Do you prefer your nails short, naturally pink and simply slicked with transparent polish? Outrageous colour, glitter or 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 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.
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, Hair & Beauty Editor
Four outlets island-wide
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
“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
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
“The Nailist in Holland Village. Jen 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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