Echelon Edge Academy harnesses the evolving talents of its enthusiastic student stylists and apprentice aestheticians. In addition to executing hair, skin, and nail services, the academy's students ready physiques for barrel-wearing season with more advanced cellulite treatments and body wraps. The sleek, cozy facility exudes the hair-sprayed class of a high-end salon. Its emphasis on contemporary equipment and technique yields a high rate of success that’s unattainable with outdated instruments such as perm machines powered by exercise bikes. Echelon Edge Academy displays the professional-grade work of its students in collections such as the Pin-up Girls gallery. For information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit Echelon Edge Academy's website.
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.
Founded by Monica Bruin as a small three-person shop nearly 30 years ago, Color My Nails Salon has grown to match the times. Now home to 23 expert technicians, the self-proclaimed "largest nails-only salon in Utah" continues Monica's legacy of spreading the dazzling beauty of nail art to the Midvale area. Whether they're welcoming fresh coats of Shellac polish, donning a new set of artificial nails, or relaxing with a soothing full mani-pedi, clients are greeted by sparkling smiles that match the twinkling reflections of the salon's newly installed glitter walls. Color My Nails Salon's retail section helps clients maintain their new looks at home with nail products, or match polish with fresh accessories such as purses, jewelry, and scarves.
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.