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.
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.
Red hanging lights throw rounded shadows across Sweet D's hardwood floors and sunflower-yellow walls. Amid these modern accents, skilled stylists cultivate face-flattering cuts and rewire hair circuitry with sleek color highlights. Clients may also solicit an aesthetician for a swift brow wax or a long-lasting gel mani-pedi with Axxium or CND polish.
Within Head to Toes Salon, Tiffany Stromberg welcomes women, men, and children for stylish haircuts. She styles hair with full and partial highlights, deep-conditioning treatment, and color glazes. She also removes unwanted hair with waxing services and offers manicures, pedicures, and chip-resistant nail polishes.
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.