Angie Cummings never thought she'd own a salon. When her husband surprised her by buying one, she worried about expanding her clientele beyond the loyal fans of her at-home nail business. "So I kind of just stumbled into [this business], honestly. But it has been the biggest blessing," she says. "There's never a day, ever, that I wake up and think, 'I don't want to work.'"
The turnaround came when Cummings realized she could "[sit] there talking to people" as she boosted their confidence beautifying their nails. The salon is fresh from recent redecorating, which included painting the walls a soothing neutral color and filling tall vases with even taller reeds. Within the new salon, massaging pedicure chairs cushion clients during luxurious spa services, and oval portrait mirrors capture the flash of stylists' scissors and twinkling eyes as they customize fashionable cuts.
The technicians at Hera Nail Spa draw upon 10 years of experience as they care for natural and artificial nails in an elegantly remodeled setting. Staffers coat fingertips in traditional polish or apply durable Gelish or CND Shellac polish that can last without chipping for up to two weeks. For pedicures, patrons climb aboard the La Fleur II chair, whose massaging action mimics human fingers by playing rock-scissors-paper beneath the upholstery. The remodeled space boasts chandelier-like glass lighting, a trickling fountain, and stately arches and columns.
Light streams in through Southwest Salon's wall-to-wall windows, flooding the intimate studio and illuminating the expert nail technicians as they trim cuticles, apply an exfoliating sugar scrub, gently buff nail beds, and replace and repair acrylic nails. Southwestern textiles and turquoise walls surround the techs and the salon's visitors, whose feet soak in steamy tubs during pedicures. Each nail-centric service can conclude with a special OPI, Shellac, or Gelish polish, which protects nails and renders them shiny, chip-free, and impervious to criticism for up to two weeks.
Master nail technician, Liana Labriola, transforms digital extremities into masterpieces of color. Under her expert care, nails glow with fresh coats of polish after having their jagged edges filed, their cuticles pushed back, and their surrounding skin turned into delicious flan with a sugar scrub.
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Soho Nails understands creature comforts: heated pedicure chairs, whirlpool massage chairs, and attentive pampering with each mani-pedi are afew perks offered here. During all mani-pedis, for instance, technicians lead with soaks, massages, cuticle trimming, and nail growth stimulators before applying their fast drying polish. And then there are the spa pedicures, which include cooling gels, hot stone massages, and a leg mask and scrub with a choice of flavors such as rose, lavender, and tangerine zest. They also sell polishes and base coats for clients to take home, and equip their space with AutoClave Sterilizers and an advanced ventilation system to ensure that both the utensils and the air is clean and sanitary.