The licensed nail technicians at Elegant Image Nail Care Studio have pampered fingers and toes for nearly two decades. With an arsenal of cutting-edge services at their disposal, staffers gussy up digits with manicures, pedicures, polishing, and paraffin-wax treatments. They also sport the steady hands necessary to adorn nails with special artwork, such as tiny shooting stars or written reminders for where each little piggy is supposed to go.
As its name implies, Salon 180 isn’t known for playing by the book. From its funky decor—a mélange of vintage accents and asymmetrical shapes—to a staff that prides itself on relentlessly pursuing continuing education, the full-service salon finds plenty of ways to subvert and exceed first-time customers’ expectations.
Though they have years of experience cutting and styling hair, the salon’s team of stylists claims particular expertise in chemical treatments such as corrective color procedures and highlights. In private treatment rooms, massage therapists ease tension with full-body Swedish techniques or targeted sessions that narrow their focus to sore pitching arms or stiff vestigial tails. Just as the stylists and therapists draw on professional products to enhance their treatments, the spa’s skin and body specialists use advanced toners and technologies such as radio frequency and light energy to stimulate collagen production and clear skin of blemishes.
A bicycle leans against the wall in the Anthea Spa lobby, its basket filled with flowers. This touch of decor might seem out of place, but it's actually a nod to the spa's name?anthea translates to "flower" in Greek?and to its penchant for all-natural products. These products find their way into nine varieties of facials, which rely on enzymes and aromatherapy or employ European exfoliation techniques and high-frequency currents. The aestheticians also draw on herbs, healing muds, and oils to refresh skin and relax muscles during massages and body treatments.
Inside the U.S. Bank Building sits Europa by Sasha Salon & Spa, bedecked in marble fixtures and vivid paintings that glow under soothing spa lighting. Aestheticians help faces slough off dead skin cells through exfoliation and imbue cheeks with moisture and the motivation to finally finish their novels. Massage therapists knead sore tissues, and expert colorists enhance mop tops with color treatments, allowing hair tones to match a new outfit or freshly reupholstered couches. Other services include manicures, formal updos, makeup applications, and sauna sessions.
The 21st Century Nails staff has been pampering digits for more than a decade, transforming blank keratin sheets into shiny tips with a variety of polish hues. In addition to regular polish, the staff utilizes Shellac, Gelish, and OPI gel nail polish designed to last up to three weeks. A UV LED lamp dries nails in 30 seconds, allowing patrons to more quickly test out the Shellac’s chip protection by challenging the nearest prizefighter to a game of patty cake.
With 25 years’ experience finishing nails and making her own products, owner Roza takes a natural approach to nail treatments. Shellac's combined base coat and topcoat establish a symbiotic relationship with UV light, curing without the need for drying. With about 12 shades to choose from, clients get their digit medallions coated with a thin protective layer whose resilient finish can be expected to last two to three weeks. Unlike other dapper hand décor, this Shellac application involves no buffing, leaving patrons with no damage to nails and the ability to finger-pick banjos in stunning style.