10 Best Los Angeles Nail Salons

  • 13041 Victory Blvd, Los Angeles • Valley Glen
    Eyelashes Waxing
    Valerie S - Found this groovy place from social media back in 2016. Boutique feel inside and their nail artists are fantastic. I used to see this one girl always and she made my nails into works of art. Sooo many polish colors and pretty much any design you can come with, they can do. Always got compliments on my nails. Pretty sure celebrities went here but they were always welcoming. Plus the owners do alot of the community.
    recommended by Christos Galanos
  • 6775 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles • Hollywood
    Manicure Pedicure Waxing
    Kay Gutierrez - Love this neighborhood nail salon. It doesn't open up until 11am but they do stay open late. I usually get longer acrylic nails and they have never chipped. The ladies here provide quick service and are super friendly. 3 words I could use to describe this shop are-- Budget-friendly, Quick, and Efficient. Definitely my favorite place to get my nails done in Hollywood.
  • 712 W 1st St, Los Angeles • Downtown
    Manicure Pedicure Waxing
    2.3k karma
  • 3728 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles • Silver Lake
    bailey winston - Awesome customer service!

    I just went this morning with my friend and we had best experience. I got simple black nails and halfway through I change my mind. The nail tech was nice and accommodating. She did an amazing job and we had great conversation. My friend nails also look neat and lovely, She seems relaxing. Anyway, we leave the salon feeling happy and satisfy.
    mia vega - My weekend always include the treatment of my nails. Because my profession is in beauty I must look good, Specially my nails. I choose OUI nails spa above all the others salon for there dedication of clean, less crowed, and lots of attention when it come to nails. They takes time with each of the customers. Each and every times I came in this cute shop, I feel the relaxation, delightful atmosphere, and the music. I'm super picky about the gel colors. They have so much Gel colors to choose from. The price is great here. That's why OUI nails spa still the first choice to make when it come to my nails.
    They took visa- master card - venmo -zelle
    Their time are flexible. I usually called if I want to come late. I never have any problems getting appoint with them.
    They got my Vote
  • 13439 Osborne St, Los Angeles • Arleta
    Eyelashes Manicure Pedicure Waxing
    2.2k karma
  • 6320 Howard B. Drollinger Way, Los Angeles • Westchester
    Manicure Pedicure
    2.2k karma
  • 3807 W 3rd St, Los Angeles • Koreatown
    Eyelashes Manicure
    2.1k karma
  • 2126 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles
    2.1k karma
  • 239 San Pedro St, Los Angeles • Downtown
    Eyelashes Manicure Pedicure Waxing
    2.1k karma
  • 2815 Sunset Blvd 201, Los Angeles • Silver Lake
    2.0k karma

About Nail Salons

Taking a moment to sit down and receive a manicure is a modern day luxury. A hand massage, buffed and shaped nails, and a glossy coat of nail polish can elevate your day. However, if you’ve been out of the manicure game for a while, there are many choices. From gel to shellac, powder to acrylic, what do you choose? We’ve broken down the top things to consider in selecting a nail salon.

1. What’s the difference between gel, shellac, acrylic, and powder nail polish?

Regular Polish: The least expensive nail polish option, regular polish can be removed at home with acetone, and lasts about a week. Cost: $20-35

Gel: Gel polish has a glossy and natural appearance. This is more durable than your typical manicure and lasts approximately 2 to 3 weeks. Gel polish cannot air dry and must dry under a UV light. To remove the polish, you’ll either need to soak your nails in acetone or take a trip back to the salon to get it off. Cost: $25-45

Shellac: A hybrid between regular and gel polish, the benefit of shellac polish is it can last upwards of 1 month. Like gel polish, shellac is cured and hardened under a UV light. Cost: $ 35-45

Acrylic: If artificial nails are what you’re after, acrylic nails are the most durable type of nail extensions. A layer of liquid and powder is placed over your natural nails and an acrylic tip is attached. Shape and polish as you would normally. Expect acrylic nails to last about 3 weeks, then go back to the salon for a “fill” for any exposed natural nail growth. Cost: $35-50 full set, $20-30 fill

Dip Powder: Instead of polish, your nail color comes from a jar of pigmented powder. The nail tech will apply a coat of sealant, then dip your nails into the pigment, then repeat. Dip powder nails are durable and will last 3 weeks or more, however your nails will appear thicker than with regular polish. Cost: $45-50

Prices vary from salon-to-salon, depending on employee wages, products they use, and overhead, like rent, taxes, and utilities.

2. How do I know if a nail salon is clean?

Unless you live in New York or Texas, there isn’t a regulated best practice for cleaning and sanitizing manicure equipment. If a nail salon doesn’t properly clean their tools and facility, you are at risk for a number of gross fungal and bacterial infections, and viruses. No matter where you are located, here are a few things to look out for or ask your technician before you sit down for a manicure.

  • Keep an eye out for excessive dust, dirt, hair and debris on the floors, baseboards, and walls.
  • There should be a hand washing station with hot and cold water and single use liquid hand soap and towels available to customers.
  • All of the products used should have the original manufacturer label and ingredients list.
  • The manicure equipment should be cleaned using heat elements (aka autoclave), liquid sterilant, or both.

3. Are there non-toxic nail polishes available?

Yes! Non-toxic nail polish aka 5-Free do not use five hazardous ingredients commonly used in nail polish manufacturing. Your nail polish should NOT contain any of the following: Toluene, DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde resin, and Camphor. Brands like OPI Infinite Shine, Butter London, and Jin Soon all produce 5-Free nail polishes. In general, nail salons will allow you to bring your own color for your manicure.

4. Is it ok for my nail technician to provide waxing or other beauty services?

An aesthetician or cosmetology license is required to professionally wax any part of your body (looking at you upper lip). Beware of add on services such as permanent makeup, microblading, eyebrow/lash tinting, or other medical services like Botox. These services require additional training and licenses to perform. If you do get waxed at the nail salon, make sure that the wax container is covered and any wooden sticks are single-use and new. No double dipping.

5. What’s proper nail salon etiquette (e.g. tipping, nail repairs and kids)?

As with anytime you leave the house and enter someone’s business, be on your best behavior. Loud talking and eating are no-nos in a nail salon. Be clear with your nail tech on the length, shape, and color of your nails. When in doubt, have a picture handy. If your nails chip or break (within 24 hours for a regular manicure or 5-days or less for gel, shellac or acrylic), call ahead to the salon and ask for their repair policy and a good time for you to come in for a fix. If you bring your kid with you and they occupy a chair or have their nails painted, expect to pay $10-20 for the luxury. Tipping is expected and appreciated at nail salons. Tipping amounts may vary, but 20% is the standard.

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