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Cheap manicure pedicure bars in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / March 24, 2011

Toronto manicure pedicureManicure pedicure options abound in Toronto. After all, getting your nails done can be a lot like picking up a cup of coffee or going for sushi. And while there are options literally on every other street, sometimes you just want something fast and cheap. In Toronto, especially on busy blocks, there seem to be more and more nail salons cropping up. And perhaps for that reason, you don't have to fork over a whole lot if you're looking for a basic manicure or pedicure.

Sterilization is non-negotiable for me when dropping into a salon, but I could take or leave the iced lemon water and energy candles that sometimes come with a higher price.

If karma candles are your thing, though, this list probably isn't for you. But anyone looking for an affordable (around $15) manicure might want to check out some of the places listed below, as suggested by our followers on Twitter.

Urban Nail
On Danforth east of Broadview, Urban nail offers basic manicures for $15, pedicures for $25, and $35 for both. They also have waxing for basically every feasible surface of your body.

Lucy's Nails
Lucy's Nails at Dundas and High Park offers the cheapest manicure I've heard of in the city, at just $8. Pedicures are $18, and both hands and feet are $25. Cash only.

Mosheta
Mosheta Salon & Spa at Queen east of Bathurst and Yonge and Wellesley offers manicures for $15, pedicures for $20, and both for $30. It also specializes in Vajazzling for those for whom pretty hands and feet aren't quite enough.

Chic Nails
On College east of Crawford, manicures at Chic are $15, pedicures are $25, and both are $35. Said to be quick and easy.

Nice One Nails
A chain of salons with several locations in Toronto, Nice One at King and Dufferin quoted me $15 for a manicure, $25 for a pedicure, and $40 for both (meaning no special deal if you get hands and feet).

Tina Five Star Nails
At Pape and Danforth, Tina's is another one offering a $15 manicure, $25 pedicure, and $35 for both.

Planet Nails
Planet Nails at Yonge and Eglinton has $15 manicures, $25 pedicures, and $35 for both, but also advertises monthly specials on its website where you may be able to find a discount.

Nailsense
On Yonge between Lawrence and Eglinton, Nailsense offers $15 manis, $25 pedis, and $35 for both. Also has facials, waxing, and spa parties.

Star Nails (Parliament between Carlton and Gerrard)
Star Nails on Parliament between Carlton and Gerrard offers manicures for $15, pedicures for $25, and no special deal for both at $40.

Cozy Nails
Cozy Nails on Yonge north of Lawrence offers manicures for $15 (with French just +$2), pedicures for $28, and both for $40. Other services include waxing, facials, and massage.

Time for Nails and Spa
Other salon offering $15 manicures, $25 pedicures, and both for $35. At Bay north of Dundas, you can also get eyelash extensions and permanent makeup.

Joy Nails & Spa
One dollar more than the others asking $16 for manicures, Joy Nails at Eglinton and Avenue also offers pedicures for $29, and both for a seemingly arbitrary $42.

Have a suggestion for where to get your nails done on the cheap? Please add it to the comments below.

Discussion

50 Comments

Rachel / March 24, 2011 at 11:15 am
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Nail for Best is at 347 College Street (right at College and Augusta) and a manicure also goes for $15. It was one of the best manicures I have ever received, too!
Ann / March 24, 2011 at 11:27 am
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Please remember stuff like this when you decide to get a manicure:

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=e5afe8d5a1a659d1c61d5585a295ae67

Nail salon workers, often underpaid immigrant women, are breathing in toxic chemicals (such as acetone, toulene, Tosylamide Formaldehyde Resin...) everyday that have very serious health hazards.

A cheap manicure isn't worth damaging the health of others.

If you get a manicure/pedicure etc, talk to the salon owner of the safety of their workers!

http://www.ohcow.on.ca/resources/handbooks/nail_salon/nail_salons.pdf


Addresses...? / March 24, 2011 at 11:50 am
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Actual addresses would be helpful...
Rose / March 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm
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I've been to Urban Nail & it's new. Very nice & clean environment. Friendly staff. Best manicure I've ever received.
Katie / March 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm
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In my Weston neighbourhood, Nancy's Nails (Weston & Church) is great.

