Though the practice of nail art has been around since Babylonia, the whole thing really kicked into gear over the past few years. In the Phoenix area, there are more than a few spots to get a freakishly well-done designs on your little scratchers.
In case you’re not interested in waiting for your shipment from House of Holland, here are seven places in metro Phoenix known for great nail art.
Azul Day Spa
2827 West Peoria Avenue, Suite 104, in Phoenix
Neighboring Metro Center Mall, Azul Day Spa is a big contender in the nail art scene. Prices for nail art range from $5 to $20-plus, depending on the quantity of nails (either two accent nails or a full set), the design itself, the grade of adorning gems or rhinestones, and the prior base services.
"If our clients bring us a picture, we pretty much bend over backward for them,” says general manager Chloe Thai. “All of our nail art services are done free hand, no sticker or stencil.” She says Azul uses acrylic paint, nail polish, gel polish, pigments, color powder, powder glitter, and more.
“We really enjoy the fact they are always satisfied with our nail art services,” Thai says, “It really separates us from the ‘typical salon.’”
Dolce Salon & Spa
3325 West Chandler Boulevard in Chandler
Don’t fret, East Valley residents – you don’t have to pack a cooler just to get your nails done in this town.
With locations in Chandler and Scottsdale, the Dolce Salon & Spa features a “luxurious nail salon” – offering hand-painted, custom nail designs and 3D Deco nail art (at $5 per finger). These guys do also do killer stiletto nails (when your nails come to a point — think Rihanna or Gaga).
Thanks to the "Nail Gallery," Dolce offers over 100 glitter options, tons of decals and gems, and top brand polishes like Smith & Cult, OPI, and Gellish – plus Dolce's own line Doco Charmuse of lotions and scrubs.
"We provide manicures, pedicures, and all types of nail enhancements..." says Chandler client pperations director Tessa Love. "You truly get 'one of a kind' nails; an entirely customized experience."
There's a second Dolce location at 15323 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 180, in Scottsdale, 480-722-0500.
M3V – The Nail Bar
5450 East High Street, Suite 109, in Phoenix
What’s more enticing than a tagline like “Nails. Coffee. Wine?” That does’t even mention beer, mimosas, sodas, and teas. But enough about beverages.
M3V – The Nail Bar usually does custom nail art, “but we’ve done everything from Bronco[s] nails to Halloween spiders,” says founder and owner Tracy VanBibber. “We also have a full scale glitter bar. We do a lot of glitter.”
At M3V, it’s $5 for art or glitter accent nails, and $10 for every nail.
The Spa at Camelback Village
4444 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix
The Spa at Camelback Village is lucky enough to employ Sarah Waite, the artist behind Chalkboard Nails – a nail art blog with some DIY tutorials and some fantastic shots of nails.
Village Signature manicures start at $35, shellac bumps you up to $45, and a full set of artificial nails runs you $75. These services also come with a relaxing atmosphere and an adult beverage.
Waite advises those looking for nail art services call ahead to schedule an extra 30 minutes for your session.