With its sleek white walls, alabaster manicure stations, and splashes of bright color emanating from wall decorations and knickknacks, Colour Nail Bar looks more like a modern boutique than a traditional nail salon. This stylish decor lends to the salon’s laid-back ambiance, which is reinforced by its motto, "Happy hour begins when you walk in!" Amid the piped-in music and social atmosphere, licensed nail technicians take pride in their artistic designs, which grace nails during sessions guided by strict sanitation guidelines. A sophisticated air-filtration system draws unsavory vapors away from the salon floor, and free WiFi keeps customers connected to their fantasy thumb-wrestling rosters.
Expert nail artists at Final Touch Nails & Spa apply a mélange of aromatic herbs and oils to naturally refine fingers and toes. Lucky digits begin with a customized botanical experience that offers selections from the spa's fragrant herb menu such as rosemary, ginger root, and chamomile flower. Hands and feet simmer in a warm water bath to cleanse nails, soften skin, and enact complex rubber-ducky dramas before manicure mavens pamper cuticles and lovingly shape nails. After calluses and dead skin cells are banished to epidermal underworlds, a hot-stone massage and warm-towel treatment melt away excess tension. A paraffin treatment also teams up with a soothing mask to leave skin hydrated and silky smooth before the one-hour cuticle coddling culminates with a choice of lacquer, nail strengthener, or Star Trek–themed finger puppets.
Tucked away inside a private room at Posh Salons, independent master stylist Jessica Perez-Paez sculpts and colors hair with an eye toward making clients look and feel their best. She’s a Matrix-certified colorist but will blend in Redken and Paul Mitchell products for more dynamism. Other specialties include keratin smoothing treatments, perms, and the application of hair extensions to lengthen ponytails or pet ponies’ tails.
The aestheticians at Fancy Pants Nail Bar pride themselves on offering a contemporary, multicultural experience while adhering to strict sanitary guidelines. This means using sterilized utensils and specialty FootsieBath soaks with disposable pedicure liners. Clients may request a full nailcare session with a mani-pedi and choice of long-lasting Shellac polish or solicit the expertise of a waxing guru to rid eyebrow outskirts of unwanted hair.
Ensconced in the pastel walls of The Tickled Pink Party Palace, girls try out the royal lifestyle, feasting at tables laid in linen, stemware, and fine china under glimmering chandeliers. During the palace’s dress-up parties, young ladies don feather boas and jewelry, costuming themselves as glamorous fairies, mermaids, and ballerinas. Staffers pamper partygoers with miniature manicures, facials, and other treatments during spa parties, which prepare them for an adulthood auditing fairy godmothers. Alternatively, the girls learn to bake and decorate their own cakes during culinary-themed festivities complete with child-size chef hats and aprons. To ensure that every party is a private one, the palace hosts only one event at a time.
After a consultation with one of the scissor-handed stylists, your heavyweight haircut will kick off with a relaxing shampoo. As a stylist snips, shaves, and shears, direct your attention toward the many flat-screen TVs showing all the day's top sports and a few of its bottom ones, such as mixed martial horseshoes and the World's Slowest Man tournament. After the follicular wreckage is cleared with a second round of shampoo, a conditioning, and a rinse, your stylist will initiate a man-pampering neck-and-scalp massage before arranging head-strands to your specifications and shellacking them in place. You'll also enjoy a hot-steam towel, hot-lather neck shave, and one name tag identifying you as "Movie Actor Harrison Ford." Cold, frothy tipples and quality service round out the first-rate experience.
The pedicure selection at TMM Signature Nails Spa reads more like a drink menu than a spa menu. The Chardonnay pedicure moisturizes feet with essential oils and a peppermint sea-salt foot soak, while the Lemon Drop pedicure warms skin with hot towels, warmed lotion, and a lemon mask. TMM's nail technicians also perform a variety of manicures—including gel and regular—and nail enhancements such as acrylics and pearl tips. Clients can complete their mini makeovers with body waxing, eyelash extensions, and inflatable muscle suits.