The writer is correct though, stuff has to be sanitized. Being able to communicate with the staff is huge.
marta replying to a comment from Ann / March 24, 2011 at 01:00 pm
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Not to mention the number of women who work at these salons who are 'owned' by mafia in exchange for coming to this country.
Jasmine / March 24, 2011 at 01:14 pm
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The best nail place in the city is by far Star Nails on Parliament! Everyone is friendly and welcoming and they've been in business forever.

I've been to plenty of high-end salons that do a horrible job. Just because it's "cheap" doesn't mean that it's associated with the mob or exploiting their staff. People making those comments are making dangerous generalizations.
Breanne / March 24, 2011 at 01:18 pm
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I've been to enough cheap nail places (incl some on the list) and I have NEVER seen any employee actually sanitize any tool outside of throwing something into those (useless) UV lightboxes.
I will and do pay more to know that a nail file/nippers were not used on someones's bleeding fingers before me. How many times have you been knicked at these places?? Something to think about gals...
CL / March 24, 2011 at 01:49 pm
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i have been to Spring nails at Bloor and Euclid and Nails by Tina (aka Beyond Beauty) at Bloor and Palmerston, both were clean and had friendly employees
some of these establishments will offer to give you the nail implements as they do not reuse them
bonuses are the hot towels and hand massages!
yashmash / March 24, 2011 at 02:05 pm
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nm lucy's is there. Ahaha. best place!
Krys / March 24, 2011 at 02:21 pm
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How did "The 10 Spot" get left off this list. Pricey but amazing...seriously?
JT / March 24, 2011 at 02:23 pm
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My favourite one on this list is NAILSENSE. They do a good job and the place is spotless. One of the few salon that use an autoclave to sterilize their tools. I am a nurse and seeing that make me feel very comfortable. I wish they are a little closer to my hood.
TMR replying to a comment from Krys / March 24, 2011 at 03:01 pm
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maybe because it is pricey and the article is "Cheap manicure pedicure bars in Toronto"
Ann / March 24, 2011 at 03:31 pm
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Wow... everyone is just talking about the best places to go.

Doesn't anyone care?

"During the 13 years that Connie Nguyen has worked in Bay Area nail salons, she's seen numerous friends and co-workers become ill. She, too, has come down with mysterious skin rashes and respiratory problems. A few years ago, experiencing shortness of breath, she went to the doctor.

"The X-ray technician asked me if I'd been smoking a long time," said Nguyen, 48. "It shocked me. I have never smoked in my life.""

http://articles.sfgate.com/2007-11-16/bay-area/17269181_1_nail-salons-salon-technicians-salon-workers

"On the job, nail salon workers come into contact with chemical hazards linked to illnesses, cancers and reproductive harm, including birth defects. The known or suspected carcinogens include phthalates (found in nail polish), formaldehyde, benzene and methylene chloride."

Honestly, your nails are more important than stuff like this?

Or maybe you'd all care more that these chemicals are being absorbed by your skin and lungs as well...
Mary / March 24, 2011 at 05:03 pm
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I am shocked about the attitude people are showing here. It's a fact that many of the women working in cheap nail salons are bonded labour, meaning they work for next to no money to repay the organized criminals who got them into this country. It's a fact that working in a nail salon without adequate ventilaton is a serious health hazard and it is a fact that few of the cheap places autoclave their equipment.

Mabel / March 24, 2011 at 07:58 pm
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Check out Cranberry Flirt on 784 Annette Street. Just north of Jane Station. Look them up on Facebook for their hours.

