Finding out where the best nail salons in Los Angeles are located can be somewhat of an arduous task. You might travel far outside of your zip codes if it means being able to put your best hands and feet forward at the end of a session with your manicurist. People have even been known to jealously guard their manicurist's contact information. The list below can help finding the best LA nail salon a much simpler quest.
This Beverly Hills nail shop has a loyal following that loves the space’s relaxing atmosphere and extremely friendly vibe. It’s a hit with celebrities like Tyra Banks and Jessica Alba, but you don’t need an Emmy on your shelf in order to feel like a star here. Clients feel very passionately about the fact that the salon is almost militant about maintaining stringent sanitary conditions while somehow keeping the vibe relaxed and light. If the laid-back vibe of the staff doesn’t immediately relax you, the chill music being piped through the speakers certainly will.
Another aspect of the salon that people love is that they seem to not only care about the looks of your nails, but the health of them as well. They’ve been known to give clients advice on what to do to maintain the health of their hands and nails in between salon visits.
The Revive 10 ($35) is their signature manicure, and perfect for anyone seeking help with weak or damaged nails, or for those wanting to maintain the health of their already perfect tips.
Crystal chandeliers and cozy, tufted banquette seating outfit this West Hollywood favorite, and the warm and welcoming vibe extends to the staff and services as well. The salon’s owner, Mariko McKittrick, practically has a cult following among salon attendees for her warm spirit and her support of local artists, whose art is regularly featured in the salon. The Polish Classic is their basic service, takes about half an hour, and is perfect if you don’t have tons of time to spare. If you’ve got an hour, try the Polish Supreme, which includes an organic soak followed by an exfoliating scrub made out of essential oils, a paraffin treatment, a massage, towel wrap, and final buff or polish. Customers are particularly fond of the shellac manicure, which guarantees no chipping or peeling for two weeks!
If a mani-pedi isn’t a mani-pedi unless you’re seated in an ultra-plush reclining massage chair while your cuticles are pushed and prodded, then the Wynn is for you. Relatively new on the scene, the 1700 square foot space is located in LA’s Miracle Mile district. By providing the services you’d expect from an upscale salon and doing them well, they’ve built up an extremely loyal following. The $55 Aspen Icemint mani-pedi is one of their most popular offerings, and promises to distress you via an aloe vera crystal scrub and a clay marine mask. They offer free lattes if your appointment is before noon, so schedule an early session for a full treat.
There are some people for whom the French manicure is a bit...tame. For those people, there is Marie Nails, Nail Art Creation. If, for you, a turquoise nail means that there are tiny bits of actual turquoise applied to your nail bed, then this is the place for you. The salon is famous for their intricate nail design, which somehow, no matter how intense the design, is always beautifully done. Even people that wouldn’t dream of having their nails painted anything darker than a pale pink are tempted by some of the styles. They also do an amazing job with traditional manicures, so if you’re blinded by all the pretty nail masterpieces but still not convinced, they’ll hook you up with a stunning Frenchie. They also offer the Calgel system, the nail gel that promises healthy nail growth and protection.
Their prices are very affordable, with basic manicures offered at $10 and basic pedicures at $20.