For many women, having a manicure – or a fabulous mani/pedi – feels like an oasis of tranquility in the midst of a hectic ocean of commitments. Neat, well-groomed nails are an important part of a polished appearance, but nails can also be a way to express your individuality and personal style. Artistic touches, from seasonal designs, crackle effects and color blocks to ombre gradients and water marbling, make nails into a true fashion statement. Whether you are a nail aficionado or don’t know an orange stick from a hole in the ground, these Sacramento shops will keep your hands in tip-top condition.
Noble Nails Spa
442 Howe Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 920-1228
www.noblenailsspa.com

This family owned and operated business, located in the same shopping center at Safeway, is very clean and up to date. The employees seem sincerely pleased to work with you, and do their best to make the experience pleasant and relaxing. Even the most inexpensive, basic manicure includes an extended arm and hand massage with warm lotion, and nails are very carefully shaped, buffed and groomed to the customer’s expectations. Signature and luxury manicures include extras like exfoliation with sugar or gel scrubs, a moisturizing marine mask, paraffin and hot stone services aromatherapy. Prices are quite reasonable, and Noble offers additional nail services, as well as facials, waxing and eyelash extensions.

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La Fleur Nail Spa
4000 E. Commerce Way, Ste. 140
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 753-0758
www.lafleurnailspa.com

This popular Natomas salon offers coupons and promotions on its website, and offers a standard range of nail and waxing services. The most basic nail option is a lavender manicure, which includes shaping, trimming and cuticle care, followed by a warm towel, aromatherapy massage and color change. Guests can also opt for the shop’s signature La Fleur manicure, featuring all of the above services as well as a soothing paraffin treatment.

Hoshall’s Salon & Spa
6608 Folsom Auburn Road
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 987-1995
www.hoshallsfolsom.com

Hoshall’s is an upscale salon with an extensive menu of au courant beauty services. Trained aestheticians offer basic, signature and gel color manicure options; the former includes nail shaping, cuticle treatment, aromatherapy, nail polish and a moisturizing hand massage. The signature manicure adds an exfoliating hand scrub, paraffin treatment and full arm massage to the basic services. Guests preferring a long-lasting gel color with their manicure instead of traditional polish can choose from more than 100 gel colors. Hoshall’s has special treatment packages specifically for men that include attention to hands, feet, fingernails and toenails. The salon also has a full range of massage, facials, saunas, body care and hair treatments for men and women.

Face & Body Emporium
5050 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 455-5050
www.faceandbodyemporium.com

This East Sacramento business is an unexpected combination of tanning salon, beauty supply store, hair salon and frozen yogurt shop. Given that, it should not be surprising that there are some interesting options beyond just a basic manicure or pedicure. For example, guests can try a June Jacobs Peppermint Pleasure mani, which includes a grapefruit cleansing soak, peppermint exfoliation, skin softening lactic acid treatment, polish and hand massage with essential oils. Another organic option includes an exfoliating sugar scrub with pomegranates and cranberry, a coconut massage and infusion skin mask made with red currants.

Picasso Spa & Nails
3330 Folsom Blvd., Ste. B
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 457-7018
www.sacramento.picassospanails.com

The two Picasso locations offer manicures, pedicures, nail repairs, waxing, freehand designs, French nails and hot oil treatments, with special pricing available for students. The salon provides basic mani services, but there are also more luxurious options available, which can include citrus or sugar-based skin renewing exfoliation, a bubbling skin soak, aromatherapy and a skin-loving warm paraffin bath.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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