The Hamburglar started out as a hand burglar but soon found that unkempt appendages could not be sold on the black market, even on the dollar menu. Offer up a side of manicured fingers with each handshake with the help of today's Groupon: for $17 you get a Shellac manicure at Shear Perfection in Oakdale (a $35 value).
Shear Perfection's aestheticians refurbish nails in 30-minute Shellac manicures that thwart chips and smudges, leaving nails emblazoned with a glossy, vivid hue that lasts up to two weeks. The newly formulated concoction sticks to nails more firmly than traditional nail polish, refusing to flake out during stressful typing tests or vigorous handshakes with the Human Torch. Fingertips first receive a vibrant dose of expertly painted color and then recline under a hand-size palm tree to soak up UV light for the remainder of the half-hour process. Light rays radiating from the bulb seal the newly applied base and top coats together with the nail bed, much as a motorcyclist glues several leather jackets together before taping them to his body.
It’s hard to imagine a coastal vacation in southwestern Pennsylvania, but the painted arches entwined in vines frame a calming pool of water, and the deeper blues of the sea stretch into the horizon, inviting the relaxed gaze of clients as they settle into the salon's chairs to find escape from the everyday. Those who concentrate hard enough or induce self-hypnosis may convince themselves that the air from the blow dryer is really a soft ocean breeze, as stylists work tirelessly to create cutting-edge hairstyles that exceed their client's expectations or to apply extensions that sustain the illusion of longer locks for three to four months.