As part of Milieu C Spa, The Nail Bar is the place to pamper hands and feet. Along with standard mani-pedis, techs can further soothe hands with a conditioning almond-milk bath, or take feet to the tropics with a pineapple-mango pedicure. Long-lasting Shellac mani-pedis can be free of chips for up to 14 days. For a little extra flair, nail techs also can add glitter and painted designs.
The nail technicians at Bay’s Nail Spa pamper finger shingles with mani-pedis that take place in hardwood-floored salon with four cushioned pedicure chairs complete with footbaths. During a Shellac manicure, coats of the durable formula bathe under UV light so they have the strength to resist chipping even if struck by a folding chair during a thumb-wrestling match. The basic manicure instead layers fingernails with vibrant shades of classic polish, tinting freshly groomed and shaped digit tips with eye-catching color over the course of 35 minutes.
At Northern Lights Tan Spa, technicians prevent autumnal pallidness with a bevy of sunless and sun-simulating options. Bask in the warming glow of the UV beds and booths or dance a jig in front of a spray-on My Myst Mystic Tan booth, thwarting the efforts of pale, petty clouds jealous of human melanin. My Myst allows customizable copperfication, and the oscillating spray ensures a dark, even coating. UV tanning comes in an all-brown kaleidoscope of options, from the longer-lasting tans provided by the contoured platinum-level beds ($25 plus tax) to the economical three-session packages of the silver-level beds ($22.50 plus tax).
Lori Baumann, owner of Tangerine Hair Salon, and her experienced staff mold manes with products by Alterna, Redken, and Sojourn. The spacious salon achieves a trendy, urban feel with slate-blue walls, black polished floors, and track lighting. When guests arrive, plush zebra-print chairs greet their backsides while a coffee pot cheerfully percolates beneath an orange and gold floral painting. Stylists craft new 'dos at stations equipped with full-length mirrors and topped with exotic flowers. When they aren't performing haircuts, adding highlights, or curling locks, they subdue frizzy tresses with smoothing treatments and commands shouted in German.
Clipping, filing, and buffing nails are just the beginning of the mani-pedi experience at Kowalski's Polish. The real treat is watching the nail technicians turn their service into an art, painting everything from animal prints to bumblebees and piano keys on canvases of keratin. Digits are further enhanced with a pinch of glitter, or 3-D embellishments such as miniature gold balls or Avatar finger puppets.