The Big Felafel

Manicures and Pedicures in Jerusalem, secrets revealed

Don’t be upset, boys. I know this blog can get a little girly at times due to the fact that we are, in fact, girls. But I’ll tell you this, mention the juicy details in this post to a lady friend, and you will be guaranteed a 10.5 second hug, perhaps even a high five. So, it’s up to you to continue reading.

I decided it was time to grow up and stop taking out boredom or nervousness on my poor fingers. So, I set out on treating myself to a manicure and did what any good Jerusalem Anglo would do, check Janglo before venturing out of my home. I called a few places but found the prices to be at least 60 shekels. Alas, I found an ad posted from Ester, who would come to my house and give me a manicure for 50 shekels. I thought this service was reserved for the wealthy with butlers, a summer home in the Hamptons, and a 3 car garage.

So, in this strange land of Israel, you can enjoy in-home manicures or a stick of deodorant for roughly the same price. So make your choice wisely. You could be stinky or have some nice lookin’ nails. I went for the nails. Ester’s number is 0544 99 5067.

In other extremity news, my graphic design teacher showed us how to shorten toes in Photoshop but he kept referring to them as fingers. Not the Hebrew word for fingers, the English word itself. Should I have said something? Probably. Did I? No. This way, every time I mess up in Hebrew, I can think back to all the Israelis I’ve met who think they jump in puddles, ride their bike, and step in dog poop with their “fingers” and have a good giggle.


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  1. * aliyah06 says:

    I struggled with this concept also….Mike broke his toe and Yossi kept telling him what to do for his broken “finger”….finally the token went all the way in, and we all realized that Hebrew only has one word to cover both toes and fingers….

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 3 months ago
  2. * Marsha says:

    I am convinced that some entrepreneur could really make a killing by opening a chain of nail salons in Israel. Except for the salons (catering primarily to hair) in the fancy hotels, there are virtually no nail salons. Anyone wanna invest in a chain called USANails? I think it would be a hit!!!!

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 3 months ago
  3. * Rebecca says:

    Aliyah06 – I can only imagine the mishaps that can happen from this confusion!

    Marsha – thanks for visiting. I totally agree with you and have always thought the same thing about the potential success of an american style salon that would offer manicures at NYC prices ($8-$10 max). I don’t know that I have the money or resources to invest in the chain, but if the prices are good, I’ll be there.

    | Reply Posted 15 years, 3 months ago
  4. * Eva Wajntraub says:

    I have problems with my back and can
    therefore only cut my toe nails with
    difficulties.Please let me know how
    I can make an appointment to get a
    pedicure from Mrs./ Esther.

    Thank you for also giving me your address.

    Eva Wajntraub

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 3 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Her number is: 0544 99 5067
      I don’t know her address but she’s in Jerusalem and maybe she travels farther.

      | Reply Posted 14 years, 3 months ago
  5. * Jerry says:

    Hello, I am a male visiting Israel from Chicago, Illinois. I’m looking for a salon to receive a pedicure. I’m not sure whether it is common for males out here to receive pedicures or not, however back in Chicago it is. Can any one recommend a male friendly salon to me? Thank you.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 8 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Hi Jerry, try calling Esther 0544 99 5067 I don’t know if she will do pedicures for men, but ask her. And, if not, maybe she can recommend someone else for you.

      | Reply Posted 13 years, 8 months ago
  6. * Jerry says:

    Thanks for the info Rebecca!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 8 months ago
  7. * amber says:

    Do you know where I can get tips (acrylic or gel nails) in Jerusalem?

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 7 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Hi Amber,

      Try calling some of these manicure places in Jerusalem from Dapei Zahav / the yellow pages:

      | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago
  8. * Joanna says:

    Anyone recommend a clean manicure and pedicure salon in Tel Aviv? My nails need treatment.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 4 months ago
  9. * Racheli says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    Great tip – but I’m hesitant. These in-home services kinda seem shady to me. In Philly, where I’m from, the salon girls spend about an hour doing an manicure and an hour doing a pedicure – it’s a real star treatment with creams, massage, etc.
    How was your experience with a home visit?

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Hi Racheli,

      I didn’t find Esther creepy at all. In fact, she’s super nice and normal. But i def. had those feelings going into it. it’s not 5 star treatment, but it gets the job done convenient and inexpensively

      | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
  10. * Yvonne says:

    I’ve recently moved back to Jerusalem and am looking for someone who does artificial nails. Can anyone recommend somebody. I tried one on a visit a couple of years ago and ended up with an infection. On the other hand my nails are so long I can barely type:(((

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
  11. * Shana says:

    Hi Everyone!

    I am really excited to announce, I have just opened up a little spa and salon in my home just off Emek. I qualified in Israel and I have nine years experience in the field. I have worked for various spas both in Israel and abroad. Over the years I have noticed that treatment prices at spas these days are extremely pricey and sadly most people are unable to enjoy the luxury of pampering themselves. Working from home permits me the ability to provide the same professional treatment and expert advice at a reasonable price that most can afford.

