Inside Euro Nail Spa, touches of antiquity—Doric columns, a tiered fountain, and hanging European scenes—blend with the modern mainstays of television and WiFi. The pedicure chairs are sleek and contemporary, yet guests submerge their feet in a separate bowl of water and flowers in a way that evokes an ancient royal pampering. Steam and hot towels coax pores into relaxation during skincare services, many of which pair a traditional cleansing facial with an aromatic mask—such as strawberry, mint, or green tea—and a shoulder massage. Additional massages sap tension from the feet and scalp with focused kneads. At the hairstyling stations, modernity reemerges in the form of abstract art and simple black furniture. The staff trims, colors, and texturizes strands as clients sip on one of the spa's complimentary beverages: coffee, tea, or soda.
As seen in press outlets including the San Mateo County Times, Peninsula Beauty stocks its stores with professional beauty supplies and salon products culled from a sprawling 10,000-square-foot warehouse. An eclectic array of more than 200 brands, from American Crew to OPI, helps men and women transform hair and nails into polished works of aesthetic art. Cosmetics and lotions stand ready to adorn epidermises, and an arsenal of flat- and curling irons allows for more believable quick-changes during impromptu performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Scattered throughout the peninsula, Natalie Salon Inc.'s five locations each house a team of specialists who pamper and beautify guests during nail, waxing, hair, and facial services. Staffers make over bodies from head to toe, rejuvenating faces with facials and treating dull talons to manicures and pedicures. They hone in on hair all over the body, waxing away unwanted fur, arranging lackluster strands into stylish coiffures, and tinting eyebrows to match recently dyed locks or recently dry-cleaned banana suits.
If you’re ever going to make good on your New Year’s resolution to climb the outside of the Bank of America Corporate Center, you’re going to need some well-maintained nails. Today’s deal will cover you with a deluxe manicure and pedicure at My Nail Spa–Peninsula in Cornelius for $25 (a $58 value). Geographers agree that the spa is technically a promontory, but you won’t mind once the skilled nail technicians hand you your choice of beer or wine and start to work on your dainty digit-helmets.
The nail experts at Lily European Pedi-Mani Salon refine and soften hands and feet while holding themselves to strict sanitary standards. During the 90-minute deluxe mani-pedi, patrons nosh on complimentary fresh fruit and hot tea as feet soak in a bacteria-free crystal pedicure bowl filled with fragrant rose petals and orange slices, treating them to the sort of pampering known only to the world's most elegant punch servers. Nail techs then exfoliate feet and invigorate lower legs with a soothing massage before daubing epidermal canvases with a moisturizing mask and a coat of warm, skin-softening paraffin wax. For 10 calming minutes, staff coaxes tension from weary muscles with a soothing shoulder rub before finger and toenails are buffed and filed and finished with a shiny coat of OPI polish. As nails get neatened, clients may breathe fresh, clean air while wearing a provided fume guard over their nose and mouth or filter out television infomercials by taking it home and wearing it over their ear.
Signature Service: Deluxe Spa Facial with results in one hour
Brands Used: Aubrey Organics Skin Care products
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 12
Pro Tip: Confidence—the aesthetician has extensive training and a career spanning over 23 years.