Polished Nail Salon & Spa's neon sign may draw in patrons like moths to a flame, but it’s the skilled technicians who work hard to keep clients coming back for more nail and waxing services. Nail technicians also personalize mani-pedis, which can mean treating feet with a citrus scrub and cooling mint mask or crowning fingernails with CND Shellac, which imparts color that lasts longer than regular nail polish or homemade paste dyed with food coloring.
Inside this Barclay Square salon, owner Kim Nguyen and her licensed nail technicians hover over appendages to give overworked digits the attention they deserve. Exfoliating scrubs slough away rough skin and co-dependent socks from hands and feet, and products from Essie, OPI, and China Glaze add a protective layer and colorful pop to each newly groomed nail.
Before they even glance at fingers or toes, the technicians at Bayside Nails offer guests chilled bottled water and a variety of calming teas. Staffers then treat hands and feet to relaxing spa manicures and pedicures, often decking them out in french sets, gel nails, and acrylic nails. The team also performs services including organic facials and waxes away fuzz from legs, underarms, or lint-lined pockets.
Helming the staff at Body Boutique, Kimberly Fasano packs two decades of experience as a stylist and colorist in her tool belt. Her team tends to the hair, skin, nails, and muscles, with the goal of making each visitor look and feel their best. Khon Kerr plays a major role in this, outfitting her patrons with thick lash extensions that flatter the eyes and help shield them from the next-door neighbor’s shooting-sand fountain.
If you hang around outside Distinctive Tan, you might notice a trend: everyone leaving the building has great-looking skin. At both locations, clients can get a custom bronze in either a UV tanning bed—of which the facilities offer a diverse array—or within Mystic Tan airbrush booths. But tanning isn't the only focus of the salons, which have been in business for more than 20 years. Their knowledgeable, Smart Tan–certified staff also supplies WhiteICE teeth-whitening kits and administers red-light therapy, a treatment designed to firm skin and minimize wrinkles wrought by age or time spent trying to impersonate an accordion.