    Here is my price list. For more information or to schedule a treatment please contact me at 054-7553-995 or email me at

    Take care,

    Manicure – 45 sheks – 45 mins to an hour
    Pedicure – 85 sheks – 1 hour
    Massage – Includes Swedish, Deep Tissue or Aroma Therapy – Women only – 1 hour 180 sheks
    Massage 30 mins – 100 sheks
    Facial – 200 sheks – 1 to 1.5 hours

    Includes Tea, coffee and mild refreshments.
    Package deals and discounts available for each additional treatment.

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 11 months ago
  12. * Chana Bider says:

    Hi Everyone
    I own a nail salon in the shopping center in Har Nof. I am open over 2 yrs and seem to have filled a “void”. You can book an appointment or “walk-in”. My salon is a nice hang out for women only and I only hire the best of the best!!!
    We do all nail care – manicure, pedicure, medical pedicure, Biposculpture gels, IBD gels, acrylics…………We also do full body waxings with top of the line waxes….We do facials, massage, make-up, ear piercing………..
    We are “American-style” but my manicures did recently go up to 60 shekels because USA prices only seem reasonable maybe in home-based businesses. I personally (coming from usa) did not enjoy going to private homes and being a busy mother of young children, was not able to know a week in advance when I’d have time to get my eyebrows done!
    We have a lot of customers from outside of har nof… parking…….feel free to call with any questions or to book an appointment – erev shavuos is almost full!!!
    Perfection Salon

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 11 months ago
  13. * Andrea says:

    I actually came to this page because I was googling a good place to get my hair done in Jerusalem, but must add my comment to the one directly above me – Chanie from Perfection.

    I will let no one else TOUCH my eyebrows, and since I use her gels, for the first time in my life, I have nice nails… and she is the cleanest place I have ever seen. That is definitely hard to come by 🙂

    Also.. it just seems that my leg waxings are further apart, like her wax keeps the hair from growing back as quickly.

    Highly Recommended.

    If anyone knows of a good hairdresser, let me know! Thanks

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 10 months ago
  14. * sara says:

    i’m looking for somewhere to have nail gels done in central Jerusalem, talpiot, emek,etc. not har-nof pls. thks

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 6 months ago
  15. * Daniella says:

    Hi everyone!
    I have a question & a service offering:
    1- I too am a “mobile manipedi girl”. I finished my course this past year, as of now live & work in Yerushalayim doing pampering manicures & pedicures, even have a foot bubble bath :). As of mid-Febuary i will b living & working mainly in Efrat, but will still b coming in twice a week to J-m. I have reasonable prices, & totally flexible with timing, daytime or evenings. I can be reached at:
    2- Where does a manipedi girl go when she needs to get her nails done? Im getting married ey”H in a month & a hf, & am looking for somewhere in J-m pamperingsalon type place w massage chair (not someone’s bk room) where I can go get a manipedi for my wedding. Any suggestions?

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 4 months ago
  16. * Flower says:

    I need someone in Jerusalem to do shellac or Jessica nails as I’m getting married this week and can’t find anyone pls help! Thanks!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 7 months ago
  17. * maya says:

    hi i offer a gel manicure at your doorstep, gel manicure stays more than 2 weeks with no chipping or peeling, so have beatifully manicured nails!you dont need to go out i come to your home!
    to schedule call: 0547-414-424

    gel manicure= 120 NIS

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
  18. * Jacob says:

    I am looking to get a manicure and pedicure in Jerusalem. I am presently staying in Ge’ula near Malkei Israel until I find and apartment. A reply would be great because I miss getting them when I lived in the US. Is Shana from posting above do this? I made Aliyah 01.01.2013.


    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  19. * Aliza says:

    I’ve been going to Zahava’s Place for years. You don’t need to book a week in advance and she has a large studio thats private. She does waxing, manicures, pedicures, gels, laser hair removal and make up. all her products are from the states and she’s American from NY. clean and professional. call her at 0545-353-787 (she’s in har nof) you won’t be sorry

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 11 months ago
  20. * Susan says:

    I have acrylics and looking for a nail place near the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.
    Also need a manicure salon for my husband.

    | Reply Posted 9 years ago
  21. * Tzaddik says:

    I am a male looking for a manicure in Geulah area in Jerusalem or the closest private place possible. If you know anything pls let me know. Thanks.

    | Reply Posted 9 years ago
  22. * Diane L Zeller says:

    I need a pedicure soonest. I am located in Armon Hanetsiv, near Talpiyot Jerusalem

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
  23. * Diane L Zeller says:

    NEEEDED: Pedicure today. I am located in Armon Hanetsiv, near Talpiyot

    Please respond.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
  24. * Leah says:

    Hi. I am visiting Israel for the summer and I want to find a nail salon that does gel manicures and pedicures that does not cost a fortune. I found a place yesterday that wanted to charge 120 sheks for a gel manicure only !!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 8 months ago

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