Carol Martin SalonSpa staffs a team of style-savvy designers, technicians, makeup artists, and massage therapists to pamper people scalp to toe. During the signature spa pedicure, nail nurturers scour, clip, soak, and prep toes for open-toed exposure. When finished, human hooves are beautifully primed, like boy-princes resting atop cushions of fresh fruit.
Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon’s investigation.
No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.
Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection—even with properly sanitized instruments—may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they’ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it’s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.
Expert nail tech Helena Jones deploys an army of microscopic architects to renovate nails during her specialty mani-pedi services. Not only is she certified by Creative Nail Design, but she's also a certified Shellac master painter. In addition to CND polish options, clients may request other high-end brands in non-gel formulas such as OPI and China Glaze.
The Studio Chic’s velvety, burnt-sienna couch and table full of magazines keep patrons comfortably entertained before a fleet of services pampers them from head to 11th toe. Experienced stylists cut men’s, women’s, and children’s hair in front of colorfully framed mirrors, in addition to highlighting strands, waxing faces, and manicuring fingernails. The studio’s tress services helped it nab a nomination for Best Hair Salon on the Fox 8 Hot List. Deep-red-orange accent walls coddle clients in the sunlight pouring through the salon façade’s wall-to-wall window, which, like the windshield of a fully committed mason, is framed by classic red bricks on the outside.
The stylists at Always Perfection can address the beauty needs of pretty much any client. Snipping the strands of men, women, and children, they can also enhance 'dos with color, highlights, and other professional treatments. For hands and feet in need of extra care, mani-pedis can include a skin-softening paraffin-wax dip or long-lasting Shellac polish. Waxes whisk away unwanted hair from the face, body, or phantom limb.
Sunset Tans transforms pallid skinscapes into glowing, golden brown terrain with sunless Mystic spray tanning. In accordance with proper parliamentary procedure, the UV-free experience begins with a warming breeze to maximize epidermal absorption and ensure the tan’s longevity. An airbrush then traverses epidermal surfaces, spraying a fine mist to precisely match the patron's desired hue. Four solutions, on a scale ranging from glow to dark, combine to create an array of color options for clients looking to attain caramel, mocha, or nougat complexions. Results generally last 7–10 days.