Anyone who loved the “bend and snap” as touted by Elle Woods in Legally Blonde understands the importance of a nail salon.
And they really are as great as Hollywood has them pumped up to be – they’re the safe havens we escape to from every day stress with our friends, after a break up, or even a make up. Hell, sometimes we even go to the nail salon to escape from ourselves.
But with that tends to come a frivolous price tag. After all, cheap, rushed, and messy doesn’t look good on anyone’s hands. So let’s face it – those 60 minutes you spend sitting in a massage chair should feel freaking pristine, softening not only your cuticles, but your spirit, too.
If you’re itching for a mani pedi but you don’t know where to go, here’s a list of the top 10 nail salons in Vancouver.
Visit La Lotus Nail Spa in Yaletown on a rainy day, but try to make an appointment because it’s pretty popular. The salon is super spacious so you never feel crowded and the nail technicians take lots of time to make sure they get the job done right. Throughout the appointment they’ll double check to make sure everything from the water temperature to your chair’s reclining angle is perfecto. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram.
Where: 655 Davie Street
Cost: Classic mani $24, classic pedi $40, prices vary
Kitsilano’s SOHO Nail Boutique offers a special kind of service for a number of reasons. Read the reviews and you’ll notice that its services have a reputation as affordable, but tailor made as well. The nail technician is happy to consult with you, review the salon’s products, educate you about after-care, and even give you a tour of the salon if you’re not in a hurry. Check them out on Facebook and book online here.
Where: 2868 West Broadway
Cost: Express mani $20, express pedi $30, prices vary
Located in both Burnaby and Vancouver, Minoko Nail Salon is a crowd pleaser for those who like their nails blinged up. Like, really blinged up. Don’t come here to get anything boring done since these nail technicians are rather savvy with their skills – you’ll want to take full advantage. Check them out on Facebook.
Cost: Mani $23, pedi $39
Contact: Vancouver 604-757-5771, Burnaby 604 725-6829
Spirit Nails scores lots of nice compliments between its Facebook and Google ratings and is located on the West End. Technicians are polite and treat customers well by not rushing them out and taking time to consult with them at the beginning of each appointment to make sure time isn’t wasted.
Where: 1725 Robson St # 5
Cost: Call for latest prices
If you’re visiting Yaletown for lunch or live nearby then check out the Yaletown Nail Spa, a spacious location with tons of nail technicians on staff. Even if you don’t make an appointment they usually take well to drop-ins and they also have a massive selection of nail colours. Check them out on Facebook.
Where:1260 Hamilton Street
Cost: Mani $19, pedi $31, prices vary
Relax after a long day and stop by The Salon Beauty Bar in Coal Harbour. If you like checking out cool new salon products or the latest in nail trends like chrome holographic nails, then you’ll like this place. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram.
Where: 505 Thurlow Street
Cost: Classic mani $25, classic pedi $35, prices vary
If you haven’t had your nails done in Gastown yet then try Bling Nail Studio. On every Monday and Tuesday you can get a classic mani pedi for $48, and if you bring a friend then it’s $45. On Tuesdays you can get a classic pedi for $30 and add gel polish on both days for $15. You can even book an appointment online. Check them out on Instagram.
Where: 98 Keefer Pl
Cost: Classic mani $28, classic pedi $40, prices vary
If you’ve been in Vancouver for a while then you’ll know by now that Sparkle Nails on Broadway is a popular spot for those living in the South Granville area, which is indicative of its excellent service. The service is fast and its nail technicians listen carefully to what you want. They also take well to walk-ins. Check them out on Facebook.
Where: 1228 W Broadway
Cost: Regular mani $20 and pedi $35. Mani/pedi combo at $50
Conveniently based both downtown and in Kitsilano, Dona Lucia Esthetics Salon has earned an awesome reputation over the years – and you’ve probably already heard it from the girls in your own life. But in case you haven’t, manicures and pedicures are just a couple of the services here – and whatever you do, don’t underestimate them. Nail technicians won’t rush the job to make sure your cuticles are carefully cleaned, your nails are the perfect length, and the polish looks perfect. Check them out on Facebook and book online here.
Cost: Mani $20, pedi $40, prices vary
Contact: Kitsilano 604-736-5460, downtown 604-566-9112
The Ten Spot is definitely the place to go if you want to splurge on an upscale mani pedi. As one of the business’s Instagram pictures says, “We’re never going to be the cheapest place to get your mani pedi on, but we’ll always be the best.”
Where: 1006 Mainland Street
Cost: Mani $35, pedi $55