When life gets hectic, our ideal way to relax is to indulge in a pampering mani or pedi – either with the girlfriends, or in solo bliss! Here are our top five spots to check out.
The salon is conveniently situated in a large mall, but step behind the reception wall and you will be transported to an opulent salon with huge, plush and comfortable chairs, surrounded by heavy velvet drapes. Beaute Nails is known for its special treatments – from callus and fungus treatments, to dealing with ingrown nails.
Go for the Belgium gelish pedicure ($98, including soak-off). Belgium gelish nail colours are beautifully presented for selection in a wooden display box – they’re produced for Beaute Nails in Belgium, and are known to be non-toxic. What’s more, their hydrating formula promises to protect dry and brittle nails.
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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.
– ANTHIA CHNG
Lovene Nail & Lashes
Located in a conserved shophouse in buzzy Chinatown, Lovene Nail & Lashes is a cosy boutique salon known for its intricate nail art designs. You won’t go wrong with a classic manicure ($30), or, if you’re in a hurry, go express ($15) instead.
Suffering from brittle or discoloured nails? We recommend topping up with a nail mask ($20), which nourishes and rejuvenates the nail brittle. This quick pick-me-up takes only 15 minutes, leaving you with healthier, brighter-looking nails in no time.
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!
“Manicurious is tucked behind a cafe along Beach Road, and even though I’ve never been one to care much for the interiors of nail salons, the setup here really got my attention. Filled with vintage-inspired décor, the space is not just Insta-worthy, but also lovely to look at as you’re sipping fruit tea while waiting for your appointment!
It isn’t all about the looks. This salon offers a brilliant service at a decent price – a classic mani costs $30, while a classic pedi goes at $40.
I went for the gel manicure ($85), which included a good cleaning, shaping and hand massage; I felt really pampered. Although I haven’t had a chance to see how long my nails will last, I was seated next to a lady who had been going there for months and is a big fan of their nail art – that’s got to be a good sign!”
– MICHAELA BISSET
Home of Manicure
“Comfy black-and-white leather chairs in the small salon are great to lounge in, particularly for longer treatments. I opted for a value-for-money package that included a gel manicure, classic pedicure and spa treatment ($78).
Friendly beautician Irene is able to craft almost any design you wish – just show her a picture of what you like and you’re likely to get a resounding yes from her!
While I decided on the nail art and colours, she got the ball rolling by trimming and shaping my nails. The salon offers quality polishes from OPI and Orly, and several gel polish brands with countless colours to choose from.
After painting my fingernails and toenails, Irene massaged my hands and feet with moisturiser and applied cuticle oil. The enjoyable spa treatment included a refreshing, fruit-based sugar scrub and mask to smoothen and soften my legs.”
– LINDSAY YAP
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