With its long pedicure benches and open floor space, Polished Nail Bar fits the breezy feel of a city park inside a nail salon. Even the names of its services recall a crisp breath of air: a Refresh mani-pedi includes a scrub, mask, and massage in addition to polish, and the Renew mani-pedi adds paraffin wax and a callus treatment to the package. The highly trained technicians pull from more than 70 OPI and CND colors to decorate nails, whether they're supervising the pedicure sinks or the marble counter of the manicure bar.
In addition to its nail-therapy space, the salon furnishes a private skincare room. Here, warm steam heralds targeted facials that address acne, dryness, and signs of aging. The Roseville location's menu includes facial peels such as a Power Pumpkin Resurfacer, which combats blemishes and wrinkles with enzymes and a jack-o'-lantern to wear on your head. The aestheticians also wax away unwanted body hair and lengthen eyelashes with extensions.
Though she started out playing “beauty shop” with her grandmothers, Courtney Phillips knew she had real talent when her family members kept requesting that she “play” with their hair too. Their confidence in her styling skills inspired her to attend beauty college and continually build up her talent with Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Vidal Sassoon classes. In 2006, Courtney oversaw renovations on Rocklin's "old church" building, which now houses San Francisco Street Salon & Spa—the realization of her childhood dreams.
Now, by the light of a glimmering chandelier, Courtney and her team of fellow stylists renovate hairstyles with Unite Eurotherapy and Aquage products. The spa's nail technician tends to digits with aloe scrubs, marine foot masks, and OPI's durable Axxium Gel, which can withstand rough-and-tumble games of patty-cake.
After a day spent walking around Westfield Galleria, Galleria Nails can look particularly enticing. Inside, owner Tiffany Tran and her team of licensed nail technicians pamper with massages, paraffin wax wraps, sugar scrubs, and mani-pedis. But they can do more than just groom hands and feet, they can transform them with coats of Shellac polish, 3D nail art, or hand-painted flowers that double as camouflage provided you're holding a bouquet.
When it comes to doing hair, there isn't much that the four stylists at Studio 209 Salon haven't tackled before. Specialists in hair extensions and color correction, they can also handle perms, modern cuts, and all sorts of up-dos, including the retro pin-up styles that have become increasingly popular with bridal parties and time travelers.
In a way, Aubree Jackson's education just began when she finished school. Although she received her aesthetician's license a decade ago, Aubree has plowed through a multitude of continuing-education courses, picking up enough certificates to merit a fifth office wall. She’s honed her skills in skin nutrition, jessner peels, Dermalogica skincare, diamond-peel microdermabrasions, and even thai massage.
Inside Love Your Skin Day Spa, these diverse practices culminate into a sweeping service menu of facials, body wraps, and cosmetic treatments. Hot oil and hand treatments complement the ultimate european facial—a relaxing treatment that brings out healthy skin color—whereas the hydra-derma facial combines a deep-cleansing facial, diamond peel, photorejuvenation facial, and neck and shoulder massage into a skin-spoiling treatment that could soften the face of the Lincoln Memorial. Love Your Skin Day Spa also offers body polishes, nourishing mud wraps, and permanent makeup services.
Andrea Belles, the digit artist behind Nails by Dre, pampers hands and feet with traditional spa mani-pedis. But she also adds long-lasting color to nails with gel polishes and red carpet-worthy shimmer with glitter polishes, sparkling tips, and crushed paparazzi flash bulbs. Her sets of acrylic nails add manmade length and strength to fingertips, while her paraffin treatments soften dry, overworked skin. Click here to view a gallery of Dre's work.