The festive season is looming! Deepavali is here, and we’re exactly one month away from Christmas. Have you got your manicure and pedicure done? If you, like us, have got your hands full cleaning the house, shopping for new IKEA furniture and decor, sorting the kids and their schoolwork – all whilst juggling a full-time job, then it’s very likely you’ve got nails are as bare as our bank accounts and your schedule as packed as our messy store rooms. (We wish it were the other way around!)
No matter where in Singapore you live, here are some home-based nail salons you can quickly pop-in to get your manicure and pedicure fixed – most likely with your kids in tow.
Located in the Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood, home-based manicurist @pinkcoconails’ versatility is great for the fickle-minded ones amongst us. Whether you like a rounded, stiletto, almond, square, squoval shape, or short nails, it seems like she has it all covered. Her usual classic gel manicures are priced at $25. Otherwise, drop @fivebytwo.co a WhatsApp message or Instagram DM to get yourself some nail art and embellishments such as jelly hearts, seashells, butterflies, Sailor Moon-like motifs, and dangly charms. Psst… take advantage of their $28 unlimited design promotion for first-time customers!
Otherwise, pop by Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 for @nailsbybellxo that’s pomsky-friendly (or pet-friendly?) for some cute short nail manicure looks. Prices start from $20 for a classic gel manicure, $30 for extensions, and $5 for gel removal.
You know a nail artist is really legit when he or she has a qualification from JNEC (short for Japan Nailist Examination Center). While you will find most of these JNEC-certified manicurists in salons, nailist Tasha Chen holds a level 2 JNEC and works from her home-based salon @callinails that’s located in the Bartley (nearest is Taiseng MRT Station) neighbourhood. Like most Japanese nail salons, she works wonders with short nails, intricate drawings, minimalist, abstract designs, and muted, office-friendly colours. Chen charges $38 for a classic gel manicure, and $48 for a classic gel pedicure.
Live in Bedok? You are in luck. The weekends-only home-based nail salon, @mynailschiohor serves up super cute short nails, and the cutest Pinterest-worthy nail art at $55 per set of gel manicure with unlimited nail art.
Kimberlyn of @nailmachineservices has a knack for beautiful, delicate, and dainty illustrations in both short and longer nail shapes – and she has small dogs in the house to boot. Classic gel manicures cost $38.
Helmed by 3 ladies, Christel, Vanessa, and Haelyn, the home-based nail salon @sugarcoatnails.sg located near Buangkok MRT station pulls off beautiful glitter, sparkles, and gel extensions in dreamy, pastel colours. An express gel manicure set costs $12.
Otherwise, drop @nailsurgery.sg an Instagram DM for dramatic stiletto nails that will definitely wow your friends and family. Prices range from $25 to $65.
Located opposite the Petir LRT station in the Bukit Panjang neighbourhood, home-based nail salon @nailnicorn is your go-to for over-the-top aurora and acrylic nails – think charms, dangling crystal embellishments, pearls, and dragons set on a glossy black or pearlescent white base nail colour. Prices range from $30 for a dainty set to $50 for a full-on fancy set of design, and $30 for extensions. Otherwise, head to @thenailsvault for some perfect almond nails.
If you are a fuss-free person who prefers fixed prices and no haggling, @jnails.sg located in Choa Chu Kang (temporarily in Bukit Batok) is for you. With all nail extensions fixed at $40 nett, you get to choose unlimited designs to draw or stick on – snakes, shattered glass, snowflake, gold rims, floral bridals, or umm, No-Face from the Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away. A classic gel manicure starts from $25.
Some love for the west-siders! @Nail_byliz pens some downright beautiful floral illustrations on short to medium-length nails and pedicures. A classic gel manicure comes at $50 while a classic gel pedicure is priced at $60. Closer to Clementi MRT station is @flutterytips, a versatile and experienced manicurist who is no stranger to the westies nail fans.
Live in Hougang or Kovan? The home-based nail salon @beatificnails does everyday go-to nail designs in short to long squares, squovals, almonds, and lipstick shapes. A classic gel manicure is priced at a super affordable $20 (for a single colour). Otherwise, visit @mystical.nailsssstudio in Hougang for beautiful pastel and glitter looks and perfect almond manicures. Prices start from $25 for a set of classic gel manicure.
Far out west in Jurong, there’s the versatile @nailxnailed who can pull off a minimalist set of nudes just as well as a set of ombre rainbow stiletto extensions. While a set of unlimited nail art is usually priced at $60 nett. In the Jurong West and Pioneer neighbourhood, @a_nail_chapter has a thing for sparkly, girly, and dainty designs from $27 for a classic gel manicure, while @statuesque_nail does super chirpy and cute nail art in pastels (think Kikki.k style) at $35 for a set of classic gel manicure.
