Many Los Angelinos feel – and somewhat rightfully so – that L.A. and nail salons go together like peanut butter and chocolate, milk and cookies or oil and vinegar. Indeed, this town is absolutely inundated with what was once known as “beauty parlors;” that is, hair salons, makeup studios and, of course, nail salons…and while this can be said about almost every major metropolitan area of the U.S., it seems Los Angeles is particularly teeming with such businesses. Perhaps it’s the movie star-esque mystique that has shrouded the city since the era of Bugsy Siegel, or the way some of the world’s most beautiful people have always been drawn here like a ship to a campfire…but whatever it is, there is surely no shortage of beautifying spots in Southern California.

Yet like every other roundup we feature here at Woodland Hills Magazine, sifting through this plethora of choices to find the best of the best in the Woodland Hills community is another matter entirely. Whether it’s the Prada handbag-toting fashionista looking for the sexiest of polish jobs to show off those new peeptoe heels or the casual drop-in for a fill, some of the best nail salons in Woodland Hills — detailed below — will deliver a memorable experience.

The cheekily-named Nails to Adore, at 20956 Ventura Boulevard Suite Three, offers nail care, waxing, manicures and pedicures, and is known to its legions of fans as “a cool little gem of a nail place.” The shop is renowned for the way in which its technicians take their time with every customer, as well as how their gentle approach yields an “ouch-free” experience. Colorful and modern with plenty of free parking in the back, Nails to Adore continues to enthrall with an inviting and open atmosphere, sanitary overtones and sumptuously comfortable massage chairs.

Carnation Nails, located at 19747 Ventura Boulevard, is a full-service salon offering acrylics, pink and white acrylics, shellac/gel, manicures, spa pedicures, nail art design, 3D design, waxing, threading, makeup services, eyelash extensions and much more. Established in 1990 and boasting nearly 25 years of experience in the nails industry, Carnation beckons customers with a family environment and an almost impeccable reputation.

When something a bit sexier is demanded of your salon experience, Vintage Beauty Bar at 22534 Ventura Boulevard will undoubtedly satisfy. Formally known as “The Purple Salon,” this conveniently-located shop is a full-service salon offering hair, nail, brow and makeup services. Vintage Beauty Bar caters to men, women and children of all ages, its lineup of attractive and talented ladies on the staff providing the professionalism many of its customers return for.

Fingernails, at 23001 Ventura Boulevard, is coveted by its army of loyal customers who describe it as a friendly, clean neighborhood nail shop with very reasonable prices. From brides-to-be that stop in before their bachelorette parties to the discriminating ladies looking for that final touch before their glammed-up night on the town, Fingernails and its dedicated staff can handle any task for any indulgence.

While it may not be a concept many men will ever be ever to wrap their heads around, taking the pilgrimage to the local nail salon will always define the consummate “girls’ afternoon out.” Some of the best nail salons in Woodland Hills, as showcased in this roundup, provide the perfect backdrop for this time-honored tradition.