The technicians at The Finest Nails set out to create luxuriant spa treatments by massaging hands and feet with every mani-pedi. Deluxe spa pedicures begin with aromatherapeutic footbaths, which use grains of natural beach sand to exfoliate skin before masks with mineral clay and botanical balms hydrate feet. The technicians then glaze toenails with regular OPI or Essie polish, and fingernails with chip-resistant Shellac gel polish.
Experienced nail techs at Ibiza Nails & Skin Care and The Finest Nails demarcate digits from unpolished compatriots with long-lasting Shellac manicures and the salons' signature European spa pedicures. Clients luxuriate in the soft embrace of cushioned pedicure chairs as skilled staffers buff feet with a tropical sugar scrub and apply a tingly glycolic treatment to soften calluses, as well as the tiny robots that create them. Tropical oils and a moisture mask combine forces to nourish parched cuticles, and an even glaze of vibrant nail polish finalizes the process. The gel formulation of a Shellac manicure bestows fingernails with two weeks of flawless coverage that resists smudges typical of busy professionals that have to claw their way to work in the middle of a wild rain forest. The base, color, and topcoat combo cures rapidly under a UV lamp and soaks off in fewer than 10 minutes. Groupon customers can also upgrade to more elaborate nail services for an additional fee.
Inside this European-style salon, a skilled team of stylists use high-quality products to renovate clients’ hair, skin, and nails. Stylists craft trendy dos with Enjoy, Moroccan Oil, Colure Hair Care, and Big Sexy Hair products as well as stimulate thinning strands with Nioxin products. Additionally, the team removes unwanted hair with heated wax and keeps digits looking polished with relaxing mani-pedis.
Mary Ann Kilgore always wears sandals. So she used to obsess over the condition of her feet, a preoccupation she was able to turn into an occupation upon becoming a training manager for Minx Nails. The Minx process uses adhesive colors and designs that, when heated, bond to nails with an effect similar to shrink-wrap or the vacuum cleaner on Superman's back that sucks his cape tight. This enables the pedicure to last for up to six weeks, a feat Mary Ann was so continually impressed with that she no longer wanted to just train Minx stylists—she wanted to be one.
Along with her experience as a nail technician at The Spa at Pelican Hill, which boasts one of Forbes' elite five-star ratings, Mary Ann used her Minx training to open her own nail studio. Despite its cheeky name, The OC Minx is more serene than social: she is the only practitioner and works with clients one-on-one in a completely private space decorated with plants, candles, and cushy earth-toned furniture. She does more than just Minx pedicures here, though, as she also blends OPI polishes for custom colors, administers Shellac manicures, and gives hot-stone massages as part of spa pedicures or to overworked pedicure chairs.