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16 November 2009 by Ashley Perkins 27 Comments

pedicureWhen you want to be pampered, but don’t want to spend big bucks on a massage, a good pedicure can be the next best thing. The Wichita nail salons listed below are some of my favorites (and least favorites). And men, you may think this information doesn’t apply to you, but just try it. I think you’ll like it.

Dashing Diva’s Nails – I’m starting with this one because it is absolutely, hands down, my favorite nail place of all time. I first discovered the salon, located at 11330 E. Central Ave., when I lived at home. Since moving a little further west, the location is not as convenient for me, but every time I stray to another place, I regret it. The employees there are friendly (but not overly-chatty), and they remember me, no matter how long it’s been since I’ve been in. I find that the polish here lasts longer, even if it’s during the school year when I’m wearing pointy-toed shoes every day. Also, the foot rubs are heavenly. Price: $30 for a spa pedicure, but they have other, more extensive treatments at various prices.

Xenon International Academy – I don’t know if I’d ever be brave enough to get my hair cut at Xenon, but I can definitely recommend the pedicures. The academy, located at 3804 W. Douglas, is also a good alternative for those looking to save money. Although the polish job was a little sloppy, the overall experience was positive. Price: Ranges from $19-$24 for a spa pedicure.

Beau Monde Spa and Boutique– If you want to feel extra pampered, Beau Monde is the place to be. Even though I wasn’t getting a massage or facial, they let me put on a big fluffy robe to get my pedicure. I also like the spa because they have a room in the back where you can relax before and after your treatments. Although it pains me to say this as an East-sider, in general, I find the employees at the New Market Square location (2441 N. Maize Rd. #2510) to be friendlier than those at the east location (2939 N. Rock Rd. #100). My polish here didn’t last very long, which was disappointing since services here are quite a bit pricier than other locations. Price: Ranges from $37 for a 30 minute basic pedicure to over $100 for more extensive services.

Tips and Toes – I hear good things about the east location of this nail salon (2161 N Rock Rd # 110), but the one in New Market Square (2441 N Maize Rd # 111) is one of my least favorite places in Wichita. It’s always really hot, so I end up feeling uncomfortable and I’m not able to relax. Also, the people who work there are not very friendly and seem to hate their jobs, which always makes me feel slightly guilty for making them rub my feet. The end result of the pedicures I’ve gotten at the salon are not bad, but it’s not worth dealing with the awkward environment. Price: $30 for a spa pedicure.

Do you have a favorite mani/pedi spot? Let us know in the comments (you too men – we won’t judge).

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  • Gina said:

    I love Zen Zen on Rock Road between Central & Douglas

  • H said:

    I am not sure I believe that men won’t be judged, however Craig Allen’s has to be the one and only place a man would go to feel comfortable getting any type of nail service done. The “works” package included a sports manicure, the terminology I am sure is to help with the masculinity of the situation, which was a very light manicure mainly to keep your nails in good shape. The sports manicure and mainly the hand massage was a great service. Until the ownership started jacking people’s credit cards and the service went from unbelievable to very poor I would say that CA’s Fine Grooming was a real treat.

  • Ashley Perkins (author) said:

    Oh, H, I’d never judge a fellow pedicure-lover.

  • Missy said:

    The only place I have ever gone for a pedi in Wichita is Beau Monde, and I have no desire to try any where else. Maybe it is because it reminds me of my fave place in New Orleans, H2O, where I went exclusively for years. To me the higher price is worth it fopr the ambience. I started at the east location for a couple years, the switched to the west side which was closer to home. I find the front desk people a little snotty at both locations, but the ladies who do the actual pedi’s are nice both places. I am waaaay past due forsome foot love now and plan on heading to the east location in the next couple of weeks since I now live on the east side. I hope Leanne still works there. She is awesome! West side – I love Crystal, though I think she has since left. *snif* Highly recommened for anyone who wants the real “spa” type experience versus the nail salon atmosphere.

  • Steph-honey said:

    Recently, I was urged to try out American Nails Salon. Located at 1711 W Douglas, I was impressed with their cleanliness and their pricing. They tech wasn’t at all put out by the fact that I brought my own polish or that I wasn’t going to be a “regular”. I will definitely use them again, as they are more convenient (West Side!) and overall, they were cheerful and pleasant.

    I’ve gone to Zen Zen, and loved them, but they are way east when I live way west. But quality vs. cost? Excellant. And cleanliness? Fantastic.

    For the record, those of us who work in Infectious Disease are really, really picky about mani’s and pedi’s. We see too many of the really nasty infections caused by the “bad” places. So if I say clean? I mean it.

  • kelsey said:

    Lux at 21st & Greenwich-super nice folks, super clean with massage chairs–$25 and I have never been in the chair less than 45 minutes-have tried tons of other places but always go back to Lux

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