Experience is everything at Chez Elle Salon & Spa. Just seven staff members boast more than 100 years of combined experience on their collective resumé. Kathryn Hill, the salon's master stylist, claims 37 years in the biz, and thanks to her expertise and a full stock of Unite Eurotherapy and Kevin.Murphy haircare products, the salon earned a nomination in the Best Hair Salon category from CityVoter in 2012. On the spa side, Chez Elle's master aesthetician has been customizing facials in Hungary and America for close to four decades.
The full-service salon and spa leaves no aesthetic stone unturned, offering body waxes, Shellac and Minx nail treatments, massages, and tans delivered via airbrush UV bed—all within upscale environs. A stone fireplace welcomes clients, and the waiting area's ornate glass fixture reflects an eye-catching pattern on the red ceiling. In the nailcare area, metallic decals offer uplifting advice such as "Cherish Yesterday," "Dream Tomorrow," and "Let your fingernails dry before running them through your new do."
At Nail Club & Spa, a full-service nail salon for men and women, a licensed staff welcomes guests to sit at one of many manicure stations or to lounge in a row of pedicure chairs. Their chairs are no traditional thrones, partly because they aren’t in a castle with 400-year-old priceless artifacts called the king and queen. Instead, their thrones are equipped with massaging capabilities and pedicure baths that have disposable liners and fresh water, keeping bacteria at bay. The staff further tends to appendages by polishing nails from a palette of more than 100 colors, whose chemical odor doesn't linger thanks to the spa’s well-designed ventilation system. Additionally, the Nail Club & Spa team pours complimentary drinks, turns on a flat-screen television, and renders a number of skincare services in private rooms.
When it comes to a good manicure, experience counts. That’s why all polished tips point to Elite Nails owner Elisa Garcia, who has spent the last 19 years perfecting her nail-polishing technique. Beyond basic polish changes and mani-pedis for both men and women, she specializes in acrylic enhancements, which come natural, French tipped, capped in colorful glitter, or rolled in fresh powdered sugar. To prevent lifting, she uses acrylic products from Creative Nail Design, which also guard against yellowing to keep nails looking new for longer.
Catrina Hull has not only been gifted with an artist's touch—nail polish being her medium—but fate has also bestowed her with the gift of gab. Within Salon West, the personable technician treats acrylic and natural nails to Shellac, glitter, and other polishes as she cheerfully chats up her clients, learning about their lives and, hopefully, making a new friend in the process. Though she's ever-friendly, Catrina is more than happy to soothe skin with paraffin and callus treatments while her clients talk on the phone or listen to their iPods. She also packs up her paints and brings her nail services to senior citizens, busy businesswomen, and other clients in their homes, offices, and blanket forts.
Delicate gold stencil work glimmers from the scarlet red walls of The Squoval Nail Salon, where knowledgeable technicians use vegan Nubar polishes and highly sterilized tools during nail services. Staff members massages legs during a reflexology sugar scrub as the soothing smells of aromatic oils rise from the warm waters of hammered copper pedicure bowls. This style of metal bowl is not only aesthetically pleasing but also naturally eliminates bacteria and helps reduce inflammation caused by driving Fred Flintstone's car. At manicure stations, technicians welcome guests to recline in chic chairs decorated with a single satin ribbon as they beautify fingertips with traditional and Gelish polishes as well as decorative nail art. The boutique nail salon also offers freshly brewed tea for clients to enjoy during their services. They even host bachelorette parties, baby showers, and girls? nights out.
If you traveled back in time to see Shelly Rewinkle when she was a little girl, you probably wouldn't expect her to become a hairstylist. That's because she spent most of her time playing with boys and riding dirt bikes in California. But ever since the late 80s, this tomboy-turned-stylist has strengthened her skills by working in salons and training with brands such as Aveda and American Crew.
As the owner of Grand Salon, Shelly leads a team of stylists, who tend to manes and pour complimentary glasses of wine and cucumber water. In addition to their expert services, they have been known to go above and beyond by feeding clients' meters, grabbing their lunch, and videotaping their children's clarinet recitals. All of this takes place inside an old plant warehouse, where 20 skylights illumine the cavernous space. Before opening, Shelly brought in craftsmen to build tabletops out of old wood. By mixing these natural elements with the industrial feel of the building, she created a modern ambiance that still feels warm and inviting. At the front of salon, a boutique displays art and accessories alongside products by Bumble and bumble and Kerastase.