Every day, technicians at New York City nail salons across the five boroughs decorate nails with everything from basic colors to complex art practically worthy of display at the Guggenheim. Some of the best nail salons NYC has to offer include three Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spas, where technicians are trained by celebrity manicurist and nail-polish creator Jin Soon Choi, and Brooklyn’s Primp and Polish, where treatments take place in an outdoor pedicure garden. The nail salon Soho flocks to is Paintbox, which boasts complimentary beverages, iPhone charging stations, and understated nail art designed by celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec. In addition to working with traditional polish, artists at these salons happily adorn nails with acrylics, gels, and silks.

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