Our hands are the most exposed part of our bodies, on display all year round, and so they need special care and attention. In summer, our feet are also on show, which means you want them to be looking their best as well.
There are so many options to choose from – do you go for a long-lasting set of shellac nails, or a basic polish? Do you want a full spa treatment for your hands and feet or just a light pampering? A professional nail salon will be able to help you make your decision, and leave you with outstanding results.
The benefits of a regular manicure and pedicure don’t stop at the aesthetics. You will also enjoy some pretty exciting health benefits – with the massages included in your treatment increasing circulation to your extremities, and regular deep cleaning removing bacteria from our most exposed body parts. And besides, taking the time out for a pampering session is something we all deserve every now and then.
In this article we list the qualities that make a nail salon great, and share where to find the best nail salons in Canberra. Let’s get right into it.
What makes a great nail salon?
Here are some things to look out for when choosing a nail salon in Canberra.
- Cleanliness. Undoubtedly, cleanliness is the most important thing to consider when choosing a nail salon. Ask yourself, is the floor clean? Are the benches wiped down? Is equipment sterilised correctly? The last thing you want is a risk of infection, so don’t be too shy to ask any questions. A professional technician will be happy to put your mind at ease.
- Experience. Like anything, the more experience you have providing nail treatments, the better they’ll be. An established salon with a good reputation is usually a safe bet.
- Qualifications. Nail technicians need to be trained correctly. It’s important that your technician has a thorough knowledge of the health and safety concerns associated with hand, foot, and nail treatments, as well as how to create a great looking finish for your fingers and toes.
- Price. Prices can vary widely from salon to salon. However, there is such a thing as ‘too cheap’ Be cautious of very low prices, as this may indicate that a salon is cutting corners.
- Friendliness. Part of a great manicure or pedicure can be a good old chat with your technician. On the other hand, if you prefer to drift off during your treatment, an experienced technician will be able to read the situation, and leave you to it if necessary.
The best nail salons in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Waramanga Beauty Spot is owned and operated by international beauty trainer Amy Lam, whose extensive experience in the beauty industry keeps the team of friendly, highly qualified therapists at Waramanga Beauty Spot up to date with the latest treatments and technology, ensuring all customers benefit from the best treatments available.
Waramanga Beauty Spot offers an extensive range of nail care treatments. Whether you’re looking for nail polish, a full set of false nails, repair, a tidy up, or a deluxe spa treatment for your hands and feet, Waramanga Beauty Spot can cater to your needs exactly.
They also offer a 10% discount on gel nails for seniors and students. With affordable prices and efficient service, this salon will have you completely taken care of.
As Facebook reviewer Moo West said, “Amy and the team are great, the salon is lovely – I highly recommend their services!”
Looking for award-winning service in a convenient location? The long-established Elegance Beauty Therapy could be the place for you. They offer friendly and professional staff, free advice on home-care treatments, and a VIP Loyalty Card to help with the cost of keeping your hands and feet gorgeous.
From mini manicures to the indulgent spa deluxe manicure or pedicure, indulge in the extensive range of treatments. And rest assured if you’re not completely happy with your results – they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if you have any completes you can either get a full refund or a total re-do of the service.
As Facebook user Korina Choundary writes in their review, “Tina and her team provide fabulous service and are very knowledgeable about their products. I highly recommend Elegance.”
Gel-icious Nails is an accredited nail salon, specialising in nail enhancements and customised press-on nails, ensuring perfectly tailored nails that look beautiful and natural. With over twelve years of experience behind the team at Gel-icious Nails, you know you’re in experienced and knowledgeable company and will not be disappointed by the results.
Press-on nails are slightly different from gel and acrylic nails in that they are quicker to apply and are reusable – so if you don’t have the time or money to invest in ongoing maintenance of gel or acrylic nails, then consider getting press-ons done at Gel-icious Nails. The nails will last for up to 2 weeks, and if they are taken care of properly they can be reused, so they’re a great accessory for a special occasion. Design your perfect nail by selecting from their range of lengths, shapes, patterns and colours to get your perfect nail!
As Google reviewer Teresa Rodz writes, “I have been a client of Paulette for 6 years now. She is a fantastic, professional and dedicated nail technician. I always receive compliments on my nails and my response each time she finishes my nails is ‘perfect.’ A true professional.”
Vivid Nails aims to provide all customers with a luxurious, personalised experience, meeting all of your specific needs, set in an elegant and comfortable environment. The team at Vivid is made up of knowledgeable and enthusiastic technicians who will adapt to your requirements and provide you with excellent products, care and sanitation.
Vivid Nails offers a wide range of services all at affordable prices, such as mani-pedi spa treatments, acrylic and gel nails, SNS, and even facial and skin care treatments.
Facebook user Danni Sparkes left the following review for Vivid Nails, “Clean and professional salon. Each technician provided a great client experience. Will be back, and love to support a local business with a passionate owner.”
Headed up by passionate and dedicated beauty therapist Jessica Peris, The Beautique’s goal is to not only provide excellent service and yield high-quality results, but to make sure everyone who enters feels happy, empowered and beautiful.
Jessica and her team all specialise in nail art, and in addition to classic mani-pedi treatments – gel polish, luxurious treatments, and basic buffs – they also have a selection of nail art you can choose from, as well as offering you the chance to request custom art for your nails.
As ‘Local Guide’ Samantha Lear writes in their Google review, “The staff are lovely. You can tell the whole place as a personal touch and such a welcoming feel. The girls are so skilled in their nail art and are so gentle with you. Couldn’t recommend a better place.”
If you’re looking for other beauty salons and services, check out our articles the best eyelash extension services in Canberra, the best beauty salons in Canberra, and the best hair salons in Canberra for some helpful guides!
Your experience with nail salons in Canberra
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