Quick! Look down at your nail beds. Are you overdue for a manicure? While there are plenty of affordable and over-the-top nail salons in the city that can help get your digits in check, few (if any) are as unique as Wild Oleander—a brand-spankin'-new nail salon and spa located in Bushwick.
The family-owned, Varet Street pamper haven looks like a '70s dream, equipped with retro floral wallpaper, stunning antique light fixtures, throwback sofas and plenty of neon signage that will draw customers in like a moth to a flame. You might say the salon also resembles a tropical oasis (owner Sandra Hatton drew inspiration from her childhood spent in Hawaii) where the gorgeous but dangerously poisonous oleander flower grows wild. (How's that as a metaphor for the beautiful but powerful qualities of a woman?)
When you go in for a manicure ($25) or pedicure ($30), don't be surprised if you start craving a piña colada. The hankering can easily be cured when you request the all-natural, house-made, cocktail-scented products and oils during your pedi treatment ($37).
The nail art designs (start at $50 or $60) generated by Creative Director Misleidys (@msladiiz) are MoMA-worthy, and you bet your ass we'll be requesting this magical, geode look during our next appointment.
Our favorite salon feature besides, er, everything is the sick vintage selection curated by Hatton's dear friend Nicole Alyse of American Gypsy Vintage. Nab a pair of cutoff jean shorts, an embroidered denim jacket, a dreamy '70s frock and more displayed against a Playboy photo wall.
The salon is still in its soft opening period (debuted June 8), but if you're itching to get your nails decked out for summer, peep at the wide-range of services Wild Oleander offers and book your appointment in advance. Word to the wise: Don't show up sporting your messy top knot bun and post-workout sweats—you're going to want to take a lot of selfies here.
Wild Oleander is located at 222 Varet Street, 1B, Brooklyn.