Keeping clients and technicians safe and healthy is paramount at Taylor's Natural Nail Care. That's why owner Taylor Manuel only uses five-free polish from OPI?which are devoid of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and dibutyl phthalate?and natural products from Bella Lucce. And to keep feet free of infections, Taylor and her technicians line the non-jetted pedicure tubs with disposable liners.
But natural products don't mean the mani-pedis lack luxuriousness. Nails can be adorned with gel polish, which can last up to four weeks, or Vinylux polish, which lasts up to two weeks and gets stronger under natural light. During these decadent treatments, clients can use the salon's free WiFi to look up the proper way to open a can or scratch a turtle's back without chipping a nail.
The owner of Nail Theory is no stranger to nailcare. As part of a family that owns salons all over the world, she channels her own two decades of experience when revivifying keratin plates with a slate of treatments. Wielding gel brands such as Shellac, Gelish, and OPI, she leads her staff in keeping manicures chip-free for up to two weeks and adds a touch of glamour of 19th-century realism to digits with nail art. Four types of pedicures each begin with a warm soak and end with a moisturizing massage, and waxing services evict unwanted hair with either hard or soft wax.
Nava's Hair Studio's Facebook page reads like a beauty magazine, offering tips on such things as how to prevent hair from frizzing in the summer (keep hair properly hydrated so it won't absorb moisture in the air and swell) and how to build volume at the crown while keeping the rest of the hair sleek (apply mousse roots to ends, put hair in a ponytail on the top of your head, release when dry). The page is so informative because Nava's head stylist and owner, Ofelia, has been working in the industry for more than 20 years. Plus, she constantly travels the country seeking advanced knowledge on such things as how to cut hair based on facial structure and how to hide a third eye with dramatic bangs.
At her studio, Ofelia and her team of stylists keep locks looking spiffy with face-flattering cuts, Brazilian blowouts, and highlights and lowlights. They also beautify clients with waxing services and lash and brow tints.
Sabine Sanderson gained experience as a nail technician on two continents: North America and Europe. After about a decade working as a medical pedicurist in Germany—where she participated in many nail-art shows—she has spent more than a decade working in the U.S. Here, Sabine is both a nail technician and an educator. She runs Nailqueen Sabine within Cut Ups and Company. Her services are fit for a queen, as with the aptly named Queens manicures and pedicures that incorporate sugar scrubs, nail trimming, and polish applications.