At her station in Bella Salon, Michelle Schubert designs nail art that channels dexterous, detail-oriented skills that carry over from her personal hobbies of sewing and crafting. She customizes nail designs to suit her clients’ personalities and the special occasions for which they have their nails done, from weddings to ceremonial scratch-offs of winning lottery tickets. Beyond her ability to create these tiny masterpieces, Michelle also specializes in traditional manicures, pedicures, and services with Shellac polish, which resists chipping for up to two weeks.
Sunrise Salon Tan & Spa's bronzing experts do more than just clean up after their glow-seeking clientele. The indoor tanning consultants earn their title by helping clients choose the proper bed, booth, or spray-tan session, hand-selecting options based on their skin type, desired hue, and the amount of time they're willing to dedicate to tanning. All of the spa's beds max out at 12 minutes, allowing guests to adopt a golden glow in roughly the same amount of time it takes to unlace a giant’s high-top sneaker. To complement newly shaded physiques, the salon also offers hairstyling, nail design, and facial waxing, as well as therapeutic massage to help relax bodies too busy to actually make it to the beach.
Inside Alter Ego, a host of hair, nail, skin, and airbrush-tanning experts await to help customers discover a whole new side of themselves. Dawn Johnston’s specialty is nails, which she can enhance with tips made of fiberglass, silk, acrylic, or gel. Natural nails can also adopt a new outlook under Dawn’s care. Traditional mani-pedis begin with finger and toe massages and foot soaks in gleaming white footbaths, and Dawn occasionally dips extremities in warm paraffin or hot mitts during games of hide-and-seek. Once skin has been softened and nails have been shaped, she tops each pointer with traditional polish or chip-free gel lacquer, which can resist smudging for up to two weeks with proper care.
At Nails on First & Hair 2, patrons have their pick of more than just beautifying services such as highlights, gel manicures, and spray tanning. That's because the salon doubles as a boutique, selling purses, wallets, and greeting cards. This gives the neighborhood establishment a comfy vibe where patrons can gather to bring out their best appearances, shop for gifts, and compare red highlights with a 2010 shiraz. And they can also take comfort in the fact that the salon staff averages more than a decade of experience in their respective trades.
Lavender, jojoba oil, grape seed, and paraffin wax are just some of the tools that Herbal & Wellness Skin Care's April keeps in her all-natural arsenal. A firm believer in treating skin with only organic products, she stocks her station with environmentally friendly, sweet-smelling products. Sugar and salt scrubs soothe skin, and herbal wraps keep hands warm, much like putting on a puppet show about bears with anxiety. Also a nail technician, April wields long-lasting Shellac polishes, which cure into place, and her brush flicks almost silently across nails while bestowing them with french tips.