Marbled floors and a tiled reception desk reflect the glimmer of retro patterned lamps as essential oils perfume the Sweet Serenity Beauty Bar's lobby. Veteran beauty worker Nicole oversees technicians who dab nails with gel and standard OPI polishes, offering the guarantee of a free touch-up if regular polish chips within three days or gel polish chips within seven.
The salon's technicians also beautify skin with organic green-tea products, whisk away hair with hypoallergenic French hard wax, and exfoliate orange rinds from faces with fruit-enzyme peels.
Nick's Nails & Spa likes to give its clients options. The business stocks more than 500 shades of polish, including 80 gel-based shades, and serves 20 different types of complimentary drinks, from bottled water to cocktails. Once they've settled into the spa chair of their choice, they'll have some more important decisions to make, such as whether they'd like to enhance their mani-pedi with hot paraffin wax or a reflexology massage, or whether they'd prefer to take advantage of other spa services such as eyelash extensions. As nail technicians groom cuticles and shape nails, free Wi-Fi keeps clients comfortably entertained. And, since Nick's Nails & Spa only uses personal nail tools once, customers can bring their tools home with them for use in home manicures or avant-garde floral arrangements.
Kelly Couture by Melanie is a beauty boutique specializing in makeup application, eyelash extensions, and image consulting. Choose between custom eyelash extensions or makeup application to achieve a glamorous look for an upcoming wedding, formal affair, or afternoon spent gazing dreamily at your reflection. Eyelash extensions combine lashes of varying length, thickness, and curl for a natural doe-eyed stare. Makeup application can be executed in three different styles—barely there, head turner, and red carpet ready. Barely there offers a fresh and natural daytime look, while head turner applies defined eyes and contoured cheekbones for a more dramatic effect. Red carpet ready provides a flawless finish appropriate for a photo shoot or premier event where you will be on display. It also includes a thorough consultation and trial run of your look. View the online gallery for a better idea of what to expect. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Nothing makes you feel like a new person quite like traveling abroad. Hasnae Dhrif, the owner of Argan Salon & Spa, certainly knows this: the 16-year industry veteran has lived in both Morocco and France and works to bring a touch of European style to her own business. Here, her staff reaches for high quality products by brands such as Rene Furterer Paris and Moroccanoil as they transform exteriors with the latest salon trends from around the world, including multidimensional color and color correction, threading, shine-boosting keratin treatments and organic facials. A mural of a cascading waterfall is just another touch that helps to mentally transport clients to an exotic new locale, so much so, that many may swear they can hear the ocean when they hold the blow-dryer to their ear.