Nail your look at one of these top nail salons in Hong Kong.
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. From wallet-friendly deals to more luxe options, here’s your guide to the best nail salons in Hong Kong.
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One of our top priorities when it comes to choosing a nail salon is hygiene, which is why we’re big fans of My Perfect Body. This Central nail salon uses only sterilised or single-use instruments, with each customer receiving an individual pack of tools for added peace of mind. As for the service, expect a notch above your regular mani-pedi – My Perfect Body’s offering includes the innovative iManicure® and iPedicure® treatments, which involve the highly-skilled foot and nail specialists using a professional nail drill to gently remove excess skin and perfectly trim your nails. The technique evolved over three decades ago in Germany, and focuses as much on the health of your hands and feet as it does on the nail art, making it especially great for those who suffer from ingrown toenails, cracked heels or corns (amongst various other common complaints). An iManicure® comes in at $150 for your first trial (and $240 after that), while the iPedicure® is $290 for your first trial (and $480 after that). Both have the option to add soft gel polish for an additional $170.
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Hidden in Time Square’s Facesss, Nailed It by H.T only uses cruelty-free products in its beauty services. Skilled in nail art and gel nail application, you can even get your eyelash extensions done here too! Prices start at $499 for a gel manicure with nail art.
Nailed It by H.T, Shop 401-404, Facesss, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 6855 6088 (WhatsApp), www.facebook.com/nailedithk
A cheap and cheerful option, Nail Ten may look pretty basic 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 starting at only $118 and $168, you can afford to go whenever the mood strikes! Just make sure to book ahead because its competitive prices make it a very popular choice.
Nail20 is very much no-frills, so don’t expect above and beyond. That being said, the ambience is perfectly pleasant and it is very clean and professional. The salon has a great range of services to choose from, including standard treatments, soak off gel and hard gel. At just $90 for an express manicure or $130 for an express pedicure, it’s a great option for those in a rush. Booking in advance is highly recommended!
This cheap and cheerful salon has quickly become a firm favourite in the Sassy office, not least because of its amazing selection of glitter polishes. Prices begin at $88 for a regular OPI manicure or $198 for soak off gel with a free manicure. 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.
One of the cheapest manicures in Hong Kong, Nail 88 is a no-frills, no-fuss nail salon that does a quick, decent coat of fresh paint at hard-to-beat prices. It’s a little rough around the edges, but with lacquer manicures costing just $48, it’s hard to complain. Having quickly expanded across the Island in the past few years, with locations now in Kennedy Town and North Point, make sure to call ahead or drop in just before the lunch rush as spots fill up quickly.
Nail 88 (Kennedy Town), 6 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2628 7117
Nail 88 (North Point), Shop 117, 1/F, Seven Seas Shopping Centre, 121 Kings Road, North Point, Hong Kong, 2366 9117
Nail 88 (Sheung Wan), Shop G24-25, Welland Building, 368 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2851 6711
Nail 88 (Wan Chai), Cathay Lodge, 125, Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 3741 1139
Experts in shellac, soak-off, hard gel and acrylics, Ooh La La Nails prides itself in Russian-style manicure and pedicures; a technique that uses an electronic file to remove any excess skin around your nailbed without cutting the nail too aggressively. This technique allows the nail technician to be in control and ensure the end result is perfectly polished. Top tip – the nail technicians here are great at nail art; simply bring in an image of the design you want and they’ll recreate it exactly!
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 or $320 for a gel pedicure). For returning customers, there is a points reward 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!
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Melomist might be located in a bustling, convenient location, yet it still somehow manages to be 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 $280, a traditional pedicure is $430 and the 7-toxins-free soak-off gel mani and pedi range from $480 to $610. As a bonus, Melomist offers online booking – 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!
This Japanese nail and eyelash salon is a superb 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 excels at nails painted with a Japanese aesthetic in mind: think cute lace designs or floral patterns, executed with the utmost care and attention to detail. First-timers to Canary get a special deal of $330 for a soft gel mani or $430 for a soft gel pedi!
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. Head here for traditional manicures from $200-$260, or pedicures which come in at $350 to $480. There’s a reason this place is always busy, so best to book in advance.
Lavande’s two charming locations in Hong Kong offer some out-of-the-box 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; here, your feet are pampered with fresh mint, eucalyptus and a tea tree oil bath before being massaged and receiving a full pedicure.
Lavande (Central), Shop A, Basement, 61 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 2577
If you’ve already stumbled across the terracotta pink walls and effortless cool interior of Tinted., odds are you’ve been back since. Founded by former interior designer Carmen Lau and luxury hospitality executive Carroll Lee, this down-to-earth nail salon was born out of passion and a need for affordable, luxury salons. Using predominantly 7-Free and bio-seaweed gels from NCLA, in addition to pregnancy-safe hand care products, Tinted. has quickly become a staple manicure stop for nail art lovers across Hong Kong. Signature services start at $580 (additional nail art designs start at $30 per design), and its essential one-hour nail service is priced at $480 – perfect for that quick lunch hour fix.
