Although it seems that New York City has at least one nail salon on every single block, finding a good one can be quite a challenge. You want a place that is hygienic and professional.Besides the basics, though, you also need to find a salon that caters to your particular needs. For some, the best nail salon is the one that offers the cheapest, most reliable manicure. For others, the best isone that has the most luxurious extras, including made from scratch scrubs and products, private flat-screen televisions or even real snakeskin for your nails.
For luxury and attention to detail, Tenoverten on Reade Street can't be beat. The fashion conscious owners of Tenoverten have thought of everything to make your weekly mani and pedi as relaxing as possible. All treatments take place on a manicure table crafted from a limestone slab. You can kick back in a real Bertoia chair while resting your wrists on Belgian linens. If you need to work while you get your service, Tenoverten is equipped with both wireless internet and iPads for customer use. All manicure stations have specially built ledges just to hold your iPad as you work. The salon is open late and keeps detailed records on every client, including your color preferences and schedule. Unlike other New York nail salons, which charge a fortune but use drugstore brand polish, Tenoverten offers Chanel, Nars and RGB. Believe it or not, a manicure here only costs twenty bucks.
If you hate the look of acrylic nails but your own nails are paper thin, it is nearly impossible for you to keep your hands looking good. Even if you were to get a fresh manicure every single day, you would probably still spend most of your time walking around with chipped polish. Fortunately for you, the new Gel manicures look totally natural and will keep your polish intact for three weeks. Stop by one of Dashing Diva's nail salons. This salon offers a natural Gel manicure for $45. This manicure makes you look like you have naturally beautiful nails. No one can tell that you are wearing anything on them besides clear polish. Of course, you can also have your Gel nails painted any color you like and the color will stay put for three weeks.
If you are the type who always has to have the latest thing, get a snakeskin manicure at Spa Martier on Second Avenue. Yes, you have probably seen plenty of snakeskin designed nails around the city. Spa Martier's service is different because this manicure includes actual, real snakeskin applied to your nails with gel. Of course, the snakeskin is ethically and humanely harvested; it has been shed from living snakes. It is also totally hygienic. One thing it is not is cheap. A real snakeskin manicure will cost you $250 and will last a week or two.