White columns support an open archway that connects Enjoy Nail Spa's two cream and rose-petal-pink chambers. In one, nail technicians bend over sensible manicure tables to set pink-and-white gels or repair broken acrylics. A row of leather pedicure thrones presides over the other, where brimming basins reflect sunlight from the storefront's picture window. Localized massage augments every nailcare treatment, and dips in warm paraffin wax soften the skin upon request. An open door leads to a private space for waxing, where nimble hands strip hair from contours to reveal the hieroglyphs beneath.
Inside My Angel Nails, skilled technicians dote on fingers and toes, shaping and filing nails before removing stray cuticles and applying a coat of color. They also complement traditional mani-pedis with a hand and foot massage, as well as a hot-towel wrap. Deluxe mani-pedis go even further by softening skin with an exfoliating scrub and a dip in warm paraffin wax. The technicians can also dazzle with glitter tips or add length with silk, acrylic, or gel tips. Staffers perform waxing on various areas of the body as well, including the face, bikini line, abdomen, and secret second abdomen.
"You don't have to be famous to be fabulous!" That's the motto at Backstage Beauty Lounge, where clients get treated like pampered stars. The facial services echo this with names including Hollywood Faux Face Lift, which infuses skin with Image skincare products, and Hollywood Secret facial, which includes an anti-aging mask that no one knows about. Treatments are conducted by aesthetician Tina, who specializes in microdermabrasions and peels to help her clients look and feel younger.
Imagine fingertips adorned with leopard prints, blooming sunflowers, fluttering butterflies, or the stripes of an American flag. Marina Renghini of Fantasy Nails by Marina at Unity Salon and Spa has mastered the meticulous art of custom nail design. She turns fingernails into eye-catching artwork, working completely freehand and unencumbered by decals or stencils. After a relaxing experience that may include nail grooming, scrubs, masks, and massages, clients are left with truly unique nails that come with a warning that they may garner interest from art auctioneers.
The arched gate of Le Jardin at the Spa opens to a concrete path that leads to four small cottages where tranquility abounds. The refurbished four-cottage compound houses a full salon and spa, where clients take a mini vacation from the stresses of day-to-day life with full-body massages and relaxing facials that cleanse skin with Image and Pevonia skincare products. Inside, stylists remove split ends and salvage damaged strands with a five-step conditioning process and crossed fingers. They also host spa parties, which often include a sparkling-wine reception and decadent desserts. With the purchase of any five regularly priced spa services, clients may host their own spa party for free and bring their own food, drinks, and friends.
For nearly 20 years, the tan technicians at Soleil Tanning Salons have transformed pasty soul sacks into bronze living statues using UV and UV-free tanning techniques. Before tan sessions, friendly staffers educate patrons on how to get the most out of tans by using tanning lotions designed to stimulate melanin and extend the life of darker dermises. Soleil Tanning Salons are equipped with standing and horizontal tanning beds as well as UV-free MagicTan booths. The automated process typically takes 60 seconds and gives skin a golden glow thanks to micromists of custom tanner. No matter what bronzing method is chosen, tanners can rest easy knowing they will avoid burns associated with sunbathing atop radioactive beach towels.