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.
Cristaleyesation at Tokyo Nail Spa specializes in creative nail design including 3-D nail art and custom photo printing. Guests are seated in neon-pink chairs shaped like hands where they can browse an extensive selection of nail charms, polish, and images to embellish their digits. Hard-to-find photos, such as a picture of a beloved pet or an unflattering snapshot of Sylvester Stallone, can also be transferred onto nails if brought in on a disk or flash drive. In addition to nail art, Cristaleyesation at Tokyo Nail Spa's aesthetic professionals perform eyelash extensions, waxing services, and massages. They also offer customers a selection of gifts, jewelry, and Japanese snack food.
A participant in numerous area fashion shows, Sassy Salon shares that same chic touch with clients who come to the studio. Services such as a designer haircut, Brazilian blowout treatment, or full color can add runway-level luster to any head of hair. This salon specializes in hair extensions. And Sassy mani-pedis do more than just add polish to the digits?with moisturizing paraffin treatments and hot-towel mud masks, recipients' hands and feet become silky smooth and buttery soft.
At Fancy Nails, technicians soothe patrons in a clean salon accented by verdant decor reminiscent of nature, from the trees lining one wall to the flowers that populate the salon and shield guests' eyes from the hidden portal to Narnia. Below art speckling the walls, nail techs and aestheticians pamper patrons with manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions, and other beautifying services to keep them polished and put together. The service menu also includes Shellac and gel manicures, which resist chipping and spontaneously combusting for up to two weeks.
Cherie Stange is an artist who paints on a different type of canvas?fingernails. The licensed cosmetologist, who has plied her trade for 25 years, creates works of art with glitter, files, and gel polish. The results: sleek French manicures, leopard-print manicures, and nails painted with tiny flowers that are visited by baby hummingbirds.
Redken and Pureology supply the stylists at Salon Nico with ongoing training and a parade of haircare products. They draw upon certifications from the two brands while lavishing clients, including brides-to-be, with customized hair services. Stylists slip about a salon chair, reaching for Pravana products as scissors thrum with the happy metallic sound of R2-D2 drinking warm milk.