Hong Kong's top nail salons


Terrace view
In this complicated world, sometimes it’s best to keep things simple – particularly when it comes to beauty. Flawless adopts this healthy attitude with its spa concept. The urban beauty centre concentrates on three components – facials, makeup and nails – with each treatment performed with complete care in mind. For the nails, a 24-hour guarantee applies to the manicures and pedicures. There’s also a one-week guarantee for those who opt for shellac coating. The entire procedure is blissfully streamlined and topped with a gentle girly touch. Choose from some of the popping colours available from Opi and China Glaze – and, for those who love the breeze, get your mani/pedi done on the terrace, where you can poke fun at the poor saps going to work. Manicures run from the 30-minute fast treatment for $140 to the $900 manicure that includes a chemical hand peel. And from now until Aug 14, purchase any pedicure and receive a complimentary basic manicure! A perfect two for one deal. 4/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham St, Central, 2869 5868; flawless.hk.com. Janice Jann

Canary Nail
Colourful as a peacock
Attached to a little boutique that sells clothes and accessories, this salon is aimed at stylish folk who want to shop and be pampered at the same time. Relax with a steaming cup of tea while your nails are prettified. The salon offers manis and pedis using Opi and Essie nail polish, with treatments ranging from $130 for a regular manicure with a single colour to $580 for a luxurious spa pedicure. Chaps can also get smooth hands with Canary’s manicure for men at $180. If you’relooking for a little extra glamour, the
signature soft gel manicure dries instantly with a silky smooth finish and lasts a lot longer than regular nail polish – but you can take it off easily with nail polish remover. A first trial of this mani costs $249, discounted from a regular $450. The salon also does beautiful Japanese-style nail art with cool effects, such as marble or peacock patterns for around $180 depending on the design.
Rm 01, 11/F, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington St, Central, 2537 0338; canary.com.hk
. Julia Tobin  

Cupcake Nail
One-on-one experience
Some nail salons attract customers in with fancy modern décor and experienced-yet-somehow frigid technicians. But this one-man band run by Stephanie Diane distinguishes itself from the competition with high quality products and an up-close-and-personal service. Once you’re greeted by the owner, you feel like you’re visiting a good friend inside this cosy apartment space. The salon offers a wide range of services like UV gel nails, soak-off nails, acrylic gel nails and beautiful nail art. It also offers treatments for bridalshowers and kids party – but be sure to make an early booking because it fills up quick. Prices range from $288 for UV gel nails to $628 for acrylic gel toes.
Shop 2, 10/F, New Landwide Commercial Bldg, 73 Kimberley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 9448 3701; cupcakenails.hk.
Athena Chiu


The Nail Library
New York City vibe
Mani or pedi – The Nail Library offers far more than your average treatment. It offers a nail experience. It’s tucked away in the quiet neighbourhood of Po Hing Fong and sports an exquisite exterior and interior, inspired by the ultimate New York pad, with steel-framed windows and dark wooden cabinets and shelves. Though the shop has only been open a matter of months, it’s already garnered plenty of love from clients who host private ‘sparties’. For urbanites who aren’t afraid to try something new, The Nail Library offers couture manis priced at between $280 and $600, and pedis priced at $450 up to $500. Plump for multicoloured French manicures, textured nails and other funky designs.
6 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2803 2290; facebook.com/pages/the-nail-library.


A Beauty Bar
Environmentally friendly
As the name suggests, this salon devotes itself to beauty, with an emphasis on healthy, non-toxic products. The shop sells cosmetics, skin and hair care products and nail polish in a calm atmosphere. The salon provides makeup and facial services – but it’s their special candle wax manicure for $500 that catches our attention. The wax has a low melting point, so it turns into a warm lotion when poured on the skin, making for amazing manis and massages. The salon uses SpaRitual vegan nail polish that’s free of harmful chemicals and also makes use of eco-friendly ingredients. Cuticle care here is made painless with SpaRitual’s Cuti-Clean. Once you’ve enjoyed these treatments, you’ll be ready to go back to your busy schedule knowing you didn’t have to sacrifice health for the sake of beauty. 15/F, King Tak Fung Commercial Bldg, 467-473 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay, 2295 6072; abeautybar.com.hk. JT


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