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Mani-Pedi Time! 10 Nail Salons Ready to Scrub, Buff, and Polish

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Our weekly series Get Right for Summer has one aim: to make sure you're completely beautified before the thermostat hits 90. Whether you're in the market for a new manicurist or you want to try your luck at getting faux bronzed, we'll tell you where to go.


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It's time to talk nails: shellac, half moons, cuticle treatments, and the scramble for that one-of-a-kind polish colors. Mani-pedis are a key step in shedding winter layers, because you definitely don't want to reintroduce untended toenails or cold weather-ravaged cuticles without a good clean and polish. Hence, we've poked and prodded our pals to share their favorite nail salons.


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Sunny Nails

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When we covered the lack of nail art in Boston, budding designer and nail art enthusiast Erin Robertson had just one suggestion for tricked out talons: Lucy Tang at Sunny Nails. [Photo]

Town's Nails & Skin Salon

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Customers at this neighborhood nail salon like that its prices and wait times are reasonable. Gel is popular, with an expansive selection of colors from CND, OPI, Gelish and more. [Photo]

Jeanne Lee Nail Salon

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Jeanne Lee is definitely a step above the ubiquitous $35 mani-pedi, commanding a higher price and less availability because of it. But that attention to detail may be warranted before a special occasion like your wedding or a big vacation. Tip: You can make an online appointment.

Treasured Hands

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This Boylston Street establishment is devoted to being "Green & Clean." Details like sunscreen to protect against UV nail lights are thoughtful, with manis running $15 up to $37 for organic bio-gel and pedis priced between $33 and $65. Not surprisingly, it's busy (and good for groups) so be sure to call ahead.

PS Nails & Spa

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PS is known for a central location and appreciated little extras. Manis are $12 and come with a paraffin dip, while a class mani-pedi runs the typical $35. Yelpers also cite cold drinks—with straws for those moments when your hands are occupied—as another careful touch. [Photo]

MiniLuxe

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There is no contesting that MiniLuxe is the gold standard of nail care in Boston. With its own lemon-scented product line, seasonally changing US-made 5-free MiniLuxe polishes, and luxe add-ons (oil, massage, paraffin), you rightfully pay a premium. But it will also be one of the cleanest experiences you'll find.

My Mani Pedi Spa

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Another neighborhood go-to, My Mani Pedi Spa is ideal for quick, friendly service. No particular bells and whistles, but a good drop-in spot if you are in the area. [Photo]

Lan Nail Salon

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Nail-savvy friends were quick to recommend Lan on Tremont Street for solid, fast service. Insider tip: Cash only. [Photo]

City Nails & Spa

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This South End standby does the $35 mani-pedi routine, with customers noting a clean, relaxed salon. You'll find an impressive array of OPI, Essie, and gel hues. [Photo]

Sky Nail & Spa

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Over in Southie, Sky is a choice option. Yelpers rave about technician Kevin, the cleanliness of the salon, and the hot-stone massage included in pedicures. [Photo]

Sunny Nails

When we covered the lack of nail art in Boston, budding designer and nail art enthusiast Erin Robertson had just one suggestion for tricked out talons: Lucy Tang at Sunny Nails. [Photo]

Town's Nails & Skin Salon

Customers at this neighborhood nail salon like that its prices and wait times are reasonable. Gel is popular, with an expansive selection of colors from CND, OPI, Gelish and more. [Photo]

Jeanne Lee Nail Salon

Jeanne Lee is definitely a step above the ubiquitous $35 mani-pedi, commanding a higher price and less availability because of it. But that attention to detail may be warranted before a special occasion like your wedding or a big vacation. Tip: You can make an online appointment.

Treasured Hands

This Boylston Street establishment is devoted to being "Green & Clean." Details like sunscreen to protect against UV nail lights are thoughtful, with manis running $15 up to $37 for organic bio-gel and pedis priced between $33 and $65. Not surprisingly, it's busy (and good for groups) so be sure to call ahead.

PS Nails & Spa

PS is known for a central location and appreciated little extras. Manis are $12 and come with a paraffin dip, while a class mani-pedi runs the typical $35. Yelpers also cite cold drinks—with straws for those moments when your hands are occupied—as another careful touch. [Photo]

MiniLuxe

There is no contesting that MiniLuxe is the gold standard of nail care in Boston. With its own lemon-scented product line, seasonally changing US-made 5-free MiniLuxe polishes, and luxe add-ons (oil, massage, paraffin), you rightfully pay a premium. But it will also be one of the cleanest experiences you'll find.

My Mani Pedi Spa

Another neighborhood go-to, My Mani Pedi Spa is ideal for quick, friendly service. No particular bells and whistles, but a good drop-in spot if you are in the area. [Photo]

Lan Nail Salon

Nail-savvy friends were quick to recommend Lan on Tremont Street for solid, fast service. Insider tip: Cash only. [Photo]

City Nails & Spa

This South End standby does the $35 mani-pedi routine, with customers noting a clean, relaxed salon. You'll find an impressive array of OPI, Essie, and gel hues. [Photo]

Sky Nail & Spa

Over in Southie, Sky is a choice option. Yelpers rave about technician Kevin, the cleanliness of the salon, and the hot-stone massage included in pedicures. [Photo]