Shannon’s work surface is no larger than a fingernail—literally. The nail technician clips overgrown nails and curbs cuticles as she preps nails for an eye-catching paint job. She covers nails in a variety of hues, and adds 3D art from flowers to hearts to spare keys so her clients will never get locked out again. Shannon works out of Urban Betty hair salon.
The expert team of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Athena Salon & Spa shares a common goal—to provide a relaxing escape from daily routine. To do this, they draw on a menu of spa and salon services that includes everything from haircuts to fruit-infused facial peels. In private treatment rooms, massage therapists rely on hot stones and deep-tissue techniques to melt soreness caused by stress or back flipping into an empty pool. The spa’s footbaths, at least, are filled with warm water and pulsating jets to soothe sore feet and prepare them for cuticle treatments. For special occasions, the beauty experts can combine services such as waxes and updos into packages for brides, grooms, and their miniature wedding-cake likenesses.
Recognized by Best of the North Bay 2010 as Best Bridal Salon, The Powder Room focuses on bridal hair needs, but also caters to nonmarrying men and women in need of a 'do do-over. Transform untamed tresses with hair services that include a cut (a $45 value for women, a $30 value for men) and an all-over tinting (a $70 value). A youthful-looking head often translates into a youthful strut and a plethora of compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. Men and women in need of a fashionable identity change can have their head mops remodeled in vintage surroundings bedecked with plush, patterned chairs and sleek countertops, and can even upgrade their Groupons to include additional services for an extra charge. The Powder Room primps princes and princesses by appointment only.
Audrey Hepburn once said, "I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." Though science has since disproven her wild-eyed theory about tomorrow, the staff at Nail Aesthetics take the sentiment to heart by plastering the quote on their Facebook page, website, and in their everyday interactions with clients. Tiffany-blue walls and warm conversation fill the studio space, where skilled technicians restore nails and polish them with long-lasting gel polishes. Revitalizing treatments employ botanical extracts and mango-coconut moisturizers to restore coarse paws to their once-vibrant smoothness. Clients may also solicit the spa for an intricate nail-art design with polka dots, flowers, or surrealist images of nails painting themselves.
Aesthetician and makeup artist Kristi Maher beautifies clients inside Platinum Salon & Beauty Boutique. She blasts through acne and wrinkles during exfoliating facials and waxes away hair on overgrown eyebrows and horns. Kristi paints blank complexions with makeup applications and applies NovaLash eyelash extensions to round out her slate of services.