With four decades of experience to her name, Mitzi Sanders leads the staff at her welcoming Goodlettsville salon. Stocked with top-of-the-line products, the crew goes to work prettying up heads by rendering an extensive selection of tress-focused services, including color treatments, highlights, and extensions. But the focus isn't just on what tops the head: manicures and pedicures rejuvenate digits and facial waxing helps shape brows.
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
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.
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.
Nestled on the first level of the Green Hills Mall and located next to Dillards, The Nail Spa at Green Hills surrounds fingers and toes in beautifying comfort. Expert nail techs bestow hands with four indulgent manicures, from the VIP, complete with sugar scrubs and hydrating mint masks, to the Green experience, laden with organic products. A sextet of pedicures comforts tired and aching soles with soothing footbaths, skin-softening scrubs, and tantalizing massage for both feet and legs. Nail technicians can customize treatments with a menu of add-ons, such as a hot-stone massage that melts away stress and tension or paraffin wax, which creates perfect hand-molds to give away as gifts. The Nail Spa also treats fingers to no-chip Shellac polish.
Manicurist, aesthetician, and Polish Nail Studio owner Tondelia Boren draws on more than a decade of beautifying experience?and not a little artistic talent. She adorns fingertips with precisely recreated national flags, frisky leopard spots, intricate abstract designs, and even three-dimensional studs. Meanwhile, feet are treated to pedicures enhanced with refreshing soaks, cuticle trims, or a mint mask to make the inside of clients' shoes smell delicious.
Of course, at a good nail boutique, safety is as important as beauty. Each new client at Polish gets a personal nail-implement kit to prevent the spread of bacteria, and any other tools that make contact with customers are carefully sterilized after each use.