Rather than just grooming nails, slapping on a coat of polish, and sending clients on their way, the nail artists at Allendale Nails pump up manicures and pedicures with indulgent lotions and pampering treatments. The crew adds lemon, cucumber, and aloe, or green-tea extract to sudsy foot baths, massages strained shoulders, and buffs away calluses with mineral foot scrubs and potent peels. Techs lengthen stubby nails with pink and white UV fill-ins, LCN or gel sets, and UV extensions. In private rooms, waxologists carefully remove unwanted scruff from the face, limbs, and bikini area, and beauty experts bestow eyes with lash extensions that bat powerfully enough to get drafted by the Mets.
To begin the one-hour deluxe manicure and pedicure, patrons lavish in spa pedicure chairs partitioned by sweeping curtains as nail technicians trim hand and toe coverings of excess acreage. Nimble fingers and firm pressure alleviate tension from feet and hands during a massage, and an optional hand design employs a small brush to decorate mitts with flowery designs or thousands of Michael Jordan autographs. Finishing the treatment, technicians bedeck nails in the customer’s choice of a solid color or french paint job. Alternatively, pamper paws with a paraffin hand treatment and a long-lasting gel color from ibd or LCN, also done in the french style, which elongates the nail bed and protects nail tips from the elements like a teensy talon beret. The manicure takes approximately 45 minutes. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
A CND-certified studio, 94 West Salon transforms nails with CND Shellacs as well as gel polishes from OPI and Jessica cosmetics. The staff nail technician can bestow fingertips with a single color, multiple colors, or even intricate designs that feature stripes, swirls, gemstones, drawings, and logos. The salon's menu also inspires fresh starts with hairstyling and waxing services, performed using high-end lines that include Redken and Nufree.
To enhance services, 94 West Salon surrounds guests with relaxing decorative touches, including cool mint-green walls, pillow-laden couches, and wall sconces that brighten areas, saving customers from having to bring their own lanterns.
Inside Spa & Nails 21, nails take center stage as more than just itch scratchers. Nail technicians transform them into pieces of art, sporting smooth edges with zero cuticle overgrowth encroaching on designs. The techs also soften rough surfaces of skin, ensuring hands and feet are soft enough to mash a delicious pot of potatoes. Postgrooming, they top nails with a colorful polish or long-lasting gel polish that remains chip-free for weeks.
Alora Ambiance Spa owner Patricia Rivas has worked as a licensed aesthetician and skincare specialist for nearly a decade. Along the way, she's picked up advanced certifications in treatments such as cellulite-smoothing ionithermie and IPL hair removal, teamed up with Dr. Thomaso Skorupski, and assembled a staff of talented hairstylists, nail artists, and waxing specialists spread throughout two studios. There, staffers dole out specialty services, including eyelash perms and extensions, exfoliating salt-glow treatments, and facials that infuse faces with more oxygen and nutrients than a granola-filled balloon. Beyond stocking the shelves with aesthetic aids from such brands as Paul Mitchell, Matrix, and Pravana, Rivas is also the creator of the Ayurveda by Alora skincare line, which includes soap- and- sulfate-free cleansers, as well as body creams infused with white tea and vitamins C and E.