106 Royce St.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Price: Spa Manicure and Pedicure Package, $50
Krush offers several nail services including spa manicures and pedicures, French manicures, deluxe packages and just simple polish changes. Standards are held high at Krush Salon with a staff that has expert-level experience. The salon itself is modern and extremely clean with an iconic Madonna image on the main wall. Ensure you make appointments in advance as Krush currently only has one manicurist, Kim, who is fabulous at her job. She will make you feel pampered and have you leaving the salon looking like a star.
Jolie Madame Salon
385 State St.
Los Altos, CA 94022
Price: Express Manicure and Pedicure, $32
The express manicure and pedicure at Jolie Madame is ideal for those beauties on the go. Get a quick clean up, polish change and then relax as the expert staff massages your toes and heels, which not only has your feet feeling brand new but also has you scheduling another appointment before you leave. All manicurists are licensed, stations are clean and the setting portrays a spa. A highlight at Jolie Madame Salon is that customers can purchase many of the products that are applied on them. There are more OPI nail colors than you can imagine. Spend time alone or arrange a party as the salon has plenty of room and often hosts special events for groups. Check online regularly for specials that will have you saving money and time.
Sakura Nail Bar
169 Jackson St.
San Jose, CA 95112
Price: Mani/Pedi Combo, $35
Sakura Nail Bar is a haven for anyone wanting to experience manicures and pedicures. The entire salon is dedicated to nail services and the setting is zen-like, so be prepared to be spoiled. The mani/pedi combo pays close attention to your skin and polish needs within a quicker time frame, perfect for those needing a quick beauty fix. In addition, Sakura offers children’s mini mani and pedis, gel polishes, basic manicures and pedicures, as well as add-on treatments such as paraffin treatments. Walk-ins are welcome, however appointments are recommended especially on weekends as the salon can be busy. Bring some cash because that is the only form of payment accepted. A spa-like environment with affordable prices, what else could you want?
Simply Be Salon and Spa
528 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Price: Express Mani and Pedi, $34
An amazing treatment to improve overall skin condition is the Orchid and Bamboo Indulgence Manicure which brightens skin and restores softness. Muscles are relaxed with natural ingredients and skin is detoxified within 40 minutes, the perfect amount of time to fit in a treatment after work or on a long lunch break. The express services offer basic buffing, cuticle care and shaping. Feel yourself instantly relax as you sit back in a clean spa environment and have a professionally-trained staff work its magic. Buy a gift certificate or send a wish list directly from Simply Be Salon’s website to someone as a hint.
Kim’s Nail Care
540 Emerson St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Price: Mani and Pedi, $45
In business for over 20 years, Kim’s Nail Care houses some of the best rejuvenation specialists in the area. Check online for manicure and pedicure deals such as coupons, BOGO and monthly specials. The mani/pedi combo is perfect for those wanting a polish change, buffing and nail shaping as you can be in and out in under an hour. The salon is open seven days a week so appointments can easily be made to fit your schedule and the location in downtown Palo Alto makes it a convenient salon to get to.
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