Lisa knows that natural-looking nails are often the most elegant. She creates this subtle aesthetic by applying sets of thin acrylics, whose pink and white hues mimic nails that have never been painted or used to pry open a bank safe. Lisa also wields CND shellac to brush on chip-resistant coats of color, and brightens nails with OPI gel and polish. She enhances her pedicures with exfoliation and massages.
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.
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.
When it comes to a good manicure, experience counts. That’s why all polished tips point to Elite Nails owner Elisa Garcia, who has spent the last 19 years perfecting her nail-polishing technique. Beyond basic polish changes and mani-pedis for both men and women, she specializes in acrylic enhancements, which come natural, French tipped, capped in colorful glitter, or rolled in fresh powdered sugar. To prevent lifting, she uses acrylic products from Creative Nail Design, which also guard against yellowing to keep nails looking new for longer.
From within Pizazz, Jen Hillbloom uses her talents as a color specialist to transform lackluster hues. She begins by consulting with clients to determine a shade that works best with their skin tone. From there, Jen pulls from Redken and Schwarzkopf products to lavish strands with dynamic color.
The friendly beauty professionals of Tanglz & Co. are like a family. In that vein, each client they’ve welcomed into the full-service salon in the past decade has also become another member of their clan—luxuriating in their customized hair, skin, nail, and body treatments. To enhance haircuts, hair color, and keratin hair-smoothing treatments, Tanglz stylists rely on Redken, California Smooth, Aquage, and Matrix haircare products, and the salon's nail techs reach for OPI and Young Nails products. Nail techs are also trained in CND nail treatments and specialize in french manicures, from the traditional pink and white to the new trend of capping each finger and toe with a tiny graduation cap. Tanglz also offers facials, full-body waxing, and massages for all-around relaxation and aesthetic options.