Where to Get Kids' Manicures and Pedicures in Montclair—and How Much It'll Cost

How do you take your girls for manicures and pedicures without spoiling them? I love to drag them to the nail salon with me, but I don’t want their heads to get full of nonsense like pampering, privilege and social inequality. I can take a pure feminist anti-pedicure stand, or I can just accept that I really love getting my feet massaged and my toenails painted perfectly without smudges. I tip well to justify my behavior.

This is an inner struggle I’m passing down to my girls, age 7. It was bound to happen–there are more than 10 nail salons in Montclair alone, and they’re all popular with females ages 4 to 74. My kids started out by tagging along with me and my iPad to keep them entertained. Of course, they started asking to get their own nails done with sparkly flowers and dotted ladybugs. One thing led to another, and now their getting manis and pedis is a regular reward when they accomplish special goals.

This week, all of my kids’ teachers gave them accolades at the parent conferences. They’re rocking the first grade and kindergarten, and we intend to celebrate a smooth and excellent year. My husband will take my son to play football at the park, and I will take the girls to the nail salon. I’ll take them all ice skating, too. Everyone will bond and have fun. We’ll still be feminists, just well-groomed.

So where should you go for kids’ salon services, and how much should you pay? I found a wide range of prices—girls’ manis and pedis run anywhere from $19 to $30. And even a kids pedicure includes a soak, scrub, cut, file and polish–often with designs. You need an appointment at the packed places (i.e. Pinky and Jeeyune). But you can easily walk in to other spots. Here’s all the info on your favorite local salons below:

Artek Nails
250 Park St
Montclair, NJ 07043
(973) 744-8888
Mani: $15
Pedi: $15
Mani and pedi: $25
Walk ins: “Yes, no problem.”

Imperial Nails
45 Watchung Plz
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 744-2333
Mani: $10
Pedi: $20
Mani and pedi: $30
Walk ins: “Yes during the week. Make an appointment on Saturdays and Sundays.”

596 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 655-1900
Mani: $9
Pedi: $20
Mani and pedi: $29
Walk ins: “Appointments are better.”

Montclair Nails
549 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 783-8755
Mani: $8
Pedi: $17
Mani and pedi: $25
Walk ins: “You can come in. Just walk in!”

Pinky Nails
223 Bellevue Ave
Montclair, NJ 07043
(973) 509-9400
Mani: $7
Pedi: $13
Mani and pedi: $30
Walk ins:  “Appointment is better.”

Pristine Nails
44 Upper Montclair Plaza
Montclair, NJ 07043
(973) 509-2290
Mani: $7
Pedi: $12
Mani and pedi: $19
Walk ins: “Sometimes, we’re busy. So if you don’t want to wait, an appointment is better.”

TLC Relax Station
27 S Park St
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 744-9090
Mani: $7
Pedi: $15
Mani and pedi: $20
Walk ins: “We do take walk ins.”

Uptown Girl (pictured above)
12 North WIllow Street
Montclair, NJ, 07042
(973) 744-3788

Mani: $11
Pedi: $14
Mani and pedi: $22
Walk ins

(Manicure photo: Flickr)

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  1. In my humble opinion, I think little girls should focus on climbing a tree, kicking a ball, and having fun. Way too young to visit a nail salon. Too much focus on appearance at their age.

  2. I take my two daughters there with me very often. It’s a wonderful place for the 3 of us to enjoy time together. I believe in teaching my daughters good hygiene. Girls are never too little to be fussed over and that’s what I do with mine. My daughters play soccer, basketball and softball. Why would I want them up a tree? Not very Lady like . The products used on kids is purely from harmful chemicals. I think these women have the right idea!
    I don’t understand why people comment on subjects they have no concern with. I love this salon.. I have my Keratin’s done there as well as my hair color & cuts.

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