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10 Great Nail Salons For Manicures and Pedicures in D.C.

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So far, we've tackled haircuts and color. This week, it's time to get our nails done and we've rounded up 10 favorite spots in the Washington, D.C. area for manicures and pedicures. Check out our picks, and feel free to share your favorites too. Now's the time to start brainstorming polish colors.


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1. The Emerald Door

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8311 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Start out sandal season with a luxurious $60 Japanese Jelly pedicure at The Emerald Door, which includes a jelly soak, sugar scrub, essential oil infused hot towels, and a soothing hot stone foot massage. [Image]

2. Enchanted Nails and Spa

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2324 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 652-1151
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We've found that gel manicures from Enchanted Nails and Spa last and last. Skip the crowd and head there Monday through Wednesday for a weekday discount: gel manis are discounted to $28 if you pay cash, and pay $35 in cash for a mani and a pedi. [Image]

3. Shangri-La Day Spa

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1502 U Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-0969
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On U Street, check out Shangri-La for a relaxed atmosphere and attentive service. [Image]

4. Qwest Nails

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1919 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
Qwest Nails has a huge fanbase for basic, no-frills manis and pedicures in the Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan area. [Image]

5. Red Sun Nails

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1123 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 589-0428
It's not fancy, but the price is right at Red Sun Nails near the Convention Center — and our manicure lasted a solid week. [Image]

6. KARMA Beauty Lounge by Erwin Gomez

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1104 24th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20037
Upgrade with a relaxing Moroccan Oil manicure and a Vinylux mani, guaranteed to last a week or more. The nail tech at Karma got our nails in tip-top shape. [Image]

7. Polished

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1425 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20016
Polished is known for their waxing services, but don't overlook nails here. The salon now offers Vinylux as well as a $25 summer special for pedicures. [Image]

8. Patsy's Nail Bar

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1926 I St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20006
(202) 466-2457
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Patsy's Nail Bar is known for its Shellac manicures, obsession with cleanliness, and the "man cave," an upstairs nook for dudes or small groups. [Image]

9. Walgreens

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801 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Shop for groceries and then settle in for a quick $12 manicure at the futuristic upstairs mani station. [Image]

10. Bliss Spa At W Washington D.C.

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515 15th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
If we want to splurge on a pedicure, Bliss Spa is an appealing option. The pedicure choices here are overwhelming, ranging from citrus-scented treatments to a "chocolate milk" soak. [Image]

1. The Emerald Door

8311 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Start out sandal season with a luxurious $60 Japanese Jelly pedicure at The Emerald Door, which includes a jelly soak, sugar scrub, essential oil infused hot towels, and a soothing hot stone foot massage. [Image]
8311 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. Enchanted Nails and Spa

2324 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
We've found that gel manicures from Enchanted Nails and Spa last and last. Skip the crowd and head there Monday through Wednesday for a weekday discount: gel manis are discounted to $28 if you pay cash, and pay $35 in cash for a mani and a pedi. [Image]
2324 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Shangri-La Day Spa

1502 U Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
On U Street, check out Shangri-La for a relaxed atmosphere and attentive service. [Image]
1502 U Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

4. Qwest Nails

1919 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
Qwest Nails has a huge fanbase for basic, no-frills manis and pedicures in the Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan area. [Image]
1919 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

5. Red Sun Nails

1123 7th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
It's not fancy, but the price is right at Red Sun Nails near the Convention Center — and our manicure lasted a solid week. [Image]
1123 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

6. KARMA Beauty Lounge by Erwin Gomez

1104 24th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037
Upgrade with a relaxing Moroccan Oil manicure and a Vinylux mani, guaranteed to last a week or more. The nail tech at Karma got our nails in tip-top shape. [Image]
1104 24th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20037

7. Polished

1425 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20016
Polished is known for their waxing services, but don't overlook nails here. The salon now offers Vinylux as well as a $25 summer special for pedicures. [Image]
1425 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20016

8. Patsy's Nail Bar

1926 I St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20006
Patsy's Nail Bar is known for its Shellac manicures, obsession with cleanliness, and the "man cave," an upstairs nook for dudes or small groups. [Image]
1926 I St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20006

9. Walgreens

801 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Shop for groceries and then settle in for a quick $12 manicure at the futuristic upstairs mani station. [Image]
801 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. Bliss Spa At W Washington D.C.

515 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
If we want to splurge on a pedicure, Bliss Spa is an appealing option. The pedicure choices here are overwhelming, ranging from citrus-scented treatments to a "chocolate milk" soak. [Image]
515 15th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004