Von's Nails' clients are greeted to large smorgasbords of color polishes. On the walls, large prints display sparkly toenails and a woman with tidily shaped brows. Amid these decorative accents, skilled nail technicians administer therapeutic mani-pedis, adorn digits with elegant French tips, and exile unwanted hair with specialty waxing. The nail salon also abides by strict health guidelines, using hospital-grade solvents and pedicure baths of hot chicken noodle soup.
When nails need a helping hand, Laura Gronholz is there. At her post within Amenity's Hair Studio, she draws on years of experience to groom cuticles, shape fingernails, and gently remove piranhas affixed to big toes. During her signature spa pedicure, she also removes calluses and softens skin with warm towels and a hydrating mask.
Natasha Kennedy knows what it feels like to be stressed. Along with being the owner of Aloha! Massage and Spa, the massage therapist is a licensed aesthetician, holistic nutrition coach, nursing student, and mother of five. She uses her knowledge and experience to help others who might be leading busy, stressful, or overwhelming lives. At Alhoa!, she provides five different massage styles including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. In LomiLomi massages, she uses her forearm to stroke the body and mimic the waves of the ocean or splash after a cannon ball. Meanwhile, her mommy-to-be and post natal massages aim to ease labor pains and reduce stress. All of her techniques bring about various benefits including improved circulation, enhanced sleep quality, and decreased anxiety.
Fingernails that aren't properly maintained may get bored and trade places with toenails. Davi Nails skirts such unsettling morning surprises with a diverse array of specialty nail services. A technician can swiftly shape nails, gently care for cuticles, and decorate with a vibrant color polish. Gel polish is also available for a durable, long-lasting finish.
The talented aestheticians at Salon Glamour provide a wide range of salon and spa services. Clients can enjoy a haircut and color treatment or get a hot-stone massage to reduce stress. The chic studio also offers waxes, eyelash extensions, and skincare treatments such as facials, acting as a one-stop shop to revamp a look.
Select salons offer Shellac polish, which can last?chip-free?for weeks. Read on for our look at this resilient manicure style.
After five years of testing and development, CND unveiled its secret weapon. It was virtually impenetrable?a veritable suit of armor. And it was just waiting to fall into the right hands. Dubbed Shellac, CND's new nail polish could last 14 days?336 hours?without a chip or smudge. The formula itself was a hybrid of regular and gel nail polish, combining the thick, durable layers of gel with the easy, brush-on application of ordinary lacquer. Between each of four coats, a special, low-watt UV lamp cured the Shellac, hardening it and leaving it dry within seconds. After a single appointment, customers could leave the salon with a gleaming manicure that could last for weeks.
Available in more than 45 shades, Shellac polish is no longer new technology, but only trained technicians in a certified salon are eligible to apply it. The UV curing process?safe for the skin?is so effective that Shellac polish must be removed at the salon using strong acetone, most often by slipping a special soaking pad over each finger for a few minutes. Although the polish may not last on dry or flaky nails, healthy fingers generally retain their shine, only losing their color as the roots of new nails start to grow in from the cuticle.