Choosing a nail salon in Miami can be, well, a real nail-biting decision. While there’s one seemingly on every block, from South Beach to downtown Miami, we wouldn’t recommend entrusting your digits to just anyone in the neighborhood either. For a soothing manicure/pedicure experience (almost as relaxing as visiting one of the best spas in Miami), head to these top polish parlors for quality results and service.
Best nail salons in Miami
When you want your hands to look like a work of art, head to high-end nail atelier Vanity Projects. The luxury salon-meets-gallery concept shows avant-garde video programming while you get your digits done up with all sorts of rad nail art. If you dream it, the ladies here can do it. From Barbie on your ring finger to glitter on your tips, available designs run the gamut. Clients are also welcomed to bring in their own photograph or idea for the talented techs to recreate. Prices are on the higher end (Swarovski-encrusted manicures are not cheap!) but Vanity Projects does offer a weekly $40 special, which is available via their Instagram account.
Luv is for ladies who love their nails and prefer to keep them primped without the use of toxic solutions. That’s why all of the polishes Luv carries are “five free,” which means substances such as formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and toluene have been removed from the formula. Providing nonhazardous mani/pedi services is something owner Vanessa Altman is wholly committed to, so she’s installed self-draining pedicure sinks, sterilizes all equipment with medical-grade solutions and uses disposable nail files and buffers. You get what you pay for at this spotless, girly salon, which can be a few dollars more than what you’re used to spending on a regular manicure, but the lasting results will be ones you can live with long after you've left.
Salon Gilbert is more widely regarded for their cuts and coloring than their manicures and pedicures, but as far as nail places go, this is one of the better ones. Technicians are friendly but fast, doing detailed job on your digits without chatting you up and keeping you in the massage chair for hours. Their selection of polishes is remarkable—gel or shellac, OPI or Essie, classic nudes or seasonal shades, you’ll find it all. Plus, nearly every single gel color has a regular polish companion—leaving no chance of mismatched nails.
If you want a quiet, relaxing salon experience, skip this high-action, fast-paced salon. You go to Rik Rak when your schedule is a mess but you need your nails to look perfect. To call the technicians pros is to undermine their skills and speed. These ladies work magic on your digits in record time, no matter the time, as Rik Rak Salon has a reputation for keeping very long hours. It’s no wonder busy celebs rely on this Brickell salon to keep their hands and feet looking camera ready.
Lynette Laurencio owns and operates this quirky, Little Havana nail salon with a Spanish name. The young, Miami entrepreneur has an affinity for fresh manicures and fellow millennials, so expect to find her poring over a client’s nails or sharing her recent work on the salon’s Instagram account. For more traditional inspiration, turn to Acetona’s kaleidoscope of polishes on display. A regular mani/pedi will run you about $30, but do spring for the deluxe, which features a homemade coconut scrub treatment Lynette whips up herself.
Gloss Nail Bar believes chemicals have no place near your nails, which is why the organic salon only carries all-natural polishes and beauty products. The parlor’s high standards won’t cramp your style either; there are more than 100 colors to choose from, all of which are nontoxic, vegan and free of preservatives. Manicures and pedicures are offered as “express,” “essential” or “sumptuous” services, varying in time, price and amenities. But even 15-minute manis feel indulgent when you're sitting back in a plush couch taking in the scent of lavender and other essential oils in the air.
Ploy’s thing is quick, clean and cheap—like really cheap. You can get a regular mani/pedi at this Bird Road salon for $25, just be sure to bring cash as credit cards aren’t accepted. Ploy won’t pore over your nails, but she will do a decent job of cleaning the cuticle and making sure to stay within the lines. The salon has those comfy, oversized pedicure chairs and a TV to keep finicky clients distracted and unable to micromanage their service.
Practically every manicure imaginable is available at this dedicated nail salon in the Shops at Midtown. From gel nails to acrylic tips to Brazilian keratin treatments for your hands, this place offers it all. Looking for a fun thing to do with friends? Nailbar & Beauty Lounge lets you host your own manicure party. They’ll provide the space and services while you handle the guest list and refreshments for the private pampering session.
If your idea of a manicure is sipping wine while someone gently pushes your cuticles and polishes your nails, Mira Nailbar is the place for you. Relaxation is the focus of this Edgewater salon, which is equipped with big, comfy pedicure loungers and numerous service stations for both regular and gel manicures. Relaxed or in a rush, you won’t find yourself waiting for a seat or feel like you’re being pushed out once your service is complete.
Tuka is the Madonna of manicures, a nail-tech star who goes by one name and has fans from all over the world coming to her for pretty hands and feet. But she’s humble. She keeps prices competitive, especially for the trendy neighborhood, and surrounds herself with trusted staff, such as her mother, a pro at top-notch Brazilian manis. No longer making the rounds at buzzy fashion soirees, Tuka keeps busy tending to the legion of regulars she’s secured by offering speedy, quality service.