Much like our clothes, hairstyles and even our phone cases, our nails are just another avenue to express our inner selves and to feel good. Whether you’re in need of a quick pick-me-up with an express treatment or a full-on pampering and the freshest nail designs, these nail salons are where it’s at. By Alice Huang
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Hong Kong’s best nail salons
Mix it up for your next mani-pedi and go kawaii instead. With Japanese specialists and instructors certified by Japan Nailist Association, aQuaeria can expertly file, shape, buff and decorate in the latest Tokyo style. But if you’re keen to keep things simple, this Central beauty salon also offers other quality options such as OPI and Canadian brand Akzentz’s LED gels – boasting up to 200 colours. Numerous promotions make it even more appealing – for example, any damage can be repaired without charge within seven days! Starts from $280.
Situated near Lan Kwai Fong, this spacious salon provides some well-deserved relaxation after your retail therapy at the dinky boutique it’s attached to. There’s a wide range of packages to choose from – from the $180 regular manicure to its $640 spa pedicure. The staff at Canary Nail are serious and thoughtful about taking care of nails and choosing the right nail shape for you. There’s even a first trial discount for both nails and eyelash extensions. Expect nothing less than a full-on pampering during your visit. Starts from $180.
This urban beauty centre concentrates on three core areas – nails, facials and makeup – that are all treated with complete care. When it comes to nails, a 24-hour guarantee applies to all manicures and pedicures; there’s also a one-week guarantee for those who opt for shellac coating. Choose from some of the popping colours available from OPI and China Glaze. For those who love the wind in their hair, get your mani/pedi done on the terrace, high above the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Starts from $280 for 40 mins.
If you’re looking for Insta-worthy nail polishing, Luxe Nail is the place to go. From the pink equipment to the plush chairs to the sparkling designs, everything here naturally attracts likes on social media. Apart from the wide range of stylish and chic designs provided, you can also ask the skilful staff to achieve whatever unique design you have in mind – yes, we’re talking about that Pinterest shot you saw one time. Starts from $150.
Looking for a nail salon that boasts luxury and a jaw-dropping view? Look no further than The Nail Bar at Four Seasons. Indulge in the customised stylish manicure service – with options like express, shellac and nail art – while taking in the hotel’s panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. Once your nails are done, you can enjoy a spa treatment while you’re there. There’s also a bonus of free valet parking. It’s well worth the splurge. Starts from $520.
With a huge array of nail polish colours, this place certainly lives up to its name. But that’s not the only thing rich in variety at this salon, you can enjoy a cheeky tipple or three while you’re getting your nails done and a back massage too. For some next level chic, The Nail Library offers top brands like Chanel, Dior and YSL as well as an exclusive range of Christian Louboutin polishes. Starts from $270.
There’s a reason Nail One boasts its ‘the hippest nail art studio in town’. On-going training ensures its nail technicians always offer the trendiest designs and patterns for your digits. Professional techniques, stylish beauty products, comfy chairs and Swarovski gemstones make this the place perfect for a beauty pick-me-up. Starts from $180 for one hour.
As one of the few salons in Hong Kong to adopt American-style manicures, Rainbow Nails goes beyond regular nail clippers and cuticle pushers. Instead, it offers high-end equipment specially designed to achieve that perfect American manicure. Treat your hands to the trendy OPI LED cured gel colour or the OPI Axxium soak-off gel here. And if you feel like it, you can even sign up for a full series of OPI professional nail training courses that the salon offers, with certificates issued by OPI upon completion. Starts from $190.
Sometimes all you want from a nail salon is the ability to relax and get away from your workday woes. Well, EightyEight is here to take care of you. On top of trendy nail art, the salon is decked out with sleek monochrome decorations and balloon chairs and phone charging stations with coffee or matcha lattes available for order. Relax and enjoy the amazing service while the nail artists take care of your hands. $580 for soft and hard gel manicures.