The newly remodeled Capital Nails boasts a cozy, softly lit interior lined with six spa pedicure chairs and elegant light fixtures. Perhaps the most notable features, however, are the arched doorways, which the studio's technicians use as points of reference as they shape nails into perfect parabolas during manicures and pedicures. Once they have filed nails, trimmed cuticles, conditioned skin, the technicians brush on chip-resistant coats of Shellac, OPI, or Gelish polish that have been known to last for more than two weeks, or the equivalent of one full night of relentlessly clawing at the walls of a dungeon, followed by a hand massage. Along with nailcare, the staff offers eyelash extensions, permanent-makeup applications, and waxing services.
The experienced staff at Q Salon & Nails strives to pamper their guests as efficiently and effectively as possible. They paint glistening layers of Gelish polish on newly cleaned, buffed, and filed nails, and banish unwanted body fuzz with waxing services. Stylists cut, color, and texturize men, women, and kids' tresses, and they attach traditional lash extensions, which build lash mass faster than doing 10 reps of pushups with your eyelids.
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.
River Hair and Nails' technicians sit before rows of glass nail-polish bottles from OPI and Gelish at their polish stations. There, they trim and shape nails and massage hands and feet with hydrating lotion during manicures and pedicures. They cure Shellac and gel polish under a special light, which subsequently clings to finger and toe tips for up to two weeks without the kind of chipping that so often happens when a subwoofer meets an ice cube. The gentle whir of hair dryers mingles with ambient conversations between the stylists on the salon floor and their clients as they discuss new cuts, colors, and hair types. The team also renders additional beauty treatments, including permanent makeup and facial and body waxing services.
French Nail Salon's intimate, sea foam-hued interior is an oasis for hands and feet. Inspired by the romance of Paris and staffed by technicians who are well-versed in a variety of techniques, the spa has been a digit destination since 1984. Polish shelves include numerous brands and styles, from color-changing gels to traditional cream formulas. As fingertips relax on the mani stations' cool, marble surfaces and kick their thimbles off after a long day at the loom, technicians draw on the nail artistry that has kept clients returning for nearly 30 years.