Light streams in through Southwest Salon's wall-to-wall windows, flooding the intimate studio and illuminating the expert nail technicians as they trim cuticles, apply an exfoliating sugar scrub, gently buff nail beds, and replace and repair acrylic nails. Southwestern textiles and turquoise walls surround the techs and the salon's visitors, whose feet soak in steamy tubs during pedicures. Each nail-centric service can conclude with a special OPI, Shellac, or Gelish polish, which protects nails and renders them shiny, chip-free, and impervious to criticism for up to two weeks.
Julia, a licensed aesthetician with more than 10 years of experience, combines traditional European skincare techniques with advanced technologies at Velvet Skin Care Therapy. She smoothes skin with facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels and naturally evens skin tones with SkinScript skincare products, which contain kojic and arbutin acid. Julia is also a state-certified permanent-makeup artist, and she uses hypoallergenic SofTap pigments to enhance her clients’ eyes, eyebrows, and lips while maintaining a natural look.
The beauty experts at Mystique Salon transform clients into magnets for compliments with an array of hair, nail, and skin services. Skilled stylists cleanse coifs and administer all-over color or highlights using products by American Crew, Pureology, and Redken. For extra flair, they even incorporate feathers, tinsel, and dreamcatcher extensions that ward off nightmares of mullets chasing you around. In addition to hair services, the team also smoothes skin with facials and body waxes, and applies permanent makeup for long-lasting beauty.
When it comes to a good manicure, experience counts. That’s why all polished tips point to Elite Nails owner Elisa Garcia, who has spent the last 19 years perfecting her nail-polishing technique. Beyond basic polish changes and mani-pedis for both men and women, she specializes in acrylic enhancements, which come natural, French tipped, capped in colorful glitter, or rolled in fresh powdered sugar. To prevent lifting, she uses acrylic products from Creative Nail Design, which also guard against yellowing to keep nails looking new for longer.
Tend to last-minute holiday preening and primping with today’s glamorous Groupon. For $50, you’ll get $110 worth of services at Genevieve’s Full Service Salon. You can buy up to three Groupons for yourself (and more if the rest are gifts), but you can only use one per visit.
Catching rays is easy enough while the sun’s out, but becomes quite a challenge after nightfall. Fueled by the belief that people should be able to tan anytime—even during the moon’s tyrannous reign—Tan Time Littleton stays open 24 hours a day to accommodate those who aren’t able to reap the benefits of vitamin D during the day. Inside 28 private tanning rooms, 10 different types of UV beds and Mystic booths bronze skin with varying ray intensities and patented sunless mists. In addition to tanning services, Tan Time also offers teeth whitening and restorative red-light therapy, which helps stimulate energy, reduce swelling, and increase blood circulation.