The state-licensed technicians at iNail Artistry & Spa are neatniks when it comes to health and hygiene in their salon. In addition to sterilizing all reusable implements, they never use blades to slice away calluses or nail clippings. They work to reduce staff and client exposure to malevolent fumes and carefully assess the nail health before beginning treatments.
The staff sets itself apart from other nail crews by offering reflexology pedicures, which use precisely applied pressure to specific areas of the feet to stimulate different body organs or nerves, and it has been known to help with vascular disease and arthritis.
At the Mitsu Sato Hair Academy, Mitsu Sato gives student stylists the ability to perform a spread of salon and spa services for clients. Sato's unique approach, which simulates a full-fledged salon environment, gives the supervised students a chance to transform locks in a hands-on environment. In addition to haircuts, coloring, and special-occasion styling, the team of staff and students performs makeup applications, brow shaping, and nail services that prepare digits for the finger-puppet Olympics.
The Shellac manicure begins like many manicures do—but immediately there is something different. Star Nails’ meticulous technicians trim, file, and shape fingernails, tame cuticles, and apply seemingly standard polish with a remarkable attention to detail. And then something really sets it apart. Hands suddenly find themselves beneath the glow of a UV lamp, where rays typically associated with the sun and George Clooney’s blinding smile have been corralled to cure that seemingly ordinary polish into chip-resistant nail shields that last for up to two weeks. They also pamper sore and tired feet with skin-softening salt scrubs, hot-towel wraps, and hot-stone massages.
Everyone on the staff at Beauty Obsessions Salon has his or her own unique origin story. Erika gave up a career in the corporate world to follow her passion, Terri cut her chops at the Paul Mitchell Academy, and Rob studied in the style of Vidal Sassoon—a prolific hairdresser known for the creation of looks such as the bob and the five-point cut. Along with their fellow stylists and aestheticians, these beauty experts makeover their clientele using products from the likes of L'Oréal, Moroccanoil, and American Crew. They also sculpt nails during mani-pedis and get rid of unwanted hair with during facial waxing services.
Licensed nail technician Jo Jo nurtures a passion for creativity at her well-maintained mani-pedi station in Sunseekers Tanning Salon & Spa. She uses only Creative Nail Design (CND) products, which come in vibrant colors and brush flawlessly onto her clients’ nails and the talons of their pet falcons.
Jennifer, the stylist responsible for turning first-time visitors to Salon Studio and Spa into loyal clients, employs seven years of haircare experience to design the most flattering coiffures for each individual. She also uses only high-quality products, including those by Pureology and Kevin Murphy. During a women’s, men’s, or kids’ haircut, Jennifer snips away at strands to fashion custom head-top masterpieces. She also arranges hair into updos to prepare clients for formal bowling tournaments and uses Keune Professional Color products to add fashionable new shades without attaching a chameleon with a bobby pin. Patrons can spiff up areas below the hairline with an eyebrow shaping using tea-tree wax or with a long-lasting Gelish manicure.