Rita Gregory began wearing acrylic nails in 1982 and continued wearing them for six years. Over this time, they caused severe damage to her natural fingernails. She sought advice at nail salons, but the professionals she asked didn't offer a satisfactory solution—they simply recommended covering up the damage with more artificial nails. So Rita began conducting her own research.
Atir Natural Nail Care is the culmination of her studies; it’s not only a nail salon, but a nail clinic, where technicians strive to educate clients about natural nail care and nail health. Drawing from her research, they smooth cuticles, strengthen fingernails, and moisturize hands. Treatments bridge the gap between health and beauty by utilizing natural ingredients such as tea-tree oil and shea butter, and Zoya and essie natural nail lacquers leave a gleaming shine without the use of potentially harmful chemicals.
When customers step out of Rock It Tan, they often sport that fresh-from-an-island-vacation glow. This is due to the salon’s three levels of tanning beds and automated, UV-free Mystic Tan spray booth. Both options cast a bronzy hue to physiques, which can be enhanced or extended by a range of Australian Gold and Designer Skin.
Nava's Hair Studio's Facebook page reads like a beauty magazine, offering tips on such things as how to prevent hair from frizzing in the summer (keep hair properly hydrated so it won't absorb moisture in the air and swell) and how to build volume at the crown while keeping the rest of the hair sleek (apply mousse roots to ends, put hair in a ponytail on the top of your head, release when dry). The page is so informative because Nava's head stylist and owner, Ofelia, has been working in the industry for more than 20 years. Plus, she constantly travels the country seeking advanced knowledge on such things as how to cut hair based on facial structure and how to hide a third eye with dramatic bangs.
At her studio, Ofelia and her team of stylists keep locks looking spiffy with face-flattering cuts, Brazilian blowouts, and highlights and lowlights. They also beautify clients with waxing services and lash and brow tints.
Pairing a chic and relaxed atmosphere with a commitment to hygienic practices, the skilled technicians at Polished Nail Lounge bedeck fingers and toes with high-quality polish in vivid hues. Upholstered white pedicure benches and elegant high-backed chairs cradle patrons in comfort while nail artists tend to digits with professional-level implements that are sterilized and sealed for individual clients. Nail-beautifying options from Shellac, Essie Gel, and OPI stand in rainbow rows, waiting to outfit fingers, and Zoya, a vegan polish, lasts up to 14 days on natural nails. Complimentary coffee and bottled water tend to parched throats as hands undergo beautification for a romantic night out on the town or a phonebook-tearing competition.
Sabine Sanderson gained experience as a nail technician on two continents: North America and Europe. After about a decade working as a medical pedicurist in Germany—where she participated in many nail-art shows—she has spent more than a decade working in the U.S. Here, Sabine is both a nail technician and an educator. She runs Nailqueen Sabine within Cut Ups and Company. Her services are fit for a queen, as with the aptly named Queens manicures and pedicures that incorporate sugar scrubs, nail trimming, and polish applications.
Beneath the salmon-hued arches of Kim Nails, licensed technicians create a chorus of purring emery boards. They swathe fingers in no-chip lacquers from OPI and Gelish and wield moisturizing serums crafted from baobab trees. Tucked away in a private room, aestheticians de-fuzz physiques with wax, which otherwise would just be used to seal a king’s prank letters.