The best way to describe Pamper Me Spa is a strategic color eruption. Between pink and neon yellow-checkered floor tiles and a vibrant fuchsia ceiling, the walls display an enormous abstract cityscape, with sponge-painted skyscrapers and a blue twilight backdrop. Amid these glitzy accents, skilled stylists bedeck tresses with bold color highlights and customize haircuts to clients’ preferences and lifestyles. The salon also offers private rooms for soothing massages and waxing services as well as a free play center for children and the Muppets who follow them, awaiting the right moment to burst into song.
Cura Novo proprietor Natha Thompson beautifies faces and bodies in tranquil, private settings at both D'Vons Salon & Day Spa in Eagle River and Envy Salon Studio in Wasilla. Using all-natural Cosmedix products, she can work to correct brown spots and other skin complaints or perform soothing relaxation facials. She can also add lash extensions one by one to enhance eyes, or keep their skin surfaces smooth via waxing treatments.
Get Nailed Nail Bar shapes fingertips, prettifies paws, and eases away stress in a bright, casual environment. One of Get Nailed's skilled manicurists tend to upper appendages with a long soak, reflexology massage for hands and arms, and a marshmallow mask. Nails emerge anew after a cuticle softening treatment, artful shaping, and decorative polish. The Ice Cream Pedi features flavours that rotate monthly, like a slow-motion ballerina, and uses ME! Bath products to cleanse, exfoliate, scrub, and soften. To ensure clients aren’t upstaged by an idle prism paperweight, Get Nailed stocks a spectrum of polish from OPI and China Glaze.
The technicians at Regal Nails pamper hands and feet with manicures, pedicures, and stylish synthetic tips. Upgraded deluxe mani-pedis include exfoliation and soothing massage, whereas quickie express pedicures cover the basics of nail shaping, cuticle grooming, and polish. In addition to these nail services, the beauty pros offer waxing, lash tinting, and eyelash extensions.
Glaze's studio immediately asserts itself as a zone for the bold and modern. Light-blue and lime-green accents are juxtaposed against the industrial aesthetic of an exposed floor for a stark contrast. This setting, however, belies the aestheticians' preference for nature. The pipe-free Sanijet pedicure baths, inspired by the stone paths strewn throughout Asia, deliver a reflexology massage to soaking feet by stimulating specific pressure points on the underside of each foot. This attention to detail pervades everything on Glaze's service menu, which spans nailcare, facials, massages, and waxing. Aestheticians rely on a stock that contains many eco-friendly products, such as the Aveda skincare line and the formaldehyde- and DBP-free nail polishes of butter London. They also maintain a meticulously clean studio, sanitizing instruments in the same kind of high-temperature autoclaves found in hospitals, the dentist’s office, and the homes of professional taxidermists.
According to a 2009 feature in the Anchorage Daily News, In Style Nail Spa’s nail technicians, Tam Phan and his wife, Michelle, focus on comfort and sanitation while they pretty up hands and feet. Their emphasis on safety is evident during each appointment—they only adhere nontoxic nail enhancements to fingers and toes and redirect polish fumes away from the manicure tables with a specialized ventilator.
Their services cover gels, acrylics, and China Silk nails in addition to pampering add-ons, such as paraffin and exfoliating scrubs. They coat nails in traditional polishes from OPI and Orly or in Shellac polish, which guards against chips for up to two weeks no matter how much you massage your coworkers. During treatments, guests can sip on coffee, tea, or water.