Champagne isn’t something commonly associated with a nail salon, but at Haus of Lacquer there it is—in the hand of every guest who wants it as soon as they walk in the door. And it’s on the house. But this touch of old-school class is just the tip of the iceberg. After patrons pick out a color by OPI, Essie, or Butter London, they receive a magazine or an iPad to read. Then, the experienced technicians get to work. In addition to specializing in natural nail treatments and nail art, the crew offers head-to-toe packages for total relaxation. During the half-day Indulge package, a replenishing facial brightens complexions and a massage soothes tired feet. Nail experts then use deliciously fragrant Me! Bath Ice Cream and a sugar scrub to moisturize and exfoliate hands and feet, massaging skin with a body icing that, like a child left unattended in a bakery, looks and smells like frosting.
Licensed aesthetician and nail technician Jesse Bruner artfully prunes and dresses digits with colorful polish inside Michael Christopher Salon, which was voted Best Day Spa in Delaware Today's Best of Delaware 2010. Wielding products from such brands as OPI and Young Nails, Jesse first cleanses fingers before filing their caps into sleek frames or US president silhouettes. Tools then gently ease cuticles off the nail, paving the way for brushes to paint on new hues or for buffers to impart gaze-grabbing shine. During the pedicure, feet can fashion bubble mustaches in a whirlpool spa as toenails undergo a clipping. Both overgrown cuticles and calluses flee while Jesse sloughs away superfluous skin, and an exfoliating scrub hydrates gams from the calves down. Finally, a massage with body butter saps tension from arches, and polish covers reposing toes in vibrant shades.
Currie Hair Skin & Nails performs its ministrations in ultramodern, elegant spaces as clients settle into plush robes and slippers. Stylists guide patrons into sleek leather chairs to infuse 'dos with face-framing highlights or tame overgrown head ferns with a phalanx of scissors and a blow-dry for good measure. Visages in need of amelioration may opt for the recovery facial, which revitalizes with an arctic-berry-based antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals and protects the skin. During an aromatherapy massage, licensed massage therapists soothe away stress from demanding jobs and dishonest parking meters, and mani-pedi specialists deftly shape and polish nails, repair broken nail beds, and curb thrill-seeking hangnails.