Hygiene is a top priority for the technicians at Herbal Nails, but that doesn't mean their space has to feel clinical. In fact, creature comforts abound within the cozy, meticulously clean salon, from the comfy, sink-into-them pedicure thrones to the vibrant artwork, illuminated by moody track lighting. The real art though, isn't on the walls?it's on clients' hands and feet. Nail artists clean, groom, and polish nails, pampering extremities with products by Nu Skin, and can also add attention-grabbing designs using glitter polish or tiny, individual disco balls.
Beneath the shine of 20 Lounge Nail Bar and Boutique, a singular purpose pushes it forward: to bring high-end luxury to the masses. Like a beauty-conscious cousin of Johnny Appleseed, the ever-expanding franchise has planted locations throughout California and Arizona, always pampering its clients with the same menu of services. Therapists, for instance, perform facials using Dermalogica's MicroZone products, which wash away acne, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or exfoliate the skin. Mani-pedis, on the other hand, polish and dress nails in a rainbow of available colors, rendering their surfaces complementary to freshly waxed legs or accessories such as a freshly opened box of crayons.
For more than 15 years, Artistic Hair Salon has helped to transform the hair and nails of its clients with salon and manicure services. Inside the salon, flooded with natural light, the skilled staff applies foil highlights to manes, long-lasting shellac polish to nails, and deftly removes unwanted facial and body hair with waxing services. In addition, aesthetician Lauren McDowell uses her beauty skills to revitalize the skin of her clients, deploying facial peels, performing microdermabrasion, and smoothing on acne-fighting masks that help to banish blemishes.
As any of the pitmasters at HEK Yeah BBQ can tell you, to get quality barbecue, you need to start with equally good ingredients. That's why the chefs source as many of their ingredients as possible from local vendors who practice natural, organic farming and meat-raising methods. Once these ingredients are all assembled, the chefs make everything from the sauces to sides and barbecue in house from scratch. Their specialty is shredded beef brisket, which pitmasters cook for 18 hours to ensure it has the proper, tender texture. Alongside brisket, they smoke links of sausage as well as cuts of pork and chicken, which will eventually be pulled straight off the bone and onto sandwiches.
The staff puts just as much time into the sides and desserts that complete meals. They top cavatappi pasta with scoops of green-chili-infused cheese sauce, and smother fresh-cut fries with a similar green-chili queso and bacon. On the dessert end, baker Heather concocts different Southern desserts every day, such as caramel swirl brownies. To finish meals, two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream can be added to any of the shop's Hansen's all-natural sodas.
From its cozy corner at Spatini Skin & Nail Spa, Nails by Krista caters to clients’ nail-grooming needs with a full menu of fingernail and toenail treatments. Krista pampers hands and feet with relaxing mani-pedis and tops off treatments with a dollop of bright nail polish or durable Shellac gel polish, which lasts up to two weeks. She can also add a full set of acrylic or gel nails for a chip- and crack-resistant manicure, or pamper kiddie-sized fingers and instill good grooming habits with a child’s manicure.
Kat Geringer is a born stylist. Since she was old enough to read fashion magazines, she would scour their glossy pages, reading up on the latest trends and hairstyles. Kat went on to earn her cosmetology license and open up a salon of her own: Shear Luck Studio. Within the bright space, Kat performs a variety of haircare and skincare services, from smoothing Brazilian blowouts to rejuvenating mini facials. During mani-pedis, Kat decorates nails with colorful shades using durable gel polishes.