The roving band of pamperers at HVSpa knows a secret about beauty: it's not just a makeover's end result that matters, but the experience of the treatments, as well. That's why they bundle their mani-pedis, massages, and waxing services into spa packages specially curated for specific groups. They specialize in brightening up kids' Princess parties and grownups' girls' nights with beautifying, festive house calls.
Housed within an Aveda Concept Salon, Ritual Esthetics stands apart from its peers thanks to owner Melyssa Shoemaker and her years of rigorous training, which began at the Pebec School of Esthetics and continued during her apprenticeship as a nail technician at Gallery 295. Melyssa’s extensive experience culminated in 2001, when she earned master nail technician status at Creative Nail Design Academy and soon afterward embarked on her own business in London’s ultra-modern, multi-level Wabi Sabi Hair Artistry salon.
Today, Melyssa continues to perform waxing services and mani-pedis with the care and precision one might expect from a master. Tucked away in private pedicure rooms replete with black stone floors and colourful art, she whittles away at calluses as warm water swirls around toes, evoking nostalgia for childhood baths in tubs of chicken soup. Among shelves stocked with Aveda products sit bottles of OPI’s gel nail polish, which cures faster than OPI’s Axxium soak-off gel and can stay chip-free for weeks.
Take a look at Naila's Spa's menu, and you won't find anything too out of the ordinary. All of the usual suspects—manicures, massages, facials, and waxing—are there, along with a few specialty services such as Shellac mani-pedis and intricate nail art.
The spa itself, however, is anything but ordinary. Streaked in white and cerulean, the interior whisks clients away to a cloud-like landscape—an impression that's only strengthened by the pillowy pedicure chairs. It's a welcome relief from the bustle of downtown London, which is located only a few streets away.