With a certificate from the Creative Nail Academy in hand, Sara Ann could have left her expertise at that––but she didn’t. Beauty is an ever-evolving field. That’s why she went on to receive an electric-filing certification, and she is now pursuing cosmetology licensure at the Milan Institute. Drawing on the skills gleaned from her continuing education on top of more than six years of experience, Sara crafts gel nails, long-lasting Shellac manicures, and more than 300 custom-mixed RockStar acrylics for her clients. Sara also has a deft hand for 3D nail art in intricate designs such as cupcakes, roses, or surrealist paintings of Salvador Dalí painting his nails.
Privato Salon & Spa is filled with sleek, modern decor, from plush leather chairs to long wooden tables, highlighted by pops of green and purple. Amiee's nail services mirror the salon's lustrous, contemporary atmosphere. She exfoliates feet with Bella Luccè scrubs and pampers them with hot-towel treatments during spa pedicures and combines crushed rice, sea kelp, green tea, coconut, and lemongrass to soothe feet during Touch of Thai pedicures. Hands and fingers aren't left out, either. After shaping, trimming, and buffing them, Amiee decorates digits with vibrant lacquer from butter London or chip-free polish from Gelish.
Licensed cosmetologist Michelle spends her days juggling bottles of nail polish in bright yellow, blue, pink, and red. She paints keratin sheets in monochromatic hues and multicolored art displays, including cosmic-looking designs and the molecular structure of DNA. Her mani-pedis also include extras, such as skin-softening paraffin dip.
Alicia Dieringer of Totally Polished By Ali adorns nails with traditional polish, acrylic overlays, and full sets of falsies during her artistic manicures. Pedicures leave soles softened and toenails varnished, ready for sandal season or footsie tournaments.
The technicians at minx'n it up nails are true artists at heart. They decorate nails with animal prints, polishes mixed with sparkles galore, 3D bows, and DNA strands. On holidays, nails pop with mistletoe and snowflakes or hearts and red lips.