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.
For Naturally Hands and Spa, beauty doesn’t mean sacrificing the health and appearance of natural features. That’s why the spa invented its own antibacterial eyelash-extension system and performs antibacterial, organic Calgel manicures, earning a Best of Beauty award from Allure magazine. The soak-off Calgel system doesn’t interfere with nail-bed metabolism, so it can actually help strengthen nails while adding a splash of color to high-fives and pledges of allegiance. Calgel's ability to bond on natural nails without using harsh chemicals or primers has helped popularize the service in Europe, and Naturally Hands and Spa is an authorized importer of the products.
In the heart of Hancock Park—where they've been stationed for more than 25 years—Haas & Company's team of professional technicians turns tangled manes into sleek, lustrous hair with Aveda and Bumble and bumble products and gives nails lustrous new coats of paint. Aveda's natural wax harnesses plant-derived solutions and essential oils that work to oust unwanted fuzz from legs, arms, and faces during waxing sessions. Like a restoration of the original coloring of Michelangelo's David, manicures and pedicures conclude with fresh coats of polish from brands such as OPI.
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.