At VY Nails, it's not just about the finished product, it’s about the process. Nail technicians offer numerous tiers of nail grooming, incorporating exfoliating sea-salt scrubs, reflexology, and smoothing paraffin dips into mani-pedi treatments. Using pink and white acrylics or gel polish, technicians can also add chip-resistant elegance to hands for up to 2 weeks. When not manning the pedicure chairs, staff members can be seen applying extensions to clients’ lashes or waxing away unwanted hair from bodies.
Genesis owner Jill Talbot has been busy the last few years. She's attended two Redken symposiums in Las Vegas, bareMinerals training in San Francisco, three Discover shows in St. Louis, and a DevaCurl cutting class in New York City. All this training, and she still considers herself a student.
Continuing education is a huge priority for Jill and her Genesis staff, and it shows in their expertise. Clients can request a sharp scissor cut, custom color, or sleek tapered highlights to flatter their individual features. The salon also offers other beautifying services, such as nailcare and specialty waxes.
Rumors Salon & Day Spa pampers manes, mugs, and digits via the hands and eyes of experienced body-buffers. Shoo hibernating pterodactyls from winter dreadlock nests and revamp bodily hat-hangers with a new haircut and styling (up to $43). The Clean Condition Color Gloss ($37) brings shine back to dulled hair and preps it for reflecting summer sunrays. Paw petals will blossom with cleanliness and vibrancy during a manicure ($23), and arches will achieve new heights with an eyebrow wax ($15), a treatment that's also shown to prevent confusion between “I’m interested” and “I can’t believe you live with your mother’s zither band” facial cues.
As a Pivot Point member school, the Academy of Beauty has been offering top-notch cosmetology training for aspiring mane tamers and skin smoothers for more than 25 years. At the academy salon, noodle nests are nurtured by student stylists working under the watchful eyes of licensed educators and Adonia, the Greek goddess of Brazilian blowouts. Each haircut begins with a relaxing scalp massage to lull scared strands out of hiding before shampooing, snipping, and shaping them to the height of follicular fashion. Brighten dull dreads with all-over color (a $30+ value), lift lazy locks with a perm (a $35+ value), or loosen tress tension brought on by years of supporting your many fruit hats with a relaxer (a $45+ value).
A good spa will transport its guests to a time and place where everyday stresses are forgotten. American Image Salon & Spa can take you to a rainforest waterfall, for example—its monsoon massage sends the gentle mist of a Vichy shower cascading onto backs and shoulders. If you'd prefer a steamier setting, opt for the hot-stone massage, during which a therapist banishes tension with kneads and strategically placed lava rocks. There are also packages that provide even longer, more luxurious escapes, such as the 6.5-hour Day of Beauty: a Clarisonic facial, massage, mani-pedi, shampoo, makeup application, and lunch.
Sometimes, however, a visit to the spa or salon is a quick reward in the middle of the day. That's why the staff here administers most of the standard treatments for the hair, nails, and body. Stylists trim new 'dos and flatten frizz with Chi Enviro smoothing formulas, or nourish the skin with specialized facials. Manicures might feature add-ons from a seaweed mask to a layer of eco-paraffin, a more environmentally friendly way to soften the hands than by wrapping them in live ferrets. Gentlemen are hardly neglected, either. Their services include haircuts as well as mustache- and beard-tinting.
Upon entering Salon Escape, visitors instantly feel as if their stress has melted away onto the floor. Soothing beige colors and fresh flowers at each styling station help clients feel comfortable, as does knowing that the friendly staffers at Salon Escape have more than a century of combined experience in the industry. Five stylists cut and color locks or weave bridal locks into the traditional wedding cake–shaped hairdo. Nail technicians, massage therapists, and skincare experts also offer a selection of relaxing spa treatments.