Pretty Girls Rock pampers its pintsize clientele with services both grownup and age-appropriate. Amid bright-pink walls and zebra-printed accents, the salon's staff works with patrons 13 and younger, offering colored extensions, applying hair flowers, and trimming hair into chic styles. Birthday parties of up to eight girls include a party room complete with Wii Dance and Shirley Temples, and the birthday girl heads home with an 8"x10" photo to commemorate the event and prove once and for all that none of her friends are invisible.
Champagne isn’t something commonly associated with a nail salon, but at Haus of Lacquer there it is—in the hand of every guest who wants it as soon as they walk in the door. And it’s on the house. But this touch of old-school class is just the tip of the iceberg. After patrons pick out a color by OPI, Essie, or Butter London, they receive a magazine or an iPad to read. Then, the experienced technicians get to work. In addition to specializing in natural nail treatments and nail art, the crew offers head-to-toe packages for total relaxation. During the half-day Indulge package, a replenishing facial brightens complexions and a massage soothes tired feet. Nail experts then use deliciously fragrant Me! Bath Ice Cream and a sugar scrub to moisturize and exfoliate hands and feet, massaging skin with a body icing that, like a child left unattended in a bakery, looks and smells like frosting.
AHAM Skin & Beauty Care's owner, Bevin Gayadeen, believes in a natural and holistic approach to beauty. That's why she and her staff hew to all-natural and Ayurvedic products during their treatments, whether it's an elemental facial or an AHAM manicure. The former utilizes natural skincare products and a detoxifying Kansa wand to remove toxins and stimulate the healing process that leads to radiant and glowing skin. This philosophy is apparent in all of their treatments, from mani-pedis to waxing, and they've even brought on Dr. Varun Suthra, an Ayurvedic doctor, to conduct body treatments that exfoliate the skin, detoxify the body, and energize the spirit.
Nail tech Jessica Winder is more than capable when it comes to performing traditional manicures and pedicures with regular polishes as well as long-lasting gels. But she also likes to have fun with her work, which is why she specializes in creating trendy designs and nail art, turning hands and toes into eye-grabbing showpieces or tributes to Picasso’s underappreciated Trim Cuticles Period. Other services available include waxing and eyelash extensions.
Guests pull up a plush leather chair to the counter at The Nail Bar at Salontra, where technicians tend to hands beneath the glow of dangling purple lights. Long-lasting Zoya natural polishes coat digits in bright hues as clients take in the nail bar's vivid turquoise walls and colorful portraits. Nestled inside Salontra Select Suites, The Nail Bar is one of many independently owned salons situated at one location.
Shie'ree Saunders of Shie'ree's Natural Nail Care beautifies finger and toes with manicures and pedicures and releases soothed sighs with a variety of massage modalities. Technicians trim, buff, and shape nails to prepare them for cloaks of polish, and fingers and toes wiggle cheerily as they are painted with the color of the patron's choice. After selecting a massage technique, patrons unwind on a table as experienced hands melt away the stress from shifts as a bodyguard for twirling plates. Warm, smooth stones exorcize tension in the hot-stone massage, and the Swedish massage’s long, gentle strokes let muscles drink in relaxation deeply. Deep-tissue kneads untangle stubborn spinal knots amid the salon's gold accents and merlot-hued walls. Plush red and brown carpets pamper newly colorful toes in the glow of paper lamps, and gilt-framed mirrors let patrons admire their relaxed visages or think back to when humans lived in small gilt boxes.