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
Little Tip: Trendy Nail, Barbie Nails, Rose Nail, and Ocean Nail are also located in Cathay 88 Lodge and offer services at a similar price to Nail 88.
2. Iyara Day Spa
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and escape to the tranquil and serene surroundings of this award-winning day spa. Specialising in facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, body scrubs, wraps, and massages, Iyara (pictured above) caters to a diverse range of individuals and nationalities, with a team who can speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Get comfy on the sofa, sip on a delicious Lemongrass tea (or a glass of red or white wine if you get there after 5pm), and let the experts work their magic on your nails. An Ultimate Manicure (which includes a 10-minute massage) costs $350, while An Ultimate Pedicure (with 15-minute massage) will set you back $480. Shellac polish can be added for an extra $200, and kids under 10 years old can enjoy 50% off all nail services.
Iyara Day Spa, 2/F, 27 Hollywood Road, Central, (+852) 2523 8700
3. Nail Wizard and Spa
Tucked away on quiet Mee Lun Street between Central and Sheung Wan, this cosy pink retreat provides the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy some pamper time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Seating only six customers at a time, you know you’ll be well looked after as the team of technicians transform your nails into a stylish work of art, while giving your hands some tender love and care. From classic manicures and pedicures to soft and hard gels (and even ones for the kids) they cater to all your needs, with a price list that is fairly reasonable given the location. A standard polish mani costs $300, and a pedi $400, with packages available for those who want to make a day of it. If you’re looking to relax and have some undivided attention, then this is the spot.
Nail Wizard and Spa, Store D, 1/F, No.9-11 Mee Lun Street, Central, (+852) 5728 5222
Hailing from Japan, this spacious salon knows how to spruce up your nails to suit every mood, whether you’re feeling ‘Cute’ and ‘Feminine’ or ‘Cool’ and ready to ‘Party’. Regular manicures cost $180, and pedicures are $390, while a full set of hard gel hands will set you back $450. Fancy nail art costs $20 per nail (hand or foot), and a range of eyelash extensions are also available in various lengths and curvatures to suit your own styles. You can choose from five different designs – ‘Sexy’ eyes to match your ‘Party’ nails? The possibilities are endless! The salon has a first time trial offer for both nail and eyelash extensions, so you can enjoy a full makeover in one fell swoop.
Canary, Room 1101, 11/F, 2 – 8 Wellington Street, Central, (+852) 2537 0038
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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 that’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
8. 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
Claiming to be the ‘hippest nail arts studio in town’, cosy little Hollywood Road salon, NailOne (pictured above) is the place to go for nails with attitude. The team offer regular manicures and pedicures for $180 and $350 respectively, and those wanting something a little funkier can choose from eight different nail art styles, including ‘Bling Bling’, ‘Dark Secret’, ‘Forever French’, and ‘Lady in Red’. If you want to go really wild, however, you can jazz up your paws with some gemstones, rhinestones, or swarovski for $5 to $10 per nail. Blingtastic!
NailOne, 14/F, C Wisdom Center, 37 Hollywood Road, Central, (+852) 2537 2991
From unique free-form painted designs to minimalist manicure, this Japanese style salon has it all. A team of four Japanese specialists are on hand to give you one funky little makeover and offer you the chance to browse their selection of 200 gels to find your perfect shade. Regular manicures cost $280, while pedicures check in at $480, and a full set of soft gel hands costs $580. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not opt for the 3D, hologram, or peacock nails and really make an impression? While you’re there, you can get your eyelashes done too!
aQuaeria, 1/F, Tung Yiu Commercial Building, 31A Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2526 9313
11. Bliss Spa at the W Hotel
We couldn’t include our roundup of top nail salons without mentioning this super plush, bliss-ful spa (pictured above), which is perched on the 72nd floor of the W Hong Kong. Get The Upper Hand treatment ($625), as you sit back and enjoy a youth-inducing hand treatment and hot cream manicure, and overlook the stunning skyline in Kowloon. You can even invite a male companion along to enjoy The Manly-Cure treatment ($400). For the ultimate indulgence session, opt for the Double Choc ($650) and dip your feet in a hot chocolate milk skin-smoothing soak, while polishing off a tasty choccie treat as you watch. Now how’s that for A-List treatment?
Bliss Spa, 72/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, (+852) 3717 2797
12. The Nail Library
Tucked away in the trendy neighbourhood of Po Hing Fong in Sheung Wan, this chic, industrial inspired salon has become wildly popular among the ladies of Hong Kong. As well as boasting one of the largest collections of nail polish brands and colours, it also offers bespoke nail art designs by its team of talented artists. Regular manicures cost $270, while pedicures come at $400, and a full set of soft get hands is $480. There’s also a selection of herbal teas, coffee, or bubbles to help you relax.
The Nail Library, Level 1, 10 – 12 On Wo Lane, Central, (+852) 2618 8623