Mani Pedi in Galena Park

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Helmed by a talented nail tech known as “Queen Minx,” Your Nail Palace and Spa ups the ante when it comes to manicures and pedicures. Soft jazz music and lavender oils create an immediate sense of tranquility within the salon, as talented nail artists guide tired feet into ion baths. With more than 20 years of experience, the spa’s chief technician specializes in just about every beautifying technique, including shellac and gel manicures, organic pedicures, and soothing body wraps. Beauty specialists also enhance features with eyebrow waxes and pump up lashes with synthetic extensions.

10350 S Post Oak Rd
Houston,
TX
US

The master groomers at Nails by AkyJills polish talons to perfection with OPI products at highly sanitized stations and relieve stress or aches with targeted massage. Solo beauty seekers or pairs sipping beverages kick back in AkyJills' inviting salon as nail beautifiers primp upper and lower limbs with mini mani-pedis. Both services tend to extremities with a thorough nail shaping, cuticle trimming, and choice of polish color. Manicures in both options may be upgraded to a Bio Sculpture gel no-chip manicure for $20 per person. Aestheticians augment the treatment with a gentle massage that works an organic moisturizer, smoothing hydrator, and demo tapes from their cousins' bands into clients' hands. A choice of Swedish or deep-tissue massage eases the strain on muscles by using either gentle strokes or firm pressure to dissolve knots.

9938 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston,
TX
US

25 minutes. That's the length of the longest single treatment provided at any LAKA Manicure Express––and that’s exactly how the customers like it. Born from a desire to provide "fashionable manicures for the busy woman," LAKA has grown to more than 25 locations across Israel, Hong Kong, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, and the United States.

Stationed inside busy malls, each urban-inspired nail bar is easily recognizable by its futuristic, white-cube design and the pops of color provided by a selection of 150 nail polishes. Each lacquer is specially crafted in France using saturated pigments and inspired by the latest world trends and seasonal hues chosen by Mother Nature's mood ring. Inside the geometric styling stations, technicians speedily provide express manicures, mineral-rich hand peels, and nail art using real Swarovski stones. Since most sessions only take around 15 minutes, appointments are never required.

5135 West Alabama Street
Houston,
TX
US

Liz, owner of the aptly named SalonLiz, specializes in waxing and facials, while her staff performs haircuts, manicures, and pedicures. Liz makes sure her clients relax during all these services, outfitting her space with big, comfy leather recliners and private rooms with soft, comfortable beds. An array of take-home beauty products greet customers in the lobby, as does a selection of handmade jewelry, which enhances the boutique-y feel of the establishment. Pieces include necklaces, bracelets, and watches, which are bracelets that magically prevent you from being late.

Business Basics

Established: 2011
Reservations/Appointments: Recommended
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Mani pedi

4704 Richmond Avenue
Houston,
TX
US

Le Blanc Salon & Spa's stylists and aestheticians wield their combs and nail files like magic wands, working miraculous transformations with a simple flick of their wrists. They style hair into stunning updos or everyday looks with equal ease, and specialize in the art of adding extra length with the help of extensions. They even deliver relaxing massages, boosting the relaxation factor with the help of hot towels, heated stones, and hands warmed to exactly 98.6 degrees Farenheit.

The team works its magic beneath the salon's remarkably high ceilings, their work lit by the twinkling glow of a many-layered chandelier and hanging track lights. Rich, red hardwood floors run underfoot, their cherry tone adding a pop of color to the salon's collection of pristine white furnishings and pale walls.

4822 Washington Ave
Houston,
TX
US

Looking beautiful shouldn't take all day, which is why Apple Lash Studio offers a menu of services that helps clients cut down on their primping time. Mascara can be nixed from one's makeup routine after synthetic-fiber extensions—available in black and glitter-coated styles—add immediate length and volume to lash lines. The naturally curved, semipermanent lashes never interfere with one's other daily activities, including swimming, showering, and sweating, and only take a trained lash specialist up to two hours to apply, one lash at a time, using sterilized equipment. While at the intimate shop, clients can also have unwanted hair quickly removed from their brows, lower legs, and bikini lines.

5630 N Eldridge Pkwy
Houston,
TX
US