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.
At Encounters Salon and Day Spa, the floors and mirrors sparkle and the retail area is stocked with products from Aveda, Surface, and other high-end brands. The stylists?some of whom have been cutting, coloring, and conditioning hair for three decades?are friendly, smiling, and collaborative, and it's common to see several of them exchanging ideas about the cut of one client. Encounters carefully selects cosmetology-school graduates for its nine-month in-house training program, which is designed to help new stylists quickly grow their experience and clientele.
Stylist and nail technician Lucy Grothusen works from a cozy corner of Aspen Salon and Spa where she frees nails from scraggly cuticles and daubs them with durable Shellac gel. She can also affix Tammy Taylor acrylics to add length and style. With the Rockstar nail treatment, she brushes nails with Shellac, dots them with glitter, and teaches them to play the solo in "Free Bird." In addition to her signature nail services, Lucy performs cuts and colors on tresses, spritzing heads with Kenra and alcohol-free Pureology products.
Licensed massage therapist Mandi Rhue of Aspen Salon and Spa soothes muscles using techniques designed to emphasize either relaxation or pain relief. Calming palms and fingers perform a Swedish massage, which unties muscular knots and reties them in the shape of puppies to reduce stress. The gentle technique makes a fitting introduction for back rub rookies. Firmer pressure powers the deep-tissue massage, which finds Mandi pressing harder to relieve the stiffness lurking below the body’s surface. A therapeutic massage calms the nervous system by encouraging clients to imagine achy joints in their underwear and by applying tender kneading that targets pain and inflammation.
Armed with a variety of spa services, Salon Burget’s highly trained squad of specialists imparts sentient stick figures with style and confidence in a comfy atmosphere. If you seek to speed your way to a professional, finished image, treat your arm enders to an express treatment with today's digit-enhancing duo. Salon Burget's 25-minute express manicure ($20) flattens out hand humbugs such as ragged tips, hangnails, dull claws, and feathered talons, beginning with a nail trim, shaping, and a cuticle push and leading to a nail buff and shine. Meanwhile, the 30-minute shellac treatment puts a finishing glimmer on a primped likeness with the choice of shellac french tips ($22) or a color or clear shellac ($17), a strong, naturally derived polish. Shellac's UV curing also nixes drying time, helping busy clients get back on the go quickly.
Mani Pedi Me's trained technicians don't perform facials. They don't cut hair, and they don't do waxing. Instead, they focus 100% of their beautification prowess on improving the appearance of clients' hands and feet. While guests relax in one of the studio's cozy massage chairs, the staff pretties up appendages with basic mani-pedis, nail art, and acrylic applications. The crew also often makes use of Shellac polish, which dries quickly under UV-lights and remains chip-free for up to 14 days so long as recipients can avoid scratch-and-sniff chalkboards.