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 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.
Danielle Smith opened Tranquil Nail Studio in 2012, combining the rustic Southern charm of her decor with the modern amenities of her custom built work station. Beneath the warm glow of a delicate chandelier, she works at filing, sculpting, and coloring nails, finishing them with coats of Shellac polish that, like bad graduation speeches, seem to last about two weeks. At her pedicure station, she scrubs exfoliates feet without relying on a jet spa, which can become unsanitary thanks to trapped bacteria. Beyond treating extremities, she also runs a small boutique full of thoughtful gifts, including hand decorated bracelets and CND lotions.