Repeat customers to Austin Nails & Spa, which is under new ownership, will notice something familiar during their second visit: the nail file, sanding block, and manicure stick that the nail technician uses. That’s because after an initial visit, the staff stores the tools used in a nail kit with your name on it to ensure that they’re used only for you or Meryl Streep playing you with uncanny accuracy. This is just one of the ways that Austin Nails & Spa’s new owners, a group of sisters, have made their salon stand out during their 10-plus years in business. They also make sure to give abundant training to each of their staff members in their area of expertise. The team, in turn, plies skilled hands to perform manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing services, among a whole smorgasbord of services.
Though their spa’s name might suggest otherwise, five is the most important number to the nail technicians at 620’s Nails & Spa. They focus on one hand or foot at a time, softening skin and grooming cuticles before brushing a glossy coat of standard or Shellac polish across all five nails. Along with their traditional manicures and pedicures, they apply CND Solar Nails during a two-step process similar to a French manicure. These chip-resistant coverings can last for up to three weeks without refills, much like a soda sipped once every seven hours. The spa doesn’t just specialize in nail services—a staff composed of aestheticians and massage therapists clears complexions with European facials and soothes muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
From within Stone Hill Shopping Center, Great Nails technicians live up to the salon's name by expertly refreshing hands and feet with an array of nail services. With more than 140 years of combined experience, the nail artists at Great Nails are well-versed in decorating fingers and toes with chip-resistant shellac polish, natural-looking Solar Nails French tips, flexible-yet-durable gel nails, and acrylic tips. During pedicures, feet are pampered with an exfoliating sea-salt and moisturizing honey-shea butter lotion that’s more soothing than napping in George Clooney’s laundry hamper, and reflexology sessions focus on relieving pains across the body by applying pressure to specific points along the feet. When not focusing on bettering the nails of adults and kids, Great Nails employs a Zerona body-contouring laser treatment that aims to painlessly reduce fat.
Using pure, plant-based products from Aveda, Avant treats stressed and repeatedly stepped-on complexions to its one-hour Results Focus Facial. An expert, friendly aesthetician will first consult with you to determine your skin type before concocting a completely customized treatment using personalized products, essential oils, and facial techniques. There are four categories of facial: Infinity Nature (for normal to dry skin), Air Nature (for dehydrated and older skin), Fire Nature (for irritated skin), and Earth/Water Nature (for normal to oily skin). The treatment will help alleviate environmental damage and signs of stress stemming from accidentally enrolling in medical school.
Peppermint whirlpools, rose-petal water, and essential oils are just a few of the tools used by the technicians at Viva Nails Spa during luxurious pedicure treatments. A vitamin-rich foot soak begins the 50-minute signature pedicure, enhanced by the client’s choice of scents, such as milk and honey or lavender. Then the nail tech massages the feet, wraps them in steamed towels, and dips them in paraffin wax designed to soften the skin. Once feet are groomed, relaxed, and officially relishing their new diva status, they rest on hot stones.
The staff also primps hands with the same attention to detail. During the dehydrated manicure, sugar scrubs, shea butter, pineapple essential oil, and steamed towels work to heal dry, cracked hands. Other manicures may include long-lasting shellac gel polish, fun nail designs, or french treatment on the tips.
An organic, natural salon, Nails Naturally fancifies hands and feet with custom-blended scrubs and creams and the latest long-lasting lacquers. Both mani and pedi services clip overgrown nails to keep them from flying away, and rough edges round out with careful filing that leaves them with a new chic shape. Overreaching cuticles are gently curbed as a relaxing massage disentangles muscles knots from all four appendage ends. The Indulge Me pedicure finishes with a coat of regular nail polish to smother toes typically sheltered by socks, shoes, and falling scoops of ice cream, and hard-working fingernails get added protection with a shimmering layer of Shellac paint, which imparts a chip- and smudge-free finish for up to 14 days, and requires zero dry time. Completely dedicated to human hand and hoof health, Nails Naturally employs autoclave sterilization equipment, using high-pressure steam to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi while de-wrinkling clothing.