Marbled floors and a tiled reception desk reflect the glimmer of retro patterned lamps as essential oils perfume the Sweet Serenity Beauty Bar's lobby. Veteran beauty worker Nicole oversees technicians who dab nails with gel and standard OPI polishes, offering the guarantee of a free touch-up if regular polish chips within three days or gel polish chips within seven.
The salon's technicians also beautify skin with organic green-tea products, whisk away hair with hypoallergenic French hard wax, and exfoliate orange rinds from faces with fruit-enzyme peels.
Nick's Nails & Spa likes to give its clients options. The business stocks more than 500 shades of polish, including 80 gel-based shades, and serves 20 different types of complimentary drinks, from bottled water to cocktails. Once they've settled into the spa chair of their choice, they'll have some more important decisions to make, such as whether they'd like to enhance their mani-pedi with hot paraffin wax or a reflexology massage, or whether they'd prefer to take advantage of other spa services such as eyelash extensions. As nail technicians groom cuticles and shape nails, free Wi-Fi keeps clients comfortably entertained. And, since Nick's Nails & Spa only uses personal nail tools once, customers can bring their tools home with them for use in home manicures or avant-garde floral arrangements.
As the strains of classical music flutter through a soft-green spa space, customers lounge in throne-like pedicure chairs and sip complimentary champagne and other drinks. An Asian--inspired philosophy of understated elegance and meticulous service suffuses Lady Sun, which, though primarily devoted to nailcare, also treats patrons to facials, massages, and waxing. Strict sanitation standards result in hospital-grade sterilizing equipment and bacteria-hostile hand and foot baths, preventing finger puppets from catching cold.
Amid the comfy couches, ritzy boutiques, and relaxing spa retreats of Polished & Company, master stylist Heather Edwards transforms tresses into wearable works of art. Once clients settle into her styling chair, they receive various strand services, including trims, color treatments, extensions, or Dominican blowouts. The seasoned stylist plies her trade with a specialized focus in healthy hair treatments, which include nourishing tresses with infusions of rich keratin proteins or a healthy, well-balanced breakfast.
Four Seasons Nail Spa's staffers have more than 30 years of experience. And they take their motto, “Indulge Yourself”, seriously. To that end, they render six different kinds of pedicures. During an herbal spa pedicure, for one, a certified nail technician preps feet in a salt soak before removing dead skin cells with a natural sugar scrub. The technician also massages candle wax oil into skin and follows that up with a hot-rock massage and hot-towel wrap. During other pedicures, a nail technician scrubs feet with milk and honey or treats cracked heals with crushed allspice berry.
The staff can also perform luxe treatments on hands during manicures that may soften skin with heated mittens or fruit from the African baobab tree. Pampering doesn’t stop there. The nail salon also presents facials, threading, and waxing services.
Chenell’s Natural Nails invites the fingers and toes of both men and women to sit in the lap of luxury during manicure and pedicure treatments that each come in four different styles. During the signature manicure, mitts soak in a warm water potion infused with essential oils before enjoying a massage with body butter. Exfoliation is the emphasis of the Sugarmama-Cure pedicure, which ousts dead skin cells with sugar crystals and a disposable pumice stone. Nail technicians finish treatments with a polish or buff as shiny as an engagement ring presented on a chicken drumstick. Clients can also add à la carte upgrades to their manicures and pedicures, choosing UV-cured Shellac polish to extend their nail color's lifespan or enlisting a callus treatment to rid themselves of the rough skin that results from jigging barefoot through a diamond mine.