Instyle nails is awesome! I took my sister and b.f. there and we all had our nails done together. Its only 3 dollars more for french tips too. They get you in and out so if you are on a time crunch no biggie. They have someone doing your manicure while another lady does the pedi. The massage is great, its not very long but it leaves you feeling reenrgized. I highly recommend them- oh and important- they are CLEAN too!
Best Manicure - 2006
The very best nail salon I've found is V&H Nailspa at 6606 Irvington (77022). I've had acrylic nails for the past 10 years, and I've never found a place as great as V&H. Van and Helen, the owners, are very friendly, sweet sisters who take great pride in their work -- I've never had a bad set from them in the 3 years I've been going. Though a bit out of my way, I happily drive there every two weeks, knowing that I'll get amazing nails at a phenominal price.