Licensed aesthetician and nail technician Jesse Bruner artfully prunes and dresses digits with colorful polish inside Michael Christopher Salon, which was voted Best Day Spa in Delaware Today's Best of Delaware 2010. Wielding products from such brands as OPI and Young Nails, Jesse first cleanses fingers before filing their caps into sleek frames or US president silhouettes. Tools then gently ease cuticles off the nail, paving the way for brushes to paint on new hues or for buffers to impart gaze-grabbing shine. During the pedicure, feet can fashion bubble mustaches in a whirlpool spa as toenails undergo a clipping. Both overgrown cuticles and calluses flee while Jesse sloughs away superfluous skin, and an exfoliating scrub hydrates gams from the calves down. Finally, a massage with body butter saps tension from arches, and polish covers reposing toes in vibrant shades.
Champagne isn’t something commonly associated with a nail salon, but at Haus of Lacquer there it is—in the hand of every guest who wants it as soon as they walk in the door. And it’s on the house. But this touch of old-school class is just the tip of the iceberg. After patrons pick out a color by OPI, Essie, or Butter London, they receive a magazine or an iPad to read. Then, the experienced technicians get to work. In addition to specializing in natural nail treatments and nail art, the crew offers head-to-toe packages for total relaxation. During the half-day Indulge package, a replenishing facial brightens complexions and a massage soothes tired feet. Nail experts then use deliciously fragrant Me! Bath Ice Cream and a sugar scrub to moisturize and exfoliate hands and feet, massaging skin with a body icing that, like a child left unattended in a bakery, looks and smells like frosting.
At Inspire Hair Studio, a cast of talented hairstylists reinvent styles for the entire family. Men, women, and children can all stop in for a quick haircut and style, each of which begins with a sudsy shampoo. Women who want a little bounce can opt for partial or spiral perms or pump up the shine with foil highlights or a double-process color treatment. Beyond cutting and coloring, the studio’s staff also administers skin-soothing facials, facial-waxing treatments, and indulgent mani-pedis topped off with Shellac polish that refuses to chip for up to two weeks, even during full-armored thumb-wrestling matches.
Modern wall sconces and full-wall windows cast glow on the salon's polished wood floors and cozy leather mani-pedi chairs. Here, with the precision and artistry of a thousand microscopic architects, nail techs meticulously renovate nails and adorn with basic and long-lasting Shellac color. As tired feet steep in a soothing pedicure bath, tension fades away, calluses soften, and nails prepare for custom nail art or sleek French tips. Clients may also solicit a skilled aesthetician to clear away unwanted hair from your face, body, or antlers during swift waxing sessions.
Along the walls of Cuticle Cubicle, dozens of bottles display a dazzling spectrum of colors. Using these myriad hues of regular polish as well as long-lasting Shellac polish, aestheticians beautify nails with manicures and pedicures as clients sink back into spa chairs as plush as a teddy bear filled with diamonds.
The beauty specialists at Shiny Nail & Spa pamper clients with services ranging from hawaiian spa pedicures to european facials. Their massage therapy also helps guests relax and rid themselves of stress with modalities including Swedish, hot stone, and shiatsu.