The experienced nail technicians at Petite Nails pamper fingers with colorful OPI polish or long-lasting Shellac manicures. To kick off either treatment, technicians gently push back flapping cuticles and trim, shape, and buff fingernails into silhouette portraits of William Howard Taft. Clients may opt for a regular manicure, an express 25-minute treatment with a shiny coat of high-quality OPI polish to add pizzazz to digits before a chic dinner out or championship thumb-wrestling tournament. Alternatively, during the 45- to 60-minute Shellac manicure, clients select from a rainbow of CND Shellac hues, which dry instantly under UV light, resist chipping for up to 14 days, and are free of formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals.
At SpaTaneity, relaxation begins as soon as guests step over the threshold. The de-stressing smells of aromatherapy greet each guest, and the sounds of trickling water and calming music add depth to the refreshing beverages clients sip as they begin to leave the bustling world behind. The spa’s owner, Trish Diaz, honed her relaxation-inducing skills during 10 years spent as a master aesthetician. In designing her spa, Trish made sure that her qualified staff members possessed the same unparalleled attention to detail that Trish lavished on her tranquil spa space.
Amid earth-toned rooms filled with plants and plush pillows, licensed and master aestheticians use custom facials and microdermabrasion to rid skin of imperfections and signs of aging such as sun spots, fine lines, and the finger scratches that result from babysitting an ill-behaved grandfather clock. Massage therapists deflate stress and tension with Swedish, hawaiian, and hot-stone massages, and mud body wraps feature cameos from honey butters and sea mud to detox the skin and give it a healthy, polished glow.
Rita Gregory began wearing acrylic nails in 1982 and continued wearing them for six years. Over this time, they caused severe damage to her natural fingernails. She sought advice at nail salons, but the professionals she asked didn't offer a satisfactory solution—they simply recommended covering up the damage with more artificial nails. So Rita began conducting her own research.
Atir Natural Nail Care is the culmination of her studies; it’s not only a nail salon, but a nail clinic, where technicians strive to educate clients about natural nail care and nail health. Drawing from her research, they smooth cuticles, strengthen fingernails, and moisturize hands. Treatments bridge the gap between health and beauty by utilizing natural ingredients such as tea-tree oil and shea butter, and Zoya and essie natural nail lacquers leave a gleaming shine without the use of potentially harmful chemicals.
RVA Massage and Wellness’s staff of certified massage therapists is led by owner Stephanie Quinby, who also serves on the state of Virginia’s Advisory Board on Massage Therapy. Quinby and her staff use a variety of techniques to knead away aches and pains, including therapeutic massage, which can help treat an injury; deep-tissue massage, which can alleviate muscle tightness with intense, localized pressure; and sports massage, which can improve range of motion. The massage therapists believe in the importance of a consultation with every client, as it helps them determine the optimal type of massage.