Shellac might sound like something that’s found or performed at a construction site, but it’s actually the latest trend in manicures. This type of polish is smooth, long-lasting and extremely durable, with its colors lasting up to 14 days. The best part: Shellac nail polish doesn’t damage your nails when it’s time to remove it. Check out one of these hot beauty spots for the best Shellac manicures in D.C. today.
Bliss Spa at W Hotel
515 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Price: $40 Shellac manicure
Bliss Spa at the W Hotel offers a wide variety of beauty treatments including massage, facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures. The spa features a luxe nail salon, separate men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges, delicious snacks and modern decor. Book your appointment and enjoy 45 minutes of pure manicure bliss. Upgrade your appointment with a hot paraffin pack or an aroma massage geared to alleviate stress and boost your mood. Other spa services offered at Bliss include laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and treatments for men.
Blu Nail Spa
1339 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Price: $35 Shellac manicure
At Blu Nail Spa in Logan Circle, you can pamper yourself from head to toe. Choose from a variety of spa services including Shellac manicures, a peppermint or chocolate pedicure or a combo mani/pedi that will leave your hands and feet feeling fantastic. A spa manicure includes a soothing massage, moisturizers and masks that help revitalize your skin. With more than 20 years of cosmetology experience, the technicians at Blu Nail Spa make customer satisfaction their mission. Appointments are encouraged, however walk-ins are welcome.
Patsy’s Nail Bar
1926 Eye St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
Price: $40 Shellac manicure/$49 French Shellac manicure
Recognized by Shape Magazine as “the place to go for Shellac services” in the D.C. area, Patsy’s Nail Bar offers a relaxing and detailed Shellac manicure experience. The 45- to 55-minute appointment includes cuticle shaping and care, exfoliation and a moisturizing hand massage. Choose from a wide variety of colors with the option to combine shades to create a custom blend. Patsy’s Nail Bar also offers Shellac French manicures, free WiFi and a complimentary beverage and snack.
DuPoint Nails and Spa
1718 20th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: $30 Shellac manicure/$35 French Shellac manicure/$32 Shellac soak off and manicure/$10 Shellac soak off and buff
If you’re looking for a truly organic experience, then head over to DuPont Nails and Spa where you’ll find high-quality customer service and earth-friendly products. The spa offers a variety of Shellac services including regular and French Shellac manicures, Shellac manicure removal and Shellac mani/pedis. DuPont Nails and Spa also features top-brand organic products including scrubs, creams and masks. Other services offered at the spa include cut, color and hair styling, waxing and threading, facials, massages and Brazilian keratin treatments.
Fusion Day Spa
1705 L St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Price: $40 Shellac manicure/$15 Shellac soak off
Thanks to its convenient downtown location, Fusion Day Spa makes it just a little bit easier to de-stress from a long day of working in the city. Many of the spa’s manicurists have more than 20 years of cosmetology experience as well as a client list that rivals any Hollywood “it” list. Choose from a variety of relaxing spa treatments including Shellac manicures and removal, acrylic services, waxing (the spa is known for its Brazilian waxes), facials, brow tint, and tattoo and hair care. Show your student ID and receive a 10-percent discount. Visit the website to see monthly specials including discounts on popular services as well as newly added services.
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