WHERE TO GET AN ETHICAL MANICURE IN NYC
Organized from north to south, find fifteen of New York's top spots for polishing your digits, from salons that specialize in house brands or eco-friendly polishes to those who have perfected the next generation of nail art. Links + location deets: http://bit.ly/1KvsoUe
- •Bed Of NailsHarlem's answer for downtown chic, Candice Idehen's salon is stocked with polishes from Essie to Chanel. Manicure prices range from $15 to $30 depending on the length of service.
- •Fix Beauty BarOpt for the nails-and-blowout combo service they're known for when you need to get ready in a rush, or just throw your hair back and focus on your manicure starting at $18.
- •Essie Nails at Samuel Shriqui SalonAt least you don't have to decide between brands at the dedicated nail stations inside this full-service Upper East Side salon. Sink into one of their plush couches while your nails are painted; pricing starts at $32.
- •Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa EastWhen you want your manicure to feel more like an experience rather than just another errand, book a 45-minute classic manicure for $35, or bump it up to a 60-minute service for $50.
- •Tenoverten Parker MeridienThe house brand five-free/cruelty-free polish is all you'll find at this fashion-favorite salon. The quickie service is just $15, and the luxe service only comes to $40.
- •The Paint Workshop by Nails Inc. (at Saks)Nestled among racks of clothing are sleek manicure stations equipped with iPads, charging docks, and 150 of the British brand's colors. Their menu ranges from the quick-service $24.50 to a $48 gel session.
- •The Red DoorBypass the shelves of makeup on ground level to get to the black, white, and red-all-over downstairs salon. Manicures include the $22 "essentials" and the $40, 25-minute express gel session.
- •JinsoonStep into the salon for a manicure from a nail technician trained by the cult nail expert, who launched her own line of colors in 2012. Hand services start at $18.
- •Hortus NailworksThe earthy vibe at this salon that was formerly known as Lushlife has a refreshing non-New York feel to it. Choose from one of several manicure packages, starting at $15.
- •Valley NYCCustomers are coming in for nail art, ranging from a menu of sleek geometric designs to custom options. Prices vary by design, but that'll be added to your $30 standard manicure.
- •PaintboxPick out your design from a lookbook and opt for something with a fun effect to take advantage of their singular aesthetic. Prices range from $35 to $68 for manicures.
- •Vanity ProjectsVanity Projects is known for its innovative nail art. Sans designs, a basic manicure is $18 and a gel manicure is $40; when you add in the art, prices will start at $50.
- •Primp & PolishAt each of this north Brooklyn mini-chain’s four salons, most staffers are paid “well above” the state’s minimum wage. But if you’re only in for a touch-up, basic manicures cost just $15.
- •Ph7 Nail CoutureA Williamsburg newcomer as of last fall, Ph7 caters to the neighborhood with natural, Brooklyn-made products. Basic manicures run $18, while you can also upgrade to the “indulgent” mani for $30.
- •Very Polished Lounge & Nail SpaAll services at this salon use natural, organic products, including toxin-free polishes and kitchen-made scrubs. Basic manicures cost $15, while other variations run into the $25-to-$30 range.