Nothing says well-groomed quite as beautifully as immaculate hands and feet. Want to know where to get your nails done? Here are our reviews of top nail salons in Singapore for a good manicure or pedicure!
Trimmings Salon & Spa for manicure and pedicure
Reviewer: Cherry Lai
I had been craving a mani-pedi that doesn’t only pretty up my nails but soothes my mind too. And Trimmings Salon & Spa, tucked away on a quaint stretch in Dempsey Hill, was exactly what the doctor ordered. In fact, I already felt the day’s stress melting away as I strolled up to the greenery-enveloped premises – the treatment hadn’t even started!
Warm staff, slow jazz tunes and a relaxing fragrance welcomed me into the mani-pedi area framed by impressive floor- to-ceiling windows (a rarity for salons in Singapore) that overlook the gardens. I picked the Aromathérapie manicure and pedicure, which proved to be a divine one-and-a-half-hour escape. As I sipped ginger tea, my manicurist Shan and pedicurist Helen buffed, shaped and painted my nails before lavishing my tired hands and feet with a moisturising scrub and massage using their house-prepared jojoba beads scrub, sweet almond cream and essential oil. I silently wished that time would stand still!
What made the biggest impression at Trimmings was the staff’s patience and professionalism. I had some concerns with inflamed skin on my toes and also some stubborn calluses. Helen attentively soaked and exfoliated them away – my heels had never felt so baby-smooth – while walking me through their causes and effective remedies. Her expertise reassured me that my feet were in capable hands.
From the lush salon seats, I watched the sun go down and a few wild roosters roaming around. The whole experience was heavenly. I left with beautifully groomed nails, pampered feet and a sense of rejuvenation, already dreaming of my return.
The First Refresh – at home manicure and pedicure
Reviewer: Judit Gál
This is an on-demand beauty platform that brings quality beauty and wellness services to you, anytime, anywhere. Yes, that’s right – you don’t have to commute to a salon to have a mani-pedi done now; you can stay in your pyjamas!
All it takes is a click to select the preferred time slot on the website, with as little as two hours’ notice – and you can opt for classic, gel or non-toxic halal, choose your colour preferences, nail art and so on.
Once I’d chosen my options, the next thing I knew, my Beauty Consultant, Yenni, had arrived and was transforming a small corner of my home into a spa, ensuring everything was kept neat and clean. While my feet were soaked in the warm water, Yenni started working on my hands; cuticle care, shaping nails, adding a fresh coat of polish – and letting me try a few shades.
My feet were then ready for the cleansing scrub and nail work. After the two-hour session, Yenni professionally packed up everything; the only proof left of the private home spa session was my beautifully lacquered nails and soft heels!
The classic Nail Oasis costs $95. The First Refresh offers nail, brow, lash and facial services to both individuals and groups so you can complete your beauty fix in half the time.
Check out more Singapore nail salons
VIVA Salon and Spa: A gorgeous sun-drenched hair and beauty salon in Sentosa that offers Pilates classes under the same roof.
Vedure Face, Body & Nail MediSpa: This celebrity-frequented haunt offers award-winning manicures and pedicures for women and gents.
Nails & Good Company: A lovely nail salon that uses vegan-friendly products and non-toxic, halal nail polishes.
Our readers recommended their favourite nail salons in Singapore
“Nail Bliss (International Plaza) – best service!” – Desiree Lancaster, Singaporean
“Project Nails in Katong. Great service and quality products. Plus, the owner bakes!” – Samantha Redfern, British
“Elegant Nails in Tanglin Mall. A basic polish lasts for ages with no chipping!” – Rebecca Puddle, British
“The Nailist HV – amazing service, great staff, love the vast selection of colour.” – Susan Thomson, British
“The Nailist in Holland V! Best service, pro nail therapists and the manicure lasts long.” – Ria Santamaria, Filipino
This article on manicures, pedicures and nail salons in Singapore first appeared in the monthly Expat Living mag. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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