Though Perfect Ten Nail Salon’s technicians have no problem looking guests in the eye and greeting them with a warm smile, their attention quickly wanders to hands and feet as they set to work trimming, primping, and polishing nails. The experienced technicians keep acrylic and Shellac polishes close by their manicure stations, making use of the colorful bottles when the time comes to embellish nails with colorful portraits of their wearers. Manicures and pedicures also tend to skincare needs with flourishes such as oil rinses, foot massages, and soothing paraffin treatments.
Lori Baumann, owner of Tangerine Hair Salon, and her experienced staff mold manes with products by Alterna, Redken, and Sojourn. The spacious salon achieves a trendy, urban feel with slate-blue walls, black polished floors, and track lighting. When guests arrive, plush zebra-print chairs greet their backsides while a coffee pot cheerfully percolates beneath an orange and gold floral painting. Stylists craft new 'dos at stations equipped with full-length mirrors and topped with exotic flowers. When they aren't performing haircuts, adding highlights, or curling locks, they subdue frizzy tresses with smoothing treatments and commands shouted in German.
Clipping, filing, and buffing nails are just the beginning of the mani-pedi experience at Kowalski's Polish. The real treat is watching the nail technicians turn their service into an art, painting everything from animal prints to bumblebees and piano keys on canvases of keratin. Digits are further enhanced with a pinch of glitter, or 3-D embellishments such as miniature gold balls or Avatar finger puppets.
Terri L. Petta, of TLP Nails, showers digits with TLC. She decorates keratin sheets in vivid hues of pink and white (their most popular colors) using Masterworks hard gels. This application aims to protect tips from chips or scratches for up to two weeks. Her full-service pedicures lull puppies into relaxation with a foot soak in a whirlpool bath and sugar foot scrub.
Polished Nail Bar?s experienced nail technicians sculpt finger and toe fashions in a modern salon that features minimalist furnishings and lush, steel-gray wallpaper. Clients can slide briefly into crisp, white mani-pedi chairs for express nail shaping Essie or OPI polish, or opt for signature treatment with an exfoliating scrub and application of soothing botanical lotion. Nimble-fingered nail techs also offer long-lasting Shellac gels, which cling flawlessly to nails for up to 14 days or the duration of roughly 81,000 consecutive high fives.
Nail specialist Sam has painted thousands upon thousands of nails during her six years as a nail technician. After clipping, filing, and buffing nails, Sam uses steady hands to cover nails with vibrant, high-quality polish. She also focuses on the rest of the hands and feet, softening skin with a sugar scrub and curtailing calluses. Her work inside The Hamptons Tanning & Salon is accented with relaxing music and the occasional guest yodeler.