At Empress Nails II, vitality and variety go hand in hand. All told, the salon's technicians specialize in no less than nine forms of pedicures, which incorporate everything from hot stone therapy to sugar and honey scrubs or glycolic acid. Manicures, too, offer plenty of options, such as acrylic nail applications or coats of no-chip polish to keep nails from being eroded by running faucets. Empress Nails also provides full-body and foot massages and facials that can soften blemishes and bring out youthful hues.
At Eden Salon & Spa, guests sip on drafts of water, coffee, or tea as they wait to meet with stylists to shape their hair, skin, or nails into a new, revitalizing look. Along with hairstyling and color treatments such as highlights or eyebrow tints, the staff specializes in a full suite of mani-pedi services, from applying acrylics to coating fingernails or toe hubcaps with chip-resistant Shellac polish.
If experience were measured in pounds, the laser technicians at Advanced Laser Clinics would be lugging around an aircraft carrier. Across the country, they have performed more than 250,000 treatments, banishing hair, acne, veins, and wrinkles from the body like so many itchy berets. During hair-removal sessions, technicians use the heated energy of the Lumenis LightSheer laser to destroy hair at the root as a built-in ChillTip prevents clients from experiencing excessive discomfort. The LightPulse Skin Renewal system reduces the appearance wrinkles, and other laser treatments work to eliminate surface veins and irritating acne that won't stop singing “MMMBop.” To ensure patients' safety, a medical doctor supervises technicians and oversees procedures such as aluminum-oxide crystal microdermbrasion, which is performed by medical aestheticians armed with skincare products from Cellex-C, Decléor, Dermalogica, Dermablend, and Dr. Brandt.
Classical sculptures and mirrors create an Old-World atmosphere at Spa Constantine, where spa travelers navigate the lengthy list of spa services to discover treatments that improve health, appearance, and mood. Spa Constantine touts opulent furnishings, from carved wooden benches softened by gilded pillows to tall golden pillars capped by plush greenery. Pedicure stations cradle clients in reclined chairs with whirlpool tubs, and pedicurists use the glow from crystal chandeliers to differentiate toes from dropped grapes or missing glass eyeballs.
At Sweet & Sassy, a candy-colored salon and spa that frequently hosts beauty parties, experienced pulchritude practitioners pamper toddlers to tweens with myriad services. Little women relax after long days crunching numbers at the lemonade stand amid walls awash in purples, pinks, limes, and oranges. An ear-piercing throne, an accessories boutique, and a celebration area complete with globe lights, a reflective disco ball, and a fashion runway make up Sweet & Sassy’s diva-friendly atmosphere.
The paw pamperers at Feet Feel Spa mine knowledge of acupressure points to provide wellness through traditional Chinese foot massage, doled out in serene environs graced with sleek hardwood floors and glowing Chinese lanterns. During treatments, customers recline in black leather armchairs while relishing a 20-minute foot kneading complete with an unwinding soak in water infused with Chinese herbs. Massage therapists devote the last 10 minutes of sessions to kneading away aches in necks, hands, and vestigial tentacles. By targeting acupressure points, practitioners strive to clear up congested energy flow within the body, allowing for optimal relaxation and overall well-being.