X-Pressions Hair and Nail Studio's stylists pride themselves on creating unique looks that draw out every client's personality. "I think that what I do is an art form, and every client is my canvas," says Kristen, one of the hair sculptors currently in residence. She cuts, highlights, and styles hair, laying each strand to best compliment someone's face. Despite the creative aspect of her work, though, her favorite part is still the people. "[I like] making my clients feel good about themselves," she says.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Highlights
Brands Used: Kenra
Clients lounge in comfy leather chairs as she attends to digits, precisely painting on bold colors and multihued designs in the form of flowers or portraits of Lyndon B. Johnson. With a concentration on comfort, Starr has decked out her homey space with plants and a TV.
A few wisps of smoke from an extinguished candle hang in the air, along with the lingering fragrance of aromatic oils and the soft strains of jazz or nature sounds. One of the licensed massage therapists at Mona Lisa's Massage & Wellness has completed another relaxing session, easing muscle tension and stress with modalities such as hot-stone therapy, pregnancy or sports massage, or reflexology. The center's practitioners operate in an intimate and tranquil four-room suite complete with a mani-pedi station. In the couples room, pairs enjoying a Yin + Yang massage nosh on chocolate-covered strawberries and discuss how to install electric handlebar warmers on a tandem bike.
The crew exfoliates skin with coconut-lime-scented scrubs and detoxifies bodies with wraps that include a session in the steam sauna. They also aim to clear complexions with 10 different anti-aging facial treatments and peels.
Bloomingnails Hair and Nail Salon's nail technicians transform hands and feet into immaculate canvases of art with polishes from OPI and CND. The up-to-90-minute mani-pedi begins with the digit doyen massaging the hands and trimming the cuticles before buffing and filing finger armor to a gumball-esque sheen and blanketing it in a splash of color. The phalange pro then descends floorward, trimming and buffing toe talons into topiary art before exfoliating the hind paws with a foot scrub or mask. Legs are ensconced in a heated towel for an embrace that's warmer than a bear hug from Grandma, and a brush of color tops the tootsie surface for an eye-popping finish.
After earning the status of master stylist and certified colorist over the course of 20 years in the industry, Angel Petro opened her own salon in 2010, stocking its shelves with Redken hair products and toxin free Zoya nail polish. The salon's small but elite team of stylists includes a master barber who specializes in men's precision and tapered cuts and another master stylist who sculpts avant-garde hairdos and neighborhood shrubs. The team of beauty professionals takes part in continuing education, which allows them to perform a range of up-to-the-minute hair-color and cutting techniques for both men and women.
Color services impart natural-looking hues with products by Redken, a brand founded in 1898 by a Berlin chemist in a neighborhood drugstore. Every hair service includes a complimentary consultation for stylists to scope out each client's personal style and hair type, and waxing services lull clients with lavender-scented candles.
In addition to the lively salon, Vanity Salon and Spa has also created serene spa rooms for relaxation. Spa services include manicures and pedicures performed with organic, non-toxic polishes and scrubs. The licensed massage therapist, Jamie, has been working in Nashville for four years and is committed to helping clients maintain a healthy, relaxed, and pain-free body. Trained in several modalities with a focus on relaxation, she often combines elements, like acupressure for targeting tense areas and Shiatsu for relaxation, to tailor a massage that meets each client's needs.