X-Pressions Hair and Nail Studio's stylists pride themselves on creating unique looks that draw out every client's personality. "I think that what I do is an art form, and every client is my canvas," says Kristen, one of the hair sculptors currently in residence. She cuts, highlights, and styles hair, laying each strand to best compliment someone's face. Despite the creative aspect of her work, though, her favorite part is still the people. "[I like] making my clients feel good about themselves," she says.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Highlights
Brands Used: Kenra
The technicians at Diamonds & Pearls Nails & Spa unveil digits sparkling with a jewel-inspired luster after 90-minute sessions in a recently debuted haven. Manicures begin with a softening soak followed by an expert shearing and shaping of finger keratins. Beautifiers combat encroaching cuticles and polish palms for more accurate fortune-cookie recitations with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub, coaxing youthful elasticity with a hydrating green-tea lotion containing peppermint and eucalyptus oils. The spa pedicure mirrors the manicure's initial maintenance before straying into foot-specific territory with a smoothing pumice-stone and callus-paring scrub. Moisturizing sugar scrubs whisk away dead skin, and a green-tea mask animates feet more effectively than permanently outfitting them in audio-equipped sock puppets. Pamperers knead arches and swathe weary feet in hot towels to top off relaxation sessions.
Vibrant yellow arches throw into relief the white, columned walls of Li-en Nail Salon #5 as clients cozy into two parallel rows of leather pedi thrones and mani stations and present their fingers and toes for glossy transformation. Inside the newly remodeled salon space, dedicated nail techs pamper hands and feet with manicure, pedicure, and artificial-nail services that include acrylics, fiberglass wraps, and silk tips capable of cajoling wayward moths into joining your moth-training circus act. For a natural approach, nails and toes can simply be shaped into place before nail techs sheath them in a coat of polish from such brands as OPI.
Recently settled into its new location, Studio 21 Salon and Spa staffs its ranks with technicians dedicated to pampering clients with quality hair and nail services. Skilled technicians gently strip unwanted strands from facial features during waxing sessions, and piggyback perms allow stylists to infuse strands with curls while on the back of a fellow stylist. Along with cuts for ladies and gents, the team transforms tress hues with color and highlight treatments, and augments each mani-pedi with a massage and a calming soak.
After earning the status of master stylist and certified colorist over the course of 20 years in the industry, Angel Petro opened her own salon in 2010, stocking its shelves with Redken hair products and toxin free Zoya nail polish. The salon's small but elite team of stylists includes a master barber who specializes in men's precision and tapered cuts and another master stylist who sculpts avant-garde hairdos and neighborhood shrubs. The team of beauty professionals takes part in continuing education, which allows them to perform a range of up-to-the-minute hair-color and cutting techniques for both men and women.
Color services impart natural-looking hues with products by Redken, a brand founded in 1898 by a Berlin chemist in a neighborhood drugstore. Every hair service includes a complimentary consultation for stylists to scope out each client's personal style and hair type, and waxing services lull clients with lavender-scented candles.
In addition to the lively salon, Vanity Salon and Spa has also created serene spa rooms for relaxation. Spa services include manicures and pedicures performed with organic, non-toxic polishes and scrubs. The licensed massage therapist, Jamie, has been working in Nashville for four years and is committed to helping clients maintain a healthy, relaxed, and pain-free body. Trained in several modalities with a focus on relaxation, she often combines elements, like acupressure for targeting tense areas and Shiatsu for relaxation, to tailor a massage that meets each client's needs.
Zumba is a raging fitness megasaurus that unites Latin dance rhythms with high-energy movements—creating a fitness program that exiles calories, perks up listless muscles, and scandalizes dull exercise routines. Instructor Rebecca Hinton has been teaching Zumba since 2008; her classes have since grown so popular that she expanded into b.fab.fitness and formed a veritable coven of Zumba fanatics with four other instructors. Their dance-inspired routines work every major body muscle and keep hearts thumping to the beat, all without the monotonous drudgery of treadmills, stationary bikes, and boulder-stacking.