Shannon’s work surface is no larger than a fingernail—literally. The nail technician clips overgrown nails and curbs cuticles as she preps nails for an eye-catching paint job. She covers nails in a variety of hues, and adds 3D art from flowers to hearts to spare keys so her clients will never get locked out again. Shannon works out of Urban Betty hair salon.
Audrey Hepburn once said, "I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." Though science has since disproven her wild-eyed theory about tomorrow, the staff at Nail Aesthetics take the sentiment to heart by plastering the quote on their Facebook page, website, and in their everyday interactions with clients. Tiffany-blue walls and warm conversation fill the studio space, where skilled technicians restore nails and polish them with long-lasting gel polishes. Revitalizing treatments employ botanical extracts and mango-coconut moisturizers to restore coarse paws to their once-vibrant smoothness. Clients may also solicit the spa for an intricate nail-art design with polka dots, flowers, or surrealist images of nails painting themselves.
Though they include coconut and almond among their organic ingredients, the handmade body butters and sugar scrubs at Red Carpet Nail and Body Spa aren't edible. They do satiate the skin, however, softening its surface during luxuriant mani-pedis. The staff creates the moisturizing formulas to augment spa services, which range from meditative massages to spa pedicures, complete with callus removal and hot towels. In a secluded, cozy corner of the spa, a nail technician applies chip-resistant Gelish and shellac polish, which last longer than the ordinary application of wood varnish.
Soothing music welcomes clients into Glitz Beauty Lounge, and the relaxing ambiance only continues once they arrive in the treatment room. Here, Cat d'Andria pampers the hands and feet with a full roster of nail services. She sculpts nails and tends to cuticles before coating each finger or toe in polish.