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
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.
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.
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.
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.