25-minutes. That's the length of the longest single treatment provided at any LAKA Manicure––and that’s exactly how the customers like it. Born from a desire to provide "fashionable manicures for the busy woman," LAKA has grown to more than 15 locations across Israel, Hong Kong, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, and now shares its speedy, style-setting services with the US at it's first state-side location in Las Vegas.
Stationed inside busy malls, each urban-inspired nail bar is easily recognizable by its futuristic, white-cube design and the pops of color provided by a selection of 150 nail polishes. Each lacquer is specially crafted in France using saturated pigments and inspired by the latest world trends and seasonal hues chosen by Mother Nature's mood ring. Inside the geometric styling stations, technicians speedily provide express manicures, mineral-rich hand peels, and nail art using real Swarovski stones. Since most sessions only take around 15-minutes, appointments are never required.
Trish—of Nails by Trish—protects nails while making them look good. Her collection of gel polishes fights off chips and scratches caused by everyday activities such as washing dishes and husking corn. The polishes come in a kaleidoscope of hues.
Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon?s investigation.
No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.
Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection?even with properly sanitized instruments?may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they?ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it?s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.
Sunlight streams through the windows of Pure Healthy Nails Spa, illuminating the manicure stations where nail techs work hard to keep nails beautiful and strong. The staff strives to use non-toxic products whenever possible. This includes their signature service: dip-gel nails. Designed to help fix split or broken nails and help natural nails grow longer, the treatment involves the use of a gel powder activator instead of UV light or harsh chemicals. The dip gel is also available in 150 colors, so customers don't need to add nail polish or outfit their fingertips in tiny wigs to keep them looking fashion-forward.
Besides this signature service, Pure Healthy Nails Spa also offers basic mani-and gel mani-pedis in an environment that's free of acrylic odors. during all of their services, the team there tends to rely on organic and botanical products. There are herbal detox blends, sea salt mixed with lavender, and other natural elixirs. They might turn to massage skills to relax patrons, or warm towels to open pores. There's also more high-tech gear for galvanic and high frequency LED light facials and microcurrent.
With each of its locations nestled in the heart of a shopping mall, LAKA Manicure Express helps clients keep their nails looking healthy and stylish with convenient drop-in mani-pedis. Technicians work quickly without sacrificing the quality of their craft. They finish up each manicure in under 15 minutes, leaving plenty of time for customers to run errands, go shopping, or take a dip in the lobby fountain. During appointments, nail artists exfoliate dead skin with cleansing quartz crystal scrubs, massage hardworking hands with vitamin-rich cream, and decorate fingertips with shimmering Swarovski diamonds. After soothing massages and precision shaping and filing, customers can choose a polish from a selection that includes more than 130 different colors that change with the seasons.
When the nail tech at Nail Art Las Vegas says they aren't like other technicians, they aren't talking about their credentials. After all, they are certified and is in good standing with the Nevada State Cosmetology Board. They are talking about their 3D nails?detailed, customized designs that resemble tiny paintings and seem to pop off each digit. These include Disney characters such as Mike from Monsters Inc., as well as themed images for any holiday: sparkling green clovers for St. Patrick's Day, gel bunny faces for Easter, and portraits of 18th-century Polish noblemen for Casimir Pulaski Day. In addition to their 3D nails, they perform gel and acrylic mani-pedis and applies glitter nails.