Armed with a full arsenal of Essie and OPI polishes, the nail artists of Magazine Nails & Spa groom and coif nails with services that range from basic mani-pedis to one-hour pampering sessions filled with orange scrubs, hot towels, and skin-softening paraffin dips. Supplementary add-ons such as long-lasting gel polish, nail art, and french tips enrich nails following classic buffing, filing, and cuticle cleanup, and full sets of acrylic overlays grant fingers extra length and cure them of long-held sloth envy. The technicians at Magazine Nails also extend their shaping expertise to waxing services for the face and body, granting smoother skin to both their male and female clientele.
The talented technicians at City Nails dignify digits from cuticle to topcoat during thorough nailcare services. Basic manicures commence when a staff member shapes nails into miniature crescent moons before taming wild cuticles. A relaxing hand massage soothes fidgety phalanges, and a buff or coat of OPI polish seals the deal the way a ziploc bag seals in the freshness of spring air for later enjoyment during stuffy winter business meetings.
At The Retreat Salon and Spa, they put their own decadent spin on other treatments, including a slew of nail services. Along with classic pedicures, manicures, and French manicures, the salon also offers a Cajun pedicure, which includes a mint mask and double exfoliation. As far as hands go, salon staff apply acrylic nails, paint on shellac polish, and nourish skin with rich paraffin wax.
Caviar and pearls are the ingredients for a classy date. At The Retreat, they’re also the ingredients for an exclusive anti-aging facial. The luxurious combination is the brainchild of owners Caroline, Cindy, and Linda, who also incorporate jasmine, ylang-ylang, roses, and a citrus blend into other facials they specially designed to combat rosacea, dry patches, or oily skin.
Traveled by the city's Native American inhabitants and earliest explorers, Bayou St. John was a central New Orleans travel hub for generations. Kayak-iti-Yat owners Sara and Sonny love to take guests paddling through this historic waterway, pointing out the architecture, history, and idiosyncrasies of the accompanying neighborhood. Passengers glide along in Jackson Regal kayaks with ergonomically-designed seats and adjustable foot holds, moving past City Park and its centuries-old live oak trees, as well as historic Spanish Custom House and the Fair Grounds Race course. Trips putter along at a calm, leisurely pace, giving guests plenty of time to take in trees draped in Spanish moss or blow raspberries on the bellies of passing pelicans.
Since Albert Brown established his namesake salon in 1962, his staff, which includes his veteran-stylist sister Margaret, has glamorized guises with a plentiful menu of salon and spa services. Hair experts sculpt and paint coifs with dexterous hands using products by Paul Mitchell and Redken, and specialists refine exterior details with careful waxing treatments and gleaming OPI manicures. The image mavens also specialize in wedding-day primping, lavishing and elegant up-dos, as well as pampering nail services for brides, bridesmaids, and sentient wedding cakes to further elevate the momentous occasion.
When it comes to hands and feet, the technicians at Family Nails & Spa spare no luxury. While their clients sit atop massaging armchairs that look and feel more like royal thrones, they set to work scrubbing calluses and grooming nails with basic, deluxe, and hot-stone pedicures. The list of manicure options is similarly extensive, as clients can pick from standard polish, long-lasting Gelish shades, and 3-D nail art. A complimentary beverage accompanies each treatment, as does access to a free WiFi network, which clients can use to pull up the Rothko painting they most want their nails to resemble.