Whether she’s wielding scissors, handpicking products from Tocco Magico and Pureology, or applying an exfoliating honey wax, Susan Murray harnesses her experiences as a skilled stylist and aesthetician to pamper her clients. She welcomes her slate of loyal customers inside her welcoming, light-strewn space, which doubles as a sting-free sanctuary for customers who like to throw pebbles at neighborhood beehives. Inside, she can also be found experimenting with her own hair color, changing it from a fiery red to blond and back to red again, the hue that she declares “suits my personality the best.”
Wine is known to pair well with certain foods or moods. But at The Polish Bottle, a glass of wine is meant to enhance a soothing pedicure, and a margarita to complement a manicure. And while the drinks might obliterate the daily doldrums of each client, the staff focuses on the details of each service—from natural nail care and facials to waxing and eyebrow threading. The chic spot can even host parties and private events, such as bachelorette parties and newly minted jazz-hand shows.
The aestheticians at Natural Nails by Nicki reinforce natural strength and shine with a variety of beautifying products and artificial enhancements. In addition to coating tips in high-end OPI polishes, the nail techs use a vibrant array of all-natural products to bring smiles to the faces of clients as well as the falcons that so often rest upon their wrists. The aestheticians also keep their studio sparkling clean by sanitizing equipment with hospital-grade disinfectants.
The aestheticians at Esthetiques Skin Spa have all long held an interest in skincare, even dating back to childhood for one pro who gave herself mud-pie facials. While mud is conveniently left off the menu, the team does unfurl Intraceuticals products, glycolic-acid peels, and a Nuface microcurrent toning device to revitalize tired mugs and combat acne, sun spots, and fine lines. They also adorn fresh canvases with spray tans that leave bodies looking bronzed and beautiful.
The licensed nail technicians at Karina's Nails primp fingers and toes with name-brand beauty products from OPI, Orly, and Essie. Inside the salon, posters and a flat-screen TV splash black and white walls with subtle color as nail technicians cradle hands on comfy black cushions. During pedicures, bodies melt into plush upholstered chairs, each furnished with a whirlpool tub and a miniature lifeguard to prevent hazardous toe splash fights.
Gould's Academy was voted the city's best day spa and best hair salon in 2013 by the Memphis Flyer, and Commercial Appeal. Aestheticians re-earn these commendations with ever facial and body treatment they perform, using proven products such as Murad.