Brenda Abdo can give a good handshake, but it’s even better when she doesn’t let go. Within her delicate grasp, nails are shaped and filed with meticulous attention, and overgrown cuticles find themselves gently curbed, sung to, and tucked back into their cozy nail beds. For those looking to add a little more length to their scratch, Brenda provides full sets of false nails and can fill existing sets for those who need a touchup.
Split ends literally fall off owners' heads while in the presence of Trina Miah. The stylist rids manes of overgrowth with a pair of scissors and an expert swiftness. And she doesn’t stop there. Hair finds itself with trendy layers, or completely transformed with a new color that best complements the season or a beloved troll doll.
Often spotted at local fashion shows, bridal expos, and other events, Hair Connoisseurs Salon & MediSpa's assorted stylists, aestheticians, and ache easers coddle bodies with services for hair, nails, and skin in a flower-filled lakefront facility. In the salon, nimble shears create new styles for men and women, perms and relaxers alter hair textures, and highlights and color treatments get head threads to shimmer without weaving a false ponytail from sunbeams. Gauzy fabric hangs from the ceiling of the private room where trained massage therapists aim to reduce stress with soft kneading, direct pressure, or aromatherapy oil blends. At stone-topped manicure stations, technicians beautify fingers and toes with acrylic, fiberglass, and silk wrap nails, which can be tapped on coral stone accent columns to summon the ghosts of dried-out polish bottles.
At Cherry Blossom Nail & Spa, pedicures don't merely consist of clipping and polishing nails. Instead, aestheticians view them as opportunities for luxurious pampering experiences. To wit: the Purissima organic spa pedicure, designed around Purissima's line of certified organic products, starts with a foot bath and scrub. The session soon gives way to a massage with organic oils imported from Italy and application of a specially formulated foot and leg cream.
The rest of Cherry Blossom's treatments, meanwhile, incorporate products chockfull of plant extracts and essential oils that help boost circulation and fortify metabolisms. Such products come into play during everything from pedicures with aroma salt-glow polishes to manicures featuring massages with warm basalt stones or whichever Pet Rock makes you feel safest.
The technician at this nail spa keeps digits looking fresh and innovative. She livens up coats of color with glittery gems and artistic paintwork, with designs that include breast-cancer-awareness ribbons and tiger stripes. And to avoid the chips of yesteryear, she uses CND Shellac formulas for up to two weeks of untarnished shine. The spa, tucked inside Phenix Salon Suites, also refreshes feet with unique treatments, such as the Sunshine Bliss pedicure’s citrus-inspired products and hot towels warmed on the sun.
The fact that the staff at Ecco Nails & Spa specialize in nail treatments doesn’t mean that they forget their designation as a spa. Ecco's staff add pampering elements to even the most basic services, including warm herbal soaks, hot-stone massages, heated towel wraps and clay and chocolate masks. Tucked away in private treatment rooms, aestheticians perform facials, during which they slather façades with gentle Dermalogica products, which are customizable to each client’s skin type and favorite flavor of pie. Out on the nail floor, beneath the glow of golden sconces, technicians show off their skills by meticulously painting nails using OPI polish and CND Shellac, which resists chips for up to 14 days.