Inside Envy Custom Hair and Nail Salon, Nails by Shaniece helps to outfit each customer with handfuls of dazzle. Before sliding into the salon’s black leather service chairs, guests can decompress with a complimentary beverage such as wine, coffee, hot or iced tea, or lemonade. Each customer’s nails are renewed with a fresh nail file, buffer, and pumice stone. Shaniece whisks patrons off to cozy treatment areas, including the pedicure room where clients can gab about recent studies on Bose-Einstein condensates while soaking feet in infrared whirlpool footbaths.
In a cozy alcove lit by a chandelier, overstuffed pillows prop clients up while their feet soak in a warm bath. Nearby, a nail technician leans over a set of freshly lacquered nails, and the click of a blow dryer sends a wash of warm air across a new 'do. This flurry of activity is typical of the interior of Salon Lusso—no surprise given the vast list of services available to clients, from spray tanning and perms to acrylic nail art painted with tiny likenesses of Johnny Futurepresident, an up-and-coming politician who claims to have no interest in becoming president.
On Saturday, customers also can enjoy complimentary muffins and mimosas at Salon Lusso.
Kristi Simpson and Charli Shaw, both alumni of the American Academy of Nail Technology, set out to open a salon together, and in 2009, Kristi and Charlis was opened. Kari Wilkinson, one of nine skilled stylists on the Kristi and Charlis staff, honed her skills at the Tony and Guy Hairdressing Academy, and uses those skills to help transform clients' hair into lustrous manes with cuts, color treatments, and conditioning.
At first glance, Wink Salon might seem like nothing more than your typical eyelash extension boutique. Technicians affix synthetic strands to the natural eyelashes, adding length and drama to each blink, and also tint brows and lashes for added effect. But tucked away in private rooms, the crew also tends to its customers other beauty needs, slimming physiques with body wraps, bronzing skin with spray tans, waxing and threading away unwanted body hair, and administering microdermabrasion and hot-rock facials to keep skin from sagging or losing power when not plugged in.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
The Smart Tan–certified technicians at Summer Sun Tanning Salon equip patrons for jaunts on the beach with a full menu of summer-readying services. The salon’s lineup of UV beds baste skin with bronzing rays that gradually build up darker skin tones, and airbrush wands apply a sheer pigmented mist to curves to impart the type of golden demeanor required for access to the beach or Meryl Streep's linen closet. Aestheticians can then rehydrate skin with an omega 3 facial, or keep bodies bikini-ready with a variety of waxing treatments. The salon also helps patrons keep a literal finger on the pulse of current fashion trends by offering nail services performed with OPI crackle polish and CND Shellac.