Luz Pinto knows what looks good when it comes to nails, and she's happy to share that expertise with her customers. At Elysium Massage of Old Saybrook, the resident nail technician buffs fingernails and toenails, shapes cuticles, and sweeps vibrant colors across nails in regular or gel form. She also customizes looks with nail art, granting clients new ways to express themselves.
Isabella nails & day spa’s menu of nail services comes to sparkling life in a salon of plush pedicure chairs, footbaths, and lively greenery. Phalange pampering takes the form of classic spa manicures and pedicures with add-ons such as acrylic or gel polish to decorate hardworking nails and loyal tusks. The sanitary salon also offers services specially designed for the nails of youngsters. A full lineup of waxing treatments targets fuzz and bristle along the face or bikini line.
Licensed cosmetologist Kathryn Mancarella prefers to work in a nontoxic environment. She has been caring for nails for 23 years, and now leads the team at Kathrynz Kreationz in beautifying fingers and toes with eco-friendly products. Mancarella specializes in custom crafting natural resin LCN nails, a nontoxic line whose advantages include resistance to yellowing, water, household chemicals, and high-fives that are not heartfelt. The earth-conscious studio also employs vegan and formaldehyde-free nail lacquers by SpaRitual, and offers an array of organic products, including lotions, laundry powder, and soaps.
After a chemical-free manicure or pedicure, an on-staff massage therapist can further loosen muscles with reflexology or deep-tissue techniques. The cozy studio—which also includes a clothing boutique—is defined by wooden floors, animal-print accent rugs and art, and a rear-facing view of a tranquil lake with verdant trees.
For the past 15 years, Samantha "Sami" Angelini has been manicuring nails, banishing fuzz with honey wax, and wielding makeup brushes. She's freelanced for MAC and Laura Mercier, filling her portfolio with images that typify her natural, yet evocative makeup style. Today, she enhances eyes, lips, and cheekbones with Motives Cosmetics mineral-based makeup. She demonstrates her techniques during one-on-one lessons, and preps brides for their nuptials. Sami's artist's eye also guides her hands as she shapes brows into flattering forms—one of her specialties—or tops finger and toenails in chip-resistant polishes or thimbles.
Naked nails catch no one's eye, so the technicians at Princess Nails commit themselves to prettifying clients' digits. They do this with shiny mani-pedis with either plain color or a range of swirly, glittery nail art, including flowers, dots, and hearts that sparkle brighter and last longer than gluing sequins to each nail. Stubby fingernails gain a longer look from acrylics, while feet get the same meticulous attention during pedicures.
Specializing in nail art and dazzling, eye-catching designs, the nails techs at La Petite Nails And More jazz up fingers and toes during relaxing mani-pedis. Techs paint nails with zebra stripes or polka dots and apply Ciaté caviar beads to fresh polish for a textured, 3-D effect. They can also attach acrylics and finger puppets to hands and feet, and shape talons to a sharp point to create stiletto nails—a trend popularized by such celebrities as Rihanna and Lady Gaga.