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  • Midtown Nail Spot: Viva La Nails

    I’m into switching up my nail routine (even though there are some great nail spots that I love to frequent in Hoboken), so I decided to try out Viva La Nails located at 530 Washington Street.

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    Viva La Nails has been around for at least 8 years, so their equipment isn’t the most updated, but I was impressed with the tool cleanliness (which isn’t always the case!).

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    Each package of nail supplies is put into a pouch and sealed; it is then put under a heat of at least 250 – 270 degrees Fahrenheit so that all bacteria is killed and that the tools are completely sanitized. Quite a necessity but not always done at every nail salon. Tsk tsk.

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    For my treatment, I decided to get a gel manicure and a regular pedicure. The pedicure chairs are not extremely new, however I was so excited to see that there were no “pipes” that were part of the pedicure tubs (which greatly reduces any infection or germs spread from pedicure to pedicure). So great that nail salons are taking this seriously – sanitary pedicures are a MUST. Kudos! 

    For the pedicure, I really liked the process. The normal stuff…then (a plus) they massaged with hot stones + the regular massage and exfoliation. Additionally, they also did a paraffin wax on my heels…great for calluses. I also decided to get some pedicure socks to keep my feet warm since it was freezing out! Not optimal flip flop conditions, and it’s so frustrating to have to wait to wear close-toed shoes because you’re freezing but need your nails to dry STAT.

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    My pedicure socks. And purple pedi.

    Okay, on to the gel mani: in a word — great. The UV light machines were clean and relatively new, which sometimes is not the case at some nail salons {you know — when you feel like you’re sticking your hands inside a disgusting scummy hole for 15 minutes each? Gross}…so I was very happy about that. As far as the manicure quality itself, I’ll let the picture do it the justice it deserves:

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    VERY impressed!

    After the manicure, I got a shoulder massage {another thing a lot of local nail salons skimp on these days} which was short but sweet. The owner, Jeanny, actually specializes in accupressure (currently going to school for it), so I witnessed her actually give several chair massages to ladies who came in as well {separate from the nail part}. While my feet were drying, I was complaining about my neck pain {probably from too much writing 😉 } and I swear she touched my back/neck for about 2 minutes and the pain was considerably lessened. I don’t know if it’s just me, but sometimes I feel infinitely better and more relaxed after even just a 30 second neck massage: definitely worth it.

    Taking my jewels off for the exfoliation part.

    Taking my jewels off for the hand exfoliation part.

    Overall I found Viva La Nails to be a very sanitary and quality spot to get my nails done. I will be back when I’m in that area for sure (especially for the gel!). I really enjoyed the atmosphere (Jeanny runs a tight ship and makes sure there is not much gossiping happening in other languages by her nail techs — something she said was a problem in the past). Even though I know a little Spanish myself and enjoy listening in to conversations, it was nice not feeling like you’re being talked about by the nail techs…which I’ve witnessed before! As far as prices, a regular manicure is $10 and a colored gel manicure is $30. Pedicures are $20 (which includes the paraffin & hot stone!) = competitive. I hear on Monday-Thursdays a regular mani/pedi is actually $25!

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    Price list!

    Like I said, the ambiance is average since the machinery is not extremely updated, but considering what you get included in the price + the cleanliness + the mani/pedi quality, I’d definitely recommend Viva La Nails if you’re in need of a polish update!

    Have you been to Viva La Nails?  What did you think?



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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of She started the site to discover the wealth of fun things happening in Hoboken and Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog Pierre, or watching some really bad {but oh-so-good} reality TV and ordering takeout with her husband.


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