Master nail technician Debbie Bryant draws from more than two decades of practice in her trade and extensive special training in French acrylics and gel polish. She spruces up her clients' fingers and toes with plain or Shellac polish, administers men's mani-pedis, applies Axxium polish for colored nails, and soothes digits with paraffin wax treatments.
It's quiet in Aqua the Day Spa. No cell phones or pagers are allowed to remain active in either of the two locations, so all you hear is your pulse slowing to a steady, soothing beat and the tiny noises made as expert hands open bottles of designer beauty products. Open since 1998, owners Susan and Ralph Barnette struck the right, Enya-like chord in 2003, when they first earned the title of Best Day Spa in the Jackson Free Press's annual "Best Of" roundup. The team of aestheticians and massage therapists have swept that title every year since, deflating the competition in proportion to lifting spirits. Paraben-free Skin Authority and scented Tokyomilk tonics nourish skin with vitamin-rich Moroccan clay and soothing mango, or exfoliate dead cells with bamboo salves scented with ylang-ylang. The staff's nimble hands blend these into custom treatments, including those to combat aging and the strange shadows creeping over men's skin, and work aromatherapeutic elixirs into muscles with nine different massage modalities. OPI and Shellac nail polish transform hands and feet into fashion accessories, a project helped along by smoothing wax.
For $10, you get a dry pedicure with OPI polish (a $20 value). For $13, you get a warm-mitt manicure with hand massage and OPI polish (a $25 value). For $17, you get a warm-mitt manicure with Shellac polish (a $35 value).
Glo Tan and Boutique a go-to bronzing spot with a wide range of state-of-the-art tanning beds and UV-free spray-tanning booths housed in clean, private rooms. From the comfort of this salon and boutique, individuals can customize their desired levels of bronze with multiple levels of tanning beds. Level 1 or 2 tanning grants access to lower-watt bed options, ideal for novices building base tans or wilted plants seeking a fortifying light source. Higher level beds imbue skin with a deeper burnish. UV-free Mystic Tanning coat skin with a DHA-infused tanning mist that covers limbs with an even, natural-looking glow.
Clarence and Carol Sims, the talented duo behind U Nailed It Spa Retreat, believe that healthy, beautiful fingernails and toenails constitute a powerful fashion statement. They start each mani-pedi by grooming and shaping nails, then move on to applying polish. This is where they like to get creative; their polishes come in every color of the rainbow, and their designs range from chevron stripes to tiny numbers that help with counting. To further enhance mani-pedis, the nail artists can attach faux crystals, gold beads, and plastic flowers.