Otherwise, try @yvonne_nail_ho for both your manicure and pedicure fix at once. Designs we love include some seriously lovely matte nail art, and cute animal drawings.
Let’s bring ourselves back to the far east. Dear Pasir Ris-ians, you’ve got a pro in your midst. Home-based nail artist, @studdedkitty, holds a level 3 JNEC qualification. Needless to say, her designs are reminiscent of upscale Japanese nail salons – cute, short, pastel and translucent, subtle, office-friendly, with very intricate illustrations and drawings. A gel manicure starts from $40.
Love yourself some Nicki Minaj nails and you live in the Southwest neighbourhood of Pasir Panjang? Then you really need to know @bakednails.sg. Located near Haw Par Villa MRT station (Circle Line), the self-taught nailist only does extensions in stiletto, almond, and ballerina shapes. Chains, charms, foil, neons, metallics, ribbons, and a whole crystal teddy bear on your nails? We say this is not for the faint-hearted. A classic gel manicure extension set with a mystery design (up to manicurist) is priced at $78.
Citizens of Punggol, you’re spoilt for choice with so many nailists living in your hood, namely @teddyhomenails at Sumang Walk, @beautiquenails_sg at Edgedale Plains, @hylightnails_lash at Punggol Drive, and @thenailosaurus near Samudera LRT. We love @thenailosaurus’ 3D nail art, (Hello Kitty-themed extensions for Chinese New Year, anyone?) office-approved short nail art, and the minimalist take on Jackson Pollock’s splash paint style. The latter’s classic gel manicure with a mystery design starts from $98.
Live in Queenstown? You’re in for a treat with Loren’s home-based nail studio, @nail.sg.xiexie. Expect textbook-perfect almond, stiletto, or even flat nails with really pretty nail art, designs, marbling, and French tips. Prices start from $18 for a set of classic gel manicure, $50 for a set of extensions, and a promotional $35 for unlimited design.
If you love yourself some dreamy Japanese and fashionable Korean nail colours, pay @poodle.nail.house along Anchorvale Crescent a visit. A classic gel manicure will set you back by $30. Further down along Compassvale Crescent, you will find @missyounails who can pull off any whims and fancies of your liking – a simple solid pastel colour, a subtle mix of marbles, Paris Hilton-style crystal embellishments, or cute halloween illustrations.
Live in Sembawang? You’ve got the nail extensions-loving @ooriginails in your midst. Whether you have short or long nails, expect a dramatic suite of designs in the likes of metallics, ultra-high gloss blacks, speckled gold foil, gothic illustrations, or Louis Vuitton logos. A classic gel manicure is set at $20, while unlimited gel extensions will cost you $50 nett. Otherwise, look to @bunzynails along Sembawang Drive for some super cute pastel stilettos, and almost-perfect solid colour manicures. A classic gel manicure will cost you $28.
If you live in Tiong Bahru, you need to know @okkonails. Think Pinterest-worthy cutesy illustrations, nude nails with geometrical lime green french tips, marbled matte nails in beiges, gradient blue skies and white fluffy clouds, and line drawings on your nails. Prices start from $40 for a classic gel manicure. We say, hurry get yourself an appointment!
In Tampines, look to @nailed_itt_xx located at Tampines Vista along Tampines Street 84 (somewhat near the stretch of condominiums such as The Santorini, Tapestry Condo, and The Alps Residences). We particularly love Nailed_It’s flair for practical, shorter nail manicures with cute, dainty, and office-friendly nail art designs. Prices start from $20 for unlimited design.
Woodlands seems to be a little haven for home-based nailists! If you live here, you’ve got yourselves @shiningnails, @nailfesta, @bnails_sg, @sg_beautilogy, @flingnails, and @hersnails – the latter which we love for her 3D Hello Kitty charms, SQ girl-worthy perfect chilli red manicures, and a super subtle abstract leopard print in a nude palette.
Hello all you people living in the republic of Yishun, we know it’s expensive to Grab or Gojek anywhere from your little township. Thankfully, you no longer have to make a trip out of Yishun for your nail fix. Look to @cutetkels (cuticles, anyone?) along Yishun Ave 4 for a gentle yet thorough cuticle cleaning session followed by some stunning nail art and illustrations – florals, pastel colour blocking, marbling, graphic french tips, pearlescent finishes, crystal and pearl appliques, or chrome metallic colours. A classic gel manicure costs $25.