As Editor in Chief of American Salon, Kelley Donahue reports on all aspects of the professional beauty industry, including salon business-building strategies, seasonal hair and fashion trends, salon services and techniques, and timely issues impacting manufacturers, schools, salons and distributor principals. In addition to conducting photo shoots--one of which was the recipient of an ABBIES Award for Best Magazine Cover--Donahue also travels extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, sourcing out new trends and representing American Salon at major industry functions and educational events.
Longer, warmer days are a sure signal that spring has sprung, making it time for fashionistas to whip out those strappy Jimmy Choos. Fortunately, getting winter-weathered feet in sandal-worthy condition is easier than ever, thanks to these nurturing salon and spa treatments that provide some generous heaps of sole salvation. Ready to kick up those heels?
CITRON TWIST PEDICURE
A Robert Cromeans Salon
Mandalay Place, Las Vegas
When it comes to pampering neglected feet, this $100 soothing pedicure goes the extra mile. It starts off with a skin-softening honey-citrus foot soak. Next, tired tootsies are scrubbed and rubbed with Spa Binge's Honey Citrus Blizzard Salt Scrub before a honey citrus mask is applied. A massage with Spa Binge's Honey Citrus Whip Creme rounds out the energizing service.
COCONUT PINEAPPLE PEDICURE
Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa & Boutique
New York City
Revitalizing weary feet is a snap with this 60-minute, $60 service that incorporates a blend of pineapple juice topped with fresh sliced pineapples. Once rough spots are whisked away using a fragrant coconut sugar soufflE9, the nail tech massages the spasignature coconut cream concoction onto the legs and feet for a mega-dose of moisture.
FIRE & ICE SPA PEDICURE
Avalon Salon & Aesthetic Day Spa Cincinnati
This soothing $65, hour-long treat for the lower legs and feet features a seaweed foot soak and a warming, exfoliating sugar-based scrub, using Creative Nail Design's Raw Earth Foot Buff. That's followed by a cooling foot and leg mask, using Creative Nail's mentholated SpaPedicure Marine Masque to rejuvenate tired, achy feet, and finishes with a moisturizing leg massage.
Paint Shop, Beverly Hills
Designed to refresh and renew feet, this luxurious $68, 60-minute treatment incorporates fragrant lavender from start to finish. This includes a foot bath infused with olive oil, anti-inflammatory comfrey and lavender. The pampering continues with a calming lavender scrub, a massage performed with heated lavender lotion and a therapeutic lavender-scented paraffin dip to seal in moisture.
Spa Space, Chicago
Excellent for dry, rough, skin, the hour-long, $55 treatment begins with a warm vanilla effervescent foot soak in a whirlpool tub.A0Next, a coarse vanilla-sugar exfoliating scrub from Salt of the Earth is applied to the feet and legs, followed by a mask containing almond oil. For the ultimate in nirvana, the treatment is topped off with a massage using Haken's rich vanilla-almond body butter.
"WALK ON THE BEACH" PEDICURE TREATMENT
L.A. Vie L'Orange, Los Angeles
Relaxation has never felt so rewarding. This 90-minute, $75 treatment includes a calming foot soak infused with fatigue-fighting rosemary and orange blossom oils, with floating orange slices, marbles and a bed of sand, as well as a cucumber-orange scrub, a detoxifying seaweed wrap, an aloe and lavender pressure-point massage and a hot towel wrap before toes are painted to perfection.