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New Year nails: The best nail salons and treatments in Singapore

By: Susannah Jaffer

Nail treatments in Singapore have certainly come a long way since the standard mani-pedi. Now, a whole host of salons offering new services,  from intricate nail art to shopping, coffee and cake, have cropped up all over the island. There’s something to suit everyone. Here’s our list of favourite treatments to see you into the New Year.

 

Polished

BEST FOR: LUXURY TREATMENTS

Polished Hand & Foot Spa
695A East Coast Road
6535 3665

If the spacious interior and the professional attitude of the staff at Polished Nail Spa isn’t enough to impress you, its luxurious hand and foot treatments certainly will.

The Sweet Orange Rejuve ($40-$55) eliminates dull, dry skin with a zesty orange-infused soak, followed by an invigorating scrub with orange essential oil, walnut shells and rice bran oil. Finally, jojoba oil is massaged into the skin to hydrate and restore, followed by a wrap in hotel-style towels.

Another favourite, Always On The Run ($40-$55) uses a detoxifying kaffir lime, ginger and cardamom scrub – which smells incredible, by the way – followed by a massage and wrap in cold towels to reduce any swelling. Both treatments finish with a classic manicure and pedicure.

Polished is one of only a few salons that distribute cult brand Deborah Lippmann nail polishes in Singapore. Frequently featured in top fashion magazines and recently used on models backstage at New York Fashion Week, colours include an unusual matt satin finish, speckled glitter or textured matt polish.

Importantly, the salon also prides itself in its use of hygienic, sterilised tools for each customer, down to the very last nail file, so you can rest assured you’re in safe (and clean) hands.

 

The Nail Artlier

BEST FOR: NAIL ART

The Nail Artelier
48 Haji Lane
6298 8028 |

Since opening in the eclectic Arab quarter on Haji Lane, The Nail Artelier has built up a reputation as the go-to spot for nail art lovers, counting local celebrities and actresses among its clientele.

Unlike traditional nail salons that display designs for you to choose from, you can actually get your nail art tailored to your own specifications. Do you want your nails to match a snakeskin clutch for a big night out? Not a problem. Got a themed party? The manicurist will match your nails accordingly. Just provide a picture reference, and the well-trained staff will handle the rest. If you’re not in a creative mood, the range of Japanese nail art magazines available will help spark your imagination.

Curious? Head down and opt for the gel manicure or gel pedicure ($55 each) with nail art starting from a very reasonable $2 per nail. Just make sure to book your appointment beforehand, as it’s usually a full house.

 

Summer Haven

BEST FOR: SPA MANICURE & PEDICURE

Summer Haven
18 Cross Street
#01-04 China Square Central
6536 0400

A favourite of the EL team, this award-winning salon – which also has branches at I12 Katong and CityLink Mall – is well loved for its indulgent Cuccio Spa manicure ($78) and pedicure ($88), where you can choose from a combination of four scents tailored to your skin’s needs; for example, moisturising milk and honey or revitalising Tuscan citrus herb.

Summer Haven is also a great place to go to if you’re looking for a spot of pampering with girlfriends, or even for kids’ parties. For private events, they’ll close the doors for two hours or more, depending on guest numbers, and throw in complimentary hot drinks – or if you fancy something more festive, they’ll provide the wine glasses.

 

Manicurious

BEST FOR: A ONE-STOP SHOP

Manicurious
41 Beach Road
6333 9096

A nail bar, café and retail space in one, Manicurious has nailed the concept store experience with a winning combination of nails, cake and shopping. What more could a girl want?

Before your treatment, you can grab Papa Palheta coffee and a cake (we recommend the strawberry lemon tart) or feast your eyes on the array of luxury bags at Bag Bistro, which stocks luxury brand names at up to 60 percent off the original price.

For the nails, choose from a range of classic services including manicures at $28, gels from $40, an organic hand and foot spa ($38-$48) or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can opt for one of the nail-art designs. It also offers BioSculpture gel nail extensions ($80), a gel overlay treatment that not only lasts three weeks but also claims to strengthen and condition your nails.

If you’re looking for some last-minute pampering before a night out, head to the new branch at 49 Tras Street, which conveniently shares its shophouse premises with chic cocktail bar Jekyll & Hyde. That’s pre-drinks sorted.

 

Prestige

BEST FOR: COLLAGEN TREATMENTS AND FINISHING TOUCHES

FAVE Prestige
176 Orchard Road
#03-23 The Centrepoint
6235 7611

If you’re looking for something extra-special, a visit to FAVE Prestige is in order. Located conveniently at The Centrepoint, this nail spa specialises in hydrating treatments for hands and feet.

The popular Collagen Mask treatment ($30-$40) removes rough patches and smoothes fine lines, while the Intense Hydrating Treatment ($30-$40) uses an advanced therapy lotion and essential oils to lock in moisture. It also offers niche beauty services such as Japanese eyelash extensions and eyelash perming.

If you’re partial to a bit of bling, you’ll also love the diamond finish manicure, which uses products by Japanese brand 1carat.

 

Blow+Bar
BEST FOR: MANICURES & MAKEOVERS

Blow+Bar
7 Rodyk Street
#01-32 Robertson Quay
6238 7338

Since opening in November 2012, Blow+Bar has become famous for its fabulous blow-out and drinks concept. Well-coiffed ladies have been heading there in their droves to get ready for anything from a night out on the town to their wedding day.

Aside from the comprehensive hair menu, the full list of nail services on offer includes a classic manicure and pedicure ($68) or one with gel polish ($158).

Busy mums will be happy to know that you can bring your little girl along for the Princess classic nail service (from $35), which makes for a good mother-and-daughter bonding session.

This year, the salon has gone one step further and added a convenient makeover service to its menu. The new Blow+Bar Insta Makeover ($200) aims to get you looking and feeling glamorous in less than two hours. The package includes an express manicure, one of Blow+Bar’s signature up-dos, full makeup and complimentary bubbly.

 

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