The aestheticians at Cheri's Skin & Nail Boutique profess an unwavering commitment to customer happiness?and they back it up with services such as the hot-spring honey pedicure. At the outset of this invigorating treatment, the beauty professionals submerge feet in a citrus-honey soak. Then, they massage lower legs with a grainy sugar paste, hydrate feet with a butter moisturizer, and swipe away any excess product with towels warmed with the tiniest drop of hot lava.
From start to finish, every treatment at Cheri's Skin & Nail Boutique integrates a similar level of care and attention. Moreover, whether the technicians perform a basic brow wax or a multistep facial, they reach for professional-grade products that yield visible results.
Madeleine Inscoe, who was born in England, founded Chez Madeleine to serve as an outpost for European hairstyles. Her hand-picked successor has continued adding modern flair to the selection of products, which now includes Liscio japanese hair-straightening elixirs, Coppola Keratin Complex, and Great Lengths hair extensions made with natural human hair. In addition to single-process color and face-framing highlights, the colorists offer three-dimensional blonding, hair painting, and color correction.
Aesthetician Tonnica Armstrong performs facials and dermaplaning, a noninvasive exfoliating treatment that removes dead skin and unwanted facial hair. After appointments, clients meander through Trish Boutique, which a former buyer for the boutiques Riptide and Dakota stocks with an array of flexible apparel that fits in during beach days and elegant parties like a seagull that can sing Sinatra.
Though all manicures and pedicures may start the same way—cuticle grooming, nail shaping, and high fiving—the finale at Angel Nails may vary from client to client. At the end of an indulgent treatment, the skilled nail artists color fingers and toes any way their client prefers, except with spray paint dug up from a backyard time capsule. It can be a simple monochromatic hue or an intricate custom design on natural nails or gel sets, such as pink and white hearts or french tips with a hint of gold glitter. Once nails are dressed, the staff mitigates fuzzy situations with waxing and eyelash extensions or—for clients who crave further relaxation after their hot-stone pedicure—full-body massages and facials.
Owner Victoria Bryant flung open the doors of A Swedish Touch in 1997 when she was just 20 years old. Sixteen years later, her bustling and colorful salon brims with seasoned hair stylists and nail technicians, each artfully enhancing their clients' unique features. Amid the steel-grey walls and zebra-print furniture with hot-pink accents, stylists deftly snip, color, and style coifs with professional Redken products in front of sleekly styled beauty stations. Amid silver decorations, nail techs clip and buff appendage-enders before crowning them in elegant Tammy Taylor acrylics or glossy layers of CND Shellac polish, which is cured to a durable finish beneath a UV-powered lamp.
For the technicians at Angel Nails Deluxe, a manicure isn’t simply a cosmetic afterthought—it’s a work of art. At their stately wooden stations set beneath a red, winged sign, they skillfully decorate nail surfaces with abstract designs including stylized flowers, plaid patterns, and the complete text of The Fountainhead. Techs can also meticulously render holiday-friendly reindeer, striped bumblebees, and grinning cartoons. When they aren't adding art to fingertips, they embellish lashes with extensions and ease tense muscles with body massage. Along with appointments made in advance, Angel Nails Deluxe welcomes walk-ins.
The nail technicians at Natural Nail Care Clinic save hands and feet on a daily basis. Their manicures and pedicures hinge on careful filing and grooming, which work together with moisturizers and strengthening polishes to prevent nails from splitting, breaking, and peeling. The care these technicians show cuticles keeps them from drying, cracking, and acting out because they don’t get enough attention. Along with shaping and trimming nails, buffing away calluses, and conditioning cuticles, the nail techs also help educate clients on keeping healthy nail habits at home.