They do manis, pedis, blowdrys and waxing...
Kristin replying to a comment from Ann / March 24, 2011 at 09:17 pm
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Ann - You're right. Hair coloring products are also harmful to your health. They too smell toxic but someone has to do it. Things we all do to look beautiful. Like wearing high heels :)

Mary - I frequent these places a lot. These women are legal immigrants just like my parents were in the 60s when they first came to Canada from Italy. They worked hard and earn low wages in constuction bussiness laying ceramic tiles and replacing roofs. Our family now own a large construction bussiness. Everyone has to make a living.
p / March 24, 2011 at 09:35 pm
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Chic Nails is anything but fast. Getting a mani + pedi there takes about two hours, so keep that in mind while making plans.
Ann replying to a comment from Kristin / March 25, 2011 at 10:36 am
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Kristin-That is ridiculous. Inhaling hair chemical fumes for a few minutes is nothing like working in an environment with fumes everyday, for hours (plus, the chemicals in nails salons are far more toxic).
The fact is, things could be changed to be less damaging.
You are just choosing to look the other way because you are selfish and are lacking in compassion towards these women, so at least admit to that and not say that these are things we "have" to do.
Also, not everyone wears high heels and gets manicures--they look silly to me.

That may have worked out for your parents now, but honestly, immigrants shouldn't have to break their backs and earn below what Canadians make.

Like, you're going to tell me that, were the option there, your parents wouldn't have preferred working hard AND getting paid fairly?
Are they lower than Canadians? Do they mean less?
Then why should they have gotten paid low wages?
m / March 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm
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notwithstanding the ethical debate, i feel the "spa" manicures and pedicures are a total ripoff.

the salons listed above offer way more in terms of quality and service than the higher end places without the attitude and i'd rather give them my money.

i've established great relationships with some of the staff at urban nail and they don't appear to me to be mistreated.

it's not a high paying job, but then again, neither is working at chapters, and at least they get tips.
Julie / March 25, 2011 at 05:48 pm
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Great list BlogTO!

I have tried most of these places and they do stand out from the rest. My favourites are URBAN NAILS, NAILSENSE and COZY NAIS. They are always busy even in the winter.
Kasia replying to a comment from Ann / March 26, 2011 at 06:06 pm
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Could you give me any examples of this happening in Canada? I don't doubt that this happens, but we are very different countries especially when it comes to immigration, and the mob in Canada has different operations varying by province.

It's not that I don't care, it's that I want to care about things that actually happen. And just a tip from someone who has worked in advocacy and development for years: the shrill, holier-than-thou tone doesn't make anyone take you seriously.

