With the summer heat at its highest, showing off those sun-kissed toes in sandals is a necessity for many to stay cool. So, stay well-manicured with the help of these top five Sacramento spots for mani-pedi pampering.
Expo Nail & Spa
1140 Exposition Blvd., Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 646-6888

Light, ambient music whispers in the background and massage chairs hum in unison like a choir. A wall chock-full of bright, dark and glittery nail polish colors beckons from the back corner, and dozens of spa employees work meticulously on their guests. At Expo Nail & Spa, those who seek a little alone time visit this place to enjoy the quiet while dipping their hands and feet in warm fragrant wax before enjoying a massage from the calves down to the toes with lotion. The hand massage before a manicure is also an experience never to forget.

Lacquered Nail Salon
921 Bear Flag Way
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 842-7619

With light purple walls, fluffy pillows and comfortable seating, Lacquered Nail Salon’s decor is sure to set the right mood for an afternoon of mani-pedi pampering. This salon is proud to offer its guests Zoya nail lacquer, which is formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, camphor and toluene free. The brand of nail polish is also vegan friendly and lasts longer than most polishes without all the toxicity. Lacquered also lists a variety of gel polishes in its repertoire, but stays away from acrylic services. So, if you’re in the market for a comfortable setting with a vegan-friendly flair, Lacquered hits mani-pedis right on the nail.

Capital Nails Salon
2522 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 447-9556

With its long list of services, Capital Nails Salon, located in midtown Sacramento, is a great place to visit on a lunch break or after a long day at the office. Services include: manicures and pedicures, natural nails, pink and white, gel polish, eyebrows, neck, Brazilian, chest, sideburns and more. For manis and pedis, though the gel services seem to be the popular choice with its long-lasting reputation, ask the manicurist at Capital Nails to throw on an extra layer of glitter over a solid color for a fun summertime look.

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Noble Nails Spa
442 Howe Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 920-1228

As a family-owned establishment, Noble Nails Spa wants its customers to feel comfortable first and never pressured into adding on unnecessary costs when visiting. Enjoy the relaxing decor of fragrant candles, ambient lighting and picturesque ceiling art for the ultimate, kick-back experience. A basic mani here will cost $10 and a pedi, $20, but what is included with the visit is well worth it: nail trimming, shaping and cuticle grooming and buffing. A hot stone massage and callus care are also features of the pedi service, along with a warm lotion massage, warm towels and, of course, choice of color.

French Nail Salon
3256 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-7507

When in the market for a clean and classic French tip manicure or pedicure, stop by the French Nail Salon. What’s more, this salon is one of the oldest operating in the Sacramento area and opened its doors in 1984. It also offers a myriad of relaxing services for the hands and feet to keep those nails sparkling way into the summer. A manicure starts at $8, and a pedicure starts at $14. The French-themed salon also offers gel options by Shellac, fiber glass sets and fills, along with silk sets and fills.

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