Rather than rely on a traditional soak—which they claim dehydrates hands more than it moisturizes them—the nail technicians at Johnson Nail and Spa soften cuticles with heated mitts. After trimming and shaping nails, they relieve tension with warm lotion and cooling gel, massaging achy muscles before brushing on a coat of vibrant polish.
Pedicures, on the other hand, do involve a brief soak in water before a citrus squeeze and relaxing foot massage. Both manicures and pedicures can be upgraded with extras such as a salt-glow exfoliation, hot-stone massage, and foot or hand mask. The experienced techs also lengthen and fortify nails with artificial enhancements such as acrylics and solar acrylics, the latter of which harness the sun’s energy to allow for more efficient clapping.
Working out of Bella Rouge salon, licensed nail technician Jackie Nording renovates nails with lustrous polishes and soothing manicures and pedicures. Shellac nail polish enlivens fingertips with a durable, glossy sheen that lasts up to 14 days. Artificial gel nails glimmer with white or glittery tips that appear more natural than acrylic nails and feel lighter than cast-iron nails. During mani-pedis, Jackie massages hands and feet, treating toes to a relaxing soak before glitzing up nails. She can also add eye-catching nail art to polished fingers and toes, adorning already glam surfaces with ornate designs.
Before jumping into the spa industry, Jill Quinnette graduated with honors from Capitol School of Hairstyling & Esthetics. Sharing space with her diploma are certifications in Brazilian waxing and AHA chemical peels, both signature services that she doles out from her private treatment space inside Avalon Suites. An expert in hair removal, Jill sweeps away stubble from the brows, back, legs, and everywhere in between and helps clients show off their newly smooth contours with custom Norvell airbrush tans. She also flexes her spa muscles during services such as Shellac mani-pedis and exfoliating sugar scrubs and offers candling treatments to help rid ears of excess buildup or bats.
The stylists of Salon Eleven—some of whom boast several decades of experience—combine their diverse knowledge to style hair, brows, and nails into flattering designs. They wield an arsenal of high-end products, such as Soma, Simply Organic, and Sudzz, during salon treatments, which can highlight individual strands, add length with extensions, or give hair a new shape without molding locks around a functioning beehive. Ample mirrors line the salon's taupe-colored walls, leading to a pedicure throne in the back that bubbles with skin-softening water in preparation for an array of refining nail services.:m]]
Velvet Chair Spa’s founders designed their location as an oasis from the outside world, immediately enveloping guests with walls of soothing sea-foam green and plush, modern furniture. The color scheme is offset by equally pacifying accents such as flickering candles, calming music, verdant potted plants, and soft rugs as dense and fluffy as a soufflé whipped from the pulp of War and Peace. This environment complements the relaxing services performed inside, including massages, facials, hydrotherapy, milk baths, and aromatherapy soaks. The spa also houses a salon, where stylists cut hair, add highlights, or lengthen strands with extensions.
Salon Cosmetique at Vatterott Career College trains tomorrow?s aestheticians and stylists, giving beauty students practice perfecting their craft. Hair, nails, makeup, facials, waxing, and eyebrow tinting are all offered in this busy teaching salon, and all treatments are completed by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.