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.
Operating inside Sola Salon Studios, Gena Marie Hair Designs sculpts new hairdos based on each guest's individual style and facial shape. In addition to cuts, a seasoned stylist creates vibrant new looks with highlights and color treatments. She also educates clients on the best products and techniques to use at home.
At Lioness Spa, nail technician Ashley Von Brandt treats hands and feet like royalty with regular and gel mani-pedis and acrylic nails. She also adds sparkly 3-D charms to give nails something to talk about with neighboring engagement rings.