Most popular service: Color-changing gel polish
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
As when it was founded in 2007, Nail Tech Shell
remains a one-woman show. The single manicurist behind the business continues to sculpt and paint nails with ever-increasing deftness. She's got a gentle touch. "Most clients fall asleep from being completely relaxed while receiving a pedicure," she comments. When she's done banishing cuticles, hangnails, and rough edges, she likes to finish off the treatment by applying a coat of color-changing gel polish. The magical polish changes color as your body changes temperature, which is a good way to confirm that it's cold outside or to notify yourself if you're at risk of spontaneously combusting.
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.
Weary skin finds sanctuary inside Organic Heavenly Skin Care, where complexions are rejuvenated under the caring hands of skincare specialists. Services can be tailored for most any facial concern, from acne to marker mustaches. Blemishes are addressed during the medicated clearing treatment, which provides cleansing and purification to treat acne and prevent future breakouts. Microdermabrasion deeply exfoliates the skin, alleviating the appearance of fine lines and scars. The spa also specializes in lifting peels that combine pumpkin, pineapple, papaya, and mango to revitalize appearances without the use of harsh chemicals.
Creating a fun and festive environment that dazzles wide-eyed youngsters, Snip-its takes the stress out of maintaining the locks of jittery tykes. A kid-friendly staff maintains manes while ensuring safety—which is of paramount concern—by providing chairs especially designed for miniature adults. During the cut, melted crayons and various knickknacks are snipped away from tussled noodle nests, leaving hairs as fresh as the day they were born. While the follicular wreckage is brushed off, children can play with a bounty of activities and games. With so much to keep young eyes occupied, the atmosphere almost feels like that inside the house that Ruth built—Disneyland.
Start your journey into relaxation with a 45-minute therapy manicure ($38) and an hour-long therapy pedicure ($55), designed to perk up digits in time for competitive hand-puppet season. In addition to the standard line-up of cuticle shaping, nail buffing, and polish administering included in classic mani-pedi productions, therapy sessions include a stress-dissolving hand and calf massage, as well as exfoliating scrubs to whisk skin scales off to Valhalla in botanically scented glory. Follow your blissful beautifying treatment with an Instant Radiance facial, which will steam, cleanse, tone, and moisturize your weary dermis. Or choose the Instant Delight massage to relieve back and neck muscles worn-out from repeated coy glances over your shoulder.