During her more than 10 years of experience working with nails, Lisa Edmonds has cultivated her skill in everything from basic mani-pedis to applying CND’s long-lasting Shellac polish. Lisa's impressive portfolio demonstrates her knack for working with acrylics and creating one-of-a-kind nail-art designs sure to make your fingers stand out while at work, on a date, or defending yourself in court with a hand puppet.
Warm yellow lights linger over the salon floor like pads of butter, casting their glow on mint-green and dark-red walls. Amid these snazzy accents, skilled stylists craft equally snazzy styles and bold highlights with Raw Hair by LG. Thirteen-year veteran Lakeisha Gibson leads the team, which includes stylists as well as a cosmetologist and a master nail technician. They can render all-over color applications or refresh tresses via the soothing hydration of a deep-conditioning treatment. They also perform salon relaxers and massage therapy.
The salon floor itself is a sandy marble pattern, and elegant green plants pop against the earth tones of the rest of the salon. There are even homey flourishes such as a rustic trunk, which is either a treasure chest or brimming with pairs of scissors.
Magic Nails Spa's skilled staff revivifies hands and feet and emblazons nails with OPI polish during signature mani-pedis. The one-hour service begins with a sugary scrub to exfoliate hands and feet, while nail technicians excavate dense calluses petitioning for National Landmark status. Nails are then buffed and filed into desired shapes, prepping them for an extensive kaleidoscope of colors from OPI. With up to three mani-pedis at their disposal, patrons will be able to extend the life of their fingertip displays, replacing the need to make self-portraits of nails that magically chip.
Karina's Euro Style cossets customers with an all-inclusive register of beauty services for hair, nails, skin, and more. Owner Karina Yarve honed her technique in the U.S. and around Europe, even training at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. Guests can reap the opulence of Karina's style métier in an earthy salon garnished with tree branches and botanical accents. The follicle-minded can receive one of many hair services such as a classic cut and style for women ($40), a men's haircut ($28), or permanent color treatment ($50-$65). Alternately do away with hair altogether thanks to waxing in 12 different areas ($10-$65).
Beautifying people is in Gisel Campbell's blood. The aesthetician is the daughter of a hairstylist and the niece of a nail technician, but she didn’t grow up wanting to pursue cosmetology and skincare. It wasn’t until she reached her 20s and began experimenting with her own makeup regimen that she came to love sharing her skills with other people. In addition to an aesthetician’s license, Gisel's extensive training includes certification in microdermabrasion, applying chemical peels, and facial waxing, which she performs at her space inside Salon Ventures and during gorilla wax-a-thons for charity.
The skills needed to cut and style natural hair differ from those needed to cut other hair. That’s why the stylists at TK's Styles, Waxing, and Nails specialize in working with natural hair, offering cutting and coloring treatments customized to Asian, Latin, or African hair. Alongside their hair treatments, the stylists offer waxing and nail-grooming treatments that complete grooming packages with a shiny conclusion but without involving lamination.
Amy Tobias and Cathy Murray, aestheticians and co-owners of Transforming Techniques Salon and Medical Spa, each bring 17 years of beauty-biz experience to their treatment chairs. They and their team lavish complexions with a wide range of skin services, from antibacterial and oxygen facials to slightly more intensive chemical peels and wrinkle-fighting injections. Stylists tend to men's, women's, and kids' locks, keeping ends fresh and hairdos manageable, and techs groom both natural and artificial nails. Massage therapists knead stress from tense muscles, and depilation experts use wax to whisk unwanted body hair away from faces, legs, and plates of nachos.