The nail experts at Nails Now mix colors and artistic techniques to craft nail designs that will stand out in crowds. Nail art ranges from swirls and geometric shapes, to the stars and stripes of the American flag. Their pedicures pamper clients with stone massages, sugar scrubs, and hot towels. They also apply acrylic nails, using only American brands and ensuring safe, high-quality applications.
With experience in cosmetology and business management, Octavia McDougle helps aspiring beauticians of all sorts forge new career paths as hairstylists, barbers, cosmetologists, and massage therapists. At Beauty Anatomy Institute of Cosmetology and Wellness, Octavia and her staff guide students in immersive programs that combine preparatory theory with hands-on practical application. Once they've learned the ropes, protégés get to practice services on real-life clients before they earn their licenses and find employment.
Students train on a 4,100-square-foot campus replete with four clinic areas and salon-exclusive products typically found only in premier salons and Walt Whitman’s finely manicured beard. Beauty Anatomy Institute also runs an outreach program to provide disadvantaged teenagers with scholarships, workshops, and grooming services to further boost their self-esteem.
Phenom-A-Nails boasts more than 15 years in the beauty industry, doling out beauty-ameliorating services including waxing, hairstyling, and nail polishing. A professionally trained nail technician will file, buff, and clean extraneous colors from all 27 fingers and toes to kick off the pampering 90-minute mani-pedi. A soothing hand massage expels tension buildup caused by high-fiving addictions, and a finishing polish accentuates nails' newfound shapes with a shiny splash of color before dryers lock in new shades. Salon owner Sheri Brown further creates a calming ambiance by pumping the salon's confines full of clean air, saving sensitive schnozzles from nail products' infamously bad taste in perfume.
Most popular service: Cut, color, highlights, nails, waxing
Brands Used: Keune, OPI, Essie
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Marcus Ornellas Salon's stylists might be better described as sculptors and artists. They reshape hair with scissors and styling products to match the latest trends, infusing 'dos with streaks of color or entirely new hues. They also revamp faces, applying makeup with airbrushes to give patrons the smooth, glossy look normally reserved for models trapped inside the pages of magazines. They accomplish all these feats in a salon as stylish as their work: Sleek, stark black-and-white decor extends all the way to the floorboards, which are stained dark and illuminated by the floor-to-ceiling windows.
At Omega Hair Salon, stress melts away as hair- and skincare specialists pamper visitors from head to toe. Following thorough consultations, aestheticians create radiant complexions by using organic balms, although they can also incorporate rejuvenating LED light therapy or vitamin C-rich serums. Green products are preferred in salon services, too, during which stylists lend their skilled scissors to chic cuts that flatter each client's style and secret aspirations. They can also perform a number of coloring and texturizing treatments, thanks to their ongoing education in the latest haircare trends. No matter what the treatment, the staff can describe it in detail in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Italian, helping to immediately put guests at ease.
It’s difficult to tell which is brighter—the sunlight that pours onto the open floor of In Style Hair and Nails or the collective demeanor of the salon’s stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians. Regardless, the prospect of whittling away an afternoon here is a pleasant one. In Style’s broad palette of services includes spa manicures, hair-conditioning treatments, and facial waxing—not to mention such advanced treatments as the microcurrent facial. An example of the salon’s commitment to innovation, this facial uses tiny electrical pulses to tighten up skin and jump-start the 9-volt batteries that make facial expressions possible.