All of the students at Color My Nails School of Nail Technology have the same concentration. That's because the school is "nails only"—every teacher is a practicing nail tech, and the 300-hour course is designed to set graduates apart in the mani-pedi industry. To that end, it includes lessons on treatments that other schools might not delve into, such as how to use nail drills, perform white-tip fills, and forge a stunningly accurate van Gogh piece onto someone's thumb. Students practice on both mannequins and live clients, administering affordable manicures, pedicures, fills, and gel-polish applications. They also host children's parties that leave guests giggling at their newly glittery toes.
For 17 years, Gayle Layton owned a large salon in Salt Lake City. She's since moved away from the noise of the city and into the cozy Hair, Heart & Soul Salon, a quaint brick building with a spacious porch exuding homey charm. Although she's downsized her space, she offers myriad services. Stylists snip chic coifs and apply trendy ombre color, nail techs provide pampering pedicures and adorn digits with Shellac polish and nail art, and aestheticians whisk away unwanted facial fuzz.
Megan's artistic skills find a home on tiny canvases. She creates custom acrylic nail designs with iconic 3D art that includes rose petals, tiny turtles, or the famous pitchfork from American Gothic. She also uses gel polish to protect against chipping, and glitter-toes parties outfit the toenails of a group with sparkly sheens.
The multitalented staff at Utah Health and Wellness aim to cover all the bases of their clients’ beauty regimens. An aesthetician gently refurbishes faces during chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments. For a more pronounced wrinkle releaser on face-skin, experts inject Botox or iron faces on a low setting. They further along faces’ beauty with the removal of upper-lip fuzz or the application of eye-catching lash extensions. Guests can cap off spa days with mani-pedis and a round of patty-cake with the nail technician.
All too often, a massage studio can feel like a revolving door operation, shuffling clients in and out as quickly as possible. Not at Earth Angels Massage & Bodywork. Licensed massage therapist Erika Martin begins each session with an in-depth consultation to discuss medical history and sideline tension at its source. She then blends such techniques as Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure to promote relaxation and stimulate the immune system. Therapeutic hot stones are also available.
The massage therapists at Become Nourished by Nature pull from a variety of techniques and natural products to soothe patrons. Aromatherapy oils infuse the senses as therapists unwind muscles during deep-tissue or hot-stone massages. To enhance sessions, they encourage lymph flow with brisk strokes from exfoliating mitts or bring about whole-body relaxation by stimulating acupressure points on the scalp and face.