Professionally trained nail artiste Darci Eichelkraut performs the manicuring duties at Livin' it Up! Nail Studio, which sets up shop inside Hometown Salons in Verona. Plush, green chairs prevent clients from falling to the floor or sitting on a ficus as Darci soaks hands, tidies up cuticles, shapes and buffs nails, and applies CND Shellac polish, if requested. The professional digit doctor also pampers toes during a wide range of pedicure services, including sessions specifically designed for men and a treatment that incorporates callus reduction. Rows of colorful polish options and framed pictures of vividly decorated nails adorn Darci’s hygienic and cozy treatment room, which also features stained-wood blinds, the kind of blinds most likely to be “borrowed” by Bob Vila.
Five years ago, Stephanie—a licensed nail technician since 1999—survived a massive stroke. But that didn't stop her from pursuing her passion for her work. After a hiatus, she's now retaking the nail-art reins to refresh her skills while rebuilding her business, Tranquility Nail Spa. She offers a variety of nail services, including manicures with chip-resistant Shellac polish, pampering spa pedicures, and acrylic nails.
Chipped nails and rough hands may come into Nani Day Spa, but they certainly don’t come out. The staffers’ sharp eyes and attention to detail help them carefully file down tips into square or rounded shapes and paint nail beds with classic polish, adhere acrylic nails, or cure Shellac polish for an un-chippable finish that lasts for up to two weeks. Outside of their mani-pedi treatments, the aestheticians offer full-body waxing sessions that leave skin hair-free without having to play limbo beneath a flaming torch.
The expert staff at Tangles Salon & Spa attend ongoing workshops to keep their scissors sharp and their nail files rough. Armed with Aveda products, stylists shape locks, correct color, and repair dry strands with botanical therapies preceded by soothing scalp treatments. Nail technicians dip toes into ceramic pedicure bowls brimming with fresh water and the spectacles of ceramics teachers.
Tami Suess does with nails, what Dr. Seuss did with words. 13 years as a nail technician have given her an acute sense of detail and aesthetics, a combination that's on display in each of her recent posted photos on Facebook. Clients may solicit her expertise for nail shaping, cuticles care, and add-ons including French tips or shellac polish. Her salon also offers hair styling and facial waxing to nix unwanted fuzz.
Metallic angel wings and ornate mirrors create a luxe, royal setting at SoJoni Hair Studio. Among the chic decor, the beauty experts perform a colorful spectrum of treatments for the hair and body. Stylists snip strands, weave twirling updos, and skillfully paint locks with ombre effects or vibrant stripes of pink and purple, while clients relax in massage chairs trained in cloud imitation.