Relaxing music, a beverage bar, and walls painted in soothing tones jostle for the attention of clients as they walk through the doors of Sassi Nails Salon. At a pedicure or manicure workstation, technicians render nail treatments including shellac manicures, spa pedicures, and polish changes. The Sassi team pays particular attention to sanitization, holding themselves to the strict standards of the Ohio State board and the world’s most scrupulous mother-in-law—Harry Potter’s aunt, who they actually have on staff.
A lot has changed in the nail industry since the days of flaky polish and gas-powered clippers. That's why expert tech Marilyn Harrison vows to always be on the fringe of the latest trends in professional nailcare. In the comfort of her private Nailz by Mare suite, she can outfit claws with a simple coat of polish, or lavish a full spa package upon guests with a mani-pedi, brow waxing, and an invigorating facial treatment.
Tammie—of Nails by Tammie at Axis Hair Design—believes in nail health, which is why she offers a variety of services and treatments, including aqua-therapy salt soaks and coats of nail strengthener. Tammie finishes off treatments with polish from OPI, Essie, China Glaze, or long-lasting CND Shellac.
Mike Davis has always been about giving people chances. As a juvenile correction specialist, he worked with young offenders to educate them and, ultimately, give them more opportunities in their future then they had in their pasts. Though he switched careers to hair styling, Mike still likes to give new stylists a chance to perfect their trade in his salon. One of those stylists is Tiffani, a young woman who specializes in hair styling. She says her signature service is the silk press, a time-consuming hair straightening treatment that lets locks flow more naturally and lasts longer than other methods. Though performing a silk press can be tedious, Tiffani enjoys doing it just to see her clients walk out the door as "happy, satisfied customers."
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Sew ins, Silk press and Wraps
Brands Used: Design Essentials, Vitale, Mizani and Narobi
The 21st Century Nails staff has been pampering digits for more than a decade, transforming blank keratin sheets into shiny tips with a variety of polish hues. In addition to regular polish, the staff utilizes Shellac, Gelish, and OPI gel nail polish designed to last up to three weeks. A UV LED lamp dries nails in 30 seconds, allowing patrons to more quickly test out the Shellac’s chip protection by challenging the nearest prizefighter to a game of patty cake.
With 25 years’ experience finishing nails and making her own products, owner Roza takes a natural approach to nail treatments. Shellac's combined base coat and topcoat establish a symbiotic relationship with UV light, curing without the need for drying. With about 12 shades to choose from, clients get their digit medallions coated with a thin protective layer whose resilient finish can be expected to last two to three weeks. Unlike other dapper hand décor, this Shellac application involves no buffing, leaving patrons with no damage to nails and the ability to finger-pick banjos in stunning style.