Scattered throughout the peninsula, Natalie Salon Inc.'s five locations each house a team of specialists who pamper and beautify guests during nail, waxing, hair, and facial services. Staffers make over bodies from head to toe, rejuvenating faces with facials and treating dull talons to manicures and pedicures. They hone in on hair all over the body, waxing away unwanted fur, arranging lackluster strands into stylish coiffures, and tinting eyebrows to match recently dyed locks or recently dry-cleaned banana suits.
The multispecialty team at Body Kneads takes a no-frills approach to pampering. Stylists offer guests a complimentary beverage as they get down to business transforming hair and nails. Aestheticians analyze skin during hydrating facials, and massage pros aim to send bodies into a state of relaxation. Whereas the jacuzzi area boasts a wall-length mural depicting a mountainous lake scene, the main salon is simply decorated with plants and flowers. Large mirrors allow patrons to admire freshly tanned skin or check to see if a body-scrub treatment has removed a self-applied chocolate bull's-eye meant for Cupid.
Zen Garden Spa's attentive appendage groomers lavish hands and feet during relaxing manicures and pedicures. Two-hour luxury spa mani-pedis soak hands and feet in warm waters before a brisk rubdown with sea salts sheds dead skin cells more effectively than hugging a rough tree. Aestheticians then trim and buff nails into pearlescent ovals before delicately brushing them with coats of protective, glossy polish. The addition of hot stones transforms the pedicure into a volcanically soothing experience—strategically positioned stones release the tension pent-up in weary foot muscles—and a dip in warm paraffin wax keeps fingers and toes pleasantly moisturized and allows them to double as candles in the event of a power outage.
At Lavande, a team of skilled beauty experts waits to whisk world-weary hands and feet into a warm, welcoming retreat of appendage appreciation. The rosy rosie manicure siphons stress from pressurized pointers by pampering them in a refreshing bath of rose petals, rose essential oil, milk protein, and fresh mint. Newly softened hands are then treated to a rose and citrus exfoliation, rose-water toning, and a soothing massage—leaving freshened fingers ready to once again enter the world and its throngs of undomesticated rotary phones.
If you’re ever going to make good on your New Year’s resolution to climb the outside of the Bank of America Corporate Center, you’re going to need some well-maintained nails. Today’s deal will cover you with a deluxe manicure and pedicure at My Nail Spa–Peninsula in Cornelius for $25 (a $58 value). Geographers agree that the spa is technically a promontory, but you won’t mind once the skilled nail technicians hand you your choice of beer or wine and start to work on your dainty digit-helmets.