Let’s be honest, Los Angeles is a city that sets beauty and wellness trends and holds them to a high standard (like, really high). Currently, L.A. is burgeoning with nail salons that not only offer the very best manicures and pedicures, but that will also inspire some serious décor pinning. (We’re speaking from first-hand experience). From all-natural and non-harmful products to nail designs that are one of a kind and might very well require a fine art degree, these are a few of the reasons digital influencers, celebrities, and boss babes like Alli Webb adore these salons.
Here, we’ve compiled nine nail salons that have raised the mani/pedi bar. Care for complimentary rosé, or a bar outfitted with cold brew on tap? How about non-toxic products or a spiritual awakening? Keep scrolling to see our picks for the best nail salons in L.A. Happy pampering!
Take a mental beach break at Côte. Located in Brentwood, this all-natural nail salon and one-stop-shop is adorned with a sliding barnyard door, white shiplap walls that would make Joanna Gaines proud, and Gray Malin prints—the photographer has actually popped his head in to admire the décor. Sip on your choice of complimentary rosé, tea, or lemonade while sinking into the plush countryside style chairs. The non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free nail salon exclusively uses its line of 10-free nail polishes (choose from more than one hundred colors). There are five treatments including Quick Côte for those in a hurry and a Hot Stone Foot Massage for anyone who simply wants to unwind with a 30-minute rubdown. Côte does not offer gel manicures or gel removal. On the decision to not include gel, co-founder Mary Lennon says, “With our focus on safe products and healthy, natural nails, gels just didn't fit the bill.” The beach bungalow is also available for rent for parties. Enjoy the outdoor garden for $350 or the entire space for $1000, for up to three hours (services are not included in the rate). The price for a classic manicure is $25 and $30 for a classic pedicure.
11714 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90049; (310) 820-0906
Kombucha on tap, Henna tattoos, and polish suggestions based on a weekly tarot card reading are only a few of the offerings at Base Coat. This non-toxic nail salon is located in DTLA’s Arts District—with a second L.A. location opening this spring on Fairfax. All of its products are natural, vegan, gluten- and cruelty-free, scented with essential oils, and protected by plant-based preservatives. In addition to the launch of a full line of Base Coat products, including soy polish remover and a calming salt soak, the salon introduced a non-harmful (breathable) alternative to gel manicures and pedicures. Instead of UV, Base Coat uses an LED light to dry the gel polish and a steam-off machine to remove them. Founded by three female entrepreneurs, the salon is all about girl power. On selling primarily local and women-owned retail, co-founder Tran Wills says, “We need to support women financially. Our way of doing that is by buying, selling, and promoting them.” The price for a classic manicure, called the Base Coat, is $40, and $50 for a pedicure.
189 The Grove Drive Ste P80, Los Angeles, CA 90036; (323) 930-2230
Allow us to preface this with, “only in L.A.,” and to jump ahead by saying we can’t wait to do it again. The celebrity-frequented nail salon—Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, and Alessandra Ambrosio are all regulars—offers a new treatment called the Spiritual Awakening Pedicure. It’s designed to help you re-energize and refocus, among other things. The treatment begins with your choice of one of six essential oils. Each aromatherapy treatment has a different healing quality. For instance, one helps you to de-stress and brings inner peace, while another offers a renewed sense of focus, energy, and clarity (we went with that one). While you get pampered with a pedicure, a detoxifying foot scrub, and a 10-minute foot massage, you’re given a dissolvable piece of paper and a marker to write down any negativity in your life. The paper then gets placed into the water and disappears as you say a beautiful mantra to yourself (included in the booklet that’s yours to keep). At the end of the pedicure, you’re given the choice of one out of three crystals to put your new energy into and take home. Bellacures has also recently launched its own line of products including a walnut scrub and a minty clay mask, which are used in all of the treatments and are each available for purchase. The Spiritual Awakening Pedicure, which they're know for, costs $65.
239 North Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 90211; (310) 550-5822
11712 Barrington Court, Los Angeles, 90049; (310) 295-0016
205 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, 90004; (310) 584-4553
13033 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, 91604; (818) 921-7771
Scroll through the Instagram feed of fashion influencers like Aimee Santos, and you’ll spot the minimally designed Nailbox. “We were aiming to open up a salon that was clean, simple, and beautiful,” says co-founder Lambert Hahm. The husband and wife team designed the salon themselves, taking inspiration from Pinterest and design magazines. “It really came together,” Lambert says on their vision, which took into account the downtown location. Picture concrete floors and exposed ductwork. The salon also features a plant wall and copper tubs with one-time liners for pedicures. The menu includes traditional services like gel and regular manicures, but it does not offer acrylics. For those who are looking for a non-harmful service, opt for the Organic Manicure and Organic Pedicure, which each use 5-free polish and natural products. The Signature Nailbox manicure costs $20, and the Signature Nailbox pedicure costs $35.
300 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, 90013; (213) 229-8832
Jessica The Clinic
Over the last 40 years, Jessica The Clinic (the first-ever nail-only salon) has been a natural nail go-to for celebrities. Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, and Kate Bosworth are a few of the A-listers who have their nails painted here. The space—in its original Sunset Plaza location—underwent a 14-month renovation, which was completed in 2018. With the help of interior designer Jeffrey Hitchcock, founder Jessica Vartoughian opted for a modern look with white walls, and fluorescent pink accents. Services include a nail analysis and a solution-based treatment for healthy nails. The Jessica Signature “Nail Cultivation” is $40 and a Zenspa Pedicure is $45.
8627 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 90069; (310) 659-9292
With nearly a dozen locations in the greater Los Angeles area (and one smack-dab in the center of it all), Nail Garden is a go-to for USC college students and beauty mavens alike. The decor is what can be best described as regal meets natural, and the chairs are as comfy as they look (read: very). Where some nail salons charge extra for hand and foot massages, the soothing rub-downs come included in every Nail Garden manicure and pedicure, and extend up the arms and calves. A classic manicure rings in at $18, and the pedicure costs $25.
3201 S. Hoover Street, Suite 1830, Los Angeles, 90089; (213) 745-NAIL