Let’s face it, you can get your nails done at almost any corner shopping center these days. In Minnesota, hundreds of nail salons have popped up over the last decade and are churning out mani-pedis faster than ever. However, a lot of these places slop on a fresh coat of paint and send you on your way feeling less than satisfied with the service. Getting a manicure has gone from being a fun and pampering activity to a chore these days. Check out these places that not only embrace the pampering that should come with a manicure, but offer great customer service and really love to do nails.
615 2nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Located inside the Grand Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, Minneapolis LifeSpa is a luxurious retreat for anyone who wants an afternoon of pampering. Aside from a full-service salon, LifeSpa delivers some of the most professional manicures in the state. Choose a moisturizing manicure or one that includes a paraffin hand treatment to go along with carefully polished and filed nails. Although a bit pricey, LifeSpa also offers two hours of childcare while you are being serviced, making it a whole lot easier to schedule an appointment.
4612 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Lena Nails, on the corner of 46th and Nicollet in Southwest Minneapolis, offers a spa experience at really reasonable prices. All varieties of manicures and pedicures are offered, including hot stone treatments to help rejuvenate dry and damaged skin. A new sterile pack of tools are open for each client and the chairs offer heat and massage settings while you get pampered. Lena Nails is also a larger salon, which makes it easier to just walk in and get a manicure without waiting. Choose gel, polish or just a basic manicure. Technicians are professional and friendly and also offer brow waxing if you’re feeling a little bushy in the face.
V One Nails
12 E. 66th St.
Richfield, MN 55423
An inconspicuous storefront in a strip mall, V One Nails may not seem like anything special. However, this tiny salon is very customer-oriented and brings a spa experience to all patrons. Even for a quick color change, cozy chairs are offered and a hand massage is provided. The salon is clean and beautifully decorated with relaxing music and comfortable furniture. Each client is able to see a new sterilized package of utensils being opened before they are provided with any services at V Nails. The selection for colors, designs and gel options may also be the best in the state. Go early because it will take you some time to pick your color.
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TT Angel Nails
2471 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Located in the Sibley Plaza of the Highland area of St. Paul, TT Angel Nails reveals what it really is like to find a hidden gem. Although this place is small and unassuming, without a website or even a catchy name, TT Angel Nails delivers salon-quality manicures at fantastic prices. The staff is clean, consistent and professional, with friendly personality and a desire to give you the best experience possible. Enjoy a natural nail manicure, one of its specialties for men and women, or a gel manicure that will last up to two weeks. Hand massages come with all manicures and you will really be glad they do.
3909 W. 49th 1/2 St.
Edina, MN 55424
Spalon Montage offers the most exclusive spa experience with even the most basic of manicures. The prices certainly reflect the area and the atmosphere, but many will tell you that they are very worth it. The staff at Spalon is professional, personable and will go out of its way to make sure your experience is the best ever. Come early for your appointment to enjoy a cup of chai tea in the lobby and relax before your manicure. This venue has been around a long time, a sure sign that it knows what it’s doing.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.