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Nail wraps from Los Angeles-based NCLA are displayed next to the register. Honestly, if our nail tech hadn?t put them on for us, we shudder to think what a mess we?d have made. (We're so not ambidextrous.)
The real scene-stealer in this photo is manicurist Bran’dee’s amazeballs freehand nail art that she does on herself. Now back to the nail wraps: For step two, your manicurist uses a tweezer to adjust the ultrathin vinyl wrap onto your nail, pulling it taut from base to tip.
Last, the wraps are trimmed not by cutting but by a careful whisk or two of a nail file. We opted for a final gel coat to extend the life of our manicure up to two weeks.
According to Olive & June salon owner Sarah Gibson Tuttle, Deborah Lippmann makes the best glitter nail polish on the market today.
We know nail art is a thing, but we usually couldn’t give two soaks about which salon we go to. Just get us in and out without wasting our time and money, okay?
Then we discovered Olive & June, now open in Beverly Hills.
Olive & June immediately stands out from the usual storefront manicure joints and chain salons--the typical monster massage recliners have been swapped out for leather sling chairs, and in place of the commonplace growling foot Jacuzzis are soaking bowls. (Your pedicurist hand-washes your feet, luxe-resort-spa-style.)
We’re shocked that a swank spot with such great service and a North Canon Drive address offers an inexpensive manicure ($20). All-organic services, using Odacité products, run a little more (mani $35, pedi $45).
But what thrills us the most are the NCLA nail wraps ($18 a pack or $50 with application), which take about an hour to put on but look like legit nail art. Owner Sarah Gibson Tuttle says the wraps are the salon’s surprise hit--as well as her unheard-of 8 a.m. early appointment slot.
Olive & June, 430 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-247-0500 or olivejune.com
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