Julia recommends: Best nail salon

I have been THE WORST at blogging over the past month. I profusely apologize. It definitely is a bigger time commitment than I ever imagined.

BUT, I'm getting my butt (hah) in gear, and we're doing this thing, together. I want to start writing about recommendations because I've lived in SF for 24 years so I definitely know a few places here and there. Plus, people ask me all the time where to go to get/do [insert need/desire here]. So here we are.

This edition of Julia Recommends is ... (drumroll please) ... my nail salon! I usually just go for a pink/nude/grey color, but this week I was feeling extra saucy so I got this adorable (schizophrenic?) mixed canvas kind of deal. Take a look for yourself (and notice that pretty much anything I hold, ever, has to do with boba tea, obvs):

I've been to quite a few nail salons in the city, and Sophia's Beauty Lounge is definitely the best. This is the only place that consistently gets the correct nail shape that I want, and where my gel mani doesn't chip.

PROS:

The location is easy to get to (not far from 24th Street BART), the space is relaxing, the women who work there are super sweet, and there's always a chick flick going on TV (what a great excuse to waste an hour watching Clueless for the 100th time!). When you first walk in, they put a hot or cold compress around your neck and offer tea or water. Their massages area strong and amazing.

CONS:

They book up pretty quickly, so if you want a weekend spot, definitely schedule a few days to a week ahead. They're also a bit pricier than some other places ($40 for a gel mani), but honestly, it lasts 3-4 weeks so you're paying for quality.

Also, you'll likely meet Sophia (the owner) and she is the sweetest person ever! Tell her Julia sent you ;)

 

Sophia's Beauty Lounge

3420 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco

(415) 285-9777

Open Monday-Saturday 10:30am-7pm