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The decorative touches at LV Nails & Spa are bold and aplenty. A jolly Buddha statue, lazing atop the stone-fronted receptionist desk, greets guests. Above the desk hangs a multi-tiered chandelier. A ceiling with painted clouds pairs well with turquoise accent walls, and another walls showcases an oversized painting of a vibrant purple water lily floating in deep blue waters, hinting at the colors to be splashed onto fingers and toes by expert technicians.

At LV Nails & Spa, the staff pride themselves on providing meticulous services that are never rushed. They infuse their own creative touches into the services offered, including organic gel in myriad colors for manicures and pedicures, and waxings on the face, legs, and liver. Massages and facials are also offered at the spa.

10050 S. Eastern Ave, #140
Henderson,
NV
US

Podiatrist Dr. Jodi Politz founded Futzpah 118 with medical-grade hygiene standards to cleanse the minds of germophobes, as well as to serve specialty spa clients such as diabetics, pregnant women, and chemotherapy patients. Experienced staff make use of sterile, single-use mani-pedi sets and aromatherapeutic products to test how well finger pads can smell. The Futzpah Footsie begins by shaping nails and minimizing cuticles, then pampers little piggies with exfoliation before adorning talons in gleaming armor (a $45 value). Manicures also include a massage to deeply relax palms and stretch fingers in preparation for a shadow-puppet reenactment of The Godfather Trilogy (a $20 value). Futzpah 118's luxurious facilities include an array of oversize plush black chairs above sparkling clear basins and beneath ceiling-mounted TVs, and an immense bronze-hued mask exudes serenity.

6300 West Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas,
NV
US

Cuticles: Defending Your Digits

Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon?s investigation.

No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.

Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection?even with properly sanitized instruments?may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they?ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it?s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.

8571 West Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas,
NV
US

A Chat with Lacquer Me Up

What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We welcome you to our Lacquer Me Up nail salon where you can find a fun, relaxing, and friendly atmosphere. Our salon is the #1 destination for all your nail services. We offer a variety of superb nail services and focus on taking care of you and your nails, making you feel welcome and at ease.

What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
With over 15 years of experience, we are two best friends who became partnered to start a perfect, fun, and successful nail salon together. Our family is our inspiration to start our own business because we want to be our own boss so that we can have more family time.

What do you love most about your job?
Customer satisfaction and seeing their smiles is why we love our job!

What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Our favorite feedback was from a couple from Hawaii (Shirley and Sean) telling us they know we will do well together because not only are we great at doing nails but we are personable and caring to our clients. This is what sets us apart from the others.

10300 West Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas,
NV
US

Sunlight streams through the windows of Pure Healthy Nails Spa, illuminating the manicure stations where nail techs work hard to keep nails beautiful and strong. The staff strives to use non-toxic products whenever possible. This includes their signature service: dip-gel nails. Designed to help fix split or broken nails and help natural nails grow longer, the treatment involves the use of a gel powder activator instead of UV light or harsh chemicals. The dip gel is also available in 150 colors, so customers don't need to add nail polish or outfit their fingertips in tiny wigs to keep them looking fashion-forward.

Besides this signature service, Pure Healthy Nails Spa also offers basic mani-and gel mani-pedis in an environment that's free of acrylic odors. during all of their services, the team there tends to rely on organic and botanical products. There are herbal detox blends, sea salt mixed with lavender, and other natural elixirs. They might turn to massage skills to relax patrons, or warm towels to open pores. There's also more high-tech gear for galvanic and high frequency LED light facials and microcurrent.

5600 Spring Mountain Road, Suite 207
Las Vegas,
NV
US

With each of its locations nestled in the heart of a shopping mall, Laka Manicure Express helps clients keep their nails looking healthy and stylish with convenient drop-in mani-pedis. Technicians work quickly without sacrificing the quality of their craft. They finish up each manicure in under 15 minutes, leaving plenty of time for customers to run errands, go shopping, or take a dip in the lobby fountain. During appointments, nail artists exfoliate dead skin with cleansing quartz crystal scrubs, massage hardworking hands with vitamin-rich cream, and decorate fingertips with shimmering Swarovski diamonds. After soothing massages and precision shaping and filing, customers can choose a polish from a selection that includes more than 130 different colors that change with the seasons.

7400 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas,
Nevada
US