In the middle of this wet, disgusting weather, a good pedicure cankeep up your spirits and keep your feet from getting dry and chapped.Daze compares Ithaca’s best beauty spots.
For those who love a good smell, the spa pedicure at August Moon Spa, out by Ithaca College, definitely smells the best. The signature pedi includes aromatherapy, a massage, a scrub and a perfect file and polish (though colors are often limited). While you usually get a private room, sometimes their staff can be a bit off-putting — a pedicurist once told me that it was impossible to get all of the dry skin off my feet. (A pedicurist in NYC was able to do the trick in mere minutes a week later.) — $50
At the advice of several friends, I headed to Ashley Nails, by Wegmans. This place has die-hard devotees, and I could see why. While the place reeked of acetone and definitely screamed nail salon over spa, the pedicurists were efficient and professional. There were plenty of colors to choose from, and I was in and out in under 30 minutes. As a bonus, it was the least expensive pedicure I’ve ever gotten in Ithaca. — $30
Satori Salon and Spa, in Cayuga Heights, has always been my choice for local haircuts, largely because they’re the only salon that carries my favorite shampoo. But at the advice of several friends, I gave their pedicure a try and haven’t looked back since. The pedicure area is clean, equipped with sinks and a comfy bench rather than the usual tacky chairs-with-a-foot-tub. The pedicurists are super friendly and easy going, and they do a tremendous job. The salon has by far and away the best polish selection, with new colors that are otherwise impossible to find locally. As a delightful bonus, sometimes staffers will offer free mini-services while your toes dry. If there’s anything better than a pedicure, it’s a pedicure with a free facial after. Heaven. — $50
On the other hand, with some good foot cream and a bottle of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish, you can get decent results without trekking all the way to the salon. At first, I was a non-believer — no nail polish can serve as base, color and top coat! But I decided to take a chance with Right Said Red, given the hilarity of the name. After seeing the results, I was a convert with smooth, shiny polished nails. After two weeks, I became devoted when the polish had nary a chip. — $8 for polish, around $10-20 for foot cream
The Verdict: For the ultimate experience, hightail it to Satori. If you’re feeling broke or lazy, just paint ’em yourself!