For aesthetician Rebecca Mai, fingernails are blank canvases on which to create intricate works of art. She hones her creative skills at Cassy's Nail Spa, calling upon the training she acquired while enrolled in the Creative Nail Design masters program, which yields a certificate that's signed in polish. After renovating cuticles and moisturizing skin, Rebecca often accentuates nails with hand-painted designs.
At Star Nails, the décor is simple: the walls display no art, the shelves cradle no plants, and the white color scheme offers only a splash of feminine pink. At this salon, the focus is on the clients, and the space ensures their comfort with eight cushy pedicure chairs and 11 manicure stations equipped with stately leather seating. Besides refining digits with colorful coats of polish, aestheticians also uproot unwanted hair with applications of warm wax, leaving swimsuit zones spotless and eyebrows shaped into either clean arches or a favorite punctuation mark.
Most popular service: Acrylic design, gel polish, pedicures
Brands Used: Young Nails, CND, Tammy Taylor, Shellac, Gelish, OPI
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: For better enjoyment of your services, it is recommended that children not attend your appointment.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Acrylic nail designs. We are up on the latest trends and techniques, so we are able to provide anything from a classic pink-and-white set of acrylics to fun, crazy designs such as marbling, insets, impressions, glitter, and fades.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
We have always loved doing nails and meeting new people.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have over 20 years of combined experience. We love getting to know our clients and creating beautiful designs to match their personalities.
Inside Vivaldi Salon Suites, all the coiffeurs are master stylists and master colorists, with an average of 10 years of experience. Along with the estheticians, make-up artists, and nail technicians, they are also their own bosses and set their own schedules and pamper guests from inside their own suites. The beauty entrepreneurs expertly dispense their mastery skills that include face-framing highlights, refreshing facials, permanent eyeliner applications, acrylic nails, and quickie tans without the need for the sun or a vat of melted pennies.
From within their own private suite at Vivaldi Salon Suites, Nail technicians Jen and April keep keratin sheets pretty and polished. Sugar scrubs and paraffin wax treatments enhance manicures and pedicures, which are topped off with regular or gel polish in brilliant hues. The experts also tickle the toes of kiddies during an 11-and-under pedicure or games of “this little piggy.”
Kelly Fakatava, the owner and nail technician at KandiKoated Nail Spa, blends technical skill with creativity while grooming hands and feet. She meticulously applies long-lasting gel nail polish, exfoliates skin with an almond scrub, and massages feet during pedicures. Patrons can also opt for nail art that incorporates bright, intricate color designs or jewels-like appliques.