A bold red couch jumps out against white walls like a fire hydrant in fresh snow to signal the vivid nail painting going on in the studio. At Magnifique Nail Studio, skilled nail technicians pamper digits with services such as gel manicures and deluxe pedicures. In addition to bold hues, the team’s toolkit includes sugar scrubs, foot soaks, and callus removals. Technicians perform manicures with both function and comfort in mind; clients relax on high-backed, cushioned leather seating that looks out over glossy hardwood floors.
Dim lights glow between the wooden rafters in iSpa’s ceiling, casting a golden hue over the luxurious spa chairs and gleaming mosaic floors resting beneath. The ceiling curves gracefully, making the earth-toned spa feel almost like a cabin or the belly of a majestic ship, evoking images of a peaceful retreat. Within the tranquil walls, experts treat hands and feet to mani-pedis, using sea salt to slough away dead skin and hydrotherapy pools to relax toes that are swarming with fire ants. They also cleanse faces during facials that make use of purifying clay or pomegranate oils, and evict stress with soothing massages.
You're laying face down, unsure of what to expect, when you catch a scent. It?s vaguely familiar, but you can?t pinpoint it before the therapist begins massaging your back and shoulders. The lotions and oils seep into your skin and their aromas rock your mind to a sleep-like state. The therapist arranges heated stones along your spine, and, like an electric blanket in a lightning storm, your back suddenly warms, allowing your muscles to complete the transition from tense to relaxed. The next hour flies by.
The hot-stone treatment is just one of five relaxing massage treatments mastered by the licensed staff at A & J Beauty and Day Spa. Aromatic or unscented oils accompany each custom service, be it an indulgent 80-minute Swedish massage or an in-and-out 30-minute mini treatment. The team doles out just as many facials, soothing and rejuvenating both men and women with products tailored to individual needs, and annihilating signs of acne or aging with the needle-free CarboDerm therapy. Their body wraps cocoon clients in seaweed or masks that energize the lymphatic system and firm and tighten physiques, and their mani-pedis incorporate skin-softening paraffin wax and no-chip shellac polish.
The hot-stone massages that accompany the signature manicures and pedicures at Nail Studio are just one example of how the staff blends their treatments to transcend expectations. Surrounded by dandelion-colored walls and privacy curtains, clients can indulge in these treatments along with a host of similarly relaxing services designed by the spa’s nail and waxing specialists. Nails take center stage during Diva Treatment pedicures that soothe skin with warm paraffin wax and decorate nail beds with options that include acrylic powder or liquid gel. Waxing services remove unwanted strands quickly, and aestheticians customize their facial treatments to remove dead skin cells or war paint leftover from the previous day’s conquest.
The technicians at State Street Hair and Nails are known for creating all sorts of distinctive nail designs, from an ombre pattern that morphs from crimson to glittery gold, to a foil-effect pink manicure with black leopard spots. As part of the salon's staff, Glenis can create one of these custom designs using regular or Shellac polish.