When Steffani Kemp thinks about her future, she can't imagine being in a place where she isn't beautifying nails with manicures, pedicures, and artful applications of polish. Her online portfolio includes creative nail designs that pay homage to cupcakes, holidays, cartoon characters, animals, and entire novels by Proust. Steffani’s services include manicures and pedicures that she upgrades with french tips and chip-resistant gel polish. All of Steffani's pedicures include a foot massage, and she also offers seasonal services such as lemon manicures and pumpkin pedicures.
Southern Exposure Tanning Center gilds skins with 18 tanning units, including a red-light-therapy bed. Beds offer four levels of UV tanning, and an automated Mystic Tan spray booth mists hides in a matter of minutes. To assist with these options, the shop’s Smart Tan–certified staff stands by ready to discuss the differences between UV and sunless tanning, as well as the benefits of accelerators, HCG, vitamin B drops, and skincare products.
Glitter, colorful tips, freehand seasonal designs, and abstract patterns swirl across keratin palettes at M&M Nails. Nail technicians' jewel-toned, neon, or pastel masterpieces aim to showcase clients' personalities. Relaxation is important here, too, with services such as reflexology treatments imbuing mani-pedis with extra decadence.
For the past six years, Megan Seech has been taking care of fingers and toes, tending to nails whether they be natural, acrylic, or forged from chiclets and superglue. Basic manicures and pedicures with OPI polishes leave nails looking healthy and strong, but both may be upgraded with glitter polish or Shellac—a special formula made to resist chips and nicks. Her passion for helping others feel beautiful has inspired Megan to pursue her cosmetology degree, and she soon hopes to add hairstyling and makeup services to her beauty repertoire.
Expansive windows flood the room with sunlight at Allure Hair and Nail Salon, where stylist Katie H creates her own glowing looks with haircuts for women, men, and kids. But cutting isn't the only skill in Katie's arsenal; she also mixes and applies hair dye to bolster locks with pops of color. For special occasions such as weddings, Katie can curl and twist hair into updos that resemble busts of the bride and groom.