Isabella nails & day spa’s menu of nail services comes to sparkling life in a salon of plush pedicure chairs, footbaths, and lively greenery. Phalange pampering takes the form of classic spa manicures and pedicures with add-ons such as acrylic or gel polish to decorate hardworking nails and loyal tusks. The sanitary salon also offers services specially designed for the nails of youngsters. A full lineup of waxing treatments targets fuzz and bristle along the face or bikini line.
For the past 15 years, Samantha "Sami" Angelini has been manicuring nails, banishing fuzz with honey wax, and wielding makeup brushes. She's freelanced for MAC and Laura Mercier, filling her portfolio with images that typify her natural, yet evocative makeup style. Today, she enhances eyes, lips, and cheekbones with Motives Cosmetics mineral-based makeup. She demonstrates her techniques during one-on-one lessons, and preps brides for their nuptials. Sami's artist's eye also guides her hands as she shapes brows into flattering forms—one of her specialties—or tops finger and toenails in chip-resistant polishes or thimbles.
The team at Sonia Day Spa renders their many decadent anti-aging facials using oft-lauded Elemis products, a luxury British import incorporating high-quality natural active ingredients. Licensed therapists and certified aestheticians share a single driving purpose at the spa: help their clients achieve a relaxing nirvana where they feel beautiful both inside and out. To that end, they perform 10 different types of massage, each of which can be super-boosted with healing aromatherapy or by letting The Hulk do some of the kneading. For those in the grip of Hulk-sized amounts of stress, a longer stay at the spa may be in order. For that, the staff presents various half-day and full-day packages that combine skin-specific facials, mani-pedis, body scrubs, and massages.
At Elysium Therapeutic Massage, a licensed massage therapist helps patients overcome stress and tension with customized treatments. The repertoire of modalities includes Swedish, deep-tissue, scalp, and prenatal techniques.
Staffed by a team of creative styling professionals and stocked with high-quality haircare and skincare products, 221 Post A Salon is a hub of fashionable makeovers. Stylists build upon their skillful scissor work with coloring, glazing, foils, and Brazilian hair-smoothing treatments. Skincare specialists add a personal touch to their facials with skin analysis and neck, shoulder, and scalp massages. Amid pastel purple walls and chic furniture, manicurists fuss about fingers and toes with mani-pedis, and bridal parties prepping for the cameras can opt for styling and makeup applications—as well as free beverages and pastries for groups of more than five.
Licensed cosmetologist Kathryn Mancarella prefers to work in a nontoxic environment. She has been caring for nails for 23 years, and now leads the team at Kathrynz Kreationz in beautifying fingers and toes with eco-friendly products. Mancarella specializes in custom crafting natural resin LCN nails, a nontoxic line whose advantages include resistance to yellowing, water, household chemicals, and high-fives that are not heartfelt. The earth-conscious studio also employs vegan and formaldehyde-free nail lacquers by SpaRitual, and offers an array of organic products, including lotions, laundry powder, and soaps.
After a chemical-free manicure or pedicure, an on-staff massage therapist can further loosen muscles with reflexology or deep-tissue techniques. The cozy studio—which also includes a clothing boutique—is defined by wooden floors, animal-print accent rugs and art, and a rear-facing view of a tranquil lake with verdant trees.