The professional nail artists at Princess Nails and Spa give fingers and toes the royal treatment. Inside the clean, modern spa, ragged appendages and overgrown cuticles are swiftly put to rights with artful shaping and a stern talking-to. Coats of colorful, name-brand polishes add a finishing touch to each freshened nail, and chip-free Shellac polishes ensure mirror finishes stay in place for as long as two weeks.
With a certificate from the Creative Nail Academy in hand, Sara Ann could have left her expertise at that––but she didn’t. Beauty is an ever-evolving field. That’s why she went on to receive an electric-filing certification, and she is now pursuing cosmetology licensure at the Milan Institute. Drawing on the skills gleaned from her continuing education on top of more than six years of experience, Sara crafts gel nails, long-lasting Shellac manicures, and more than 300 custom-mixed RockStar acrylics for her clients. Sara also has a deft hand for 3D nail art in intricate designs such as cupcakes, roses, or surrealist paintings of Salvador Dalí painting his nails.
Xscape Salon’s skincare team enlists microdermabrasion wands and a vitamin-packed serum to rejuvenate age- or sun-besmirched faces during the 50-minute Ultimate facial. After scouring pores to remove dirt and makeup, a diligent aesthetician brushes skin with a crystal-tipped microdermabrasion wand to slough away dead skin cells and vestigial third eyes. A serum infused with vitamin C then sinks into newly refreshed facescapes, swiping away the dusty lampshades on pores to bequeath complexions with a refreshed glow. Throughout the treatment, staff members call upon products from Cellex-C, Skinjoy, or Tend Skin to turn the clock back on bedraggled visages.
One of Bakersfield's largest day spas, Essentiels Spa et Beauté offers clients an array of services targeting the hair, skin, nails, and muscles. Turn your torso over to one of the spa's lead kneaders for a fully customized hour of integrative massage, which can incorporate hot stones, focus on particular regions of your body, or otherwise tailor itself to your wants, needs, and muscular event horizons. Those who mostly hold tension in their face can opt instead for a 60-minute European-style Essentiels signature facial, a multifaceted pamper party that leaves necks and shoulders rubbed, hands and feet coddled, and cranial facades soft, smooth, and glowing with the sort of radiance impossible to achieve through glow-stick earrings. Essentiels complements its satisfying services with the ambient assets of an urban-chic environment, giving guests an elegant escape from the frenetic pace and gauche mimes of everyday life.
Chop Shop Salon specializes in hair and nail services. Stylists offer professional haircuts, styling, coloring, and perms to help clients find fresh new looks, as well as hair extensions. The salon also staffs nail technicians who tidy up digits to increase people’s chances of impressing colleagues and hailing taxis.
A certified prenatal massage therapist working towards getting her massage doula license, Jodi Emdy earned her massage-therapy license in 2007 and remains an enthusiastic practitioner dedicated to massage as a means of holistic wellness. Her repertoire of five modalities expressly links mental and physical health, including reflexology and prenatal massages that assuage stress to help regulate hormone levels.