X-Pressions Hair and Nail Studio's stylists pride themselves on creating unique looks that draw out every client's personality. "I think that what I do is an art form, and every client is my canvas," says Kristen, one of the hair sculptors currently in residence. She cuts, highlights, and styles hair, laying each strand to best compliment someone's face. Despite the creative aspect of her work, though, her favorite part is still the people. "[I like] making my clients feel good about themselves," she says.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Highlights
Brands Used: Kenra
A few wisps of smoke from an extinguished candle hang in the air, along with the lingering fragrance of aromatic oils and the soft strains of jazz or nature sounds. One of the licensed massage therapists at Mona Lisa's Massage & Wellness has completed another relaxing session, easing muscle tension and stress with modalities such as hot-stone therapy, pregnancy or sports massage, or reflexology. The center's practitioners operate in an intimate and tranquil four-room suite complete with a mani-pedi station. In the couples room, pairs enjoying a Yin + Yang massage nosh on chocolate-covered strawberries and discuss how to install electric handlebar warmers on a tandem bike.
The crew exfoliates skin with coconut-lime-scented scrubs and detoxifies bodies with wraps that include a session in the steam sauna. They also aim to clear complexions with 10 different anti-aging facial treatments and peels.
Bloomingnails Hair and Nail Salon's nail technicians transform hands and feet into immaculate canvases of art with polishes from OPI and CND. The up-to-90-minute mani-pedi begins with the digit doyen massaging the hands and trimming the cuticles before buffing and filing finger armor to a gumball-esque sheen and blanketing it in a splash of color. The phalange pro then descends floorward, trimming and buffing toe talons into topiary art before exfoliating the hind paws with a foot scrub or mask. Legs are ensconced in a heated towel for an embrace that's warmer than a bear hug from Grandma, and a brush of color tops the tootsie surface for an eye-popping finish.
The Hair & Nail Gallery offers just that: beauty services for your hair and nails, as well as a boutique with products for at-home care. You can kick back in a comfy chair and let technicians dote over your hands and feet with pink-and-white mani-pedis or gel manicures. Hairstylists cut, color, and style locks, adding freshness to an expired 'do. The Hair & Nail Gallery also offers products for purchase for everything else from your head to your toes, such as sugar scrub and body oil.
The technicians at Diamonds & Pearls Nails & Spa unveil digits sparkling with a jewel-inspired luster after 90-minute sessions in a recently debuted haven. Manicures begin with a softening soak followed by an expert shearing and shaping of finger keratins. Beautifiers combat encroaching cuticles and polish palms for more accurate fortune-cookie recitations with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub, coaxing youthful elasticity with a hydrating green-tea lotion containing peppermint and eucalyptus oils. The spa pedicure mirrors the manicure's initial maintenance before straying into foot-specific territory with a smoothing pumice-stone and callus-paring scrub. Moisturizing sugar scrubs whisk away dead skin, and a green-tea mask animates feet more effectively than permanently outfitting them in audio-equipped sock puppets. Pamperers knead arches and swathe weary feet in hot towels to top off relaxation sessions.
After gaining experience in salons all over the country, Tamara Throwers returned to her hometown of Nashville to make good on her lifelong dream of owning a nail salon. Her time spent in spas as far away as Canada and as cosmopolitan as New York taught her the importance of going above and beyond customer expectations, so she upgrades standard mani-pedis with indulgent extras and keeps her salon––located inside Nashville Laser Spa––open until 8 p.m. every day. Among her most luxurious services are the Orange Millin pedicure, which sets tired feet soaking in a soothing bath of fresh milk, honey, and sliced oranges, and a 2.5-hour sports-reflexology pedicure that includes a reflexology foot massage, gourmet meal, and staged reading of the best toe-related haiku.