Spalon Lifestyle founders Philip De Vo and Jaclyne Le began studying skincare and relaxation therapies after quitting corporate jobs that left them feeling physically and spiritually depleted. Now, the duo of pampering proprietors jet-set around the world, sharing their stress-relief expertise at foreign salons and international trade shows. At Spalon Lifestyle, their home base, a skilled staff wields an arsenal of spa services to carry on their quest for tranquility, much like the extremely relaxed knights of King Arthur’s massage table
Pink and white striped walls and twinkling chandeliers overlook Savvy Chic Nail Cottage as 12 technicians in pink aprons flurry around plush Victorian armchairs, daubing fingers and toes in glossy polish. A feminine and shabby-chic oasis dreamed up by Ebony Bolton and her husband Michael in 2010, Savvy Chic treats guests to tea in vintage teacups and chocolates from See's Candies as they chat with staffers about their favorite shades of OPI and Gelish lacquers or revel in foot scrubs and hot-lotion massages. Acrylic nails in perfect ovals, squares, and dodecagons lend length and strength to fingertips, and children's mani-pedis pamper pint-size appendages. The cottage keeps its equipment spic and span beyond state standards with germicide, UV-heat sanitation, and disposable protective pouches. Savvy Chic also hosts pedicure parties for bachelorettes and birthdays and frees chins, arms, and other areas from unwelcome fuzz with warm wax.
A lot of people get manicures and pedicures for the results. Nail Garden is intent on making sure their clients enjoy the process, as well. After settling into a pedicure chair with a cup of tea or glass of wine, your feet soak in a pipe-free basin with orange slices floating on the water's surface. Nail techs perform a hand or foot massage with each treatment, often using a warmed anti-oxidant oil.
And Nail Garden's techs promise that if your polish chips within the first 72 hours after you get your nails done, they'll redo it and you won't have to pay a single cent in return or give them one of your treasured livestock. These extra touches have drawn a noteworthy crowd, with Us Weekly reporting visits from celebs such as Vanessa Hudgens.
In addition to spa manicures and pedicures, the staff performs treatments such as lash tintings, lash-extension applications, and teeth whitening. Depending on the location, decor elements might include hand-blown light pendants or preserved trees.
Three principles have made Nailagio's owner and nail technician Judy Tran popular with celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, Heather Locklear, and Jada Pinkett Smith. For more than 25 years, the beauty veteran has built her nail career on these basics: precisely prepare the nail bed, use uncompromising technical expertise, and only work with the finest-quality products.
At her highly sanitized facility, Judy and a team of nail technicians use more than 10 brands, including OPI, Essie, Poshe, and Young Nails, to fortify nails with acrylic or fiberglass covers, Shellac or gel polish, and French tips. Bold clients can take advantage of the nail team's nail-art capabilities, which include painting nails with everything from animal prints and abstract designs to festive American flags and replicas of the Declaration of Independence.
At Form Academy, professionals from the salon, spa, and cosmetology industries train the next wave of stylists and aestheticians. Each student receives supervised, hands-on training in services such as balayage, razor cuts, facials, and gel mani-pedis. Those interested in natural products can also take classes on holistic beauty. Form Academy rewards guests who visit its educational salon with rates up to 75% lower and high-fives up to 75% more frequent than they'll find at other area studios. Located in Echo Park, the academy's 10,000-square-foot converted 1940s warehouse is also available to rent as an event space or paper-airplane testing facility.