Nail your look at one of these nail salons.
If the eyes are the windows to our soul, then the nails must be our canvas. Nails reveal a lot about a person: the shape, the length, the colour and choice of nail art all hint at the style and personality of the wearer. For the ultimate expression of yourself, Hong Kong has an array of salons for all your trimming, styling and polishing needs. Here’s a guide to the best of the best – from the wallet-friendly options to the most luxe experiences, you’re sure to leave feeling pampered.
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Looking for a quality nails service? Covering everything from mani-pedis to full body waxing, Strip is a well-known spot for all things beauty. The nail painting is done with precision and perfection, using innovative technology to bring about the best results. It actually uses machines to finish certain fine processes, making sure the final look is consistent (not to mention, speedy!) as well as ensuring that all equipment is sterilised before use (Strip’s mantra is hygiene, speed and quality, after all). You can expect top quality gel, express service and regular new product offerings. Pick from your regular manicure/pedicure, or opt for a gel finish for longer lasting colour. Strip is all about attention to detail, so you’re guaranteed to leave with everything taken care of!
As an exclusive bonus, Sassy Mama readers get 50% off for all nails treatments! Simply mention “Sassy Mama Hong Kong” when making your booking before 30 April 2018. Easy!
Strip, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, 39503950, 10th Floor Central, Hong Kong www.strip.com.hk
When you’re in need of a little r&r, booking multiple appointments across the city is not what we had in mind. Finding a cosy and calming spa which takes care of all of our needs is no easy feat, so when we do come across one that can preen and primp to perfection, we find ourselves going back time and again! From haircuts, nourishing treatments and blow-outs to hair removal, facials and makeup by world renowned artist, Nigar Qureshi, Spa Beaute Par Zai takes care of you from head to toe. And what better way to continue a day of pampering than with a mani/pedi? Spa Beaute Par Zai uses ‘7 Free,’ an innovative, fast and safe one-step gel manicure and pedicure that requires no UV or LED lamps – lasting up to two weeks. But if you’re booking in for an express treatment to spruce up those digits, you can also be assured that it is using the best, organic nail polishes available.
Simply mention Sassy Mama when you book in for an appointment and redeem 20% off all ‘7 Free’ manicures and pedicures!
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Pikapika is still one of the best kept secrets for mani and pedi aficionados in the city, but its loyal following of customers is growing for those in the know. There are a bunch of very affordable nail treatments for natural nails ($150/manicure, $240/pedicure) and artificial nails ($250/gel manicure, $350/gel pedicure). Be warned – the owner has adorable kittens who sloth around the salon and love to be cuddled!
Sassy Mama Tip: For returning customers, there is a point rewards system that goes towards discounts on nail services and products.
Pikapika, Unit O, 11/F, Po Wing Building, 69 Lee Garden Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 63900021, www.pikapikanails.com
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!
Sassy Mama Tip: Due to the good location and great prices, Nail Ten is a very popular choice. Booking ahead is essential!
Nail Ten, B2, 15th Floor, Hillier Commercial Bldg, 89-91 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 3547 0299, www.nailten.com.hk
Nail20 is very much a no frills salon, so don’t expect above and beyond, but the ambiance is perfectly pleasant. Among the less gussied up joints, it is definitely still clean and professional. There’s a great range of services from standard treatments to soak off gel and hard gel options. The express manicure and pedicure at just $70 and $120, respectively, are great options during a lunch break.
Sassy Mama Tip: Cindy is a highly recommended nail technician at Nail20, but be sure to book in advance because it can get packed.
Nail20, RM B, 20/F, Hillier Commercial Bldg, 89-91 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 21571120, 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. The prices are an outstanding deal considering the level of service. A traditional manicure is $250, a traditional pedicure is $380 and the 7-toxins-free soak off gel manis and pedis range from $430 to $630. There are also treatments that include revitalising hand and foot massages – you’ll leave feeling lighter than air!
Sassy Mama Tip: It’s a great option for private events such as birthday parties, hen parties or even baby showers.
Melomist, 3/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Building, No. 37-43 Cochrane street, Central, Hong Kong, 24502220 www.melomist.com
Read more: How To Plan A Baby Shower In Hong Kong
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, the goal is to find the right spot between affordability and luxury (a full traditional mani is a sweet deal at $220!) There are toxin-free options, too, and be sure to take advantage of the combo deals on offer.
