The sound of water bubbling in foot basins accompanies the chatter of clients as experienced nail technicians perform mani-pedis at Pamper Nails. Here, each nail service is tailored to the customer’s specifications, and can result in a range of outcomes from classic french manicures to less classic french manicures featuring neon pink tips that add exclamation points to your sign language.
At Encounters Salon and Day Spa, the floors and mirrors sparkle and the retail area is stocked with products from Aveda, Surface, and other high-end brands. The stylists?some of whom have been cutting, coloring, and conditioning hair for three decades?are friendly, smiling, and collaborative, and it's common to see several of them exchanging ideas about the cut of one client. Encounters carefully selects cosmetology-school graduates for its nine-month in-house training program, which is designed to help new stylists quickly grow their experience and clientele.
Just as its name indicates, NiNi Nails & Spa envelops fingers and toes in soothing and relaxing treatments. During sessions, technicians push back overgrown cuticles and shape nails into perfect parabolas before embellishing them with vibrant polish or no-chip Shellac gel. Indulgent pedicures soothe weary dogs, slough off calluses, and return misplaced fingers to their rightful home. The spa also treats feet with specialty jelly pedicures, which put a twist on a plain-Jane footbath by introducing a soft jelly substance made from essential oils and soothing aloe vera.
Mani Pedi Me's trained technicians don't perform facials. They don't cut hair, and they don't do waxing. Instead, they focus 100% of their beautification prowess on improving the appearance of clients' hands and feet. While guests relax in one of the studio's cozy massage chairs, the staff pretties up appendages with basic mani-pedis, nail art, and acrylic applications. The crew also often makes use of Shellac polish, which dries quickly under UV-lights and remains chip-free for up to 14 days so long as recipients can avoid scratch-and-sniff chalkboards.
Within Head to Toes Salon, Tiffany Stromberg welcomes women, men, and children for stylish haircuts. She styles hair with full and partial highlights, deep-conditioning treatment, and color glazes. She also removes unwanted hair with waxing services and offers manicures, pedicures, and chip-resistant nail polishes.
The Shellac manicure begins like many manicures do—but immediately there is something different. Star Nails’ meticulous technicians trim, file, and shape fingernails, tame cuticles, and apply seemingly standard polish with a remarkable attention to detail. And then something really sets it apart. Hands suddenly find themselves beneath the glow of a UV lamp, where rays typically associated with the sun and George Clooney’s blinding smile have been corralled to cure that seemingly ordinary polish into chip-resistant nail shields that last for up to two weeks. They also pamper sore and tired feet with skin-softening salt scrubs, hot-towel wraps, and hot-stone massages.