In a newly renovated space with tile floors and rounded white pillars, Frenchy's Nails' technicians meticulously groom hands and feet. Patrons can choose from scores of nail-polish bottles arranged by color, as they tune into the salon's quartet of plasma televisions.
The brush glides across each keratin sheet, leaving behind a coat of colorful polish. Technicians at Nail Couture Lounge paint fingernails and toenails in vibrant hues that range from bright pink to a sleek black. Clients have their choice between regular polish, and a Shellac option that protects nails against chips and acid rain. In addition to pampering nails, technicians swaddle hands in paraffin wax that works to soften and hydrate the skin.
Katie has tended fingers and toes for 12 years. In that time, she has mastered the art of grooming cuticles, moisturizing hands and feet in paraffin wax, and lifting away dead skin cells with scrubs or tiny cranes. At her eponymous studio, she continues to accentuate nails with OPI polish and hand-painted designs. During treatments, Katie strives to make clients feel comfortable and happy. "Each room is unique," says Katie, noting that each private treatment area is painted in a different calming hue. Upon request, she enhances the experience with a beverage and soft music.