candy campos / May 30, 2011 at 03:47 pm
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Star Nails on parliament was very clean and the people were friendly, although it was empty on a Saturday when my friend and I went
Becky / July 4, 2011 at 09:34 pm
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Another vote for NAILSENSE. Cleanest nail salon in T.O.
jenn / October 18, 2011 at 10:32 am
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watch out for infection at any nail salon. a nick in the cuticle can explode into a swollen mess that required oral antibiotics. as i just experienced. not fun.
Pedicure Spa / December 13, 2011 at 04:11 pm
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Thank you for the list. This is a really awesome post. Now I know where to go everytime I need a pedicure.
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Amanda / May 11, 2012 at 09:22 pm
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NEVER GO TO TIME FOR NAILS at Bay/Dundas. Absolute worst job of nails, horrendous customer service, and such a rip off. They treat you like garbage.....take your money to a place that appreciates your business.
Lily / May 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm
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Why not give "Cuz of You Spa" a try. They are new in the upper beaches area. They opened last year of August and they are very clean and the place looks very modern. Give them a visit at www.cuzofyou.com
margarets replying to a comment from Amanda / May 24, 2012 at 01:06 am
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Ah, so true! I just went there for the first time today it was HORRIBLE. I totally slammed them on Yelp. I only went there because it is close to my office, I didn't even know the name so I never though to check for reviews. I totally fell for the upselling too. I noticed that the women do all the work while two guys sit at the desk and text the whole time, only "working" when it was time to take the customers money.
Vivian / June 12, 2012 at 03:18 pm
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Spring Nails and Spa at 644 Bloor is wonderful!
Vivian / June 12, 2012 at 03:18 pm
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Check out their website!! http://springnailsandspa.wordpress.com/
Vivian replying to a comment from CL / June 12, 2012 at 03:22 pm
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Spring Nails and Spa now has a website: http://springnailsandspa.wordpress.com/
Jodi replying to a comment from Rachel / June 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm
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Rachel-That place is a dump!
Krista / June 15, 2012 at 09:23 am
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Just made a pedi appt at SPRING NAILS for tomorrow since it is right by my place. I will return with a review!
Elena replying to a comment from Ann / June 22, 2012 at 03:39 pm
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Ann - I understand what you are saying but what would you have us do?! Do you think that if I stopped going to these "cheap" nail places the world will miraculously be a better place?! That all of a sudden these women will no longer inhale fumes and get below minimum wage?! Best case scenario - they will be out of a job and back in Vietnam! Everyone has their own choice > I am not forcing anyone to work in a nail salon - just like noone is forcing me to work in a hair salon and inhale "dangerous chemicals" all day ! People do all kinds of things because they need to support themselves - how would losing customers help their case??!
janine fields / June 24, 2012 at 05:54 pm
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joy nails is the best place ever with a stunning and clean environment, and free drinks including tea, smoothies, hot coco, and coffee to top it off. Rated A+ on my scale, even with the extra one dollar for the manicure ;)
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Yane / December 5, 2012 at 02:18 pm
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Yes, all those places offer a cheap manis and pedis. Do you ever wonder why so cheap? Most of the times cheap is synonymous of low quality, so when you get in one of those places to get a cheap mani or pedi start asking questions like Wich method of sterilization do they use in the salon. If they use chemicals try to find a DIN # on the tag of the bottle. Most of people doesn't know that an incorrect sterilization can lead to a bacterium infection and some of those infections can lead to an amputation or even death.
This is just a warning, if you don't believe it Google Foot Infections... you'll see.
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Here here Breanne!!
Cathy replying to a comment from Ann / August 17, 2013 at 04:04 pm
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I guess they don't care Ann! It's unbelievable that conditions like that exist! If it smells like fumes and chemicals, don't go in there!
Sarebear / August 17, 2013 at 06:36 pm
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I visited Spring Nails recently and their tools are NOT clean. Do not go there.
Angela replying to a comment from Sarebear / September 9, 2013 at 01:17 pm
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This is what happened to me when I visited Spring Nails and Spa...Last August, I purchased a gift certificate, paid $35.00, and gave my mom the certificate as a gift. It was a trying year for my family, my father has been in and out of the hospital and is currently unwell. My poor mom cannot leave his side for very long and was unable to use the gift certificate. She then gave me the certificate to use, please note that the certificate was given to my one year and a little less then one month after it was initially purchased. To make this story short, "Spring Nails and Spa" did not honour the gift certificate because it had expired. I told them about my situation, they did not budge. They stated to me that, "We will not even honour it if it was one day old". I understand that the gift certificate has expired. However, I would understand if it was a coupon, but I did pay for the gift certificate and unfortunately was unable to use it. I thought that they would understand and use some good customer service, however, it was not the case. I will have to pass on any future visits to this spa and hope that they will eventually realize that they need to evaluate their policies and procedures.
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Taylor / June 18, 2014 at 08:23 pm
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Review for Mira's Nail Salon:

By far, the worst salon experience I've ever encountered. Advertised on their window, the $30 mani-pedi seems like a great deal. On the contrary, this was the worst service I have ever received. The pedicure took 10 minutes. My friend and I were then seated while we waited for our manicures. After 30 minutes of waiting, we inquired about our manicures, and the manager, who initially advised us to get the mani-pedi deal, told us he was unaware that we wanted the manicure as well. Being overbooked, he was unable to accommodate one of the manicures. When I told him to remedy the situation, because I would have not had a pedicure here if not for the combo deal, he told me he would change the price from $28 to $25. BUT after adding tax, it came out to $28. This is not how you run a business. This was a very unsatisfactory experience. There are much better, reasonably-priced businesses in Yorkville.

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