Nail polish was invented around 3000 BC in ancient China—a fact that's doubly remarkable considering that human fingernails were only invented last year. Celebrate this admirable foresight with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a limoncello-sugar-scrub-and-body-butter mani-pedi at the Elayne James Salon & Spa in Middletown (up to an $82 value).
Fragrant balms are brought to finger and toe berets in the form of a limoncello-sugar-scrub-and-body-butter mani-pedi that is as likely to produce fierce growls of hunger as it is groans of relaxation. During the 60-minute manicure, salon-goers will hear the sound of two slow claps after a skilled manicurist folds paws into warm towels. A marine mask provides missing moisture, and an exfoliating scented scrub tells dead skin cells to scram. Hands and their next-door neighbor, arms, get a massage and hydrating lotion and see their 10 offspring get spruced up with a fresh coat of paint.
Feet get their due in a 45-minute pedicure complete with a dessert tray full of refined sugar, shea butter, organic extra-virgin olive oil, and vanilla extract, with a hint of lemon to keep things civilized. After soaking in a scented foot bath, feet and legs will relish the vigor of a scrub and the melty muscle-tamer of a massage with shea-butter-scented lotion. Toe-tops will sport the color of your choice, either to match fingernails or to deliberately contradict them. The Elayne James Salon & Spa uses slough-happy Bidwell Botanicals products for its mani-pedi, eschewing nail products in which ingredient lists double as entire saloons full of Wanted posters.
Though Elayne James Salon & Spa sometimes features discounted prices online, this Groupon offers the best deal available.
Elayne James Salon and Spa
Effective hair- and skincare requires two things: talented, well-trained beauty professionals and quality products. Elayne James Salon and Spa, named in Salon Today's list for 200 of the country’s fastest growing salons, thrives with a staff of Redken- and Wella-trained hairstylists who wield French-made herbal formulas from Privé as they cut, color, and style strands. They also lengthen short ‘dos with Italian SoCap hair extensions, block frizz with a keratin smoothing system, and scare strands straight with barks from a drill sergeant.
The salon’s aestheticians offer all natural skincare services such as lightweight to heavyweight peels, gel polish manicures, medical pedicures, and airbrush tanning. One of the most indulgent offerings is the Rejuvenating Pedi, full of products that sound good enough to eat. First feet are given a whole milk and chicory root Butter Brulee soak to soften skin, next is an exfoliating brown sugar, rice bran oil, and premium rum scrub, followed by a drizzling of an all natural marshmallow-scented blend of emollient Shea, cocoa, and mango butters. Accompanying the pedicure smorgasbord is a enzyme exfoliation treatment and mask.
Beyond hair and skin, Elayne James’s service menu includes relaxing Swedish and deep-tissue massages and waxing.