If you’re keeping your fingers crossed that those perfectly manicured digits won’t get nicked on the car keys, smudged when fishing for your phone or chipped before the weekend even gets started, stop. Don’t worry, beauty girls, smudge and chip-proof nails do exist, and they’re right at your fingertips. The perma-polish nail trend is at an all-time high, and Los Angeles is packed with long-lasting mani hot spots.
Beauty Box Salon & Nail Spa
1498 W. Sunset Blvd.
Echo Park, CA 90026
Prices: $24 to $37 Shellac manicure
Beauty Box Salon & Nail Spa is Echo Park’s chi-chi nail boutique for full-service manis and pedis and is an official Shellac salon. Using CND Shellac polish, Beauty Box’s Shellac manicure begins as a typical treatment with nail filing and shaping, pushing and trimming of the cuticles and a hand massage, followed by a warm towel to pamper your paws. You will leave the salon in a jiffy because the final step is applying the Shellac nail polish. CND’s autumn palette comes in a variety of colors including a signature fall, chocolaty brown, faux fur, and a sparkling navy, appropriately named, midnight swim.
7326 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Prices: $35 Shellac mani/$45 Shellac pedi/$45 Shellac couture mani/$55 Shellac couture pedi
Look couture trendy when you and your BFFs spend an afternoon at Polish Couture. Think about how your fingers will still look stunning two weeks later with the nail salon’s Shellac and Minx manicures. For as much as a blow dry on Sunset Boulevard, this high-tech nail boutique will hook you up for painting the town red. Choose from a standard Shellac or Minx mani (regular manicure with nail and cuticle care) or a Shellac couture mani, which includes intricate designs on your fingertips – think Zooey Deschanel’s sparkly manicure on the 2012 Emmy Awards red carpet.
Tip Top Nail Spa
17905 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, Ca 91316
Keep nails in tip-top shape at Tip Top Nail Spa. Here you will be pampered throughout your appointment with a full-service manicure and chip-free color. Using OPI Color Axxium Gel, Tip Top clients can choose from a rainbow of shades including the rich “Miami Beet,” the luxurious “My Private Jet” and the deep “Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow.” In addition, if you are new to Tip Top, the nail salon has downloadable coupons on its website. New clients are treated to a discounted OPI Axxium Soak Off, which will soak and slough off your old color and get you ready for a new shade.
Plush Beauty Bar
7879 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
With fall and winter temperatures looming, maintaining healthy nails isn’t always easy – polish tends to chip more often when cuticles are dry, and the combination of heaters and chilly temperatures will dry out your nail bed. Plush Beauty Bar prides itself on using innovative ways to keep nails and hands moisturized and healthy. In addition to the nail salon’s luxurious hand treatments, clients may get a gel polish or Shellac service as well as a safe soak to remove the polish when you’re ready for a color switch and bait. Plush Beauty Bar also offers special promotions including “Pedi with a Pal” (Thursdays), “Winey Fridays!” and a $10 “refer-a-friend” bonus.
Mobile services by appointment only
Prices: $65 Minx manicure/$45 Shellac manicure/$8 removal
A veteran licensed nail expert, Sonja Sadi should definitely be on your speed dial for manicures and pedicures. Her gentle nature and expertly trained hands will give you a luxurious mani in the comforts of your own home. Sadi offers her clients traditional manicures and will top off the fabulous treatment with either a Minx or CND Shellac polish (whichever you prefer). Known as the go-to manicurist amongst Hollywood’s rich and famous, Sadi will have your fingers set for the fall and holiday season, especially with the CND Shellac shades Asphalt, Black Pool, Cocoa, Decadence, Dark Lave, Rock Royalty and Silver Chrome.