Creative Nails Salon's experienced manicure mavens heal tired fingers and toes with an array of hydrating, beautifying services. The treatment, which lasts about 50 minutes, begins with a sugar-scrub exfoliation to sweetly whisk rough spots away, and it is followed by a comforting hot-towel wrap and a lotion or cooling gel massage for both hands and feet. Painting pros then shape nails and whisk on the client's choice of polish from a wide rainbow of colors. Clients emerge from the salon, which always accepts walk-ins, ready to sport spring sandals or fingerless motorcycle gloves with pride.
Licensed therapist Tina credits her time in massage school for helping her get past what she calls a period of darkness in her life. Instead of continuing to escape her reality, she decided to create a new reality that she loved. This meant attending school for massage therapy and eventually opening her own massage business, Heaven Sent Hands for Massage, a name that reflects her spiritual beliefs.
In her therapy room, nestled in The Beauty Cottage, her hands expertly prod muscles to release tension, whether it's just on the surface or deep within muscle fibers. She often bundles massages with spa services, such as back scrubs to remove dead skin or foot scrubs to remove the tar that's been doubling as shoes. She even offers a Napper's Dream massage package, which pairs a 90-minute aromatherapy massage with a 30-minute power nap on the plush massage table.
Rita Gregory began wearing acrylic nails in 1982 and continued wearing them for six years. Over this time, they caused severe damage to her natural fingernails. She sought advice at nail salons, but the professionals she asked didn't offer a satisfactory solution—they simply recommended covering up the damage with more artificial nails. So Rita began conducting her own research.
Atir Natural Nail Care is the culmination of her studies; it’s not only a nail salon, but a nail clinic, where technicians strive to educate clients about natural nail care and nail health. Drawing from her research, they smooth cuticles, strengthen fingernails, and moisturize hands. Treatments bridge the gap between health and beauty by utilizing natural ingredients such as tea-tree oil and shea butter, and Zoya and essie natural nail lacquers leave a gleaming shine without the use of potentially harmful chemicals.
Hairstyling lets Emily Thompson indulge both her passion for shaping manes and her love of people. Bolstered by continuing education in haircare, she aims to accentuate each client’s best attributes through cuts, styling, and her specialty, color. She twists tresses into updos with practice gained from styling hair for more than 100 wedding parties. As Emily works, clients can monitor progress in an eight-foot mirror purloined from a giraffe’s dressing room. Upbeat tunes add pep to a palette of dark-caramel and black, and a leather-accented set of drawers provisions Emily with all the products she needs as she finesses final looks for each client.
Realizing that every minute spent primping takes away from their clients' free time, the staff of Body & Sol Tanning Boutique streamlines their services so clients can get in, get bronzed, and get out. Clients can simply walk in to the chain location closest to home, after which they consult with the Smart Tan-certified staff over which tanning method is most suitable for their skin. After deciding on intensity and length of sessions, clients hop into one of the five tiers of UV bed. The salon also offers UV-free options such as the automated Mystic HD booth, which is loaded with four different shades of tanning pigment, all of which seep into skin through the use of heated rays. Clients can choose to deepen tans with a range of Devoted Creations tanning accelerators, or simply heighten a tan's contrast with surgically implanted angel wings or the salon's BleachBright teeth-whitening kits.
Certified massage therapists help clients relax and lose lingering aches, pains, and bodily stress with a range of specialized massages. Hot stones penetrate waves of heat into muscles for greater relaxation, whereas cold stones aim to reduce swelling and inflammation in localized areas. Deep-tissue and sports massages work to relieve embedded tension and tennis balls in joints and muscles, and additions such as aromatherapy seek to deepen states of relaxation.
In addition to specialty massages, EveN Baby Massage offers beautification and relaxation services such as organic facials, foot scrubs, and paraffin dips. Such services push clients toward more pristine complexions while ridding the body of excess oil, dead skin, acne, and only the toxins least likely to lead to superhuman powers.