All nail salons are not created equal, and there are a handful of nail spas that take service to a whole new level. Offering serene settings and pampering treatments, you just may have a celeb-spotting at one of these swanky spots (if they’re not getting a mani in the privacy of their own homes, that is).
Celebrity clients: Kate Hudson, Gwenyth Paltrow
Boasting four New York City locations as well as outposts in Austin and Los Angeles, Tenoverten was amongst the first nail salons to offer a relaxing, spa-like environment that makes getting a mani/pedi a treat instead of a chore. Whether exposed brick in the Financial District, blonde wood paneling in Austin or sleek contemporary minimalism in Midtown, each location has a distinct personality yet the same commitment to providing the ultimate customer experience. And be sure to check out Tenoverten’s always-on-trend “eight-free” polishes and non-toxic nail-care products!
Celebrity clients: Kelly Ripa, Lo Bosworth, Zosia Mamet, Hailee Steinfeld
For eye-catching nail art, look no further than Paintbox. Offering seasonal portfolios of nail designs that help take the guesswork out of deciding what to get (and ensure you’re always on-trend), this manicure destination in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood is the brainchild of former beauty editor Eleanor Langston, who wanted to elevate the traditional manicure experience. With a warm, inviting décor that feels more like hanging out at a friend’s apartment than a spa or salon, it may make you want to redecorate your own place—but just don’t break a nail doing it.
Celebrity clients: Adriana Lima, Serena Williams
With locations on New York City’s Lower East Side and Miami’s chic Design District, Vanity Projects could easily be mistaken for a gallery. Fusing nail art and video art, founder Rita de Alencar Pinto helps clients expand their cultural horizons while taking care of statement-making personal maintenance thanks to a revolving door of the world’s top nail talent through her artist-in-residence program.
Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa
Celebrity clients: Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway
Sure you’ll find manicures, pedicures and nail art on Jin Soon’s menu of services, but you’ll also find indulgent add-on treatments such as the “Essence of Soul” and “Flower Petal Float” to take your hydration, exfoliation and relaxation to the next level. In addition to four locations in New York City, Jin Soon’s eponymous line of polishes, tools and nail-care products will keep your fingers and toes in tip-top shape between appointments.
Skyy Hadley/As “U” Wish Nail Spa
Celebrity clients: Liv Tyler, Uma Thurman, Faith Evans, Mariska Hargitay, Janelle Monae and LaLa Anthony
Nail aficionado Skyy Hadley is a regular on photo shoots and backstage at fashion shows, and she has a passion for providing healthy yet pampering manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyelash extensions, spray tanning and more at her Hoboken, New Jersey spa (and wherever a celebrity may require her services). Her glam yet serene oasis just minutes outside of New York City features overstuffed chairs, crystal chandeliers and luxurious extras that make for such an indulgent experience you might not ever want to leave.