As a tribute to earth sustainability, the expert technicians at Christy's NAILS use mostly organic products during signature manicures and pedicures; freeing the air from the fumes of noxious toxic chemicals. The nail salon also advertises on finger and toe billboards with long-lasting gel shellac polishes, available in a large array of sumptuous colors. Sanitation is a top priority here, as seen by the use of disposable files and buffers, as well as sterilized and sealed metal instruments. Nail services are not all they offer, however—the well-rounded staff further pampers guests with facials and waxing services.
Radiance Salon proprietor Tracy Teutsch arms her brigade of stylists with organic hair and skincare products for haircuts, color treatments, and basic spa services. Highlights and keratin hair-smoothing treatments adorn or de-frizz dos, and regular or shellac-gel polish adorns fingers and toes. Patrons can pamper their mugs with skin-refreshing facials and face-deforesting lip and eyebrow waxes.
In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
At Posh Nail Company's Dublin location, the team believes spa treatments should accentuate natural beauty and embrace natural techniques. As a result, the nail gurus exclusively seek out nontoxic products, lining their shelves with organic skincare balms that feature everything from moisturizing botanical extracts to pure almond oil. Harsh chemical agents have no place in this environment, and the staff members even refuse to use acetone when removing polish because of the unnatural drying effects. To further demonstrate their commitment to eco-friendly practices, the technicians perform waterless manicures and shake hands with every squirrel they see.
The long row of leather pedicure chairs isn’t the token of luxury at The Nail Retreat. Not only do clients leave sporting polish from the salon’s kaleidoscopic array of shades from OPI, Shellac, or Gelish, they also have the option to indulge in manicures with botanically derived grape-seed oils or pedicures with soothing hot stones. Additionally, skincare treatments combine custom blends of products to cleanse, tone, and exfoliate the dermal layers, leaving faces looking as robust and hydrated as an ice sculpture of Hulk Hogan.
An Aveda lifestyle salon, Simpure boasts a bundle of hair and nail services, along with classic and creative spa treatments. Keep keratin capes flapping without the use of a perpetual-motion machine with a haircut and blow-dry from an experienced Aveda stylist ($50), or treat tense dorsal regions to an essential back treatment, which massages muscle bundles and blankets backs with a deep-cleansing masque ($55). Smooth seekers can keep facial surfaces follicle-free with an eyebrow ($20), lip ($15), or chin ($15) wax, while those seeking refuge from overly aggressive oboe instructors can don clever countenance camouflage with a makeup application ($30+).