Clients lounge in comfy leather chairs as she attends to digits, precisely painting on bold colors and multihued designs in the form of flowers or portraits of Lyndon B. Johnson. With a concentration on comfort, Starr has decked out her homey space with plants and a TV.
Thirty plush salon chairs line the buttercream walls of Illusion Nail Spa, begging for the chance to court your keratin. Once a licensed technician matches you with a suitable station, begin your digits' decadent date with your choice from Illusion's wide variety of nuanced services. For a clean-cut exchange, opt for the mani-pedi combo package ($40). The manicure portion ($15 when purchased by itself) begins with a warm soak and mitten treatment. Next, cuticles are pushed back, nails are shaped and painted, and entire hands are massaged so that they stop holding an invisible computer mouse. Similarly, the basic pedicure ($28 when purchased by itself) starts with a soothing soak and finishes with a buffing, shaping, and polish. Illusion also offers sports manis and pedis, rejuvenating green tea manis and pedis, acrylics, gels, French manicures, and more.
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 and White Sands hair products. 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 Schwarzkopf, 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. 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.
Stylist to high-profile politicians and celebrities, Rodney Mitchell draws from years of experience crafting runway coifs and prepping photo-shoot 'dos for well-known names such as Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Shania Twain. His expertise is the source of inspiration and knowledge for his team of 17 stylists, whose experience ranges from Paul Mitchell degrees to 20 years of styling experience. Within Rodney's modern rustic salon, guests await top-notch service by lounging in wood chairs, flipping through magazines, and gazing at painted wall art waiting for the day’s lottery numbers to pop into view. The staff summons visitors to individual salon stations in front of large mirrors where stylists trim tresses, add texture with color and highlight services, and tame manes with keratin smoothing treatments.
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.
After gaining experience in salons all over the country, Tamara Throwers returned to her hometown of Nashville to make good on her lifelong dream of owning a nail salon. Her time spent in spas as far away as Canada and as cosmopolitan as New York taught her the importance of going above and beyond customer expectations, so she upgrades standard mani-pedis with indulgent extras and keeps her salon––located inside Nashville Laser Spa––open until 8 p.m. every day. Among her most luxurious services are the Orange Millin pedicure, which sets tired feet soaking in a soothing bath of fresh milk, honey, and sliced oranges, and a 2.5-hour sports-reflexology pedicure that includes a reflexology foot massage, gourmet meal, and staged reading of the best toe-related haiku.