Reader Recommendation Request: Best nail salon?

Before we all get immersed in the day’s news … the latest WSB Reader Recommendation Request. (You can find all previous RRRs here.) Nancy writes:

I’m hoping the WSB community can suggest a good place for nails, both natural and acrylics. A really good, affordable place is key to the all-important Saturday afternoon ritual enjoyed by women (and men!) all over town. A place I’ve been going to for a couple of years is lacking, and I’m looking for a new place.

The high points of any worthy nail establishment should include cleanliness (above all), efficiency, be affordable (i.e. a regular manicure under $25!), and it would be great if you could understand what the technician is saying, and they you. I mean, when we’re talking about avoiding drawing blood from my hands or toes, I would rather not have to repeat myself.

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24 Replies to "Reader Recommendation Request: Best nail salon?"

  • Jenn October 26, 2007 (8:18 am)

    Great question…and I think I have the answer you’re looking for!! Personally I’ve gone to several reasonable nail salons in WS and finally decided to stay with ONE. You should definitely try out Nail Time on California Avenue! There’s a lot of room, it’s organized and clean for sure…and EVERY girl I’ve had do my manicures/pedicures does a fantastic job. The pedicure chairs are THE best too! I would especially recommend LISA over there. She’s great!!! The owner is super friendly and I have a feeling is one of the best for acrylics (I’ve never had acrylics so I don’t know for sure on that one…)

  • Nancy October 26, 2007 (8:25 am)

    I would highly recommend Regina Nails on the corner of California and Gennesee…reasonable prices , great work , clean, and they are really working on speaking english…you can communicate with them! Good luck!

  • The House October 26, 2007 (8:50 am)

    I usually get my nails at Home Depot or McClendons, but they aren’t acrylic. I find that acrylic don’t last as long as galvanized.

  • October 26, 2007 (9:41 am)

    Another vote for Nail Time. Ask for Sam.

  • Sean October 26, 2007 (9:45 am)

    Yes! I was looking for a post like this. Thank you for the suggestions. Now, is there a salon in West Seattle that shapes eyebrows by threading? NO WAXING! I wonder if a new post could be started asking for eyebrow threading…

  • Sue October 26, 2007 (10:21 am)

    When I was looking for a place, I stumbled across some reviews – Nail Time got a lot of good reviews at but the one bad one really turned me off to going there. Take a look at the review by Amy B at that link about them allegedly cutting off a piece of her toe with a razor.

  • Stefanie October 26, 2007 (10:22 am)

    Tulip Nails in the Jefferson Shopping center is pretty good. I went and had my toes done there and it was a nice experience. I would deffinately go back again.

  • Keith October 26, 2007 (10:23 am)

    Can’t claim to have been myself, but I know quite a few ladies who love Regina Nails.

  • Jiggers October 26, 2007 (10:34 am)

    This subject should break the all-time response thread…

  • DALYDBL October 26, 2007 (11:59 am)

    Admiral Nail at the corner of California and Admiral. Christina and Thuy run the place. It is very clean – you can even have your own “nail kit” in storage there. They always play great music, have lovely conversation and a regular pedicure and manicure are $35 combined. (Of course…I always leave a pretty fat tip) 938-0795

  • m October 26, 2007 (12:14 pm)

    THere must be 50 nail salons in WS- this is a great request. I also like Nail Time; they do a fantastic job. It can get crowded though at peak times.

  • Andrea October 26, 2007 (1:16 pm)

    Looking for a nail salon in WS isn’t hard; looking for a really good nail salon that doesn’t make you wait an ungodly amount of time for an appt or charge you for every little thing they do, is however. With that, I recommend City Nails on California down by The Sub Shop & O’Neils plumbing. I went to Nail Time for many years, but they became too busy & crowded, Sam is NEVER available unless you book out weeks in advance (she’s the owner), & they started to charge for lots of nit picky things (I thought). I found City Nails about 2 years ago, & love it there. Linda, the owner, is a kick in the pants, and she offer many other services in a spa like seting. They even do waxing Sean, though I don’t know whether they use threading.

  • jb October 26, 2007 (2:16 pm)

    I got toenail funk when I was going to City Nails — could be that I picked it up from somewhere else (the Y?) and it was a coincidence, but I stopped going and now frequent Nail Time, which does a good job and the service is professional and friendly. It’s not the cheapest game in town, but I don’t have to make an appt. and the wait is short. I have heard (but not tried) that Roses (next to Easy Street) is good.

  • add October 26, 2007 (4:19 pm)

    I have been going to Bolsa Nails (across from Blockbuster near the Morgan Thriftway) for about two years now. I’ve never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a walk-in appointment and they are all very friendly and do a good job. They are super nice to my 9 year old daughter who often tags along with me and gets great decorations painted on her nails! I think a mani/pedi is about $38. I would definitely recommend them.

  • Jen V. October 27, 2007 (9:49 am)

    ROFLMAO @ The House!!!!

  • Carrie October 28, 2007 (9:06 am)

    Another vote for Regina nails. They keep a separate kit for every customer, so you know you’re never sharing files, toe separators, etc. with other customers. I also had a facial there that was very relaxing.

  • Lisa October 28, 2007 (3:35 pm)

    THREADING…..Yes! Does anyone know of a threading place in the West Seattle vicinty? Currently, I am driving to Kent.

  • Kirsten October 30, 2007 (8:40 am)

    I’ve been going to Admiral Nails for several years now. The owner Christine and her assistant Thuy are great. Last time I went, it was $35 for both a manicure & pedicure. A great price and nice way to support a local business.

  • HulaHands November 3, 2007 (9:02 am)

    Try Perfect Nail. I have tried roughly 7 places in WS – and more in the area. PN is consistantly outstanding – no problems, no breaking, no hassles, no waiting, etc. It’s clean, they’re always nice, always accomodating (although Friday afternoons can be crazy – like anywhere). I have been very impressed – nice people, great prices, usually easy parking, great magazines. Good luck!

  • quasiws November 11, 2007 (3:34 pm)

    I don’t know if anyone responded to you yet about Threading but I know that Bolsa Nails next to Blockbuster on Fauntleroy does it. I had it done there a few times and I thought the woman who did it did a great job.

    The staff is super friendly. It’s also a great place for nails too!

  • Sean December 8, 2007 (3:11 pm)

    Quasiws, do you know the name of the person who threaded your eyebrows? And how was she? Thank you!

  • Susan April 22, 2008 (4:10 pm)

    I discovered this places for Threading near my work place in Issaquah. The lady does a great job and price for threading the brows is only 5$.
    Her number is 425-947-4930.

  • Colleen May 18, 2008 (10:22 am)

    Regina nail is awesome my mom works there and lot of people go there to !!!

  • AL August 1, 2008 (2:58 pm)

    Lisa, did you ever try threading at Bolsa Nails? I was thinking about checking it out but wanted to know how you would rate their services.

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