After performing mani-pedis at other salons, Kelly opened her own nail spa, where she paints fingers and toes with long-lasting CND Shellac, OPI, and Gelish polish and applies acrylic nails and fanciful nail wraps. She also designs nail art, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse designs for customers going on Disney Cruise Line? cruises and backyard landscapes for those staycationing. Although her nail art is chic, the salon's decor is comfy and rustic. Instead of a vinyl-upholstered pedicure chair that's difficult to climb in and out of, clients relax in the salon's tufted white armchair, and in place of a cramped manicure desk, Kelly paints fingernails at a simple wooden table.
Hailing from Europe, master stylist Zane harnesses more than 20 years of experience in shearing layers and curling and flattening strands. During the past two decades, Zane has perfected the art of altering shades, keeping up with the latest techniques to add highlights or transform all strands with new colour. Today, he wields his scissors amid the exposed brick and mirror accents at Pink Star Hair Design. The salon is perched on the edge of the Exchange District, which unites the eye-catching trends of Hollywood with the more subtle, classic styles favoured by international spies.
The medical aestheticians at The Wellness Spot tackle any dermal issues with a squad of natural organic ingredients while their clients relax with a complimentary beverage, such as coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or juice. They mix their own products and serums for facials and use a microdermabrasion wand to slough away dead skin cells and pull bunnies out of hats. They also use both strip wax and hard wax to remove unwanted hair on faces, arms, and legs.
From within Portfolio Hair & Beauty Works, the team at Nails by Francesca pays close attention to scents when beautifying hands and feet. They enhance their mani-pedis with decadent blackberry-vanilla sugar scrubs, blackurrant soy masks, and vanilla massage cream. If vanilla isn’t your scent of choice, fear not: they also dote on feet with lemon soufflé- or chocolate mint-infused pedicure treatments. To cap off sessions, nail techs top digits with glittery nail art or long-lasting Shellac.
At The Best Nails and Massage, technicians take no shortcuts when it comes to clients? comfort. During nail treatments, they use fume-free products and keep sessions sanitary by discarding all emery boards, nail buffers, and pumice pads after use. All mani-pedis get an extra dose of luxury with reflexology and hot stones. The relaxation continues during facials and massages, where therapists soothe achy muscles with a choice of five modalities.
Before setting up shop in Ashen Boutique & Salon, Tobie Rae Snyder played a role in the development of CND's Shellac nail polish and traveled around the region to teach beauticians about its long-lasting qualities. She also owned her own salon chain in Denver—an experience that lends to her expertise and fondness for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Today, she deftly grooms nails and waxes away unwanted hair in the comfort of the salon.