Ayurvedic, a Sanskrit term meaning the “science of life,” is an ancient philosophy of holistic medicine originating in India. While reverence for medicine may seem unusual for a nail spa, Elizabeth Ashton doesn’t think so, for as she explains, it’s “more than pedicures and manicures, [it] is about the beauty, wellness, and pleasure.” From the moment clients enter her bright and airy space, Elizabeth facilitates relaxation with indulgent manicure and pedicure services. She quickly cleans, shapes, and polishes nails during an “on the go” treatment, and alternately, she takes nearly two hours when administering the Indian-therapy mani-pedi, complete with lime, ginger, and coconut-milk blends and finished with a Dead Sea mask. Services are topped off with a rainbow of OPI polishes, pink and white fills, a layer of chocolate fondant, or gel overlays.
Blue Water Salon deftly engineers face-flattering cuts and transforms hair with a diverse array of coloring services. Clients can also solicit the salon for more complicated tasks such as Brazilian blowouts, revitalizing keratin treatments, and removing last bit of toothpaste from the tube.
Bliss on Broadway Spa & Boutique's beautifying services are half high-tech, half back to basics. The spa shows off its innovative side with LED light therapy and microcurrent face-lifts, which prompt cell regeneration without abrasion or tissue damage. An entire produce stand's worth of natural ingredients infuse classic beauty services, from the sweet-smelling banana acids that soften skin in a facial peel to the kelp-infused seawater bath that relaxes feet and makes them less scared of the ocean in spa pedicures.
The latter take place from cushy thrones made private by gauzy white curtains. The rest of the spa's decor balances clean minimalism with an earth-mama aesthetic, with white-painted branches spiraling from a vase and panels of soft fabric hanging from the walls.
Not surprisingly, it's all about the nails at Nailpolish. Manicure and pedicure services pamper hands and feet, and even the simple manicure includes a hot towel wrap and a warm tangerine and lemongrass lotion massage. The ultimate pedicure begins by soaking feet in warm water with almond oil and fresh fruits, and includes a gentle almond scrub and foot mask, finished off with a warm almond lotion massage. Mani-pedis for kids and men are also available, along with acrylic nail services, gel manicures, nail art, and glitter powder.