Between working, working up an appetite, and working out, it can be hard for a busy person to work on their skin. That’s why Girl on the Go! Night Spa stays open until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, offering beauty services that cater to the packed schedules of nine-to-fivers, students, and London Guards prone to acne. The unique, one-on-one appointment system ensures each client commands the entire spa to themselves, soaking in the peace and quiet as skin luxuriates in hydrating facials and antioxidant-rich body treatments. Despite its feminine moniker, the spa also tailors skin treatments and waxing sessions to suit the needs of guys on the go, and its reliance on organic products from Epicuren, Ilike Organic, Yonka, and Lucrece keeps services accessible to eco-conscious complexions.
V2 Nail Bar Salon's nail-polishing services clip, buff, and shine keratinous appendage-enders with professional flair. Gift grippers with a spa manicure and a therapeutic anti-aging hand treatment with cleansing, exfoliation, cuticle shaping, and hand massage to complement the nail-shaping service. While mitten-fillers are mollycoddled, paws are pampered with a spa pedicure—a gentle, thorough exfoliation with a robust Dead Sea salt-butter unguent that soothes sandpapery soles and scours away dead skin, an essential oil soak, and a nail trimming for the southernmost phalanges.
Soft light pours into French Twist Salon, where brown pebbled-leather chairs, gilded mirrors, and exposed pipes lend an old-timey feel. But while the decor harks back to another era, the treatments and cache of hair products remain decidedly current. Owner Carole guides her team of stylists as they steal away frizz with Brazilian blowouts and glossing treatments or add color and dimension with highlights. Elsewhere in the salon, stylists perform waxing services and enhance features with makeup applications or three different kinds of eyelash extensions—day, night, or 24 hours of daylight. Carole doubles as a seasoned manicurist who delivers long-lasting shine with Shellac gel polish.
Set between a tattoo parlor and a Subway sandwich shop, 999 nails is an urban gem in an unlikely location. It is situated near Horton Plaza, ideal for those who find themselves shopping downtown. The narrow storefront offers a full menu of nail services, men’s and women’s haircuts, eyebrow trimming and massage. Massage chairs are available for pedicures and come with a complementary foot massage, providing a relaxing appearance that also makes customers look and feel good. The no-nonsense salon leaves the fluff for other establishments and serves all. Open seven days a week, appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome.
For Studio NN nail artist Toni, art has always been a passion. That's why whenever she sits down to paint and polish nails, she looks for ways to create 10 tiny pieces of nail art individualized for every client. She can add bold geometric patterns to nails, fleck tips of nails with sparkles, or apply jewels for added texture and shine. But, like an apple sitting very still in a bowl of other fruits, she doesn't just specialize in art. Her manicures and pedicures are also sessions of pure relaxation. During luxury manicures and pedicures, she exfoliates skin with a raw sugar scrub, massages muscles, and releases tension in the shoulders with a comforting neck warmer.
As its name implies, Gorgeous Salon does everything in its power to make sure that clients strut out the doors with top-to-bottom confidence. Lively chatter fills the salon as beauticians gather input on their clients’ favorite styles and determine the haircut, nail polish, or skincare product to best suit their distinctive features.
While cutting and coloring clients' hair into a bold new style or a variation on the existing theme, stylists make sure to ask questions that include the client in the design process. In a similar vein, aestheticians include a skin analysis with each microdermabrasion treatment and custom Dermalogica facial; this analysis helps them to craft the appropriate blend of products to erase blemishes, sun damage, and embarrassing lipstick marks from mom’s kisses. While nail technicians primp fingers and toes at manicure stations, nearby staffers apply stunning makeup, swipe away body hair with wax, and airbrush skin with rich, golden color.