Mani Pedi in San Juan Capistrano

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The talented team at SC Nail Lounge pampers fingers and toes with an array of nail services. During treatments, they groom cuticles and remove calluses before filing and topping nails with bright coats of polish. Alternatively, they keep digits looking primped for up to two weeks with shellac polish or Minx nail wraps.

302 Avenida DeLaEstrella
San Clemente,
CA
US

Mary Ann Kilgore always wears sandals. So she used to obsess over the condition of her feet, a preoccupation she was able to turn into an occupation upon becoming a training manager for Minx Nails. The Minx process uses adhesive colors and designs that, when heated, bond to nails with an effect similar to shrink-wrap or the vacuum cleaner on Superman's back that sucks his cape tight. This enables the pedicure to last for up to six weeks, a feat Mary Ann was so continually impressed with that she no longer wanted to just train Minx stylists—she wanted to be one.

Along with her experience as a nail technician at The Spa at Pelican Hill, which boasts one of Forbes' elite five-star ratings, Mary Ann used her Minx training to open her own nail studio. Despite its cheeky name, The OC Minx is more serene than social: she is the only practitioner and works with clients one-on-one in a completely private space decorated with plants, candles, and cushy earth-toned furniture. She does more than just Minx pedicures here, though, as she also blends OPI polishes for custom colors, administers Shellac manicures, and gives hot-stone massages as part of spa pedicures or to overworked pedicure chairs.

1500 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach,
CA
US

During her four years at Toni&Guy, Natalee Matalka not only perfected the art of precision cuts and styling, but she also became certified in Brazilian blowouts—a treatment that lends shine and manageability to manes for up to 12 weeks. She brings that expertise to The Loft Hair Studio and Day Spa, where she turns out shiny, vibrant strands with Moroccanoil and Rusk products.

1617 Westcliff Dr
Newport Beach,
CA
US

I have been doing nails for 17 yrs and I love my job. I moved here from Las Vegas 2 yrs ago and started working at Jeffrey Alan Salon last year.

188 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa,
CA
US

Inside KE Salon, nail technician Gabriella Barrese meticulously grooms fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures. She begins each treatment by trimming cuticles and plying skin with hydrating Salt of the Earth lotions. From there, Gabriella files nails and brushes on traditional or long-lasting gel polish. Gabriella also performs pedicures that remove calluses and moisturize feet, and she can follow up treatments by painting nails.

1835 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa,
CA
US

At FlyGirls Nail Art, a team of nail technicians works to keep their clientele’s nails looking pristine. Customers are treated to complimentary beverages as they sit down for manicures or pedicures.

170 E 17th St
Costa Mesa,
CA
US