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Rachel B. Levin
December 26, 2014

Los Angeles is the kind of town where women and men model their hands in commercials, and year-round sunshine means you'll spot people in open-toed shoes even in winter. So it's no wonder that Angelenos are careful to keep their fingernails and toenails perpetually well-groomed. Luckily there are plenty of mani/pedi purveyors to keep those cuticles in check! While cheap, fast mani/pedi spots are a dime a dozen here, for a little extra cash, you can have a truly singular experience that elevates nail care to spa-level service. The city's best nail salons are obsessive about cleanliness, offer indulgent scrubs and creams, and stay on the cutting edge of nail trends. You'll find gelicures, Shellac mani/pedis, Vinylux mani/pedis, and toxin-free polishes in addition to more basic services. And don't forget the nail art! These are primarily feminine-oriented establishments, but guys − there's a place on here just for you, too.

Bellacures

This soothing, spa-like chainlet of high-end nail treatments puts cleanliness above all. Instruments are sterilized in an autoclave, and plastic tubs with reusable liners are used for soaking feet instead of whirlpool baths that can harbor bacteria. Specialty manis and pedis employ fragrant, seasonal botanicals and organic, vegan, anti-aging ingredients.

Beauty Box

Get exquisitely shellacked at this Echo Park salon that's a certified Shellac mani/pedi provider. That means you'll have glossy, chip-free nails for about two weeks with no dry time and minimal nail damage (they use special wraps rather than acetone for removal). They also offer Vinylux (week-long wear) and nail art.

Côte

The luxe mani/pedi at this très chic Brentwood salon includes a soak in scented water, exfoliation with sugar scrub, a moisturizing collagen treatment, and − for pedi clients − a hot stone massage. Finish with a couple coats of their proprietary "five-free" nail polish and organic argan oil for your cuticles.

Hammer & Nails

Gentlemen: at attention! It's your turn for a "man"-icure. This masculine salon welcomes men to get some care for their digits without the girly vibe of most mani/pedi spots. Sink into oversized leather chairs and watch your own personal flat-screen TV while literally being waited on hand and foot.

esNAIL

An import from Japan, this salon treats the nail as a canvas for art − a Japanese trend that translates well to the glam LA context. Sit for a gel mani and pedi, and then let the skilled technicians decorate your nails with Swarovski crystals, glitter, holograms, stickers, and more!

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