From quick and easy manicures, to fancy nail art from France, Japan, and America, our city is overflowing with nail salons to suit every need and budget. Whether you’re after a no-frills affair, or a full-on pamper session, we know just the place for you. So put your feet up and file, buff, and polish your paws to perfection.
1. Nail 88
For quick, cheap, and cheerful nails, head to one of Nail 88’s salons to get your fix. When we say ‘budget’, we really mean it, with a standard manicure costing just $48, a pedicure $98, and a full set of soft gel nails for $188. The salons are small, but they stock a large selection of OPI colours and offer other treatments such as eyebrow shaping, threading, and waxing. Due to their small size and popularity among the ladies, securing a spot can be a bit tricky, so it’s best to call ahead to make an appointment, or avoid going at lunchtime.
Wan Chai – Cathay Lodge, 125 Wan Chai Road, (+852) 3741 1139
Sheung Wan – Shop G24-25, Welland Building, 368 Queen’s Road Central, (+852) 2851 6711
North Point – Shop 117, 1/F, Seven Seas Shopping Centre, 121 Kings Road, (+852) 2366 9117
2. Ocean Nail
Located next to Nail 88 (nothing like a bit of stiff competition) – and even cheaper in price – is Ocean Nail. Although a lot smaller than Nail 88, this gem of a salon offers manicures at an even cheaper cost of $38, pedicures for $88, and a full set of gel nails for $188. Service is fast, the staff are friendly, and the range of colours is pretty diverse too. They even offer head and shoulder massages, facials, and an aromatherapy ear candle treatment, so it’s not only your nails that get some love. An absolute winner if you need a quick pamper session on a tight budget.
Little Tip: Trendy Nail, Barbie Nails, Rose Nail, and Fa Fa Nail are also located in Cathay 88 Lodge and offer services at a similar price to Nail 88 and Ocean Nail.
3. Rainbow Nails
This is one place that takes nails very seriously! Entering its twelfth year of service, Rainbow Nails (pictured above) offers one-stop OPI manicure and pedicure services which use a set of fancy equipment specially designed for performing ‘American Manicure’ instead of nail clippers and cuticle pushers. It also offers professional nail training courses for those who wish to polish their manicure skills and practice professional nail services one day. A standard manicure costs $190, a pedicure is $370, and a full set of soft gel nails will set you back $600. With cutting-edge designs, and a range of acrylic, soft gel, this is a colourful spot to get the coolest new looks without breaking the bank – or your nails.
Rainbow Nails, 8/F, Thyrse House, 16 Pottinger Street, Central, (+852) 2840 0660
4. La Cabine
Tucked away in the hipster ‘hood of Sai Ying Pun, this little French beauty salon offers everything from manicures and pedicures to body scrubs, massages, waxing, and facials. The two founders are best friends from childhood who both graduated from Marboeuf Beauty School in France, and now offer affordable French style treatments in their quirky little salon including manicures for $180, pedicures for $280, and soft gel for $230 to $330. While you’re there, check out their water bed which is heated to 37 degrees to help you de-stress and relax – just try not to fall asleep on it!
La Cabine, Shop 9, 68 – 80 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, (+852) 2549 9099
5. Spa BPZ
If you’re looking for A-List treatment, then look no further than the award-winning Spa BPZ (pictured above). Owned by skin-care specialist, cosmetologist, and makeup artist to the stars, Nigar Qureshi, this avant-garde gem uses the latest and most high-tech equipment from around the globe to create red carpet-worthy nails in a cosy environment thahttp://hk.localiiz.com/five-minutes-makeup-artist-nigar-qureshi/#.V_Mw1IUr4kct’s bursting with character. A professional manicure will set you back $210, while a pedicure with foot care costs $320. The spa also offers shellac manicures for $590, and nail art ranging from $30 to $50 per nail. A whole rage of luxury massage, waxing, and spa treatments is also available – hot stone massage therapy anyone?
Spa BPZ, 12/F Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2524 1272
6. Feel Good Factor
Established in 1999, this nail salon is one of the oldest in Hong Kong, and over the years, has expanded its services to include facials, waxing, threading, spray tans, and massage. The interior is spacious and provides a warm and welcoming ambiance, along with a wide selection of Australian, American, and European magazines to immerse yourself in during your pamper session. They also serve a selection of herbal tea or wine for those who prefer something a little stronger. A manicure costs $220, French manicures $250, and the manicure and pedicure package will set you back $570 – not bad if you’re looking to enjoy the full spa experience with a few bubbles thrown in. Make sure to book ahead to secure your spot.
Feel Good Factor, 2/F, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2530 0610