For the staff at Nail Division, manicures and pedicures are an art form. While they perform traditional nail services, they also punch up digits with acrylic nails in a cornucopia of designs, such as glitter, flowers, and multihued stripes. Meanwhile, nail piercings add intrigue to fingers and complement the widespread trend of earlobe polishing.
From the moment guests step into Beauty Innovations Ltd., the warmth of bubblegum-pink walls erases any lingering stress. Relaxation comes in many forms, including mani-pedis with OPI polish or long-lasting CND Shellac, coloring with Goldwell hair products, and smoothing keratin hair treatments. No matter the agenda, the salon's services reveal beauty that was there all along, much like the plot of Tootsie.
Located in the historic Chipman Mansion, Sanctuary Hair Salon & Day Spa offers numerous nail packages designed to pamper and polish your finger-guards and toe-shingles. The friendly staff is trained to treat existing nail conditions and proffer tips for at-home spa care. Spruce up your glove-fillers and stocking-stuffers with a 60-minute Cuccio Naturale Scentual manicure (up to a $25 value) and pedicure ($55 value) spa treatment, designed for both men and women, Each treatment begins with a calming soak before dead skin cells are sloughed away with an organic sea salt exfoliation. Like the cadavers of ancient pharaohs and equally revered prehistoric football coaches, hands and feet are massaged, wrapped, and slathered with sweet-smelling body butter. Nails are then trimmed, shaped, and buffed. Sanctuary offers six aromatic blends for its Cuccio Natural Scentual treamtents. With the Pomegranate and Fig treatment, free radicals are ostracized to create younger looking skin, while the Milk and Honey treatment uses milk proteins and honey hydrates to produce soft, moisturized hands and feet equipped to sweeten even the bitterest of teas. Other manicure and pedicures enlist the enzymes of papayas, the Vitamin C vitality of herbs, and even the elixirs contained with ice cream to turn hands and feet into a man-eating plant's dream dessert.
Mixtura Hair Studio, a full-service salon, specializes in stylish looks for every texture of hair, regardless of past tress-misdemeanors. In addition to the haircuts and coloring options on offer, this cozy, busy salon packs a modish punch with its hair extension, nail care, and make-up application services. Have an expert stylist's nimble fingers scissor locks into chicness with a haircut ($18+) or allow painted highlights ($65+) to illuminate follicles until they gleam like the gossamer strands on a sun-kissed toddler-angel's head. Salon-goers can tame misbehaving cuticles with a manicure ($7), kick home dye jobs to the curb with a color correction ($65), or emulate a favorite pop star's Grammy eyes with the dramatic makeup application ($10–$35).
A day at Jade Nails & Massage Spa is enough to refresh your whole look. Nail stylists start by adorning cuticles in an elegant and protective exterior of french tips, crystal gel, or silk wrap. Aestheticians take over from there, beating back signs of skin aging with seaweed and vitamin C facials. Other staffers can even apply individual eyelash extensions that last for up to five weeks. To cap off the day, clients can schedule a Chinese massage session, which releases muscle tension but keeps your inner child trapped inside in case you get a chance to play Bop It.
Spray tanning can often be a daunting journey full of unpronounceable ingredient lists and suspect hues. That's why Organic Tans owner Lorena Herrera uses an all-organic spray-tan formula that brims with aloe, vitamins, and DHA—a sugar derivative that turns skin cells tan naturally without the need for UV rays. To stave off orange complexions, Lorena and her team craft custom hues in an array of shades to suit fair complexions and veteran tanners alike. Meanwhile, the studio's collection of organic skincare products helps maintain tans and keep skin healthy whether airbrushed, UV tanned, or simply adjusting the color balance on TV-set T-shirts.