Sassy Mama Tip: Look into joining a membership which will give you deals on products and treatments (non-members pay a 10% service fee). Booking in advance is also a must!
The Right Spot, 5/F, 20 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, 6998 7768, www.therightspot-wellness.com
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.
Sassy Mama Tip: The Bonham Road location is a super option for an event such as a birthday party. Maggie, the manager at the salon, goes above and beyond to make sure your day is special!
Lavande, Shop A, Basement, 61 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 25222577, www.lavandenailspa.com
Lavande, Shop 5, G/F, 64 Bonham Road, Hong Kong, 35801333, 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 or floral patterns and designs are carried out with the utmost care and attention to detail. Nail art is $20 per nail, gel manicures and pedicures start at $480 and $650, respectively.
Sassy Mama Tip: First timers to Canary Nail get a special deal of $330 for a soft gel mani and $430 for a soft gel pedi!
Canary Nail, 1402, 14/F, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 25370338, www.canary.com.hk
Canary Nail, 1002, 10/F, Lee Loong Building, 4 Queen Victoria Street, Central, Hong Kong, 37912501, www.canary.com.hk
The Feel Good Factor’s aim is to offer affordable treatments in a hygienic and enjoyable setting and, boy, do they succeed! The friendly staff make you feel extremely welcome, and there is an extensive range of manicure and pedicure treatments. The prices are fairly reasonable, with the standard manicure at $230 and standard pedicure at $360.
Sassy Mama Tip: Feel like you never have enough time to get your nails done? 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!
The Feel Good Factor, 2nd Floor, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham St.
Central, Hong Kong, 25300610, www.feelgoodfactor.com.hk
This salon 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. Mani-pedis can run a little steep especially since there are a lot of tempting add-ons. 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) may make you feel so Beyoncé-flawless that you’ll shout “I woke up like this.”
Sassy Mama Tip: The amazing terrace would make a great venue for an elegant event such as a bridal or baby shower, especially since you can bring your own decorations and bubbly!
Flawless, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong, 28695869, www.flawless.hk.com
It’s very difficult to single out just one aspect of The Nail Library that we love. It may have moved from Po Hing Fong to a more central location, but the décor is as inviting as ever, and you still feel like you’re in the home of some fabulous friend. The marvellous ambiance is complemented 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.
Sassy Mama Tip: Calling to book in is highly advisable!
The Nail Library, Level 1, 10-12 On Wo Lane, Central, Hong Kong, 28032290, www.facebook.com/The-Nail-Library
The brand of the Mandarin Oriental may be intimidating enough to send your thoughts into a deep spiral, maddeningly calculating how long one would need to live off cup noodles in order to afford a manicure. Fear not! The prices aren’t that stomach churning ($500 for the signature Mandarin manicure and $650 for the signature Mandarin pedicure) and when you go to the Mandarin, your extra dollars spent will be rewarded with impeccable service and treatment. Apart from the signature treatments, regular manicure/pedicure, French manicure/pedicure, Shellac and a simple shape & buff are also available.
Sassy Mama Tip: The signature treatments are the best value. Plus, only the best organic products are used 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, 28254800, www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/the-mandarin-salon
While standard manis and pedis are on the menu, this is the premier spot for going funky and adorning your nails in eye-catching and trend-setting nail art. IT-girls and influencers love this salon that drips with dramatic glamour. The nail artists can put practically 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 $780) but your nails will be the grooviest in town.
Sassy Mama Tip: If you are lacking inspiration, there’s a book in the salon chockablock with ideas. Check out its Instagram for the latest trends and examples of Eightyeight’s marvellous work.
Eighteight, G/F &1/F, Number 53, Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 23509618, www.facebook.com/Eightyeight
The Nail Bar at Four Seasons is not your typical salon. The experience is exceptional thanks to its fabulous setting. The treatment chairs face giant windows overlooking Victoria Harbour. As your fingers and toes are lovingly looked after, sit back and take in the show-stopping view. Standard mani/pedis, Shellac, express treatments, nail art options and hand/feet massages are on offer.
Sassy Mama Tip: If you book Monday through Thursday you’ll get a discount of $100 on average!
