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.
The smell of lavender, the sound of Frank Sinatra, and the low hum of friendly conversation. That's the sensory environment you're likely to step into at Frenchies Modern Nail Care. From there, techs following "clean care" protocols will unwrap an individually packaged, sterilized, stainless-steel set of tools just for your hands and feet.?Massage and sugar scrubs come standard with pedicures, but things can get much more luxe from there. The Lemon Cake mani-pedi uses citrus essences for an especially invigorating treatment, while the French Garden infuses a soak, scrub, masque, and hot-towel wrap with fresh cucumber. A chalkboard wall, giant french-bulldog silhouettes, and china-pattern-pretty blue and white furnishings are just a few fun elements surrounding customers as they surrender their paws to relaxation.
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.
The beauty experts at Mystique Salon transform clients into magnets for compliments with an array of hair, nail, and skin services. Skilled stylists cleanse coifs and administer all-over color or highlights using products by American Crew, Pureology, and Redken. For extra flair, they even incorporate feathers, tinsel, and dreamcatcher extensions that ward off nightmares of mullets chasing you around. In addition to hair services, the team also smoothes skin with facials and body waxes, and applies permanent makeup for long-lasting beauty.