Do you prefer your nails short, naturally pink and simply slicked with transparent polish? A classic gelish manicure or nail extensions with intricate nail art? Whatever your style is, nothing says well-groomed quite as beautifully as immaculate hands and feet. Here are our favourite nail salons in Singapore for manicures and pedicures.
“Tucked in the busy (and massive) Suntec City Mall, this nail salon isn’t the easiest spot to navigate to, especially if it’s your first time visiting. A tip is to head to the West Atrium and ask the concierge for directions, which was what I did.
Beaute Nails offers a much-needed respite with its luxurious furniture – spacious, plush armchairs to lean back on, coupled with velvet curtains to separate the booths for privacy – and relaxing nail-related services. They were also the beauty partner of the recent Miss Universe Singapore 2019!
A signature here is the foot callus treatment ($38, a first-time trial price), which promises to remove dead skin and calluses to reveal smoother and softer feet. My therapist first applied a serum to the thicker areas of my feet, followed by a marque gel to hydrate and condition, then my feet were wrapped for around 20 minutes. I also opted for the organic gelish pedicure ($98, including soak-off), so she started to trim and file my toenails while waiting for the solutions to activate. After that, my dead skin was scraped off very quickly and easily; it felt ticklish but oddly satisfying! Then, I was treated to a peach foot and leg scrub, which smelled amazing and is suitable for sensitive skin. The pampering continued with a warm towel pressed on my feet, and the results of the treatment were revealed – my feet were visibly cleaner, smoother and brighter!” – Anthia Chng
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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. With greenery-draped structures cleverly used to define areas for a café and beauty salon, you feel like you are in your own private space.
The great part about the combination of café and salon is that when you have a pedicure, you are offered a healthy salad (mine was smoked chicken, soft-boiled egg, barley and greens with a goma dressing) as well as shakes, fresh juices and other yummy drinks (butter cream latte perhaps?) as well as 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 so satisfied after a pedicure!” – Danielle Rossetti
Trimmings Salon & Spa
“If I recall correctly, the last time I’d treated myself to a full classic pedicure was almost six months ago. You don’t truly realise how much you need something until you have it again! My poor feet are subjected to regular running and Muay Thai sessions, as well as the frequent wearing of high heels, so pedicures are a hot favourite of mine.
Located a stone’s throw away from the city, Trimmings has become a welcome escape for many. Each session starts with your choice of tea – for me, the signature homemade ginger tea. In fact, this is the only ginger tea I drink, as it’s not overly spicy or sweet.
Nail therapist Shan, who has 10 years of experience, began to soak my feet in a warm, soothing bath. I loved how meticulous she was in each step, from cleaning the cuticles and filing the calluses (using a medicated spray), to painting the nails. Also included in this luxurious process were a foot and leg scrub, which smelled heavenly, followed by a brush application of a premium Karin Herzog oxygen cream. Shan’s magical fingers worked into my sore leg muscles through a tension-relieving pressure point massage.
The 45-minute oxygen pedicure costs $49 – well worth it for pretty feet and a relaxed mind! Do note that if your skin is extra dry, the oxygen cream could feel slightly itchy right after it’s applied, but this sensation should clear within 10 minutes. The treatment is also gentle enough for pregnant ladies.” – Anthia Chng
Tip: Trimmings has a new outlet at Tudor Court (123 Tanglin Road) offering both hair and nail services.
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), which 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 (Holland Road Shopping Centre) for its great service and laidback vibe.” – Terrie Gutierrez, Filipino
“The Nailist HV – amazing service, great staff, love the vast selection of colour.” – Susan Thomson, British
“Jen at The Nailist in Holland Village is so welcoming and the staff do a great job.” – Kristy Jones, Australian
“The Nailist in Holland V! Best service, pro nail therapists and the manicure lasts long.” – Ria Santamaria, Filipino
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