5 Nail Salons Worth Visiting in L.A.
In England, people typically get manicures when there's something to get a manicure for, i.e. an event, or some other formal engagement. In most parts of America, manicures are a standard norm that requires very little thought.
For me, getting a manicure is the single most effective way of tricking my brain into thinking I have my life together. This is why my nails are always polished and painted, regardless of special occasions. A place like Los Angeles, therefore, is ideal, considering there are virtually salons after salons on every street.
Most of them do a thorough job, but I’ve rounded up a few of my favourites that, of course, integrate the grooviest décor for your Instagram pleasure.
A local gem down in the Arts District, Nailbox was one of the first nail salons I tried upon moving to L.A.. I had no prior knowledge of the place, besides the handy-dandy Yelp reviews. All I wanted was to find the closest salon to my apartment, which happened to be a great one. The set-up is pleasing with its open planning, allowing a stream of sunshine inside. The staff are painstakingly meticulous and, most importantly, expect an abundance of choice when it comes to colours. Vegan options are also available.
A: 300 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013
T: +1 213-229-8832
2. Base Coat
Another neighbourhood joint. Base Coat has two locations in California: Fairfax and DTLA. I discovered the DTLA salon during my last few months in town, and was saddened by the fact that I could no longer be a regular. Base Coat prides itself in being an organic, non-toxic, vegan-friendly salon that pays attention to detail. Once inside, expect to be a pampered princess thanks to its wide range of services, friendly staff, and goodies to shop. Do make sure to check out their cuticle oil – it's a beauty bag staple.
A: 704 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
T: +1 213-935-833
Celebrity-approved Bellacures have several locations dotted around the city, but I've only had the pleasure of visiting their Beverly Hills venue. The gel manicures here are serious business and equip you with chip-free paws that last for weeks on end. The place is always bustling, staff are always smiling and your nails are always gleaming. They also offer a Kid-I-Cure Mani that's apt treating young ones.
A: 239 N Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
T: +1 310-550-5822
4. Olive & June
Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder of Olive & June, named the company after her great-grandmother and grandmother, who taught her the importance of having high standards and a big heart. This certainly translates in the salons (there are three Olive & June locations across L.A.) as you're left feeling satisfyingly glam. With nail technicians that really listen to your wants and needs, you truly are in the best hands.
A: 1426 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
T: +1 310-899-1029
Tenoverten was conceptualised by co-founders, Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Ilyinsky, after they realised there were no decent nail salons in the Tribeca area. Their primary goal is to maintain an unflustred environment, juxtaposing the chaos of New York life, wherein clients could unwind. The company now has locations in L.A. and Austin, and is dedicated to bringing you cruelty-free, vegan products that are all made in America.
A: Platform, 8830 Washington Blvd., Suite 102, Culver City, CA 90232
T: +1 310-878-9903