"I literally lie awake in bed at night dreaming up my next theme service, or solving a skin care problem for a client. I know I am nuts, but I really love my job," Painted Red Nails owner Jessica Mahler says on her online bio. Mahler has been taking nail care very seriously since the age of 10, when she set up an informal manicure shop in her family home. She soon began competing in advanced nail-care competitions, taking home a national championship six years later. After graduating high school, she became a licensed instructor of cosmetology, and even went on to train under German podiatrist Katherine Vongavel. The certified master pedicurist also opened two Painted Red Nails locations to further fuel her all-consuming passion for nails and beauty. Her intensity has paid off—the flagship Osterville site was the winner of Cape Cod Life's 2010 Best Day Spa award.
One service that may have been a product of Mahler's late-night musings is the waterless manicure. Since she believes that warm, soapy water is not beneficial for the skin around the nail, she opts instead for a blend of moisturizing, natural oils that allow for longer-lasting polish applications. During pedicures, she makes sure to use non-greasy moisturizers that are absorbed into the skin, instead of sticking around to block sweat glands and sabotage attempts to pirouette barefoot across polished wood floors.
Mahler and her team also offer waxing, massages, makeup, and facials at the Mashpee location. Many of them are certified to perform Dr. Hauschka skincare treatments, which use lymph stimulation to create radiant, refreshed skin.
The licensed massage therapists at Oasis Massage bring their clients a sense of tranquility through massage, aromatherapies, and spa skincare treatments. Massage modalities include standard Swedish and deep-tissue, work as well as specialty massages such as Thai massage, prenatal work, and candle massage, which uses an essential-oil-based soy candle as oil and lotion to soften skin. Staffers use a different blend of oils during aromatherapy, which works to alter both the mood and cognitive function during a spa treatment.
During facials, aestheticians use a six-step process that includes an acupressure facial massage and application of products. Alternatively, when they perform a body scrub, skin professionals exfoliate the surface with Dead Sea salt, nourishing clay, and jackhammers.
Though the stylists at Creative Cuts Plus are respectful of their clients' time, they don't rush people in and out either. Every time the salon takes on new client, a stylist conducts a 15-minute consultation to learn about the client's style and record service information in the computer. Once the stylist understands what the client wants, she sets to work. She might tint tresses with a triangle-foil service or lowlights or smooth out frizz with Keratin Complex by Coppola or Japanese straightening treatments. When the stylists aren't busy arranging locks into casual looks, they're crafting delicate updos and applying makeup for weddings and proms.
The salon particularly benefits from the expertise of its staff. Waxing expert Marly Cordoso uses Gigi products to perform the Brazilian waxes she first encountered in her native Brazil, and stylist Michele Tuckwood practices the hair-color techniques she mastered in the Paul Mitchell stylist-training program. Their work is backed by the salon's guarantee, which the staff members ratify by twisting a single strand of their own hair into a promise ring.
Salon Evolution turns back the hands on youth's clock face with rejuvenating salon-and-spa services. Skilled stylists stand eagerly poised to tame beastly head nests with customized cuts and styles crafted to the specifications of each client's whimsy. The Dermalogica anti-aging facial uses a customized selection of the professional line's lineup of age-fighting products to soothe and restore skin to a younger-looking splendor. An invigorating Dermalogica cream then penetrates the skin to give fine lines and wrinkles a final punch of elasticity. Alleviate aggravating muscle aches and return your aura to its infant vigor with a 60-minute Kriya massage, which launches a full-body attack on tension with a blend of massage modalities including swedish technique, acupressure, deep tissue, trigger points, shiatsu, reflexology, and energy work.
The knowledgeable technicians and therapists of Cape Cod Nails and Spa strive to treat their clients with superlative services in a pristine, ultrahygienic environment. Clients cozy in with a complimentary cup of tea as nailcare pros gild put-upon paws with traditional polishes, no-chip OPI Axxium, CND Shellac, and gel treatments. Each nail service is insured by the salon’s Application guarantee, which promises a redo if the paint chips or quits before a set date. Their pipeless Sanijet pedicure basin is engineered for optimal cleanliness during soaks, and all nail techs keep metal tools sterilized with a dry-heat autoclave, as well as dispose of files and buffers after their first use. The salon’s living-air purification system keeps a steady flow of fresh, clean oxygen swirling past guests as they sample beauty products and aesthetic treatments.