Technically, sandal season is over - but that’s no reason to let your toes languish, unpampered, until next June. In fact, the cure for the winter blues is one hour in a nail salon, every two weeks. Here’s how to get your mani/pedi on for less.
For East Side ladies, Citi Nails is already a go-to spot for fast, high quality drop-in nail service. On any given day, their $35 manicure/pedicure combo is a good idea. The pricing is on par with other local nail salons, but Citi Nails is big, and can usually accommodate walk-ins at any given time (though Saturday afternoons tend to be busy). The deal: On Tuesdays, Citi Nails offers the same mani/pedi for $28. Make sure to book an appointment that day if you’re looking for a coveted 5pm spot. 783 Hope Street. 861-8500
Across from Citi Nails, Justina Nails is a serene counterpart to the bustling salon across the street. They offer the same services – Shellac, acrylics, paraffin treatments – but with just a few chairs, the focus is definitely on a one-on-one customer experience, and is a great choice for someone who prefers a quieter environment. The deal: Normally their mani/pedi is $40, but on Wednesdays it’s only $30. 742 Hope Street. 272-5072, justinanails.com
For a luxury experience, go with a locavore spa service. You didn’t know you can follow the seasons with your beauty indulgences, too? Citron Spa is offering a seasonal Pumpkin and Marshmallow Root mani/pedi in November and December. The “signature sensory journey” includes aromatherapeutic oils, an all-natural Pumpkin and Marshmallow Root Masque and a pumpkin scrub using fresh pumpkin, which all happens in their super luxurious nail room. The deal: a complimentary glass of Fall Sangria. Also available as a body treatment. $30/manicure, $60/pedicure, $80/both. 225 Wayland Avenue. 861-0908, spacitron.com
Angell Nails started as a no-frills nail salon in Wayland Square, and has expanded their services year after year. They now offer full nail services like Shellacs, gels and acrylics, as well as full body waxing and hair services like cuts, color and perms. The deal: On Tuesdays, get $5 off any mani/pedi. Unlike other nail salons, the discount applies to all mani/pedis, including Shellacs. 15 South Angell Street. 490-3137, angellnails.com
I would rather leave Metro Nails out of this story since I don’t want a line out the door at my go-to spot, but I do enjoy the friendly ladies who work at this salon (who gave me Minnie Mouse nail art for my trip to Disney this summer). A normal manicure/pedicure is $33, and it’s $48 for a Shellac mani and regular pedi. The deal: An express pedicure, which is easily doable on a lunchbreak, is a soak, nail shaping and polish change for only $15. 395 Wickenden Street. 490-0101, metronails.webs.com