If when visiting Salon Saber you start to feel like you're the only person in the room, that's because to an extent it's true. Owner and nail artist Kimberly Espino accepts just one client at a time, meaning that every guest is given personal attention and time with the nail artist. Kimberly is a licensed massage therapist and licensed nail technician, and recently became a L'Or?al educator and nail artist. At Salon Saber, she parlays her technique and artistry onto fingers and toes one digit at a time. Her palette includes more than 200 polish colors and 45 glitters, and her services include gel, acrylic, and traditional mani-pedis. Kimberly also offers IBX nail treatments, which uses LED lights to cure the nail from the inside. This strengthens the nail and minimizes the chance that it becomes damaged or broken while clawing one's way out of a street mime's invisible box.
Candy Smith is many things, but above all she's an artist. When someone enters Stevie and Company Hair Salon and sits down at her mani-pedi station, she soaks their nails, discusses possible designs, readies her polish bottles, and gets to work creating tiny masterpieces. Some people opt for solid colors or demure French tips, but others envision wilder adornments. And in those cases, nothing is off-limits. From her brushes Candy conjures seahorses, flags, and sports logos or blends contrasting acrylic powders to craft one-of-a-kind marble patterns mimicking ancient Greek manicures. One look at her nail art portfolio exposes work so imaginative, it ranges from full beach scenes replete with palm trees to three-dimensional flowers.
Skin experts at Esthetics Center rely on noninvasive scientific advancements to cultivate smooth, youthful complexions but draw on an ancient Indian art to redesign unruly eyebrows. Skin analyses can lead to custom facials with Shahnaz Husain herbal creams, enzyme therapy gentle enough for those with rosacea, or the outing of secret identities with better skin. Advanced exfoliation procedures involving microcrystal sprays and chemical serums reveal fresh, healthy skin as well as the depth of the aestheticians' knowledge. Body and facial waxing is an exclusive privilege of women at Esthetics Center, but the team extends their skills in eyebrow threading—an age-old technique that uses thread to nab hair but not skin—to both sexes.
The Nail Bar n Lounge indulges clients with relaxing mani-pedis accompanied by complimentary glasses of wine. While clients recline against the plush pillows on the pedicure bench and sip their drinks, technicians tend to their skin with Seacret organic beauty products featuring ingredients from the Dead Sea. After grooming nails, the techs decorate them with colorful coats of OPI or Essie regular polish or CND Shellac or OPI gelcolor, which stay chip-free for up to 14 days.
Nail Fantasy's salon technicians pamper their guests with a variety of manicures and pedicures. During a deluxe spa pedicure, for instance, marine salt scrubs and cooling masques work with cucumber heel-therapy lotion and hot towels to make feet feel better than the first time they put on bunny slippers. Shiatsu massage chairs and foot soaks also enhance the relaxing experience. Up top, nails get beautified with everything from gel polish to silk wraps, and nail polish designs and polish changes are also available. Along with nail care, Nail Fantasy also offers waxing and eyelash extensions.
The creative-minded team at Paintbox Nail Studiox can do almost anything to improve the appearance of fingers and toes. Their lengthy menu of services includes everything from hot oil manicures to acrylics, gel extensions, and nail design using patterned MINX nails. Younger customers can even stop in for a paintbox jr. party that includes kid-focused manicures.