The open floor of Sweet Escape Nail Lounge has the social, lounge-like feel of a vibrant discotheque, with mismatched green, pink, and purple chairs strewn about the space. As clients repose in their seat of choice, technicians meticulously groom fingers and toes with Shellac and gel enhancements or smooth countenances with cleansing facial treatments. The staff performs body-waxing and massage treatments in a more secluded space, away from the main room's dramatic crystal chandeliers and sparkling beaded curtains that rain down from high, lofted ceilings. Exposed brick and curious ghosts are visible through carefully designed walls patches, lending the space a chic, industrial air.
The technicians at Envogue Spa & Salon accentuate epidermises with traditional salon and spa services as well as medical-grade skincare. They dote on prized locks with haircuts, styling, and highlights, and banish unwanted fuzz via threading and waxing services using natural azulene cream wax. Their facials heal and brighten complexions to better attract the attention of jumbotron operators. For more stubborn imperfections, clinical skin treatments promise a respite from warts and skin tags using radioactive therapy and cryotherapy.
At LongTimeLiner & Lash Studio, a team of beauty experts goes to work touching up faces and bodies using seven different types of facials, as well as airbrush tanning, waxing, and semipermanent makeup. The spa's menu also encompasses powerful microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels, which go even deeper to root out wrinkles, fine lines, and shrubbery growing in crevices under the cheekbones.
La Royale's skilled aestheticians perform manicures and pedicures that refresh digits and keep nails well decorated. Fingers linger in a warm manicure bowl before technicians trim cuticles and shape and buff nails, leaving fingers stronger for firmer back scratching and more intimidating soda-can crushing. Lotion permeates the skin and muscles of the hand as an aesthetician's deft fingers lightly massage it in, and a warm hand towel helps the applied serum sink into the palm. Toenails get the same shaping treatment, and a pumice bar works calluses before lotion gets massaged in. Nail technicians brush toe and finger canvasses with skill, turning blank slates into vibrant solid colors or baroque masterworks that conceal insulting messages about Louis XIV. La Royale's luxurious pedicure chairs seat patrons under a chandelier, ornately framed mirrors, and cream-colored walls.
The treatment rooms at Satin Nails & Facial are like mini suites. Settling into one of the private spaces, clients can sip on a hot or cold beverage as they unwind to soft music, float down the Internet on an inner tube of free WiFi, relax in front of the flat-screen TV, or have a chat with the poltergeist that lives in the old-fashioned tube TV. Once guests feel thoroughly low strung, Satin’s aestheticians launch into one of three facials, including a microdermabrasion treatment that opens pores with steam before exorcising buildup with extractions and high-frequency currents. Additionally, a selection of manicures and pedicures follow in their brethren’s footsteps by incorporating hot-stone massages and hydration masks, and waxing services eradicate unwanted fuzz more effectively than 19th century inventor William Lint Roller, creator of the lint roller.
Most popular service: Gel manicure
Brands Used: Shellac, OPI, and Source Vital
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Deedee Rusling, Owner
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I worked in a salon as a secretary and decided I wanted to become a manicurist, own my own business, and pamper people. I love meeting new people, talking to them, and helping them relax.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I received my Minx Nails certification in 2007.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I love performing spa pedicures because they are really relaxing for my clients. I also remove dead skin from the feet?something that many salons don't do.