The Nail Bar, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 31968888 www.fourseasons.com/hongkong/spa/the_nail_bar
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This is a top spot for gel nails and nail art with some of the best prices you’ll see! The first time customer trial price for a full soft gel manicure is just $210 and the pedicure is just $248. Returning clients pay only $20 extra. The nail art ranges between $10 to $50 per nail, depending on how elaborate you want to go. You can really express yourself at this salon – glitzy nails are definitely on the menu! Just take a look at the Facebook page to see the infinite possibilities of dazzling creations.
Sassy Mama Tip: If you like your experience, ask about the available packages which will get you even cheaper prices.
LoveUrNail, Room 1604, Righteous Centre, 585 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, 37499760, www.facebook.com/loveurnailhk
One of the Sassy Mamas swears by this local spot. It’s a clean and hygienic space, and the nail art that the technicians do is fantastic. Whilst its Facebook Page is in Cantonese, the professional, friendly staff speak English. Prices go from $150 for a regular mani, and approximately $300 for a soft gel mani.
Sassy Mama Tip: 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, 2 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, www.facebook.com/Rubys-Nail-Eye-Care
Rainbows Nail provides nail treatments at killer prices in the heart of Mong Kok! The hidden spot is actually the flat of the owner but it is just as hygienic as a salon would be. It’s best to go if you’re looking for something unfussy and quick like a normal manicure ($98) or pedicure ($138).
Sassy Mama Tip: The owner doesn’t speak English fluently, so send her a WhatsApp message instead to book your appointment. Once you’re there, the communication barrier is easily overcome with hand gestures and smiles!
Rainbows Nail, Unit 5, Floor 22, Pakpolee Commercial Centre, Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Kowloon, 65793967, www.facebook.com/rainbowsnail
Princess vibes are strong at this spacious salon which 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 ($288/manicure and $298/pedicure) but the rarer OPI gel mani-pedis are offered too at a sweet price ($328/manicure and $398/pedicure).
Sassy Mama Tip: If you go searching for the non-Facebook website, don’t be off put by the fact it is only in Chinese because you will for sure find English-speaking staff.
Luxe Beauty and Nail, 2/F, Long Wah Building, 21-21A Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2311 818, 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 wonderful and accommodating. There are no trainees as each technician is already very experienced and you can tell that they really want to make the customer happy. The great deals of $128 for manicures and $268 for pedicures add to the joy!
Sassy Mama Tip: The staff are very knowledgeable and they love to help out, so if you’re not sure what type of mani-pedi would suit you best or you have questions on nail health, ask away!
The Nailtural, Room 1, 6/F, Granville Building, 12 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 9173 3796, www.facebook.com/thenailtural
In a very comfortable environment, relax and enjoy yourself 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 $130 and $280. 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 $350 to $500). The nail art is pretty incredible as well and you can bring a photo of practically any design which will be amazingly copied onto your nails.
Sassy Mama Tip: First time customers looking to get gel services get $50 off the normal price!
Nail Jolly, Room A, 1/F,13 Hau Fook St, Johnson Centre, 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 gorgeous celestial inspired designs are otherworldly!
Sassy Tip: Never tried gel nails before? The first time trial prices for gel manicures at $350 HKD and $450 HKD for gel pedicures should entice you to give it a go!
Blossom nail & beauty, Room 1401, 14/F, Keybond Commercial Centre, 38 Ferry Street, Kowloon, 29593805, www.blossomnailhk.com
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 that 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 soft gel mani’s at $650 and pedi’s at $850, but the expertise of the technicians do justify the price tag.
Sassy Mama Tip: There are two separate prices for each nail service according to the level of staff seniority. You can specifically request for a senior staff member and pay a little more (usually $100 extra), but if you get one by chance there’s no extra charge!
Carte Blanche, 1/F & 2/F Mody House, 30 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2739 1966, www.carteblanche-hk.com
The spa at the Ritz Carlton is a wise choice for providing some well-deserved self-care. You may want to stop by for a massage or facial but don’t neglect your darling fingers and toes! The Ultimate Manicure ($700 to $800) and Ultimate Pedicure ($800 to $900) are fantastic choices and include 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 – you may literally be “over the moon” with the quality of your treatment!
Sassy Mama Tip: Make a booking for non-peak hours and save on average $100 on all treatments. An especially good deal is the manicure which is $450 during non-peak hours as opposed to $580.
The Luxury Spa, 116/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2263 2040, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/hong-kong/spa