Guide: The Best Manicures in Town
December 08, 2011 | Style & Beauty
Le Posh Salon’s relaxing nail bar on Sunset
Chi Nail Bar & Organic Spa
With customers from Emily Deschanel to Diddy, Chi is a retreat where manicurists can do virtually anything you can dream up. One of the first LA spots to offer gel manicures, they also apply Minx, custom-mix glitters, and hand-paint patterns (tribal- to holiday- inspired) for a totally bespoke result. Chi’s new Downtown sister location, Ki Nail Bar & Organic Spa, opened last month. 9390 Little Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-858-8803
Jessica Nail Clinic Inc.
A Beverly Hills institution, founder Jessica Vartoughian (the “First Lady of Nails”) has kept the hands of such VIPs as Nancy Reagan and Jodie Foster perfect for more than 30 years with her signature Natural Nail Cultivation System. Newly renovated, the spot offers serious nail TLC, followed by a brilliant polish with Vartoughian’s signature line of lacquers. 8627 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-659-9292; jessicacosmetics.com
For the ultimate of-the-moment nail art, Kleur—which consists of three übertalented young Angelenos with serious creative skills—is the go-to spot every Wednesday through Sunday at Space15Twenty in Hollywood. With a name stemming from the Afrikaans word for “color,” the girls mix vibrant tones, crazy prints, and fashion-forward inspirations (tribal designs are their most requested) to customized perfection. 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., LA, 213-986-6245
Le Posh Salon
Bringing serenity to Sunset, Le Posh boasts birch trees, beaded curtains, and a live weekend DJ, which all set the stage for nail treatments using Tasha & Co. Organics products with Essie, CND, and vegan SpaRitual lacquers. Nail styles range from traditional to runway-inspired (two-tone half-moon, reverse French). To enjoy your treatment in complete privacy, book the VIP Room. 7551 W. Sunset Blvd., LA, 323-851-5558
It’s tough to get an appointment at this tiny nail-centric bungalow on West 3rd (which has two equally sought-after sister locations in LA), where the options seem to be endless. Ombré, rubyred slipper-inspired glitter, and handmade 3-D charms are among Marie’s überpopular avant-garde manicures. 8616 W. 3rd St., LA, 310-550- 5925; marienails.com
A celebrity favorite, Nail Garden opened its vast Zen den in Brentwood this summer. Book an Indulgent Bliss Spa Combo, which includes a mani/pedi, hotparaffin hand and foot treatment, sea-salt scrub, therapeutic massage, mint cooling masque, and callus removal. They also offer Minx application and shellac and gel polishes from Gelish, O.P.I Axxium, and CND. 11677 San Vicente Blvd., LA, 310-979-0808
This Little Tokyo cult favorite for LA’s nail art-obsessed set offers super-glittery “rock star nails,” rhinestone-studded designs, and artsy works that reference Mondrian, YSL, or even Barbie’s Dream House. The sky’s the limit for these nail geniuses, who also excel at authentic Japanese 3-D styles. 244 E. 1st St., LA, 213-626-0315; nailserviceusa.com
The Nail Bar
Tucked inside the legendary Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, this intimate, months-old nail bar is perhaps the chicest place in town for an indestructible Shellac Deluxe Manicure or a Coconut Pearl Deluxe Pedicure. White leather couches and chairs, Champagne, and Pretty Woman playing on loop combine for a lavishly indulgent experience. Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-385-7023; fourseasons.com/beverlywilshire/ spa/the_nail_bar
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