Dedicated to providing clients with individualized experiences, Baxter Nails and Spa is outfitted with privacy curtains and miniature flat-screen TVs at each leather pedicure chair. The deluxe pedicure begins with a warm soak in Dead Sea rock salts, peppermint, and eucalyptus, followed by an exfoliating sea-salt scrub, leg mask, and a 10-minute hot-stone massage. A foot sorceress then cleans cuticles, shapes nails, removes calluses, and applies shiny polish. Baxter Nails and Spa uses disposable plastic pedicure trays for a cleaner experience. In the manicure area, hands go for liberating skinny dips in warm paraffin pools before having their keratin toppers clipped, cleaned, and rubbed free of tension and No. 2 pencils. Nail wizards apply hot towels to hands and arms and place colorful tiaras on digits. Child-sized pedicure chairs with flat-screen TVs and DVD players are available for little girls and garden gnomes.
Fresh off her achievement of becoming the valedictorian of her graduating class at Dudley’s Beauty College, Hope D. Hannibal wanted to test her mettle. She signed up for a duo of competitions, snipping and cropping her way to a second- and third-place finish in the Bronner Bros. Student Rising Star and Student Mannequin competitions. Springboarding off those victories, and undergirded by her bachelor's in business management, the aesthetics go-getter started her own salon.
In 2009, she flung open the doors to Bella Cheveux Salon and Spa, where she and her staff treat clients to an array of prettifying services. As a national educator for Dudley’s haircare products, Hope ensures that her team is up on the latest beauty innovations. She harnesses continuing education and training to outfit her patrons with the latest trends, sprucing up coifs with cuts, highlights, and relaxers or accenting nails with colors more dynamic than a rainbow seen through a prism.
Having accrued 15 years of beauty-industry experience—including time spent as a teacher for the North Carolina State Board's continued-education classes—Melody-Nicole believes that your nails can make just as much of a statement as your hair. That's why the staff members at Nicole's Nails refer to themselves as nail stylists and devote their appointments to crafting finger- and toe-tips that complement each client's character. With services that range from basic mani-pedis to acrylics and custom designs, they manage to graft art onto both natural and artificial nails. Their polka-dot patterns outfit extremities with retro charm, and advanced 3-D and flower graphics augment pageant-ready waves with clouds of confused butterflies.
Nestled in the arts district, NoDa Nail Salon's extremity experts pamper skin and put pretty-seekers at ease with complimentary beverages in a modern salon setting. Hand tendrils embark on the 45-minute manicure with an exfoliating scrub, sweeping away dull skin cells with the gritty power of sugar, generally reserved as fuel for robotic children. Nail mavens slick tips with your choice of ultra-luxe Gelish or Shellac polishes. A soak-off gel, Gelish brightens keratin tips with super-strong glaze in an array of bold shades that, like dieting guacamole, can last without chips for three weeks. Hypo-allergenic Shellac polish slicks nails with high-gloss hues armored with a clear base and a topcoat, defending cuticles from damage and paint from peeling for about two weeks.