Perfect Mani Pedi in DC: The Red Door

Red door spa

Feel like really treating yourself?

Looking for a manicure and pedicure that looks brand new over one week later?

Ready to ditch your strip mall sub-par service for the ultimate in mani/pedi spa satisfaction?

Try The Red Door. I visited the The Red Door Spa and Salon Chevy Chase last Saturday and eight days later my nails look every bit as awesome as when I walked out the door. I have an event coming up this week and it is a massive time-saver to know I do not need to pop in anywhere for a touch-up.

I received a Red Door manicure hybrid of the Red Door Signature Manicure and the Red Door Gel Manicure, as well as a Red Door Signature Pedicure. My arms, legs, feet and hands were exfoliated, massaged, reflexologied, paraffined and hydrated. The process was definitely not rushed — each service was nearly one hour with multiple massages.

before after pedi

Darla was my aesthetician, and she was a complete pro. I brought my own polishes for her to choose from for my toes and she selected a color she believed was in style and complemented my coloring. Her massages were heaven, firm and tension releasing. She removed all dead weirdness from my feet without hacking away and cutting at my skin. She was a genius with shaping my small nail beds on my large worker hands in order to make my nails look as long and elegant as possible. Darla is also a cuticle genius. She trimmed and removed, again, without leaving a trace of trauma. My hands look as close to hand-model status as they will ever get…and that includes my wedding day.


The Red Door Spa environment was chic and calm. Everyone was warm and welcoming. It was the perfect combination of fancy-feeling without pretension, and my visit was a stress-free haven in the middle of a busy weekend. If you like DC celeb spotting, I spied one leading Washington-based journalist and one elected receiving manicures, too.

The price was definitely higher than my usual nail maintenance appointments, but it is definitely a treat I could get used to. I now also know what to get friends for special gifts (a gift card here is seriously perfect for Mother’s Day and birthdays).

There are eight Red Door Spa and Salons in the DC area. Find the one closest to you.

I received a manicure and pedicure for review. No additional compensation received. All views are mine.  



  1. I could use one right now! 😀

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