Every year, as Chinese New Year is around the corner, I’ll whip out my annual CNY checklist. Of course, there are the usual spring cleaning and another update to the wardrobe (Yay to more excuses for shopping!), but what I really look forward to are the primping sessions. Hair cut aside, getting my nails done is another favourite part of getting ready for CNY. Not only does this beauty ritual guarantee a conversation starter while I’m making my rounds at my relatives’ houses, it also makes for a great bonding time with my girlfriends. So if you haven’t given much thought about your CNY mani-pedi, here are some of my favourite nail salons to check out.
Hailing from Seoul, this Korean super-chain has over 100 salons in Korea and has recently expanded into China, Australia and Singapore. Offering hair and nail services, all the nail products used are from Korea, including Korea’s number 1 nail brand, BANDI. Expect a relaxed vibe and super meticulous service!
LEEKAJA is at #03-13 Mandarin Gallery, Tel: 6909 0504
Founded by a trio of friends who are equally passionate about all things related to nails, this cozy joint is a must-visit for creative nail art ideas and impeccable service. Whether you come with your preferred nail art references or request for the nail technicians to suggest, you’re sure to love them to bits!
2KG Nails is at Level 2, 29 Arab Street, Tel: 9011 7270
Conveniently located at Tanjong Pagar, this lovely nail salon is a great place to go for speedy nail services. Elegant and inviting, artisanal gourmet teas are also served, making it the perfect place to spend the afternoon with your friends while getting your mani-pedi.
8Twenty8 Nails is at Level 2, 50 Tras Street, Tel: 6225 1828
Situated in the quaint Joo Chiat neighbourhood, Boo-Ti Parlour goes above and beyond merely providing nail services in a comfortable environment. The nail salon is furnished with ultra-luxe massage chairs so you can work out those knotty kinks in your back and shoulders while getting your mani-pedi. There is also an event space on level two, so if you feel like renting it out for a nail party, we just why not?
Boo-Ti Parlour is at 84 Joo Chiat Place, Tel: 6344 4048
If you’re looking for additional pampering, try the spa manicure and pedicure services here. The full range of Spa Ritual products are used to fully pamper your hands and feet. Plus, they are formulated without harmful toxins and chemicals, making them suitable for pregnant women and even kids.
FE The Nail Lounge is at #02-27B Raffles City Shopping Centre, Tel: 6337 7595; #04-02 Westgate, Tel: 6465 9636
By Joyce Cheo
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