After a decade-long stint in law enforcement, Anne E. Currie returned to the profession she is most passionate about: nailcare. Anne came full circle in 2011, when she opened Nailtoepia after having started her career as a nail technician in 1991. A creative soul, Anne specializes in colored acrylics, custom nail art, and glitter nails that double as disco balls for hamster nightclubs. Along with nail enhancements, she offers a full menu of nailcare services that range from Shellac mani-pedis to men's nailcare at her two locations in Greenfield and Morristown.
The specialists at each of Bronze Bay Tanning Center's locations craft custom plans that emphasize building a tan while avoiding burns. They work to help those new to UV beds acquire a base tan and aid seasoned bronzers in reaching new shades. Within colorfully walled rooms, warm-skinned patrons slip out from UltraSun and SunScape units, thankful that the sun is now only used to give cowboys a cool way to leave parties. Air conditioners in UltraSun TurboPower 25000 S units pour out cool air, and the SunScape SS755 produces an even, all-over tan with the aid of frosted acrylic surfaces. At some shop locations, clients foster summer glows with tanning lotions from brands such as Swedish Beauty and Australian Gold.
At Blue Seas Hair and Nail Salon, a savvy nail specialist beautifies finger shingles and toe shells with indulgent nail services. A 45-minute manicure softens cuticles before the digit artist files down rough edges and adorns nails with a polish of the patron's choosing. During the spa pedicure, the appendage coddler pampers feet for one solid hour, clipping each nail to perfection and removing all the brown M&Ms from the snack tray in their sneaker's dressing room. Toes go on their merry way with a fresh coat of polish and an astronaut-like bounce in their step.
Patrons descend upon Tiki Tan to bronze bodies bathing in UV-free spray-tanning booths or reclining in tanning beds. Tanners can opt for the luxurious Mystic HD Tan session to relish in a UV-free glimmer as a formula concocted from natural ingredients gently canvases physiques in a choice of four golden shades, resulting in up to 10 days of bronzed hide. Clients can step into the Mystic HD Tan spray booth, which is warmed to near one's body temperature—customizable for humans or crested geckos. After the application, a light puff of air dries newly painted epidermal landscapes so clients can get dressed as soon as the session finishes.
Even in the dead of winter, customers can achieve sun-kissed color at L.A. City Tan. Airbrush booths mist skin with bronze color, which eschews the need to drench oneself in a giant vat of tea. Five styles of UV booths, both stand-up and lie-down, are also available in different levels. The shop stays open till 8 p.m. on most nights, giving customers ample opportunity to get some pretend sun.