Nothing says well-groomed quite as beautifully as immaculate hands and feet. Here are our reviews of top nail salons in Singapore for a good manicure or pedicure!
“I always look forward to getting my nails done, but often find it hard to squeeze in an appointment when work gets busy. So when I heard about Urban Company, it sounded heaven sent! This mobile app lets you book home services on demand, including a manicure, haircut, lash extensions and, most recently, facials. The booking process is fast and fuss-free; after downloading the app and creating your account, simply browse their menu of premium home and beauty services. I went for a classic pedicure with an extended leg massage – $51 in total.
With close to 10 years of experience in nail salons, my manicurist Elly was friendly, professional, and incredibly detailed. She worked through a series of steps efficiently, from thoroughly cleaning out the gunk from my cuticles to expertly painting on a fresh and even coat of nude polish on my toenails. Every tool used was well-sanitised and Elly had her mask on throughout the entire session. Even the nail filer and toe separators used are disposable for safety and hygiene.
You only need to set aside a small space at home (I did mine in the living room) for your appointment; do make sure it’s a comfy spot, though, as you’ll be sitting for an hour or so. I was super impressed by Elly’s service, and wouldn’t hesitate to request her the next time I book on my Urban Company app!”
– Anthia Chng
Trimmings Salon & Spa
“Surrounded by lush greenery and charming black-and-whites, Trimmings is a hidden gem just a stone’s throw from the city. After multiple visits, the salon and spa has become a favourite of mine for its facials, heavenly massages, customised hair services and top-notch nail services. It’s all in the details! From the excellent service to the relaxing aroma blend that welcomes you, the Trimmings team nails it each time.
When I want to treat myself without burning a hole in my pocket, my go-to is the signature pedicure ($49) at the nail salon, which is a separate room next to the hair salon. I love how exclusive and private the space feels. The seats face large windows that bring in lots of natural light. It’s also the perfect spot to people-watch! Each session starts with your choice of tea; for me, it’s always the homemade ginger tea.
Nail therapist Shan, who has over 10 years of experience, began to soak my feet in a warm and soothing bath. I can get a little nervous and squeamish with cuticles, but Shan’s calm and gentle demeanour made the removal process a pleasant one. She was meticulous and professional, restoring my stubborn in-grown toenail quickly and efficiently, without any discomfort. Also included were a foot and leg scrub, as well as a brief massage, which I almost dozed off to. Exactly an hour later, I walk out with expertly and evenly painted toenails, smooth soles and a rejuvenated mind. I’m only trusting Shan from now on!
– Anthia Chng
“Never underestimate the power of pampering! In a year that’s testing our limits, a little bit of self-care goes a long way and can help keep our mental health in check. If you’re looking to treat yourself without burning a hole in your pocket, Beaute Nails has a hard-to-beat promo package that promises an hour of bliss. For $58 (usually $364!) you can enjoy an express gel manicure and foot callus treatment and a finishing layer of Beaute Nails Vitamin E sunblock.
Blocking an hour between meetings, I put this pamper package to the test at Beaute Nails’ Suntec branch. The swaddling effect of velvet drawn curtains and comfortable plush seats quickly starts putting my mind and body at ease. Likewise, the staff are covered top-to-toe in safety gear; cleanliness is a top priority here.
After selecting a bright duck-egg blue from the selection of non-toxic (and pregnancy-friendly) Korean gel nail colours, the team of two begin working their magic. My feet emerge from a warm foot bath and are lathered in Beaute Nails’ signature serum; this helps to condition and soften the calluses and dead skin. They’re then wrapped and placed in heated pouches for 20 minutes. Next, a foot file is vigorously taken to every inch of them. The nail technician then proudly presents me with my own dead skin; not to be too graphic, but it’s a lot. One thing’s for certain: I don’t think my feet have been this soft and supple since I was in nappies!
The team finish in a synchronised fashion and I’m left a meticulous set of nails and what feel like brand new feet. It’s worth every penny to get me revitalised before going back to the grind!”
– Leanda Rathmell
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Walking on Sunshine
“Arriving from the hot bustle of Orchard Road, the third level of Orchard Central is an oasis of lush greenery, wood furniture and friendly staff. Greenery-draped structures are cleverly used to define areas for a café and beauty salon; you feel like you’re in your own private space.
The great part about the combination of café and salon is that when you have a pedicure, you’re offered a healthy salad. (Mine was smoked chicken, soft-boiled egg, barley and greens with a goma dressing.) There are also shakes, fresh juices and other yummy drinks (butter cream latte, perhaps?), and regular tea and coffee options. Ensconced in the leather massage chair, I tucked into lunch, while the lovely Alda (who used to work at The American Club) proceeded with my treatment of choice: the callus and cracked heel treatment with classic pedicure ($120, 90 minutes). The salon area is light and airy – with double height ceilings and one whole wall of glass looking over Orchard Road.
The final treatment (after extensive dead skin removal) was a heel scrub and balm from Korean brand Thessak. My feet have never been so soft, and my tummy never so satisfied after a pedicure!”
– Danielle Rossetti
The Nail Social
This nail salon is a socially conscious enterprise that empowers single mothers, young people who are at risk and women from lower-income households and underprivileged backgrounds by offering them jobs to create sustainable incomes. Go all out with the Luxe Combo ($140 for a mani and a pedi); it includes nail shaping, cuticle care, exfoliation, a mask and an extended massage. Talk about pampering!
Our readers recommend their favourite spots…
“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
Want more? Check out our reviews on top facials in Singapore!