From inside Fresche Salon Decatur, Olivia Byrd draws on 20 years of experience and a specialty in natural nailcare to pamper fingers and toes. She uses a multistep process that's designed to leave skin feeling silky smooth and nails looking vibrant.
Natural Epiphany Salon focuses on one thing and one thing only—nails. Rather than distract themselves with a never-ending menu of hair, waxing, or piano-tuning services, owner Felicia Andrews and her staff focus all their beautifying know-how to make hands and feet as healthy as they can be. Sanitary pedicure bowls replace the jet tubs favored at many salons, which can harbor unseen bacteria or really tiny sharks. For healthy hands on the go, Natural Epiphany's express manicure shapes up thumbs in just 20 minutes. Those who have more time to spare can indulge in the salon's mani-pedi of the month, a rotating treatment that can include anything from rose petals and sea-salt scrubs to soothing herbal wraps.
The instructors at Masterpiece Mixers Paint & Party Studio supply the canvases, paints, and brushes, requiring visitors to bring only their creativity. At studios located around Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Massachusetts, they lead all-level painting classes that last up to 1.5 to 3 hours and focus on subjects ranging from the natural, such as birds and flowers, to still-life guitars, vases, and wine bottles. In some themed sessions, instructors also teach groups to paint abstract pieces or create their own variations on famous landscape paintings that, unlike the originals, can include dinosaurs. Some sessions follow a special date-night structure. At every location, the staff members encourage visitors to bring their own wine, beer, and snacks if desired.
Eyes are often the first thing you notice about a person, unless they've got an extra leg. Luckily, the aestheticians at Evidence Nail & Beauty Boutique specialize in making eyes more beautiful. Clients can solicit their expertise for a swift brow wax or for lash extensions, which promote volume without messy mascara. The salon also offers mani-pedi services, as well as spa princess days to pamper preteens.
Marbled floors and a tiled reception desk reflect the glimmer of retro patterned lamps as essential oils perfume the Sweet Serenity Beauty Bar's lobby. Veteran beauty worker Nicole oversees technicians who dab nails with gel and standard OPI polishes, offering the guarantee of a free touch-up if regular polish chips within three days or gel polish chips within seven.
The salon's technicians also beautify skin with organic green-tea products, whisk away hair with hypoallergenic French hard wax, and exfoliate orange rinds from faces with fruit-enzyme peels.
Nick's Nails & Spa likes to give its clients options. The business stocks more than 500 shades of polish, including 80 gel-based shades, and serves 20 different types of complimentary drinks, from bottled water to cocktails. Once they've settled into the spa chair of their choice, they'll have some more important decisions to make, such as whether they'd like to enhance their mani-pedi with hot paraffin wax or a reflexology massage, or whether they'd prefer to take advantage of other spa services such as eyelash extensions. As nail technicians groom cuticles and shape nails, free Wi-Fi keeps clients comfortably entertained. And, since Nick's Nails & Spa only uses personal nail tools once, customers can bring their tools home with them for use in home manicures or avant-garde floral arrangements.