As its name implies, Twinkle Toes Nail Salon specializes in pedicures. Though it also offers classic and no-chip manicures, its pedicures go beyond the basics by incorporating ingredients like mint and chocolate. Each spa pedicure involves a suite of indulgent treatments, starting with a scrub, continuing with a massage, and concluding with a coat of polish or a knighting ceremony. The BYOB salon opens its doors to parties, grooming scores of fingers and toes while guests relax and sip wine.
Technicians at Corazon's Nail Salon are well versed in an array of nail treatments ranging from spa manicures and pedicures to acrylic and gel nail applications. At their stations, technicians coat freshly buffed nails with regular polish from OPI or reach for their longer-lasting formulas for chip-free manicures.
Home is where the heart is, which is why Terri Tabor’s hometown of Riverside was the ideal setting for Salon D'Amore. But staying close to home doesn’t keep this salon owner in the dark when it comes to cutting-edge trends. Rather, she arms her staff with Pureology, La-Brasiliana, and Perfection SmoothOut products to update coifs and tame frizz. When it comes to highlights, they use the paint-by-hand balayage technique to give locks a sun-kissed or idyllic-seascape appearance. The full-service salon and spa also soothes muscles with heated stones, and gives nails long-lasting shine with no-chip mani-pedis.
Studio Ritz isn't just named for the glamorous services it provides or the elegant location it holds within the Drake Oak Brook Plaza. The boutique spa is also named after owner, Ritzie Postmus, a nail technician with more than 15 years of experience. Ritzie, along with a dedicated team of stylists and nail technicians, aims to pamper patrons to the fullest, which is why consultations are a top priority at the lavishly decorated space. A gold velvet canopy drapes around a pedicure throne, where feet are softened with callus removal and a jacuzzi soak during three types of pedicure. More than 90 Nail Harmony and 100 magnetic nail-polish bottles frame manicure stations as technicians enhance fingertips with the salon’s specialty no-chip manicures, acrylic tips, and fiber wraps. Nail techs also employ products from OPI, CND, and Gelish, and wield tools sanitized with hospital-grade disinfectant.
Ritz's stylists—many of whom are platform artists at beauty shows—further beautify clients with foil highlights that add dimension, a formaldehyde-free KeraSmooth hair-smoothing treatment, and seamless hair extensions that would make Rapunzel take a second look. Knowing that waxing can cause a bit of a sting, Ritzie and her team use Clean + Easy sensitive wax on delicate areas and finish each treatment with an Aveda hydrating mask.
Upon entering Splendor, customers are greeted with floral centerpieces, parlor chairs, and wrought-iron tables that evoke images of a European garden. It is within this pleasing setting that the salon’s expert technicians beautify their clients with nail services for men and women using products from top brands such as Pevonia Botanica, OPI, and KAI. They specialize in classic and gel manicures and pedicures, with glamorous upgrades available including French manicures and paraffin treatments. They also sell high-end salon products and open the salon for bridal parties or private parties for any occasion such as a birthday, a girls' night out, or a guys-trying-to-understand-a-girls'-night-out night out.
Stylists have good reason to stick around The Salon By David and William. If they gain enough experience, they can move up the ranks from junior to senior to master stylist. It’s one way the salon retains its most promising talent, who together make up perhaps the most essential component in the salon’s ability to create contemporary looks. The stylists can attach extensions to make hair longer and fuller, or they can add a permanent wave that subtly appeals to surfers in landlocked countries. Elsewhere in the salon, beauty pros smooth out skin with waxing treatments and reduce the appearance of cellulite with toning body wraps, and massage therapists work through tension and alleviate chronic pain with Swedish or deep-tissue massages.