A vibrant lineup of nail-polish bottles sparkles against a backdrop of warm, red walls at Solar Nails, where talented nail techs are equipped with a rainbow of OPI colors. A row of massage chairs sets the scene at the pedicure station, where nail artists treat feet to a sudsy bath before trimming cuticles and painting toenails. Instead of baskets filled with burning leaves, teardrop-shaped light fixtures illuminate the manicure tables as techs enhance nails with no-chip polish, UV gel fills, or acrylic sets. The salon also welcomes kids to accompany their parents and get toes and fingers pampered at a discounted rate.
The staff at Wendy's Spa Services draws on more than 15 years of industry experience to blur the distinction between relaxation and beautification. Though many of their treatments are geared toward achieving aesthetic results, the staff commonly helps promote an inner state of calm with soothing add-ons. Reflexology, for example, can accompany mani-pedis, just as customized facials may include remedies for puffy eyes, and massages regularly make use of hot towels and aromatherapy. The staff relies on their own considerable artistry, as well as products from glo therapeutics, OPI, and Nufree—an alternative to wax that doesn't stick to the skin or cause one to be mistaken for one’s more famous wax-museum counterpart.
Wine-colored walls punctuated by natural wood accents warm the interior of Style Nails, where light from tall windows illuminate a line of plush pedicure chairs. Nail technicians carefully lacquer digits in OPI polish, which can come in an array of prismatic shades, before lending toes pizazz with designs that feature geometric shapes, dazzling colors, or portraits of Rip Taylor. Meanwhile, gel manicures add strength and a high-shine finish with help from a specially formulated light that leaves nails instantly dry and resistant to chips for up to two weeks.
Von's Nails' clients are greeted to large smorgasbords of color polishes. On the walls, large prints display sparkly toenails and a woman with tidily shaped brows. Amid these decorative accents, skilled nail technicians administer therapeutic mani-pedis, adorn digits with elegant French tips, and exile unwanted hair with specialty waxing. The nail salon also abides by strict health guidelines, using hospital-grade solvents and pedicure baths of hot chicken noodle soup.
The skilled digit-dressers at Essence of Nails Salon focus on cleanliness and customized care when cloaking phalanges in glossy new shells. During the Lickety Split mani-pedi, files slim and contour nails before technicians deftly coat them in a sleek layer of polish. The Minx mani-pedi overlays nails with flexible films sporting pre-painted designs, circumventing any drying time by sealing them with heat and pressure. The Heaven Sent pedicure includes a massage with warm stones, paraffin treatment, and a customized exfoliation with heated towels in addition to cuticle care and polish. During the 90-minute paw-pampering session, an aromatherapy neck pillow disperses pleasing scents while a pumpkin-spice foot scrub attracts affectionate ankle nips from jack-o'-lanterns.
Jamie Wiley of aafusion Spa Salon has packed a wealth of training into her five years of experience as a stylist. After earning her associate degree in cosmetology, she went on to train with Pureology, Redken, and Matrix. But, recently, she started educating others on behalf of Pureology, traveling around the country and focusing all her efforts on hair—just like an ‘80s rock star. Jamie's skills have particular sharpness in the areas of design cutting, formal finishing, and dimensional color.