Exactly 21 things matter to the technicians at Royal Nails Carmichael: 10 toes, 10 fingers, and the client they belong to. The salon's service menu focuses on skin and nails, with treatments that include hot-oil manicures and deluxe pedicures. To thank your nails for helping out with that scratch-off lotto ticket or territorial bear, opt for a specialty application of gel polish, acrylics, or white tips.
At Cristaleyesation at PJF Salon, everything about the beauty process is art. Walls of colorful salon products line the wall and fresh green plants and orchids are arranged throughout the salon, serving as functional decor beside the reclining pedicure chairs, hair-styling stations, and comfortable sofas. These products help aestheticians create their artistry, whether it is a new hair color with highlight treatments or flawless faces with makeup and eyelash extensions. They can beautify everything from haircuts to toenails, and ensure that clients are ready for big nights on the town or their turn as test subject in their office's giant microscope.
Run by a duo of longtime friends with a mutual love for baking, Cupcake Craving rocketed to popularity from its modest beginnings?within a year of the first store?s grand opening, Sacramento Magazine awarded it the Diners? Choice Award for the area?s best cupcake. Since then, the bakery has become a mainstay on CityVoters and KCRA 3's top-five dessert lists, and its handcrafted creations continue to earn new fans. Artful swirls of buttercream or cream-cheese frosting top the bakery?s diminutive cupcakes, which come in more than 20 traditional and signature flavors. The bakery can also handle orders for large parties and special occasions; an on-site artist designs custom cupcake cakes with special flavors and decorations to celebrate birthdays and welcome new gallons of milk into the home.
High Maintenance Nail Salon's Kathy Ford-Hamblin has been decorating digits for more than 30 years, relying on super sanitary methods and the latest polishing techniques. Along with technician Gaby Valencia, Kathy works to provide customers with the latest trend in nail art. After first filing and buffing nails and curtailing over-grown cuticles, she deftly works from a palette of traditional and gel-based varnishes from lines such as OPI, Shellac, and Gelish. Kathy is also certified to apply Minx overlays to fingers and toes?she even trained with one of the product creators, Dawn Lynch-Goodwin. Acrylic nails, meanwhile, add length and strength to stubby or thin nails, while French-style manicures add a touch of class by capping each finger with clean, white tips or a generous slice of brie.
The cuticle curators at Gloss Nail Studio indulge digits with a blend of luxurious treatments and bold embellishments. The 30–40 minute manicure treats, pushes, and trims confrontational cuticles, files and shapes turgid talons, and exfoliates the surrounding skin to unveil a fresh façade on the feelers. Next, hot towels grip grippers in a relaxing handshake, while a special mask heals, moisturizes, and conceals fugitive finger puppets. Feet fare similarly, enjoying an hour of hypnotic touch-up, exfoliation, and moisturizing for the nails and cuticles, all of which is applied in Gloss's spotless and sanitary studio.
The technicians at Top Coat Nail Salon & Spa are just as concerned with plumbing as they are with prettifying digits. In each of Top Coat?s four locations, the whirlpool chairs are bereft of internal pipes, a hygienic measure that keeps sullied water from circulating through the jet system. The pipeless method guards against cross-contamination between pedicures without sacrificing calming soaks.
During parties for birthdays and weddings, the conscientious strategy is especially fitting, as up to 18 guests might occupy the salon at once. For a more private nail-painting session, however, the VIP Retreat package situates one or two guests in an intimate lounge, where they sip on herbal tea and browse a collection of CDs and DVDs.
Alongside its commitment to cleanliness, an indulgent menu and a meticulously handpicked staff have helped Top Coat to win the 2010, 2011, and 2012 CityVoter awards for Best Manicure and Pedicure. Every one of its nailcare services cocoons extremities in hot towels after a lotion massage. Zen mani-pedis tack on a hot-stone massage, warming select pressure points to eliminate tension and unfreeze hands stuck in the shape of their winter mittens. Acrylics, silk wraps, and other enhancements augment natural nails, and supplementary treatments include paraffin dips and callus buffing.