With spring and open-toed shoes on the horizon, the time to buff, polish and gloss those fingers and toes is now. Some may argue that all manicures pedicures are the same, but we beg to differ. Check out these salons and spas that are guaranteed to have you primped and polished while staying true to your budget. We promise that you will leave these places with long lasting manicures and pedicures that go above and beyond the norms of indulgence and service.
Nail Bar Rittenhouse
133 S 18th St., 2nd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Hours: Tue to Thur – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri – 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sun- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nail Bar in Center City has a cult following in Philadelphia thanks to its luxurious yet comfortable atmosphere, sterile environment and constant flow of wine and champagne for clients. This salon offers gel and polish manicures and pedicures with OPI and Essie polishes, and complimentary wine or champagne for every patron. Basic manicures run just $15 and pedicures cost $30, but polish changes are a mere $12. Add in a hot stone massage for only $10 more, and have yourself a budget-friendly spa day at one of Philadelphia’s top nail salons.
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Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa
328 South 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Hours: Mon – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tue, Fri to Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed to Thur – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The first and only of its kind in Philadelphia, this organic nail spa promises no chemicals, fumes or VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and features non-toxic, water-based nail polishes that last for weeks. The nature inspired services are reasonably priced and feature exotic infusions and essential oils that treat your mind, body and spirit to a relaxing retreat. Focusing on the use of sustainable and recyclable products, Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa also offers waxing, spa parties and bridal excursions. A 25 minute manicure costs just $20. Pair it with a $30, 30-minute mango foot massage for a spa-like experience.
French Nails Salon and Spa
140 Morton Ave.
Folsom, PA 19033
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
One of the friendliest, cleanest and most refined nail salons in Delaware County, this Folsom salon features OPI and Essie polish, along with spa pedicures with aromatherapy and hot stones. The serene decor allows for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience without busting your budget. Although the salon keeps a steady book of appointments, it can accommodate walk-ins on occasion, and will even let you sit in the luxurious massage chairs while you wait. A regular manicure runs just $10, and basic pedis go for $20, but have both done in one visit and the combo is only $35.
Nail Polish Bar & Spa
519 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Hours: Mon to Sat- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A rival of the Nail Bar in Rittenhouse, this cheeky competitor is known for its excellent customer service; you can even book appointments via text message. Also offering champagne and treats to patrons, this fun and frisky salon is located next to ample parking in the South Street Headhouse District and boasts enough pedicure chairs for parties of 20. Walk-ins are welcome, and be on the look out for frequent offers and announcements on the spa’s Facebook page. Manicures at Nail Polish Bar & Spa are $12 and pedicures are $25.
4161 Ridge Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Hours: Tues, Thurs and Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wed – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Appt. only), Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Koco is more than just a nail salon; this space employs professional manicurists and estheticians with a desire to change the way the world defines beauty and places an emphasis on “cultural consciousness.” All products in the salon are selected carefully, with a focus on how each company impacts the environment and the people they employ. Get a zesty and refreshing mani/pedi combo during your next visit. The Lemon Tonic Manicure includes a lemongrass cuticle oil, light massage and polish for $15 and the Peppermint Pedicure allows you to soak those tired feet in an uplifting peppermint salt soak and scrub for $25. Check out the “deals n contacts” page on the website for monthly bargains on different services. Appointments are preferred, so plan ahead.
Michelle Conron is a freelance writer and a style and fashion enthusiast residing in Philadelphia, Pa. Her work can be found on on Examiner.com.