From paraffin manicures to indulgent hot-stone pedicures, the talented techs at Designer Nails skillfully pamper appendages with a wide range of nail-enhancement services. Natural nails get a lengthening boost from synthetic tips made of gel or acrylic, or from pink and white solar nails, which refrain from yellowing in the sun and don't require batteries. Soothing whirlpool tubs and softening sea-salt scrubs give a luxurious feel to basic pedicures, and all mani-pedis can find an extra dose of durability with the addition of Shellac polish, which leaves nails shiny and chip-free for far longer than typical lacquers.
Signature Service: Deep-tissue and Swedish massage
Brands Used: Dr. Singha's Mustard Rub
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I love the joy of giving customized rejuvenation time. Every client has the opportunity for introspection and is in charge of their own therapy, so I can better facilitate their pathway to more functional muscle health. Each person is unique and offers me new insights about bodywork in my practice. I'm really blessed to have such a fulfilling career where I can explore new techniques and have fun doing what I love.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
Around 2006 I was completely directionless about what i wanted to do with my life. All of my friends, family, and acquaintances were in agreement that I was calm and centered, and into holistic information and application, so they suggested massage as the perfect career for me.
I was rather taken aback. [At the time], I had only received one or two [massages], which was quite a luxury for me. I hadn't thought of massage as a "health" avenue, but as a option for the elite. I took a risk and signed up for massage school when college didn't pan out for me. I couldn't be more happy with the choice I made. I am still learning so much. The new modalities and practical applications never end, which is what keeps me enthusiastic about my massage and bodywork practice.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I am absolutely passionate about the organic lifestyle. I live and breathe it to the point of obnoxiousness to some. However, it is a subject that deserves more public education than I alone can give it. The world must soon see the importance of a toxic-free environment for all.
I believe with all my heart we as people don't vote at the polls, but with our dollars. This is why I will only use the highest quality organic massage oils, essential oil blends, and even organic cotton sheets in my practice. I also hand make organic exfoliating and deep cleansing salt scrubs. We all deserve the best and purest from nature, and to ensure we keep getting it, I, for one, will continue to buy organic no matter the cost. The more who join in, the less toxic our planet will end up for future generations.
At Babzis Hair Salon, the eponymous Barbara ?Babzi? Adams, infuses her repertoire of nail, hair, and skin treatments with three decades of experience in the beauty business and over 22 years with TONI&GUY. In addition, Barbara keeps a full team of beauty specialists, and focuses on making clients look and feel their best while maintaining the highest levels of safety and sanitation. Stylists treat strands to a slew of organic products, whether coloring or deep-conditioning hair. Meanwhile, braiding specialist Keisha specializes in wigs an extensions, while free-handing intricate designs out of natural hair or sewn-in weaves, another of her specialties. Germa specializes in eyelash extensions and brow and lash tinting, while Marie, a nail technician, is on staff to enhance finger and toe tips with shellac and acrylic mani-pedis.
The only thing more polished than Avenue Nails & Spa's interior are the freshly painted nails exiting its doors. Warm woods and glowing globe lanterns create a warm inviting atmosphere, while ergonomic manicure chairs and luxury human-touch pedicure chairs swathe clients in modern comfort. And, to guests waiting for or enjoying a treatment, Avenue Nails & Spa provides complimentary beverages such as wine, coffee, or soda for adults or a juice box for kids or anyone in touch with their inner child. But things don't just look polished on the surface: the spa requires medical-grade sterilization of all implements, disposal of one-time-use supplies, and strict cleaning protocols to protect client health during all services, from mani-pedis, to facials, to eyelash extensions.
Located along the west side of South First, it can be easy to confuse Salon Sovay for someone’s home. In fact, the salon has been converted from a house, and one of the white exterior walls is covered by a mural portraying Farrah Fawcett surrounded by several birds. In the entrance waiting room, the sun shines through the large windows, keeping the leather couches warm. Independent stylists work on hair, eyelashes, nails and waxing in the salon’s various rooms, while a metal and glass case and wooden furniture holds jewelry and products. Watercolor and themed artwork hang from the walls, and a second Farrah Fawcett portrait makes an appearance near the back of the salon.
True to its name, Organic Day Spa offers a range of services incorporating natural elements such as tropical fruit, green tea, and lavender. Pedicure chairs and manicure stations line opposite sides of the spa, where guests settle in for mani-pedis augmented by green-tea scrubs, milk-and-honey massage cream, and paraffin. You also can opt for waxing services and refreshing facials. Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water come with each service, and patrons older than 21 can even sip red or white wine during the spa?s pampering treatments.