The licensed staff at New Image Hair Cutters rehabilitates weathered nails in its beauty-building boutique that is doused in warm lighting and bedecked with colorful foliage. A Shellac hybrid mani-pedi dedicates two hours to dolling up digits and fortifying phalanges with extended-wear polish, which safeguards nail color during clam shucking competitions. After a thorough lacquering, nails bathe in UV light to infuse the polish and ensure that cuticle complexion lasts up to 14 days.
Though their names may be slightly different, the family of nail salons that is Comstock Nails, Lovely Nails, MI Nails, and Wyoming Nails have almost everything else in common. That includes a friendly staff, pedicure thrones with soothing jet tubs, and specialty nail services such as Shellac manicures. The last of these is a particular highlight—the specially formulated Shellac polish cures under UV light and resists chipping for up to two weeks. All three of the salons carry multiple colors of CND Shellac polish, including seasonal shades such as Sugared Spice and Deep-Fried Turducken.
Stationed within the stress-free zone of Eclipse Salon Suites, certified massage therapist Andrea Newton treats world-weary muscles to therapeutic hot-stone and relaxation massages. Andrea’s contoured and padded massage bed absorbs anxieties as she coaxes them out of backs and shoulders with intuitive strokes and gentle pressure. Powder-blue and soft-brown walls coalesce in a palette that soothes the eyes while Andrea plumbs muscles, plies soft tissue, and unties knots that routinely cause shoulder blades to trip over each other.
A full-service salon and spa, Unique Elegance pampers skin using all-natural products devoid of harsh chemicals and toxins. The relaxing hot-stone-massage treatment lasts a blissful 45 minutes, during which heated river-smoothed and iron-rich basalt stones are placed at strategic locations on the back to achieve zen-like rock gardens. As the experienced practitioner incorporates the stones in the massage, the heat works to soothe muscles and improve circulation, easing stress and anxiety brought on by Mr. Slate's tirades at the stone quarry.
The folks at Cheshire Nails strive to elevate nailcare from a mere series of treatments to a full-blown experience. Therefore, they offer VIP and hot-stone spa packages that turn simple manicures and pedicures into lavish journeys, comforting feet and hands with citrus-honey sugar wraps, marine masks, and massages that feature the soft kiss of butter creams. But the emphasis on embellishments in no way detracts from the salon's bread and butter. The technicians groom nails with precision and zeal, filing and shaping nails before layering on OPI and Shellac polishes, which can turn even the most accusatory finger wag into a gesture that emotes pure class.