Spa at Manhattan Studios' meticulous phalange technician, Bonnie Triplett, kicks off one-hour mani-pedi sessions by shaping claws and gently pushing back encroaching cuticles. She then massages organic salts and lotions into mitts and paws to exfoliate and soften skin before slicking colorful coats of traditional polish onto finger keratin. For those looking to get more mileage out of their manicure, Bonnie will use CND Shellac polish, which won’t chip, smudge, or flake for up to 14 days—the amount of time it takes to get a passport to Alaska.
At Polished 2 Paint 2 Nails, nail artist Pleshette melts away stresses and strains from hard-laboring digits with soothing manicures and pedicures, made all the more indulgent with extras such as a gentle massage or exfoliating sugar scrub. Her skilled hands add coats of color, which can be made impenetrable by Gelish or Shellac polishes, which leave nails resistant to chips, fading, and late-night infomercial pitches. Pleshette is also joined by other nail techs and skin specialists. Together, they offer many other services, including facials, cosmetics, natural detox body wraps, all natural supplements, and firming creams.
Although they’re greeted by the sound of snipping scissors and the sight of a light-yellow room filled with black leather stylists’ chairs, guests of Natural Image Salon and Day Spa can get much more than just a haircut. In addition to stylists who specialize in creative hair color and keep abreast of the latest trends—such as the feather hair extensions that secret agents use to blend in while spying from trees—Natural Image staffs aestheticians who perform a full range of spa treatments.
These experts dab skin with products made with natural ingredients, relying on botanical plant peels and Swedish body wraps that blend herbs, minerals, and sea clay. As well as pampering skin with Aveda facials and sea-salt-glow exfoliations, the aestheticians render it hairless during waxing sessions. Nail technicians add the final touch to appearances with gel manicures or layers of OPI polish.
As the business name implies, Charleston Nails & Spray Tan keeps its menu of services simple. But this specialization is a good thing, a fact that shows itself in the skillfully applied layers of polish that grace clients' hands and feet as they leave the studio. Instead of installing a wall of baseball-stadium lights in their homes, guests can also get that sun-kissed glow with a hand-applied, personalized spray tan.
Bellezza Salon & Spa owner and master stylist Angie Bauer has traveled the nation—from Las Vegas to Dallas to Miami—to hone her styling techniques and to master hands-on workshops with products from brands such as Aquage, Paul Mitchell, and Bare Escentuals. With this abundance of knowledge, she and her staff glamorize nails with OPI nail polish, stylize hairdos with Paul Mitchell hair color, and help clients outdo baby deer in beauty pageants with Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions.