Nail your look at one of these salons!
If the eyes are the windows to our soul, then the nails must be our canvas. The shape, length, colour and choice of nail art all hint at the style and personality of the wearer. Thankfully, Hong Kong has a vast array of salons for all your trimming, styling and polishing needs (whether you’re looking for a quick file and polish after dropping the kids to school, or are in need of some serious mama downtime). Here’s a guide to the best of the best – from wallet-friendly options to more luxe experiences, you’re sure to leave feeling pampered.
You can really sink back and relax into the comfy armchairs at Nail Wizard & Spa as you get pampered. This pretty little salon is tucked away between Hollywood Road and Gough Street, which means you get some respite from the crowds. We like that it offers a classic manicure with no polish for $200 (there are times when we want our nails to look tidy, but want to give them a break from constant painting). It also has dip powder (which is said to be stronger than soft gel and doesn’t need curing under UV light) manicures for $500. It also offers polygel manicures for $600. For those who don’t know about polygel, it’s sort of a cross between hard gel and acrylics but said to be less damaging for your nails. The fact you can book online or through WhatsApp makes this an ideal option for us busy Hong Kongers!
This central nail salon has been around since 2013 and comes highly recommended. It offers classic manicures with polish from $110 (for first trial) and OPI pedicures from $290. Soft gel is an optional add-on for $170. Its mission is to provide the highest quality service to clients, by making use of new trends and technologies in its treatments. This includes the innovative iPedicure® treatment (or medical pedicure), which was launched over three decades ago in Germany and has seen its popularity spread around the world ever since. That’s because it promises to leave your feet baby soft (we’ll definitely take that) by combines elements of podiatry with footcare. This makes it ideal for those who suffer from ingrown toenails, cracked heels or corns (amongst various other common complaints). You don’t need to worry about hygiene as all its instruments are 100% sterilised. It’s a great way to make sure your feet and toes not only look great but are also kept in tip-top health!
New customers who book the regular iPedicure® treatment (which usually costs $290 for a first trial) before Thursday, 1 August, will be upgraded to the premium iPedicure® SPA treatment (which usually costs $440 for a first trial). Simply follow this booking link, and select “iPedicure | SPA – first trial” from the dropdown and once you reach the comments section write the code Sassy 2019.
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Pikapika is still one of the best-kept secrets amongst those in the know. It offers a bunch of very affordable nail treatments for natural nails ($150 for a manicure or $280 for a pedicure) and artificial nails ($280 for a gel manicure, $330 for a gel pedicure). For returning customers, there is a point rewards system that goes towards discounts on nail services and products. Be warned – the owner has adorable cats who slope around the salon and love to be cuddled!
Pikapika, 3/F, Diamond Mansion, 464 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 6390 0021, www.pikapikanails.com
This cheap and cheerful salon (which now has two locations in Sheung Wan) has quickly become a firm favourite in the Sassy office, not least because of its amazing selection of glitter polishes. Prices begin at $68 for a regular OPI manicure or $188 for soak off gel with a free manicure, or $238 for OPI gel. This is also a great option if you’re after some funky nail art. Bring along pictures of what you’re after, or trust the manicurist to work her magic.
Nail 333, G/F, Shop 1 Teda Building, 87 Wing Lok Street (61-63 Bonham Strand East), Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Nail 333, Flat 8A, 88 Commercial Building, 28-34 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2770 6678/ 2770 6278, WhatsApp: 5108 4099, www.facebook.com/NAIL333SW
A cheap and cheerful option, Nail Ten may be a simple salon but you’ll come away with a well-executed mani-pedi. You’ll have a huge selection of nail polish colours to choose from (including OPI) and with manicures and pedicures at only $100 and $150, you can go whenever the mood strikes! But make sure you book ahead because its prices make it a very popular choice.
Nail20 is very much a no-frills salon, so don’t expect above and beyond, but the ambience is perfectly pleasant and it is very clean and professional. There’s a great range of services from standard treatments to soak off gel and hard gel options. At just $70 for an express manicure or $120 for an express pedicure, it’s a great option during your lunch break. Booking in advance is recommended!
Nail20, 20/F, Room B, Hillier Commercial Building, 89-91 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2157 1120, WhatsApp: 9227 9950, www.facebook.com/NAIL20.COM.HK
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Melomist is in a bustling, convenient location, yet is still a serene oasis! The service here really stands out, with knowledgeable nail technicians who are genuinely concerned with your enjoyment of the experience. A traditional manicure is $260, a traditional pedicure is $380 and the 7-toxins-free soak off gel manis and pedis range from $430 to $630. Plus there’s online booking, which is perfect for when you forget to call up during business hours. This is also a great option to keep in mind for baby showers or hen dos!
Apart from massages and waxing, great manis and pedis are guaranteed at this spa. Decked out in cool and sleek décor that gives more expensive salons a run for their money, it aims to find the right spot between affordability and luxury (a full traditional mani using toxin-free polish is a sweet deal at $240!) Look into membership, which will give you deals on products and treatments (non-members pay a 10% service fee). Booking in advance is essential!
Lavande’s two charming locations in Hong Kong offer some unusual and luscious manicure and pedicure treatments. We love the Rosy Rosie Manicure ($430) which centres around its namesake flower by incorporating a rose petal and rose essential oil hand bath, as well as a rose and citrus exfoliation treatment into your manicure experience. The Refresh-Mint Pedicure ($480) is a favourite too, as your feet are pampered with a fresh mint, eucalyptus and tea tree oil bath before being massaged and receiving a full pedi.
Lavande, Shop A, Basement, 61 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2522 2577
Lavande, Shop 5, G/F, 64 Bonham Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 3580 1333, www.lavandenailspa.com
This Japanese nail and eyelash salon is a super choice if you’re looking for manicures and pedicures with a delicate touch. The interior setting is very pleasant and the jazz music lulls you into a state of relaxation. Canary Nail excels at nails painted with a Japanese aesthetic in mind. Cute lace designs or floral patterns are carried out with the utmost care and attention to detail. First timers to Canary Nail get a special deal of $330 for a soft gel mani or $430 for a soft gel pedi!
Canary Nail, 1002, 10/F, Lee Loong Building, No.4 Queen Victoria Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3791 2501, Whatsapp: 5464 5635, www.canary-queenvictoria.com
Canary Nail, 1402, 14/F, Wellington Place (M88) 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2537 0338, Whatsapp: 5631 2839, www.canary.com.hk
Moksa may be a new kid on the block, but it’s already won itself an army of loyal followers. That’s because this Slow Beauty Concept Store is a little oasis just off the escalators, and instantly makes you feel right at home in its comfy surroundings. It uses toxin-free nail polishes from Manucurist, houses a juice bar and also offers a selection of ethical and sustainable products to purchase (what’s not to love?). Its “Be Quick” mani with regular polish starts at $180 (pedi $280), while its “Indulge A Little” treatment does exactly what it says on the tin, by including an aromatherapy scrub and massage (mani $280, pedi $380). Just make sure you treat yourself to one of the juices or organic teas while you’re there, and don’t forget to browse its cute jewellery selection. Busy ladies will also be glad to hear that you can book online (so now there really is no excuse for unkempt fingers and toes)!
Moksa, 1/F, 30 Hollywood Road (entrance on Shelley Street), Central, Hong Kong, www.moksa-slowbeauty.com
The Feel Good Factor strives to provide affordable treatments in a hygienic and enjoyable setting and boy, does it succeed! The friendly staff make you feel extremely welcome and there is an extensive range of manicure and pedicure treatments. Prices are fairly reasonable, and the choice of colours is extensive. The express manicure ($160) and express pedicure ($250) are completed in just 20 minutes so you’ll always be able to squeeze in a speedy pampering session!
If you travel on the escalators, you’ll likely have noticed this popular spa on Cochrane Street. Iyara has stood the test of time since 2008, and also has locations on Hollywood Road and Prince’s Terrace. It offers an express manicure for $160, or for $250 you’ll also get a relaxing hand and arm massage. There’s a reason this place is always busy, so best to book in advance.
This salon certainly lives up to its reputation. The white brick walls and smatterings of graffiti ooze modern elegance, while the gorgeous outdoor terrace is perfect for kicking back. The basic manicure and pedicure combo is $580 and the Shellac manicure and pedicure is $950, but the skilled service and perks (like complimentary tea or bubbly) will definitely leave you feeling Flawless. It’s worth keeping that terrace in mind for a bridal or baby shower because you can bring your own decorations and bubbly!
It’s very difficult to single out just one aspect of The Nail Library that stands out. Its décor makes you feel like you’re in the home of some fabulous friend. The marvellous ambience is matched by the skilled staff who carry out all the treatments and mani-pedi options that you expect to find at high-end nail salons. Our favourite part? Browsing the shelves to choose a coveted nail polish brand and colour – it always feels like being a kid in a candy store! The prices are a bit heftier with regular manicures starting at $270 and regular pedicures at $400.
The Nail Library, Level 1, 10-12 On Wo Lane, Central, Hong Kong, 2618 8623, www.facebook.com/The-Nail-Library
The Mandarin Salon may be on the pricier side ($500 for the signature Mandarin manicure and $650 for the signature Mandarin pedicure), but it’s worth every penny. You will be treated to impeccable service and top-notch treatment. Only organic products are used for its signature treatments, and you’ll be invited to choose your own essential oils to be blended into the creams used on your hands and feet.
The Mandarin Salon, The Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2825 4800, [email protected], www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/the-mandarin-salon
While standard manis and pedis are on the menu, this is the premiere spot for going funky and adorning your nails in eye-catching and trend-setting nail art. The nail artists can pretty much magic up any design you have in mind onto your fingers and toes, so whether you want some Swarovski crystal embellishments or Jackson Pollock-inspired nails, Eightyeight has got you covered. You’ll pay a pretty penny (soft gel manicures start at $650) but your nails will be the grooviest in town.
