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
“Surrounded by lush greenery and charming black-and-whites, Trimmings is a hidden gem located just a stone’s throw from the city. After multiple visits, the salon and spa has become a favourite of mine for its pampering 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 are facing the large windows, which 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, removing 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
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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