Internationally trained beauty expert Gohar Thomas, owner of Gohar Carole Franck Spa, boasts 28 years of industry experience including a two-decade stint as head aesthetician at Harrods of London. From within a brightly colored cottage, Gohar integrates European spa products she’s accrued through years of international training into an array of cosmetic services performed amid fresh flowers and streams of natural light. She supervises licensed aestheticians as they perform facials with Carole Franck products, etch color onto lips and around eyes with permanent makeup, and target cellulite with aesthetic technology. The bodily cosseting continues in a private massage room, which shelters a massage table and a bathtub surrounded by candles that allows clients to relax before or after their treatment with a soak attuned to the temperature of a bubbling spring or a pot of freshly boiled hot-dog water.
The nail technicians slather their clients’ hands and feet with raspberry scrub, green tea body mud, and lemons during manicures at pedicures. The beauty pros also rub a sea salt body scrub across pelts for full body softening and decorate fuzzy chins, legs, and arms with warm wax before swiftly evicting unwanted hairs.
Surrounded by suffuse lighting and adorned with exotic bamboo, Tips & Toes' immaculate spa enhances feet and fingers with expert techniques and acclaimed nail products. During the gel manicure ($45 value), extremity experts will soak delicate skin mittens before shaping nails, caring for cuticles, and moisturizing skin. Finger-crowns will be draped in a choice of Gelish or Shellac polish selected from a multitude of colors, each of which is durable and allows unflagging phalanges to quickly return to regular high-fiving, back-scratching, and volcano-climbing duties.
High above Chateau’s porcelain sinks and custom-built pedicure benches hangs a crystal-blue chandelier. This pristine centerpiece hints at the salon’s beauty and cleanliness. The shop relies on single-use implements, backflow prevention bowls, and hospital-grade cleaners. Amid regal accents such as that chandelier, trained nail techs slough away dead skin with organic exfoliating scrubs and decorate nails with polishes by OPI, essie, and CND. The chatter of stylist consultations, which cover transformative haircuts and bold color highlights to frame the face, drifts through the salon. The staff also wields a range of hair-removing waxes and the skills necessary to massage the sore muscles of whoever paints those huge faces onto Mount Rushmore every day.