Eightyeight, G/F & 1/F, 53 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2350 9618, www.facebook.com/Eightyeight
The Nail Bar at the Four Seasons is not your typical salon. Everything about the experience is exceptional thanks to its fabulous setting. The treatment chairs face giant windows that look out onto Victoria Harbour, so as your fingers and toes are lovingly looked after, sit back and take in the showstopping view. Espresso manicures begin at $540, with nail art starting at $110 per nail. Remember if you go from Monday to Thursday, prices are slightly cheaper!
The Nail Bar, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3196 8888 www.fourseasons.com
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This is a top spot for gel nails and nail art at very reasonable prices! The first-time customer trial price for a full soft gel manicure is just $218 and the pedicure is just $220. Nail art ranges from around $5 to $35 per nail, depending on how elaborate you want to go. Glitzy nails are definitely on the menu at this salon!
LoveurNail, Room 1604, Righteous Centre, 585 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, 3749 9760, WhatsApp: 6631 4302, www.facebook.com/loveurnailhk
This local spot is a clean and hygienic space, and the nail art that the technicians do is fantastic. Whilst the Facebook Page is in Cantonese, the professional, friendly staff do speak English. Prices range from $180 for a regular mani, and approximately $380 for a soft gel mani. Bring a photo of your desired nail design (a good excuse to spend some time on Pinterest), and the staff here will recreate your look!
Ruby’s Nail, Unit 101-103, 1/F, Workingport Commercial Building, 3 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2366 9868, www.facebook.com/Rubys-Nail-Eye-Care
Rainbows Nail provides nail treatments at killer prices in the heart of Mong Kok! This hidden spot is best if you’re looking for something unfussy and quick like a regular gel manicure ($248). The owner doesn’t speak English fluently, so send her a WhatsApp message instead to book your appointment or book via Facebook. Once you’re there, the communication barrier is easily overcome with hand gestures and smiles!
This spacious salon is decked out in regal purple and girly interiors. It has quite a loyal customer following who appreciate the professional and kind nail technicians. A variety of cool nail designs are a popular ask at Luxe nail – think subtle motifs but also flashy and bejewelled nail stickers. The standard Shellac soft gel nails are available (for first-time customers a manicure is $288 and pedicure is $298) as are OPI gel mani-pedis ($328/manicure and $398/pedicure).
Luxe Beauty and Nail, 2/F, Long Wah Building, 21A Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2311 8188, www.facebook.com/luxebeautynail
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There was a time when beauty and sustainability didn’t exactly mix, but nowadays there are many businesses who want to make customers look good but also feel right about the choices they make. This small salon is a real gem of an example because of its eco-conscious ethos. It takes pride in using vegan, toxic-free and cruelty-free products – the warm staff are also wonderfully accommodating. You can tell they really want to make the customer happy. The great deals of $218 for manicures and $288 for pedicures add to the joy!
The Nailtural, Room 1, 6/F, Granville Building, 12 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 9173 3796, www.facebook.com/thenailtural
Relax and enjoy yourself in the comfortable environment at this salon. The friendly staff give it a family feel and there are little touches that add to the experience (like the free coffee and a lovely cat that can often be spotted looking for tummy rubs). The regular manicures and pedicures are a good bargain for $188 and $388. This is one of the best places to go to for gel nails at reasonable prices (hard and soft gel options for fingers or toes range from around $398 to $498). The nail art is pretty incredible as well!
Nail Jolly, Room A, 1/F, Johnson Centre, 13 Hau Fook St, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2367 6886 www.facebook.com/NailJolly
It’s always a pleasure stopping by this salon. The interior décor is unpretentious and homey with lots of pretty flowers– it is the complete opposite of some nail salons which can feel like clinics. Gel nails are done very well for a decent price tag ($500 for manicure and $600 for pedicure) and there are a bunch of stylish nail décor options. The first time trial prices for gel manicures at $350 and $450 for gel pedicures should entice you to give it a go!
If you adore the Japanese beauty aesthetic, Carte Blanche is made for you! A lot of the beauty salon staff are either Japanese or have had experience in Japan, which means they are experts on the latest beauty trends and products from the land of the rising sun. The cheapest manicure and pedicure options are $280 or $480, respectively. The gel nail options are pricier than others in the city with a Shellac mani starting at $550 or Shellac pedi from $750, but the expertise of the technicians justifies the price tag.
Carte Blanche, 1/F & 2/F Mody House, 30 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2739 1960/ 2739 1966, www.carteblanche-hk.com
The spa at the Ritz-Carlton is an excellent choice when you need some well-deserved self-care. You may want to stop by for a massage or facial but don’t neglect your fingers and toes! The Ultimate Manicure ($700-800) and Ultimate Pedicure ($800-900) are fantastic choices and include a massage, personalised mask and paraffin wax. Of course, at the Ritz-Carlton, you are guaranteed to have a deluxe experience from the moment you step foot in the spa. The attentive service is delightful and you will be surrounded by magnificent views since the spa is located on the 116th floor! Don’t forget if you make a booking for non-peak hours, you can save an average of $100 on your treatment.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Catherine Leng on 18 April, 2018 and updated by Sassy Mama on 18 June, 2019.