Champagne isn’t something commonly associated with a nail salon, but at Haus of Lacquer there it is—in the hand of every guest who wants it as soon as they walk in the door. And it’s on the house. But this touch of old-school class is just the tip of the iceberg. After patrons pick out a color by OPI, Essie, or Butter London, they receive a magazine or an iPad to read. Then, the experienced technicians get to work. In addition to specializing in natural nail treatments and nail art, the crew offers head-to-toe packages for total relaxation. During the half-day Indulge package, a replenishing facial brightens complexions and a massage soothes tired feet. Nail experts then use deliciously fragrant Me! Bath Ice Cream and a sugar scrub to moisturize and exfoliate hands and feet, massaging skin with a body icing that, like a child left unattended in a bakery, looks and smells like frosting.
Philadelphia native Deneen Marcel Jackson was already a beauty expert before she discovered her skill at enhancing eyes. The hair stylist and makeup artist became intrigued by the delicate art of applying lash extensions, and after completing extensive training, opened her own studio to share her mastery of the process. Her talents haven't gone unnoticed—local news teams and fashion blogs rave about the luxurious, flirtatious look provided by Deneen and her staff of trained and certified professionals.
During appointments, the technicians adhere each extension to natural lashes with medical-grade adhesive, which holds strands firmly in place for up to five weeks. The extensions themselves are available in a variety of volumes, and are made of either natural Siberian mink, humanely harvested by gently brushing live animals, or high-grade synthetic material, retrieved by gently brushing live robots. And the experts' services extend beyond the extensions, as they welcome clients for cleansing facials or relaxing massages.
Thick, red, floral-print cushions top a purple bench looking down at the pedicure stations where feet luxuriate in warm, bubbling water. Nearby, a glossy spectrum of OPI and Essie polishes sit poised on white cubed shelves, ready to lay claim to newly groomed nails. While guests relax amid the modern décor at Polish Nail Salon, licensed and trained nail technicians clean and shape nails before lacquering them in glossy hues and Shellac polishes, which won't chip for up to 14 days, no matter how much the anxious person in the airplane seat next to you chews on them. The staff also gussies up faces with eyebrow shaping and eyelash extensions.
Seven days a week, the stylists at L.A. Vista Salon tend to the hair of anyone who wanders into their shop, which is located right on the outskirts of University City. Although it specializes in treatments such as lock maintenance, coils, and interlocks, the team is proficient in nearly all types of hair services. L.A. Vista Salon also offers clients a range of nailcare services that include basic manicures, pedicures, and Shellac treatments that use a special type of polish that resists chips and nibbling squirrels for up to 14 days.
Dina Alon's beauty industry experience spans 27 years and encompasses both hair and makeup artistry. After studying at The Vidal Sassoon Academy, she has managed to put together an impressive resume: she's done make-up for numerous celebrities, including Nicolette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives, Joan Rivers, and Patty Duke. She's also powdered noses for programs such as FOX's NFL Under the Helmet, PBS's Christina Cooks, and Lifetime's Denise Austin, and she's worked as a hair and make-up artist for the QVC shopping network for 13 years. Dina now leads a team of stylists at her own salon. Guided by her experience, these trained artists nourish and sculpt tresses with products by Kerastase and Oribe.
When Dr. Watson founded Vivify Medical, he wanted to create a clinic that used preventative methods to enhance its clients’ quality of life rather than waiting to treat symptoms once they become sick. Today, his staff keeps this motto in mind while administering physician-grade services, such as a variety of weight-loss-management programs, addiction-related treatments, and bio-identical hormone therapy that aims to slow signs of aging. In addition to medical services, the clinic assuages skin with aesthetic treatments including microdermabrasion and chemical peels.