Marble statues and opulent light fixtures surround the pedicure chairs at Hollywood Nail & Spa, which could make clients feel as though they are getting their piggies pampered in the foyer of a Tuscan villa. The technicians here groom cuticles, artfully shape nails, and remove traces of cheese puff dust from fingers before applying coats of colorful polish or clear lacquers. Manicures leave hands silky smooth, while pedicures soften rough patches and calluses.
At Mona's Spa, the focus is on the skin. The aestheticians here use advanced techniques such as microdermabrasion and AHA and BHA peels to help rid faces of wrinkles, age spots, and dry patches. Clients can also receive shellac manicures and spa pedicures complete with foot soaks, masks, and hot towels.
It's easy to feel pampered inside GlamIndia Beauty Salon. As guests enter the coral-colored
salon, aestheticians lead them toward the gold-framed mirrors of individual styling stations where they fix up brows, brighten complexions, and decorate skin. Though the staff also excels at waxing treatments, the salon's signature service is threading?a hypoallergenic hair-removal method that relies on twists of cotton thread to quickly and accurately contour eyebrows and remove fuzz from faces without harming the surrounding skin. The beauty experts can also refine visages with one of their signature herbal facials, which call on everything from chocolate to ancient Ayurvedic serums to create glowing complexions and orphaned blackheads. For a more distinctive aesthetic treatment, the staff also uses henna to add a slight reddish tint to hair or draw complex designs on hands.
Mocha walls drench Amour Nails & Day Spa in a warm and welcoming tone that, perhaps not by coincidence, correlates with a few of the spa’s mani-pedis. For example, both men and women can sink into a cushy pedicure throne and enjoy the Ooh-la-Latte treatment, which hydrates skin with a chocolate-latte bath and a sugar scrub. Nail technicians also indulge hands and feet with a range of other tasty-sounding products, such as milk and honey to moisturize skin and green tea to protect it from free radicals.
While the main floor—dedicated to nailcare—bustles with the sounds of whirling footbaths and chitchatting manicurists, private spa rooms whisk clients into a relaxation oasis where they can obtain a facial, massage, or one of four salt and sugar scrubs and body wraps. The beauty team also conducts waxing treatments in the private rooms to remove hair from bodies.
When hairstylist Shelton Ogle opened his first salon at 21, he quickly realized the secret to maximizing the number of gorgeous haircuts he could render: a well-trained staff. So two years later, he opened his beauty school, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails. Now in its 40th year, the school leverages its accrued experience and knowledge to teach aesthetic arts ranging from skincare to hair coloring. In the school’s salons, students practice on the public, cutting hair into elegant, customized shapes, texturizing strands with relaxers and perms, and highlighting nails with manicures, rather than with rings with built-in strobe lights. A testament to Shelton’s success in building his vision, he was even able to develop a weekly show for PBS about the beauty industry.
Icon Nail Spa's expert techs enhance manicures and pedicures with creative add-ons, such as aromatic flower petals or nail-whitening lime juice. In addition, facials open pores and hydrate faces, and salon services beautify tresses.