The technicians at Bisou Nail Lounge go above and beyond to create works of nail art using gel paint, jewels, and glitter polish. But before intricate designs of butterflies and Gary Busey on a steed are handcrafted, digits are refreshed with organic and eco-friendly products during mani-pedis. A volcanic clay mask and Dead Sea salt scrub help to purify the skin while cabernet grape extract oil and the salon's own line of organic coca butter nourish and moisturize. Harsh chemicals are also exempt from Bisou's footsoaks, enhanced with limes, rose petals, and mint leaves floating in a non-whirlpool, stainless steel bowl, and UV-gels from Bella Forma, Calgel, Bio Sculpture, or Crystal Nails provide chip-resistant polish that is acid-free. The salon's earth-friendly ways are also showcased during Nova eyelash extension services as technicians carefully use a formaldehyde-free adhesive to adhere tree-sized extensions to existing lashes.
Bisou's attention to details can also be seen in the intimate salon's d?cor, a country French theme complete with pale pink wall colors, a gold chandelier, and plush, floral-covered furnishings.
In a world of solemn responsibilities and stern rules, Flirt Nail Lounge stands as a haven of whimsical femininity. Bright pink walls, purple shag carpets, and signs declaring, ?A princess sits here? cast off the grownup world to let guests revel in luxurious nail services elevated by a host of pampering extras. Nail techs sit on plush pink ottomans as their clients melt into tufted white armchairs above them, their feet dangling in the warm water of sinks set into the floor. In addition to performing manicures and pedicures with OPI polish and no-chip Shellac lacquer, the techs specialize in painting ornate designs?replete with 3-D accoutrements such as gemstones, gold accents, and can openers?on natural nails or acrylic extensions. The lounge also features a private room for waxing treatments and a boutique that brims with bath oils and cupcake bath bombs by Sugar Rush.
What do teenage girls and pro football players have in common? They both want to look good. For nearly two decades, Face and Body by Taylor has been pampering clients who range from prom-prepping teens to professional athletes, including former Oakland Raider Charles Woodson. Backed by a service menu that caters to both genders, the spa's certified technicians carefully wax eyebrows, soften skin with homemade aromatherapy body scrubs, and primp fingers and toes with careful buffing and an optional layer of Shellac, Gelish, or OPI lacquer. The spa eschews the feminine pink paint and framed watercolors of X chromosomes typical of a standard salon and instead features sophisticated wood-laden decor that ensures a welcoming environment for men and women alike.
My Angel Nails' friendly practitioners provide a robust menu of mani-pedis, waxing treatments, and eight types of vivifying facials in a clean, relaxing atmosphere. During nailcare sessions, a coat of client-selected OPI nail polish rounds off the regular service's nail grooming, hand massage, and hot-towel wrap, with the deluxe version further coddling appendages with a softening paraffin dip. Nails seeking additional enhancements can opt for glitter designs, acrylic fills, and french tips. Wax technicians remove unwanted fluff from eyebrows to stubbly toe knuckles, and My Angel Nails' resident skin slougher helps patrons fight acne, aging, or acme anvils during 45- to 90-minute facial treatments.
You never know what you'll hear inside Ajuda Day Spa. The staff likes to play diverse selections of music from around the world, including that one country populated entirely by kazoos. The eclectic soundtrack is fitting, since it reflects the wide range of hairstyles that emerge from Ajuda's salon chairs. Christina Ocasio and her fellow stylists can sculpt funky looks, traditional styles, and special-occasion hairdos. For extra dimension, they add highlights and color with products from Redken and Matrix. The beauty experts also administer treatments for damaged hair, as well as spa services such as mani-pedis.
In 2002, beauty-school graduate Paula took everything she had—$5,000 and a dream of combining beauty services with holistic healing—and opened A Harmony Nail Spa. She even poured countless hours into hand-building many of the spa's unique furniture pieces and cyborg employees. Since the humble beginning, she and her fully licensed staff have pampered the minds and bodies of numerous clients with drastically different needs, from cancer patients seeking meditation classes to hardworking mothers overdue for an indulgent manicure.
Upon entering the approximately 2,000-square-foot facility, guests waltz through the gift shop's aisles before entering one of the spa's specific treatment areas. In the nail studio, clients lounge on purple thrones shaped like purple hands and dip their feet into soothing pedicure sinks. A Harmony Nail Spa also houses a garden café with free beverages, an Internet cafe with free WiFi, and a meditation lounge with freedom to close your eyes without sleeping.