Typing “nails near me” into Google might not always produce the desired results. Yes, you will find nail salons, but will they be near you? Most of them won’t!
This is the problem we set out to solve! With so many nail salons out there, we wanted to give you the best one, closes to your exact location, so you can get your nails done in no time!
Below, you will find the map with all the nails salons closest to you; all you need to do is click the red dot on the map, read the reviews and head out.
Services At Nails Near You
Nail salons near you will offer a number of different services, some of which are:
- Acrylic, gel or shellac overlay
- Nail Protection
- Nail art
Manicure – In A Salon Or At Home?
Of course, every woman loves being pampered and taken care of; this is one of the main reason we even go to the beauty salons.
But a manicure is something you can do on your own, in the comfort of your own home, in just a few simple steps:
Step 1 – File Your Nails
I do most of my beauty routines after taking a nice relaxing shower. If you are like me, make sure you wait until your nails are completely dry before proceeding because, if you file your nails when they are wet, you can splinter them.
It is a good practice always to file your nails from the side towards the center and use one fluid motion. Going back and forth will splinter them and make the edges jagged.
Step 2 – Soaking Your Nails
This is an often overlooked but also an essential step in a complete nail beauty routine.
Soaking your fingertips for a couple of minutes (up to 5) will soften up the cuticles, so you can quickly take care of them.
Step 3 – Pushing The Cuticles Back
This process may seem a bit extreme if you’ve never done it before, but it’s entirely safe.
Since we already soften up our cuticles, we don’t need a cuticle softener product, just a nail pusher tool (stainless steel pusher is the best one).
Using the nail pusher, push the cuticles towards the back of the nail. You will start to see the dead skin come up, off the nail. Use your cuticle remover tool to remove this dead skin buildup gently.
Step 4 – Applying A Natural Base Coat (Optional Step)
Applying a base coat first will allow the nail polish to last longer and be distributed more evenly.
Of course, this is an optional step, and you don’t have to do it, but it adds a little bit of finesse to the nail care routine.
Step 5 – Apply Nail Polish
Congratulations, you’ve reached the final step – now it’s time to brush your nails with your favorite nail polish!
I know a lot of women who simply don’t like getting a pedicure at a nail salon, they just don’t! Most of them say they are not comfortable with anyone else touching or handling their feet.
We are not here to judge, some of you might like it, and some of you don’t. For those of you who do, scroll up and check out our “nails near me” map and find a salon closest to you.
For those of you who prefer taking care of your feet on your own, we’ve prepared a quick DIY guide you can follow in the comfort of your own home.
Step 1 – Cut, Clean, And File
First, you need to cut your nails to the correct size and shape.
Next, make sure your nails are clean. We are not talking about washing your feet; you should use acetone and clean the nails themselves.
File your nails to top it off. Note that this step is not required (since the nails on your feet are not as delicate as the nails on your hands) but it does help to shape the nails properly and make them more even!
Step 2 – Soaking
As you can see, soaking is one of the essential steps you should not skip over. Making a hot, relaxing foot soak will not only help you relax, but it will also soften up the cuticles, heels and the balls of your feet.
Once the skin on your feet is nice and soft, use a pumice stone to scrape off the dead skin cells.
Once you are done with the heels and balls of the feet, you can move on to the cuticles. You can use the same cuticle push tool you used on your fingers.
Step 3 – Pat Your Feed Dry
After you pat your feet dry, notice how rough your heels are. Run your palm across both of your heels and, if you feel any rough patches, further smoothen them using the pumice stone.
Step 4 – Apply Natural Nail Base Coat And Nail Polish
This step is self-explanatory, just paint your nails in the same colors you did the nails on your hands, and you are good to go!
The Difference Between Acrylic, Gel And Shellac Overlay
What we covered in the previous paragraphs is a basic, DIY pedicure you can do effortlessly in just a few minutes.
Once you start going outside this realm of “basic mani-pedi,” you will uncover a ton of options, extras and might even be confused as to what it is you want exactly.
The primary two options you have are:
- Gel and Acrylics and
- Shellac Overlay
Acrylics and Gels
The main difference is that acrylics and gels are fake nails that go on the top of yours.
So this option is mostly used when you want to “extend” the look of your natural nails. Of course, some women use those to strengthen their nails but, in the long run, these end up further damaging your nails.
In addition to being different to shellac overlay, they are also different to each other:
- Acrylics – acyilic overlay is transparent, much more robust and easily fixable at home. On the downside, it can damage the nail bed and may look less natural than gel.
- Gel – gel overlay is not transparent and is applied in three stages: base coat, polish color and top coat (each coat requires UV light treatment in the duration of around 3 minutes). They are flexible, last longer, and appear more natural; but, are harder to apply and fix, are more expensive and not recommended to use too frequently as the gel might damage the nail bed.
Shellac Nail Overlay
Shellac is essentially a blend of gel and nail polish and, as such, it can not be used to extend the nails. The main reason women use it is that it provides a protective layer and is not as damaging as gel or acrylics.
How Much Do Nail Near Me Salons Charge?
As you can see, we are not charging for providing this service and showcasing the nail salons near you, but the prices for the actual nail services will depend on the location and quality of service.
Though we cannot give you exact numbers, we can give you some estimates. Typical prices for nail salon manicure services are:
- Standard – $10-$15
- Deluxe – $20-$25
- Acrylic nails – $25-$35
and for the pedicure, the price range is:
- Standard – $15-$25
- Deluxe – $25-$35
As you can see, the prices are affordable but not always cheap. If you are looking to “get your hands dirty,” and save some money, the best idea would be to buy a fantastic manicure set for under $20.
The beauty with a manicure (pedicure) sets is that you can use it over and over again and save a lot of money in the long run.
The ultimate choice is up to you!
What You Should Bring Along With You To The Nail Salon?
There is nothing you need to bring along with you, except maybe a nail polish you like; but it’s not necessary.
The only exception is if you are going to a nail salon that is also a spa or has tanning booths.
If you are looking to get some ten before you do your nails, make sure you bring your tanning lotion (you can buy one at the spot, but they are usually a bit more expensive).
You should also pack protective goggles for your eyes, a clean towel and a robe (if you plan to go commando).
How To Chose The Best Nail Salon Near You?
Well, the best way to chose a salon is to test it out. But, this may be a bit impractical, not to mention expensive, so we’ve prepared a few tips for you:
Check Google Reviews
For those of you who never used a Google map before to search for nail salons, here is the main thing you need to know: each salon has its own business page.
This business page is open to all, and it offers one valuable feature we are most interested in – it allows the customers to leave a review!
When you click on the red dot on the map (of a nearby salon you like), a popup will appear with the name of the salon, its address and the number of reviews.
If you click on this number, a new page will open up and show you these reviews. You can, then, read all of them and base your decision on the experience of the customers that came there before you.
Call Them Up
Don’t be afraid of picking up the phone, giving them a call and ask if they are running any promotion currently!
You can say this “Excuse me, I did a search on Google for nails near me, and your salon popped up. I was wondering if you are offering any promotions for new customers?”
Make sure you mention you found their salon via Google search as this will show them you know how to use it and have access to their direct competitors. They will be forced to fight for your (to turn you into their loyal customer), so they might give you a custom deal!