Photo by Caitlin Abrams
The serene new nail area at Spot Spa Northeast
The serene new nail area at Spot Spa Northeast.
Not all pedicures are created equal. In a world of gel polish and in-and-out salons, Spot Spa in Northeast is one of a few local nail spas bucking the trend with a holistic nail movement. Spot’s new zen-like space is simplicity at its finest, with two nap-friendly platform stations, luxe porcelain bowls for soaking, and a trend-forward selection of RGB polishes, which are free of common harsh chemicals. The reflexology, leg massage, and optional fruit enzyme peel (for the callus-inclined, ahem) make this so much more than a pedicure. Pedicures start at $55.
21 SE 4th St., Mpls., 612-331-4182, spotspas.com
Massages get all the love but a head-to-toe body scrub is about as good as it gets. Before you show some skin or book your next spray tan, try one of Spa Sweet’s five-free (meaning none of those harsh chemicals) exfoliating treatments: tropical Ginger Coconut or Kai, an intoxicating floral fragrance you’ve undoubtedly whiffed in boutiques around town. Both start with a polish, followed by hot towel removal and a hydrating body cream application. Body scrubs start at $80.
4747 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-799-3588, spasweet.com
Apple cider vinegar has been having a moment in the detox department, so it was only a matter of time before someone bottled it for beauty use. Used in lieu of your daily shampoo (trust me) dpHUE’s ACV ($32) removes buildup, restores pH balance, locks in color, and gives locks a serious shot of shine. So much more than supermarket ACV, it also contains luxurious argan oil, plus a hint of lavender extract so you don’t smell like salad dressing.
4944 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-922-0049, dphue.com
Bacne. It’s about as fun to say as it is to endure. If all of that fun in the sun is causing your back to break out, book yourself a Back Clearing Facial ($109) at pH OREM. A deep cleanse, exfoliation, and extractions banish blemishes and ingrown hairs while a recovery mask feeds the skin. Scalp massage and treatment mask are included, and men are encouraged to apply for the service.
718 Washington Ave. N., Ste. 302, Mpls., 612-339-1905, phorem.com