25-minutes. That's the length of the longest single treatment provided at any LAKA Manicure––and that’s exactly how the customers like it. Born from a desire to provide "fashionable manicures for the busy woman," LAKA has grown to more than 15 locations across Israel, Hong Kong, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, and now shares its speedy, style-setting services with the US at it's first state-side location in Las Vegas.
Stationed inside busy malls, each urban-inspired nail bar is easily recognizable by its futuristic, white-cube design and the pops of color provided by a selection of 150 nail polishes. Each lacquer is specially crafted in France using saturated pigments and inspired by the latest world trends and seasonal hues chosen by Mother Nature's mood ring. Inside the geometric styling stations, technicians speedily provide express manicures, mineral-rich hand peels, and nail art using real Swarovski stones. Since most sessions only take around 15-minutes, appointments are never required.
Trish—of Nails by Trish—protects nails while making them look good. Her collection of gel polishes fights off chips and scratches caused by everyday activities such as washing dishes and husking corn. The polishes come in a kaleidoscope of hues.
Carmen Glover, an expert manicurist and CND Advanced Master, applies more than 16 years of nailcare experience to performing personalized nailcare services that address the specific needs of each individual. Glover calls on the powers of CND Shellac, a chip-resistant 14-day polish, to helm the Shellac manicure and outfit nails in a glossy new hue from a selection of 24 colors and 37 Pollock-inspired designs. A relaxing hand massage with lotions and oils helps release built-up tension and stiffness, and supplements the manicure's filing and shaping of the nails and conditioning of the cuticles. After the UV lamp zaps nails to an instant shine, Carmen's attentions move down to the feet with the quick-service mini pedicure. The mini pedicure caters to clients with ingrown nails and toes that refuse to dance at the annual sock hop, addressing stubborn nail problems and cuticles before burnishing nails with a fresh coat of polish.
Podiatrist Dr. Jodi Politz founded Futzpah 118 with medical-grade hygiene standards to cleanse the minds of germophobes, as well as to serve specialty spa clients such as diabetics, pregnant women, and chemotherapy patients. Experienced staff make use of sterile, single-use mani-pedi sets and aromatherapeutic products to test how well finger pads can smell. The Futzpah Footsie begins by shaping nails and minimizing cuticles, then pampers little piggies with exfoliation before adorning talons in gleaming armor (a $45 value). Manicures also include a massage to deeply relax palms and stretch fingers in preparation for a shadow-puppet reenactment of The Godfather Trilogy (a $20 value). Futzpah 118's luxurious facilities include an array of oversize plush black chairs above sparkling clear basins and beneath ceiling-mounted TVs, and an immense bronze-hued mask exudes serenity.
The seasoned nail techs and aestheticians at Studio Lounge 713 coddle extremities and drench skin in a cornucopia of nail and facial services. During the shellac mani-pedi, which lasts 60–90 minutes, patrons sip a holiday cocktail while a skilled talon-tamer shapes nails and corrals cuticles before painting them with a durable gel Shellac polish that strengthens nails, preparing them for particularly rigorous thumb wars. The 45-minute Ultimate pedicure expels tension from toes with a paraffin dip, skims off calluses and dead cells, and ameliorates dry skin with a foot scrub and mask. Those in need of back beautification can opt for the 45-minute back facial, during which a deft aesthetician exfoliates while simultaneously massaging tense muscles with alternating pressure. A mask and moisturizing application hydrates even the driest of dorsal fins, and clients can maintain their dermal dapperness by carting home a complimentary loofah.
Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon’s investigation.
No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.
Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection—even with properly sanitized instruments—may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they’ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it’s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.