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10 Best Atlanta Nail Salons

  • 240 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta • Old Fourth Ward
    Jordan Cook - Decided to check them out for a mani pedi. They're on the way home from work for me. The people who took care of me were so kind and gracious. I really needed the appointment and left feeling like a goddess.
    Danielle Williams - I started going to this nail salon about four or so years ago. There I met my nail tech Mandy and rather she likes it or not her and I are best friends until the end now. Aside from my personal experiences the nail salon offers a wide variety of services. From gel, SNS, Acrylic you name it they do it. All the nail techs there are highly skilled and provide the best quality service.
  • 1000 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta • Midtown
    Jade Hodo - Great place to get your nails done. Staff is super friendly and the location is great. Parking can be tricky but other than that I love this nail salon!
    recommended by N V
  • 661 Auburn Ave NE Ste 140, Atlanta
    Madeline Savage - Obsessed with this salon!!
    Gabriella Arenans - This place is my go-to. Go and talk to Tuvi. Tip her extra because she give the most thoughtful recommendations when you want something outside of your norm. SUPER artistic. Worth the extra few bucks for the quality.
  • 232 19th St NW 7120, Atlanta • Atlantic Station
    Manicure Pedicure
    recommended by Kaylee Emerson
  • 2480 Briarcliff Rd NE 17, Atlanta
    Manicure Pedicure
    Jade Hodo - I love very happy when I found this Nail Salon it is close to my house and they do a great job. My pedicures not only look good but they last a long time too. The nail salon is also very nice and modern you truly feel like you are being pampered! My nail tech @Samalee_nicolee( her IG) did an amazing job.
  • 1045 Piedmont Ave NE 203, Atlanta • Midtown
    Jade Hodo - Great Service. I love going here the prices are great and nails always looking amazing!
  • 3655 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta • Buckhead
    Manicure Pedicure Waxing
    recommended by Kennedy Kirkland
  • 4385 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta • Buckhead
    Jade Hodo - This place is beautiful! I love the chairs! Staff is very nice. My pedicure was great and she really took her time with my pedicure and was very detailed! This might be my go to for pedicures!
  • 3730 Carmia Dr SW 320, Atlanta
    recommended by Dakota Stern
  • 860 Peachtree St NE Ste G, Atlanta • Midtown
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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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