For the average New Yorker, getting your nails done is part of a bi-weekly or monthly routine. Between rush hour frustrations and slow walking tourists, every New Yorker needs a day they can treat themselves to their nails. With neighborhoods being gentrified left and right, there’s a shortage of black-owned businesses in New York. Keep reading for MEFeater’s guide for the top five black-owned nail salons in New York City.
Snuggled in the heart of Bed-Stuy, The Nail Belle is Brooklyn’s only Green America certified business. Offering eco-friendly options such as cal-gel manicures and SNS dipping powder options, not only will you be primped and pampered, but you’ll be supporting a black-owned business that’s saving the environment too.
2. Bed of Nails
Sending off beauty vibes in the heart of Harlem, Bed of Nails is where you need to go if you’re in need of a glam day. This luxurious studio not only offers nail services but salon and spa specialties as well. Complete with jelly moisturizing pedicures and a range of nail polishes including Chanel and Marc Jacobs, Bed of Nails was featured in Ebony magazine, highlighting black owner and freelance celebrity manicurist Candice Idehen.
Teyana Taylor has not only graced our ears with her latest album debut but is now making sure our nails stay on fleek as well. Named after her three-year-old daughter, the Harlem salon boasts a New York in the 90’s vibe. Complete with mani-pedicure designs and advanced features such as 3D-print and Swavorski crystals, Taylor is bringing back the culture one stroke of polish at a time.
A studio where beauty and art collide, Free Edge is the perfect space for anyone looking for creative expression and pampering. Owned by Raven and Niya, two African-American beauty enthusiasts, this studio offers top-notch services including waxing, nails services with Polygel polish and even events.
Nestled in the heart of Flatbush, Brooklyn, with additional locations in Flushing, Barry’s Beauty Bar is the epitome of high-class pampering services. Swanking ombre polished nails and mood changing polish, Barry’s Beauty Bar is a perfect example that beauty extends to all genders.