SocialMiami Selects - The Art of the Mani-Pedi
Our picks for the best nail salons in South Florida

There’s no shortage of nail salons in Miami. But with so many to choose from, sometimes the real stars get lost in the shuffle. From nail art to gel manicures, the possibilities are endless. Thankfully, Miami is up to date on the trends and overflowing with options for the next time you need a polish. Here are SocialMiami's Selects - guaranteed to get your hands and feet in tip-top shape for summer!

Best for: Happy Hour & Nail Art
NailBar and Beauty Lounge
When you’re in need of a side of fun with your manicure, NailBar is the place to go. Offering complimentary champagne for customers, this Midtown beauty haven is widely considered to be one of the trendiest nail salons in Miami. With their pristine, modern decor (the futuristic egg-shaped chairs are our fav!), super-skilled technicians, and elaborate, highly acclaimed nail art, NailBar is truly one of a kind. Make sure to schedule an appointment during Happy Hour (starting at 5 p.m.) to be a part of the action when the disco lights and dance music come on! Sobe Mani/Pedi: $55; Nail art starts at $6 per nail.

NailBar and Beauty Lounge
3301 N.E. 1st Avenue #106, The Shops at Midtown Miami, Miami
(305) 514-0305
http://www.midtownnailbar.com

Best for: Eco-Friendly Products
Gloss Nail Bar
The moment you step inside Gloss Organic Nail Spa, a feeling of intense calm washes over you. With its pleasantly dim lighting, soft music, and zen-chic vibe, this is the nail salon to go to when you want to slip away from the chaos of the outside world for some refreshing ‘me’ time. Sip on some complimentary herbal tea as the technician gives you a hand and arm massage using your choice of essential oils (we went with lavender, their most popular), and let your worries slip away as your cuticles and nails are reworked into perfect condition. Gloss Nail Bar is committed to using only the best eco-friendly products, and their product line, Gloss Naturals, features over 100 beautiful lacquers – all nontoxic, vegan, and cruelty free. Mani/Pedi: $60.

Gloss Nail Bar
214 Andalusia Avenue, Coral Gables
(305) 569-7700
http://www.glossmiami.com

Best for: Gel Manicures and Pedicures
EM Nail Salon
Specializing in gel manicures, EM Nail Salon has over 100 gel polishes to choose from, boasting the biggest selection of any nail salon in South Beach. With a gel mani/pedi from the experts at EM, you can rest assured that your manicure will be especially long lasting and chip-free. Nails usually last around 2 weeks, and the best part: no drying time! On Mondays & Tuesdays the salon offers a special mani/pedi rate of $35 – we suggest booking ahead! Mini Mani/Pedi: $40;
Gel Mani/Pedi: $100

EM Nail Salon
906 Alton Road, Miami Beach
(305) 531-2022
http://www.emnailsalon.com

Best for: Getting Pampered
Marilyn Monroe Nail Lounge
One of the first things you’ll notice when you enter the Marilyn Monroe Nail Lounge is the red carpet and glamorous wall length photos of Miss Monroe herself. As soon as you are seated in their silver duel mani/pedi chairs, expect to be offered tea and a charger for your cell phone so that you can hop onto the salon’s free wifi. The Marilyn Monroe Nail Lounge views hygiene as their utmost priority, and your technician will open a new package of tools for use on you only, followed by a squirt of antibacterial hand sanitizer into both your palms and hers. Then it’s time to lean back and enjoy the decadent, much-longer-than-usual leg and foot exfoliation/massage! At the end of your appointment, you will be handed a bag with the nail file, buffer block, and foot file that were used during your service. And to top it all off, for only $2.50 extra, you can purchase the polish that was used, making touch ups a cinch. For nails you can’t stop staring at, we recommend you go with the aptly named "Marilyn Monroe Red”! Signature Mani/Pedi: $60.

Marilyn Monroe Nail Lounge
3252 N.E. 1st Avenue, #122, Miami
(786) 475-8290
http://www.marilynmonroespas.com/mms-location/miami-midtown-nail-lounge

Best for: Fast and Cheap Mani/Pedis
Neo Nails
Perfect for those who are looking for an affordable salon that’ll get them in and out in an hour. With a dedicated clientele, locals rave about the good prices, skilled staff, and free wine and parking.

First-time customers get a special rate: $30 for a manicure and pedicure or a Shellac Gel Manicure on Monday through Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mani/Pedi: $ 39.

Neo Nails
426 S.W. 8th Street, #7, Miami
(786) 362-5809
http://www.neo-nails.com

Lauren Cohen was born and raised in Miami Beach and graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in Motion Pictures. She has been writing about film since 2009, with her movie reviews and features appearing regularly in Examiner.com and Miami Beach News, among others. She’s interviewed some of the most recognizable faces in the film industry, including Daniel Craig, Emma Stone, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Javier Bardem.

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