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 ($180) and express pedicure ($280) is completed in just 20 minutes so you’ll always be able to squeeze in a speedy pampering session!
Apart from massages and waxing, great manicures and pedicures are guaranteed at this spa. Decked out in cool and sleek décor that gives most 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 $280!). Look into membership, which will give you deals on products and treatments (non-members pay a 10% service fee). Booking in advance is essential!
While standard manis and pedis are on the menu, this is the premiere spot for 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.
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 costs $280 (or signature Flawless manicure will set you back $500), and the basic pedicure starts from $400. Though a little pricier than its budget counterparts, 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!
Exclusive to The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, PEDI:MANI:CURE Studio was created by the renowned Bastien Gonzalez, and promises world-famous manicure and pedicure experiences set against the backdrop of a state-of-the-art spa. Studio manager and certified podiatrist, Albin Brion, studied podiatry in Paris and was trained directly by Bastien Gonzalez, focussing on skin, nail and foot beauty. This ultimate, luxurious experience does not focus on lacquer, but instead spotlights a natural nail-enhancing treatment that is tailor-made and strives to eliminate irregularities and dryness; ending with a genuine synchronised massage. The “Bastien Duo” treatment starts from $1,950.
The very mention of the Mandarin Oriental may have you reaching for the calculator and working out how long you’ll live off cup noodles, but fear not, the prices actually aren’t that stomach-churning (it’s $500 for the signature Mandarin manicure and $650 for the signature Mandarin pedicure FYI), and you know that you will be rewarded with impeccable service and top-notch treatment. Only organic products are used for the 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 Nail Bar at the Four Seasons is not your typical salon. Everything about the experience is exceptional thanks to the fabulous setting: the treatment chairs face giant windows that look out onto Victoria Harbour, so as your fingers and toes are lovingly looked after, you can sit back and take in the show-stopping view. “Expresso” manicures begin at $600, with nail art starting at $70 per nail. Pro tip: if you go from Monday to Thursday, prices are slightly cheaper!
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, while the marvellous ambience is matched by the highly-skilled and attentive staff. 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! For regular manicures, prices start at $270 and regular pedicures at $400.
Tucked away at BruneBlonde in Wan Chai’s Grand Hyatt, The Pink Room Nail Lounge has over 30 eco-friendly nail and hand services to choose from. Take inspiration from one of the talented nail techs, or bring in your own nail art ideas for a polished finish that promises perfection. Manicures start from $300, while pedicures start from $530.
The Pink Room Nail Lounge at BruneBlonde, Mezz Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, www.bruneblonde.com
This is a top spot for gel and nail art at very reasonable prices! The first-time customer trial price for a full soft gel manicure starts from just $160 and the pedicure is just $198. Nail art prices vary depending on how elaborate you want to go. Glitzy nails are definitely on the menu at this salon!
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 easy 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 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. 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!
Suki Nail is a sure choice for cleaning up cuticles and adorning unique nail art designs to your fingertips. Choose from flat or 3D art designs, or the addition of sparkling, Swarovski stones; a standard manicure here starts from $118 and hard/soft gel application from $298.
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Relax and enjoy yourself in a comfortable environment at this salon. The friendly staff give it a family feel, and we love the 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 coming in at $188 and $398 respectively. This is one of the best places to go in Hong Kong for gel nails at reasonable prices, with hard and soft gel options for fingers or toes ranging from around $398 to $598.
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 available – think subtle motifs but also flashy and bejewelled nail stickers. The standard Shellac soft gel nails costs $228 for first-time customers, or $288 after that, while OPI gel mani-pedis cost $328 for a manicure and $398 for a pedicure.
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 and also feel right about the choices they make. This small salon is a real gem of an example because of its eco-conscious ethos. The Nailtural takes pride in using vegan, toxic-free and cruelty-free products, and the warm staff are also wonderfully accommodating. You can tell they really want to make the customer happy.
If you adore the Japanese beauty aesthetic, Carte Blanche is the salon for you! A lot of the 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 $350 or $550, 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 we think the expertise of the technicians justifies the price tag.
The Spa at 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 ($860) and Ultimate Pedicure ($950) 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; 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 in 2017 and updated by Team Sassy in November, 2020.
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Featured image courtesy of The Nail Library via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of My Perfect Body, image 2 courtesy of Nailed It by H.T via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Ooh La La Nails, image 4 courtesy of Tinted. via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Eightyeight via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of The Nail Library via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of LoveurNail via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Suki Nail via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of Nail Jolly via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Carte Blanche via Instagram.