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French magazines and bloggers have long extolled the joys of the American nail salon and the affordable stateside luxury that is the mani-pedi. But until recently it was hard to find an inexpensive place to get your nails done in a city obsessed with beauty.
So to try and bridge the gap between high-end, time-consuming, budget-busting Paris beauty institute manicures and so-called medical pedicures (an expensive and clinical French ritual as daunting as it sounds), a new generation of reasonably priced, NYC-inspired nail bars have popped up around the city. Here are a few of our favorites:
Culture of Color
More than 200 OPI nail colors and prices that start at €6 for a simple polish change (and start at a reasonable €21 for a manicure and €37 for a pedicure) make the sleek, modern Culture of Color a good choice. The chain also has multiple locations around the city.
Decorated with polished concrete and industrial furniture in a nod to New York style, Nail Factory has three locations in Paris. They use OPI products, and polish changes start at €5, with full-on manicures from €19.90.
Paris New York
At this chic NYC-inspired nail bar at 38 rue de Varenne in the 7th arrondissement, there’s a flat screen and a wandering iPad to entertain you while you get your OPI polish changed for as low as €5. Call 01 42 84 02 39 for an appointment.