Your feet are tired, callused or just plain ugly. A quick and easy pedicure can help take away the foot fetish blues. Here are four local spots to give your feet a break:
Can Can Parleur is exactly what it sounds like—a luxurious hand and foot salon with a bit of oooh la la thrown in. Opened in October, this new La Brea Ave. brick and mortar salon is a lavish getaway for your hands, feet and psyche. You walk through the doors and find yourself in a “Parisian Soiree Without Leaving L.A.” Silk drapes cascade around every chair, a plush seating area allows for lively chatter. French murals are hand- painted by the owner and her family, and the brick walls are made of recycled paper and coffee beans.
“I’m a Renaissance woman,” laughs Carolann Sanchez-Shapiro, the salon’s owner. “I wanted the parlor to reflect beauty and color and warmth. It needed to be an inviting space for all.”
Carolann was also concerned about making her new establishment eco-friendly, using no formaldehyde.
The spa is also waterless. “Water can be damaging to nails,” informs Carolann, “which swell in water and leads to splitting, peeling and breakage.” The salon offers an array of luxurious manicures and pedicures, including their signature Le Can Can (hands placed in warm keratin gloves, feet pampered and exfoliated using organic sugar and coffee scrub, then placed in booties, followed by an extended hand or foot massage with your choice of organic lavender-rose-citrus lotion or oil, $30 mani/$40 pedi.)
Why the Can Can Parisian theme?
“La Belle Epoque was such a liberating time for women in France,” explains Carolann. “This is a salon that reflects that attitude.” Can Can, 731½ N. La Brea Ave., 323-954-6900, cancanparleur.com.
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Bokka Nails is Larchmont Blvd.’s newest nail salon, located at the corner of Larchmont and Rosewood. Opened by Annie Kang in September, who until recently occupied the manicurist corner of Romi Cortier Design, the salon is peaceful, earthy, and friendly. The walls are a combination of wood siding and warm orange and gray painted walls, playing off of pink chairs and tiled flooring. Pedicures are offered for $25.
To celebrate the store’s grand opening, for the next two months, pedicures will also include a complimentary sugar scrub and hot stone massage. For $70, the Bokka Special Pedicure includes a callus repair scrub, sea salt scrub, minty mask, paraffin and massage (regularly priced at $80). Come in for nine pedicures and get the 10th one free. Bokka Nails, 500 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-745-0477, bokkanails.com.
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Pastel Nails and Spa is located at the corner of Arden and Melrose. Taking customers since 2007, the store has built a loyal following. Pink walls and oversized spa chairs give the space a homey feel. Pedicures range from the standard Spa Pedicure ($20) to the Men’s Pedicure ($25, reflexology massage included) to the deluxe Aroma Therapy Spa Pedicure ($45). The Aroma Therapy Pedicure includes pedicure, herb bath, marine masque, exfoliant oil/sea serum, reflexology and stone massage.
Pastel, 5770 Melrose Ave., 323-957-9879
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If you’re looking for a nail salon right smack in the middle of shopping on the boulevard, that would be Bellacures, next door to Pinches Tacos. The highly popular salon is known for its large variety of pedicure options, including a Walnut Scrub Pedi. Bellacures does private parties, as well as offers a Champagne happy hour each evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Customers who frequent the salon at least 10 times per year are entered into the Bellacures VIP program, which gives access to exclusive discounts at stores around Los Angeles, including diptyque, Pickett Fences and Malin+Goetz on Larchmont Blvd.
Bellacures, 205 N. Larchmont Blvd., 310-584-4553, bellacures.com.