Tucked inside J. Alison Salon and Day Spa, Kiss Spa's massaging chairs and whirlpool footbaths set the stage for classic and creative nail treatments performed by the salon's newest nail techs. In addition to traditional nail services, staffers can pamper skin and make feet fervently wish for taste buds with the Ice Cream pedicure's marshmallow foot mask and strawberry-kiwi-body-butter treatments.
Inside Kimberly Blakes Nail Salon, Tracey Sturdivant puts the pamper in mani-pedis. That's because the owner of RedVega Beauty does much more than brush color over nails?she begins each session by applying a warm neck wrap to her clients. This, along with a hand massage, helps relax them as she painstakingly shapes, buffs fingernails, and trims cuticles. And she doesn't just treat her clients to nail services such as gel manicures and French pedicures. She also waxes away unwanted body hair and shapes brows to match facial features or a favorite cartoon villain's expression makers.
Yvette's Nail Spa's attentive techs refurbish bedraggled pointers and piggies using resilient OPI products. Talons unclench under massaging strokes while manicurists pamper cuticles and shape nails into gentle curves. Customer-culled hues shellac freshly renovated fingernails, lending an aesthetic edge during semaphore competitions. During the pedicure, keratin artisans smooth jagged edges and push back advancing cuticle armies before buffing heels and kneading arches for feet more relaxed than a Pulitzer Prize winner at a poetry slam. Hooves snuggle into plush towels while patrons point to their chosen toe polish.
Ocean Spa & Massage may be hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, but that doesn't stop the staff from trying to recreate the experience of lounging on an exotic beach. They largely succeed, thanks to a treatment menu that features relaxing massages, body waxing, and mani-pedis to go along with a full list of indulgent skin treatments. One of those treatments?the detoxifying mud cocoon?draws out impurities and induces metamorphosis with an application of warm mud followed by a thermal wrap.
The expert aestheticians at Skin Deep Med Spa deploy a cornucopia of facials and body treatments designed to bolster youthful smoothness and inner peace. Before undergoing any of the spa’s signature facials⎯such as the redness therapy facial, AHA Rapid Exfoliator, or pomegranate pore-cleansing facial⎯a keen-eyed skin technician evaluates faces to determine skin characteristics. Zerona body-contouring treatments seek to slim down bodies by targeting lipids beneath the skin with photons, and waxing treatments de-fuzz excess forestry from virtually anywhere on the body.
While its name might signal the end of a day, Twilight Nails is just getting started. In anticipation of its 2013 opening, the nail spa filled its shelves with top-tier products from Essie and OPI. Techs buff, polish, and generally upgrade clients’ fingers and their toes' fingers at welcoming stations.