem concerned with sculpting and polishing nails with an expertise that comes from ten years of experience. She coats nails with solid-color shellac or turns each surface into unique works of art that can feature everything from arabesque designs to diamond-studded patterns.
While she generally conducts business from within the salon, Virginia also hits the road for mobile services, meeting clients in homes or offices. She even puts aside entire days to take care of bridal, birthday, or little princess parties, helping clients look their best as they walk down the aisle, grow a year older, or usurp their mothers’ thrones.
The add-ons are half the fun at Nails by Rita. Rita Rivera, a nail technician for nearly five years, offers plenty of options that turn nail grooming into an indulgence. These include hot-stone massages, warm paraffin dips, and hand, foot, arm, and leg massages. That's not to discount her regular services though. Even Rita's pedicures and manicures include foot and leg, or hand and arm massages, respectively, in addition to her attentive nail work, which gets fingers and toes looking as well-groomed as a landscaper's desktop Zen garden. Rita also offers reflexology treatments as well as facial waxing.
The pedicure selection at TMM Signature Nails Spa reads more like a drink menu than a spa menu. The Chardonnay pedicure moisturizes feet with essential oils and a peppermint sea-salt foot soak, while the Lemon Drop pedicure warms skin with hot towels, warmed lotion, and a lemon mask. TMM's nail technicians also perform a variety of manicures—including gel and regular—and nail enhancements such as acrylics and pearl tips. Clients can complete their mini makeovers with body waxing, eyelash extensions, and inflatable muscle suits.