With its thick red velvet curtains, velvet antique couches, and deep red walls, Boudoir’s decor is as sexy as its nail art. Originally from Australia, Marilyn Klein opened Boudoir in the late ’90s. Back then it was the only salon that catered to Tokyo’s English community and the first to introduce Brazilian waxes to Japanese women. Still at the forefront of trends, Boudoir offers shellac manicures, which are more durable than your standard polish but not as tough on your nails as gel. Their nail art designs cater to a more Western sensibility, sticking with classic base colours and then adding hints of glitter, studs or foils. We recommend their half-moon design or treating just one nail on each hand to a cluster of gold studs. The English-speaking staff are professional but relaxed, making you feel pampered but also at home.
Mansion Kawai 101, 2-25-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
|Opening hours:||Mon, Wed-Fri 10am-9pm, Tue 10am-3pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm|
|Transport:||Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Takeshita exit; Meiji-Jingumae Station (Chiyoda, Fukutoshin lines), exit 5|
|Price:||A basic shellac manicure starts at ¥5,400 with embellishments such as studs costing extra|