Inside Effess salon, Paul Mitchell–certified cosmetologist London Armstrong-Adame keeps hands and feet polished with meticulous manicures and pedicures. Beyond doling out basic cuticle care and enhancing tips with gel add-ons, London gives toenails the RockStar treatment, covering them with glitzy, glittery designs that will draw attention from adoring fans and avid scrapbookers for up to six weeks.
Licensed nail technicians at Royal Nails & Spa beautify fingertips and toes with skilled shaping and painting. Clients can sashay past the aquarium filled with luminous orange fish and sit in a cushy leather pedicure chair while nail technicians trim cuticles, file nails, and calibrate elevator shoes. Flat-screen TVs entertain clients as technicians slick designer polish onto toenails. Across the amber-hued spa flanked by gilt Corinthian columns, clients offer their hands to be beautified into shapely ovals and buffed to shimmering smoothness. Technicians ornament fingernails with seasonal shades evoking autumnal harvests, wintery frosts, or springtime cap-and-gown receipts.
When talking about Upscale Nail Bar, owner Alica Best fondly refers to her salon as "tesoro in città"—an Italian phrase that translates to "treasure in the city." Amid soft lighting and cushy spa chairs, Alicia takes hours at a time to pamper feet and hands through luxurious mani-pedis and massages. Committed to maintaining an atmosphere of uninterrupted tranquility at her salon, she doles out her services by appointment only and requests that cell phones or particularly shrill kazoos not be used during sessions.
The Nail Spot Salon emanates a regal vibe with its rich purple walls and floors, bejeweled decorations, and trompe d'oleil chandeliers. Throw pillows decorated with purple rosettes line the sleek white pedicure station, where stainless steel faucets arch over pristine white basins. There, feet soak in warm water during the salon's signature "Spots" pedicures. Beyond gussying up natural and artificial nails, staffers host a slew of other beautifying services, including waxing, massages, milk and honey masques, eyebrow design, and cosmetics applications.
Just past the entrance to Nails By ME hangs an impossible-to-miss portrait of Marilyn Monroe—a mark of enduring style and beauty mirrored by the nail boutique's diverse menu of services. Administering more than just simple trims, the aestheticians hone in on fingers and cover them in luxurious finishes such as Minx Nails, an alternative to polish that results in a solid, chip-resistant coating. And when they’re not attending to individual clients, the nail techs transform into party planners, welcoming bachelorette parties and other groups with decorations, glasses of wine, mani-pedis, and classic rounds of pin the acrylic nail on the index finger.