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The Best Downtown Salons for Statement Nails



    Shop Guide: Statement Nails

    The best places to go downtown for truly eye-catching manicures. (Published Friday, March 23, 2012)

    One of spring's biggest trends isn't clothing or accessories -- it's eye-catching nails. Here, we step into three of the best salons south of 14th street offering dazzling manicures.

    Want your own head-turning manicure? Here are some of our favorite downtown spots for colors, techniques, and intricate nail art.

    112 Reade Street (at West Broadway)
    If you're into colors, this clean Tribeca salon has your fix. The salon stocks brands like RGB, Essie, Nars, and even Chanel, plus they keep track of your polishes so if you forget one you liked, they can remind you. Best of all, the salon is open 'til 10 p.m., so you could even stop in for a post-dinner mani.

    35 East 1st Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
    This Japanese chain offers everything from traditional manicures to intricate gel nails, though one of the specialties is Cal Gel, a new kind of gel that's become incredibly popular in Japan because it actually promotes nail health.

    Valley NYC
    198 Elizabeth Street (between Prince and Spring)
    Valley offers some of the most eye-catching nail art in the city, and the technicians here can do pretty much any design you can dream up (for a price, of course). Gel techniques like color and glitter gradients are incredibly popular, as are graphic patterns and sculpted bows.

    Marie Nails
    155 Prince Street (between West Broadway and Thompson)
    This salon also specializes in nail art, offering 3D treatments as well as Cal Gel manicures.

    Jin Soon
    56 East 4th Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue) 
    This posh salon, owned by veteran manicure master Jin Soon Choi, offers both luxurious manicures and impressive nail art.

    Video by Amanda Martinez