Guide: Miami's Best Nail Salons
by stephanie araujo
Brownes & Co.
Brickell Nail Spot
Right next door to legendary Miami bar Tobacco Road, Brickell Nail Spot sets a fun tone with a lime-green wall and lounge music. Walk-ins are always welcome, and the most lavish treatment is the Deluxe Spa Pedicure, which includes a mask for your feet, a paraffin treatment, an extra 15-minute massage, and is finished with a hot-towel rub. The star nail technician: Adriana Acuña. 630 South Miami Ave., Miami, 305-373-5544
Brownes & Co.
Now located in the Design District, Brownes & Co. is known for its Dr. Hauschka Pedicure (aka “the facial for your feet”). Jadranka, who has been with Brownes for a decade, is the most sought-after nail technician: She finishes off a signature mani-pedi with a massage and an exfoliant scrub made with rock salt. 87 NE 40th St., Miami, 305-538-7544
EM Nail Salon
This South Beach salon provides a respite from the daily grind with an all-white, clean, airy ambience. Hit the shop on Monday or Tuesday for a discounted ($35) mani/pedi combination. Try its popular Gel Polish treatment, performed with your choice of Shellac, Gelish, or Axxium, for a mani/pedi that wears longer than the regular polish job. 906 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-531-2022; emnailsalon.com
Lace Nail Lab
A modern and intimate salon awash in pink, white, and silver, Lace Nail Lab employs Ronda Maxwell, a popular nail technician who has been meticulously tending to locals’ hands and feet for more than 20 years. Call ahead to book a simultaneous manipedi— you can be in and out within the hour. 1935 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-0111; iluvlace.com
A cozy salon with five mani-pedi stations, Mansion Beauty was opened by Diana Cabrera and Mercy Espalter, former Brownes & Co. nail technicians. Highlights include a limited-run (July through August) mani-pedi that features a foot massage using luxurious Seda France creams, and a finishing rub with hot towels. 702 W. 51st St., Miami Beach, 305-397-8391
Lavender walls, white furniture, and a continuous loop of Sex and the City episodes make this South of Fifth staple all about the girls. Choose from three creative mani-pedi combos: The Quickie, Heaven 111, and the most popular, Highway to Heaven, which includes a sugar scrub, cuticle and callus removal, and a massage. Penelope Fortunato, who has 20 years of experience, is the girl to see here. 111 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-538-0000; nails111.com
Nail Republic of South Beach
Everybody loves technician Tony Nguyen, a true master of his craft who will also make you laugh. He recommends the 24kt Deluxe Pedicure, which includes a hydrating foot mask with cooling menthol and AHA skin smoother with avocado, combined with a hydrating 24k gold collagen mask. 1611 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-538-8784
Pinkies Nail Spa
Located in The Shops at Sunset Place, this large salon has 12 manicure tables and seven luxurious pedicure massage chairs. Chi, the outpost’s most requested nail technician, can give you a fabulous manicure for just $12. For something more lavish, try the Deluxe Pedicure, a 40-minute session that includes a massage, a mask, and your choice of regular polish. 5701 Sunset Dr., Ste. 176, South Miami, 305-667-1802; pinkiesnail.com
Spa & Nail Fever
Welcoming to walk-ins and located in The Shops at Mary Brickell Village, Spa & Nail Fever is open late—every night until 9 pm (6 pm on Sundays). Mai Nzuyen, who has been with the salon the longest, is the star nail technician—a true whiz with Shellac. 900 South Miami Ave., No. 232, Miami, 305-379-4949
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