The technicians at Diamonds & Pearls Nails & Spa unveil digits sparkling with a jewel-inspired luster after 90-minute sessions in a recently debuted haven. Manicures begin with a softening soak followed by an expert shearing and shaping of finger keratins. Beautifiers combat encroaching cuticles and polish palms for more accurate fortune-cookie recitations with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub, coaxing youthful elasticity with a hydrating green-tea lotion containing peppermint and eucalyptus oils. The spa pedicure mirrors the manicure's initial maintenance before straying into foot-specific territory with a smoothing pumice-stone and callus-paring scrub. Moisturizing sugar scrubs whisk away dead skin, and a green-tea mask animates feet more effectively than permanently outfitting them in audio-equipped sock puppets. Pamperers knead arches and swathe weary feet in hot towels to top off relaxation sessions.
After gaining experience in salons all over the country, Tamara Throwers returned to her hometown of Nashville to make good on her lifelong dream of owning a nail salon. Her time spent in spas as far away as Canada and as cosmopolitan as New York taught her the importance of going above and beyond customer expectations, so she upgrades standard mani-pedis with indulgent extras and keeps her salon––located inside Nashville Laser Spa––open until 8 p.m. every day. Among her most luxurious services are the Orange Millin pedicure, which sets tired feet soaking in a soothing bath of fresh milk, honey, and sliced oranges, and a 2.5-hour sports-reflexology pedicure that includes a reflexology foot massage, gourmet meal, and staged reading of the best toe-related haiku.
Danielle Smith opened Tranquil Nail Studio in 2012, combining the rustic Southern charm of her decor with the modern amenities of her custom built work station. Beneath the warm glow of a delicate chandelier, she works at filing, sculpting, and coloring nails, finishing them with coats of Shellac polish that, like bad graduation speeches, seem to last about two weeks. At her pedicure station, she scrubs exfoliates feet without relying on a jet spa, which can become unsanitary thanks to trapped bacteria. Beyond treating extremities, she also runs a small boutique full of thoughtful gifts, including hand decorated bracelets and CND lotions.
Though they often whisk together bowls of liquid chocolate, scented jellies, and fresh lime juice, these professionals don't make desserts. They're nail techs, and they use such sweet ingredients to more effectively pamper appendages during manicures and pedicures at Harmony Nail Spa. For instance, during a jelly pedi, a foot soak made of light, fluffy jelly retains its heat longer than its watery counterparts, extending the soothing effect of the essential oils and aloe vera extracts contained within. Staff members also soothe bodies with hot- or cold-stone massages and smooth skin with waxing services.
Inside Gypsy Apple Beauty, natural light enters lazily through large stained-glass windows only to be scattered into a thousand shimmering rays by sequined throw pillows. The Music Row salon specializes in nails: a taupe pedicure chair shares the front room with a small manicure station and rows upon rows of OPI and Shellac nail polish. Aesthetics services take place in private treatment rooms, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the hair salon by thick walls and a soundproof mime box.