Chana, a licensed nail technician and pedicurist, elevates dolling up fingers and toes into a kind of mission. For ladies who cannot find time to come into her salon, Chana takes her skills on the road, working her nail-beautifying magic in guests' homes or workplaces. She calms trepidatious brides by trundling her wares to wedding parties, in addition to visiting clients in hospitals, nursing homes, or retirement communities.
Meanwhile, back at Salon Nails, Chana enlists the help of products made from natural ingredients for her signature sessions. Along with cuticle trimming and nail buffing, she pampers appendages with an exfoliating scrub and warm paraffin baths. With the no-chip, no-smudge Shellac polish, she splashes nails with vivid color, and the OPI Acrylic System adds length and durability to weak nails. She also refigures eyebrows with razor shaping and enhances eye fringe with artificial lashes applied one at a time. To maintain results, customers can also purchase the natural From Me To U Essentials.
Part art gallery, part salon, Alter Ego has two distinct faces. But like the layers of a chic haircut, the two blend together perfectly into something more creative. Canvases small, large, and gigantic surround the loft-like space, from the couch in the waiting room to the styling stations themselves. The artwork takes many forms: maybe pen and pencil creations from artist Kevin Ponce, or urban street art from the likes of Grey Griffin. On special occasions, DJs spin tunes to celebrate the opening of a new gallery exhibit.
It's the perfect setting to inspire creativity in the salon team, who cut and color hair for men and women. Those looks become even more nuanced at the Blow Dry Bar. Here, clients choose from nine base styles, such as the BE Short (short, sassy, and textured hair) or the BE Glam (a bold, retro look). From there, they can choose add-ons including the BE Healthy treatment for split ends or the BE Pampered treatment for a 10-minute scalp and neck massage.
Before setting out on his own, Douglas Carroll earned his stripes through years of training, studying under three-time British Hairdresser of the Year Anthony Mascolo and winning more than a dozen international awards along the way. His accolades earned him a client list peppered with athletes and TV personalities, and his cuts found their way onto the cover of numerous trade magazines.
Now the owner of his own salon and spa, Douglas oversees master, senior, and junior stylists who believe in his goal of exceeding client expectations with haircuts and color treatments. The crew at his med-spa specializes in all-over pampering, doling out skin and body treatments that leave pores glowing and stress vanquished.
Tracie Jones, the manicurist at Traces of Beauty, transforms digits with multistep manicures, pedicures, and mani-pedis that enlist essie and OPI polish. During signature manicures, Tracie buffs, trims, and files nails to shape them instead of applying cookie cutters over every nail. After a hand massage, newly relaxed appendages receive a choice of color polish from a high-end professional brand. Signature pedicures buff away calluses and exfoliate feet, leaving skin smoother than an ice bust of Usher. In addition to her specialty nail care, Tracie also rids clients of unwanted hair with waxing services.
Smooth, oblong, and flat, the stone would be perfect for skipping across the surface of a lake. Instead of bouncing off water, however, this heated rock slides over skin, its warmth relaxing stressed muscles in the hands and feet. Hot stones are just one type of tool used to pamper paws during mani-pedi services at A Gentle Touch, a full-service nail salon. Exfoliating scrubs, hot towels, and honey-scented callous creams also conspire to lavish soles in luxury without lining Air Jordans in ermine.
As the first licensed manicuring school in North Carolina, Troutman's College of Manicuring upholds a commitment to its thorough nailcare-training regimen. In addition to applying polish, students at Troutman's learn aromatherapy and massage techniques for the hands and feet, as well as how to implement various nail enhancements. Students also provide nailcare services for guests, beautifying fingers with acrylics or UV-cured gel polish.