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.
From paraffin manicures to indulgent hot-stone pedicures, the talented techs at Designer Nails skillfully pamper appendages with a wide range of nail-enhancement services. Natural nails get a lengthening boost from synthetic tips made of gel or acrylic, or from pink and white solar nails, which refrain from yellowing in the sun and don't require batteries. Soothing whirlpool tubs and softening sea-salt scrubs give a luxurious feel to basic pedicures, and all mani-pedis can find an extra dose of durability with the addition of Shellac polish, which leaves nails shiny and chip-free for far longer than typical lacquers.
Jodi Holtz, the owner of The Waxing Studio, has over 20 years of experience, and she imparts her wisdom by personally training all of the staff at the locally-owned salon. This crew has performed more than 200,000 depilatory treatments since the studio's founding in 2006, using a custom-made organic wax that leaves neither sticky residue nor glitter deposits behind. They wax nearly any area of men's and women's anatomy during sessions that last only about 15?30 minutes.
The hands are the astronauts of the body—the first explorers to make contact with any matter in your orbit—and the feet are the blazing rockets that propel you into space. Take care of your trustworthy space objects with today's Groupon to Polish Nail Spa: $40 for an essential mani and ultimate pedi (a $73 value). This deal doesn't just spiff up your hands and feet, it invigorates the senses with a bouquet of essential oils and the underutilized arts of hand and foot massage. What She Says: “Girl, we deserve this day for ourselves!” What She Means: I deserve pampering; you deserve my scornful eye, you wretched pile of decrepitude.
Lauren Hause, the owner of Hause of Nails, specializes in mani-pedis with a unique twist. Once she files tips, buffs nail beds, and tames cuticles, Lauren layers on natural polishes to create anything from multi-hued strawberries to umbrellas or a portrait of the local weatherman. She can even enhance her impressive paint jobs with faux crystals and gems. She isn't just about creativity, though?she also loves cleanliness. She washes, disinfects, and sterilizes every tool after every use, and throws away anything non-metal after every treatment.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Highlights and a cut
Brands Used: Morocconoil, Joico, Kerastase, Enjoy Hair Care
Pro Tip: Great environment with excellent services.