The open floor of Sweet Escape Nail Lounge has the social, lounge-like feel of a vibrant discotheque, with mismatched green, pink, and purple chairs strewn about the space. As clients repose in their seat of choice, technicians meticulously groom fingers and toes with Shellac and gel enhancements or smooth countenances with cleansing facial treatments. The staff performs body-waxing and massage treatments in a more secluded space, away from the main room's dramatic crystal chandeliers and sparkling beaded curtains that rain down from high, lofted ceilings. Exposed brick and curious ghosts are visible through carefully designed walls patches, lending the space a chic, industrial air.
At LongTimeLiner & Lash Studio, a team of beauty experts goes to work touching up faces and bodies using seven different types of facials, as well as airbrush tanning, waxing, and semipermanent makeup. The spa's menu also encompasses powerful microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels, which go even deeper to root out wrinkles, fine lines, and shrubbery growing in crevices under the cheekbones.
The treatment rooms at Satin Nails & Facial are like mini suites. Settling into one of the private spaces, clients can sip on a hot or cold beverage as they unwind to soft music, float down the Internet on an inner tube of free WiFi, relax in front of the flat-screen TV, or have a chat with the poltergeist that lives in the old-fashioned tube TV. Once guests feel thoroughly low strung, Satin’s aestheticians launch into one of three facials, including a microdermabrasion treatment that opens pores with steam before exorcising buildup with extractions and high-frequency currents. Additionally, a selection of manicures and pedicures follow in their brethren’s footsteps by incorporating hot-stone massages and hydration masks, and waxing services eradicate unwanted fuzz more effectively than 19th century inventor William Lint Roller, creator of the lint roller.
Most popular service: Gel manicure
Brands Used: Shellac, OPI, and Source Vital
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Deedee Rusling, Owner
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I worked in a salon as a secretary and decided I wanted to become a manicurist, own my own business, and pamper people. I love meeting new people, talking to them, and helping them relax.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I received my Minx Nails certification in 2007.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I love performing spa pedicures because they are really relaxing for my clients. I also remove dead skin from the feet?something that many salons don't do.
Fingers, toes, and faces get a total makeover at Rio Nails & Spa, thanks to a staff of skilled technicians and a treatment menu that includes everything from mani-pedis to hot-stone massages. Though the spa offers a wide range of relaxing services, most have at least one thing in common: they are more than meets the eye. It's not rare for a massage to include hot towels, for example, or for a facial to include a massage with oil and hot stones. As the spa's name implies, nail treatments are a major focal point. Aside from regular polish, technicians paint nails with a chip-resistant Shellac formula or apply solar nails that naturally recharge your brain when exposed to sunlight.
Bella Nails and More's pedicures are more than a polish and a file. During ultimate pedicure experiences, technicians carefully shape cuticles, remove calluses, and up the relaxation ante with everything from aromatherapy salt scrub to a balancing clay mask, hot-towel wrap, and a dip in softening parrafin wax.