From within Salon Boutique, Annette Reedy of Annette’s Nail Salon tends to the fingers and toes of her guests. With gel polishes in hand, she anoints fingernails with eye-catching colors. During pedicures, she massages feet and lower legs, in addition to exfoliating the skin. She also offers acrylic nails, along with classic and French manicures.
Sheera Amundson, the owner of Addicted to Nails, is passionate about nailcare. A 14-year veteran of the trade, Sheera harbors a particular fondness for rock-star nail enhancements. Her flashy designs have even caught the eyes of Perfectify Magazine, where she publishes her two cents from time to time. Sheera's staff believe in the importance of educating their clients about proper nailcare and sanitation. Their nailcare arsenal includes the Sani Bowl–a special sanitized pedicure bowl–and products from Creative Nail Design, Young Nails, and OPI , which they uses to shape fingernails during their signature french manicures.
The savvy technicians at Foot Fetish preen and pamper hands and feet during manicures and pedicures. Digit bedecking commences with the buff and shine manicure, which utilizes hot towels and cuticle oils to promote healthy nails, leaving them as shined and pretty as the contestants in a robot beauty pageant. The sugar-scrub pedicure bathes feet in a therapeutic salt soak before knees, calves, ankles, and feet receive a rich, exfoliating sugar scrub. The spa’s keratin wizards will also massage and apply lotion to customers’ legs and feet before filing nails, shaping cuticles, and lacquering finger canvases with tiny forgeries of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
Many nails arrive at Shears Edge Hair & Nail Salon in a dismal state, brandishing chipped polish or⎯worse yet⎯completely naked. Yet, cheerful nail technicians are always ready to take them under their wing, clipping and filing before dressing each nail in a thick coat of polish. Day after day, the staff tends to the last length of each finger and toe, covering tips in CND, OPI, and shellac polish. Additionally, clients can lend hair to hairstylists for a chic cut, or extend an arm or leg so a waxing specialist can gently remove its hair or yell at it through a megaphone until it falls out.
Shear Illusion’s stylists flatten frizzy locks with a duo of keratin smoothing treatments. The stylist-applied keratin serum adheres to hair cuticles, making manes softer, smoother, and more manageable than a demure ventriloquist dummy. Strands are then flat-ironed to lock in the lustrous effects for three–six weeks with the express treatment, or three–six months with the standard straightening. Freshly flattened fringe should steer clear of bath and pool dips for three days, as well as any styling that may leave behind an impression, such as a ponytail, clip, or light rubber stamping.
Lisa Benson Smith—or “Lisa B,” as she prefers—has a knack for making people happy. When not cavorting around Phoenix working double-time as a revered event planner and personal assistant, the nail technician gussies up hands and feet at her salon, Nail Pristique. Here, she buffs and shapes finger- and toenails and grooms overgrown cuticles. Armed with soothing aromatherapy lotions, Lisa massages hands, feet, arms and legs or takes relaxation a step further with hot-towel neck wraps, organic green tea, lemongrass serums, and sugar scrubs. The artistic technician concludes her tantalizing sessions by crowning appendages with gel polish, natural finishes, or gilded zills.