Top 5 Nail Treatments — And The Polishes To Go With ‘Em


With so many fab, exotic mani and pedi treatments out there, why do we always tend toward the traditional buff-and-polish? Yes, sometimes a speedy maintenance treatment is all you need (see below, number two), but it doesn’t hurt to check out a spa’s laundry list of treatments and order something decadent. Same goes for your polish. I’ve taken the legwork out of it and matched up some of the best local nail treatments with perfectly suited — and totally in style — polishes. (No frantic pre-pedi search for the perfect shade.) So forgo the French and the sport mani and opt for one of these off-the-beaten-path combos. Because there’s nothing wrong with a little coordination.

1. For the Caffeine Addict

The treatment: The BodyCoffee pedi at Citrus Salon & Day Spa. During this 70-minute pedi, feet are treated to Dead Sea Salt exfoliators and coffee-based oils and lotions, and also soaked in milk and coffee, which energizes weary tootsies. Poor, dry heels are rubbed down with a coffee-scented balm (with soaks in with the help of heated booties), and a paraffin dip makes feet super-soft. Even better than Starbucks. $55 at Citrus Salon & Day Spa

Pair with: “We’ll Always Have Paris” from OPI’s new La Collection de France. This rich coffee shade with a touch of deep eggplant is totally vamp. $8.50 at select drug stores.

2. For the Eco-Friendly

The treatment: The Organic Manicure at Juju Spa & Organics. This all-organic mani covers the basics: a warm soak, cuticle treatment with organic oils, nail shaping, buffing and hand massage. No fancy stuff, which is just fine with me. And at just 30 minutes, it’s perfect for lunch-break pampering. $22 at Juju Spa & Organics

Pair with: “Charlize” by Zoya. Don’t just stop at the mani — pick good-for-the-earth varnishes, too. Zoya’s are free of nasty toxic stuff like toluene, formaldehyde and DBP, and are ridiculously long-lasting. Which is great, because you won’t want this nearly-nude, creamy beige shade to chip. $6 at artofbeauty.com

3. For the Girly-Girl

The treatment: The Rose Spa mani and pedi at Body Serene. Their signature 40-minute mani and 50-minute pedi use essential rose oils and rose mud to rehydrate rough skin. Totally indulgent, but therapeutic, too. Manicure, $30, and pedicure, $60, at Body Serene.

Pair with:
“Swept off my Feet” by Essie. Swap out your bubblegum pinks for this refined rosy hue—perfect for fall. $8 at essieshop.com.

4. For the Style-Setter

The treatment: The Green Tea pedi at Ame Salon & Spa. Green tea leaves (which have anti-inflammatory properties and provide gentle exfoliation) are the prime ingredients in this soothing treatment, which moisturizes, exfoliates and prettifies feet that have been stuffed in cold-weather boots for too long. $60 at Ame Salon & Spa.

Pair with: “Recycle” by Rescue Beauty. Our always-chic photo assistant photo editor Jess Hawkes has been sporting this shade around the office this week, and I’m obsessed. The almost-black emerald shade is gorg and proves that, for nails at least, forest green is the new navy. $18 at rescuebeauty.com.

5. For the Minimalist

The treatment: The Ultimate Rescue pedi at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa. This signature 70-minute treatment starts with a sleep-inducing foot soak in warm milk (lactic acid helps exfoliate), before feet and calves are scrubbed, exfoliated, massaged and moisturized. You’ll want to wear sandals, just to show off your glowing gams and polished-to-perfection toes. $50 at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa.

Pair with:
“Marshmallow” by Essie. A chic, unexpected departure from darker, autumnal shades, this milky-white hue looks totally fresh. $8 at essieshop.com.