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The Best Nail Salons in Canberra

By Emily Morris - 1 January 2018 34

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. What is the answer? A great nail salon run by experienced and professional staff.

Have a regular manicure and pedicure and, not only will your hands and feet look amazing, but you will enjoy some pretty exciting health benefits into the bargain. Taking time out for a pampering session is something we should all do when we get the chance.

We’ve considered your feedback, and put together this list of the top three nail salons in the Canberra region. Remember, if you have had any experience with the salons listed below, let us know in the comments section.

What Makes a Top Quality 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.
  • Relaxing environment. The relaxing massage of hands and feet can be the most enjoyable part of your treatment, and a soothing environment assists in melting your troubles away.

The Top 3 Nail Salons in Canberra

We’ve read through your stories and comments. We’ve considered your positive feedback and your horror stories. Here are our top picks for nail salons in the Canberra region.

1. Canberra Day Spa

Canberra Day Spa – recommended by commenter s-s-a – is an exclusive spa located in the city centre. Relax in a luxurious setting as you enjoy a fully customized treatment, which might include your manicure, pedicure, and perhaps a facial.

As part of their hand and foot treatment options, they offer super hydrating paraffin treatments and the classic French Polish.

2. Elegance Beauty Therapy

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.

On top of this, you will enjoy total cleanliness. Commenter jennybe175 can vouch for the salon’s good hygiene. “Elegance in the centrepoint building in civic are very good,” they wrote. “They use new files for each customer and clean their implements between each customer.”

3. Beaute 2 Suit

Beaute 2 Suit was suggested by commenter mooo-cow. “I’ve been to Beaute 2 Suit in the City, great place, it was clean and quiet without the normal strong smell. Only paid $60 and worth every cent.” A great recommendation with quality, price, and cleanliness all receiving a big thumbs up.

Add to that the city location, free paraffin mask, and nail lacquers free from nasty chemicals, and you’ve got yourself a winner. For those who haven’t been able to make it to the salon for a while, they offer a Pedicure Workout. This is an intensive treatment provided by an experienced pedicurist for feet that need extra special attention.

Your Experience with Canberra’s Nail Salons

Was your go-to salon left off the list? Share your favourite in the comments area below.

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I-filed 11:28 am 10 Dec 11

No “cutting regime” will help severe (genetic) ingrown toenails. The “zap” or day surgery is the answer.

LSWCHP 10:39 pm 09 Dec 11

neanderthalsis said :

Solidarity said :

Hmm, I have an ingrown toenail, these pedicure people can fix it forever?

I’ve never had one before cause i’m not a chick.

Or you could man up and do a spot of home surgery with side cut wire shears, a pocket knife, a bottle of metho/detol, some cotton wool and a bandaid.

My right big toe has had regular growing-the-wrong-way sessions since I was a teenager as a result of some ill-fitting GP army boots. I sort things out with my swiss army knife, dettol, cotton wool and bandaid as described, and it’s all good for another 6 months.

I might consider the podiarist-toenail-corner-zapping technique though, as it seems to be becoming more frequent as I get older.

I don’t reckon a pedicure would do me much good somehow.

MsK8 6:36 pm 09 Dec 11

wierd. sakpase didn’t actually ask your opinion on her grooming regime yet people feel the need to comment! Not asking you to pay for it! sakpase if you’re worried about the cost vs cleanliness try the Canberra Beauty Academy they’re therapists in training which means they would have to follow proper procedures. Last check it was $34 the only thing is they’re only open Thursday 5pm to 9pm and school terms I’m guessing. When I was a student I used to go to CIT beauty unfortunately its only open during business hours. good luck.

deejay 5:36 pm 07 Dec 11

qbngeek said :

deejay said :

Erg0 said :

Solidarity said :

Hmm, I have an ingrown toenail, these pedicure people can fix it forever?

I’ve never had one before cause i’m not a chick.

Unless they’ve started doing pedicures under a local anaesthetic, I’d recommend seeing a doctor for that.

I wouldn’t make a pedicurist deal with a currently ingrown nail (ew), but yes, a regime of regular pedicures can prevent them.

So can a regime of learning to cut your toenails properly. My doctor showed me how to cut my toenails properly after I was getting them regularly and I haven’t had one since.

I’m glad it worked for you. Cutting alone hasn’t for me. *shrug* I don’t really care who believes it or not, but for me, my pedicures make a difference to my day-to-day health and comfort. By all means, go and tell me how I have first world problems (that seems to be the current refrain for anything that doesn’t involve sleeping in the streets), but I don’t see how me having infected and painful feet in Australia is going to help developing and emerging countries to solve their problems.

qbngeek 1:43 pm 07 Dec 11

deejay said :

Erg0 said :

Solidarity said :

Hmm, I have an ingrown toenail, these pedicure people can fix it forever?

I’ve never had one before cause i’m not a chick.

Unless they’ve started doing pedicures under a local anaesthetic, I’d recommend seeing a doctor for that.

I wouldn’t make a pedicurist deal with a currently ingrown nail (ew), but yes, a regime of regular pedicures can prevent them.

So can a regime of learning to cut your toenails properly. My doctor showed me how to cut my toenails properly after I was getting them regularly and I haven’t had one since.

deejay 1:24 pm 07 Dec 11

Erg0 said :

Solidarity said :

Hmm, I have an ingrown toenail, these pedicure people can fix it forever?

I’ve never had one before cause i’m not a chick.

Unless they’ve started doing pedicures under a local anaesthetic, I’d recommend seeing a doctor for that.

I wouldn’t make a pedicurist deal with a currently ingrown nail (ew), but yes, a regime of regular pedicures can prevent them.

GardeningGirl 1:05 pm 07 Dec 11

Jethro said :

As for my comment about my child throwing up, I was being facetious.

It was a reference to the fact that women who work in those places are exposed to seriously dangerous chemical carcinogens. The risk of cancer, etc for women who work in nail salons for long periods of time is very real. I think it is reasonable that I question the necessity of supporting an industry that caters to our vanity by placing its workers at serious risk of harm.

Choice had a worrying article about this some years ago. I feel sad for the babies in prams I sometimes see sitting right beside the tables.

I don’t have a problem with deejay feeling regular pedicures have an important benefit in such circumstances.

I do have a problem with something which typically is a luxury rather than a need, and this is the important bit, being sought cheaply. You can imagine in which direction businesses are going to go when customers quibble over price but don’t ask about ventilation systems or whether the business uses safer/expensive Chemical A or cheaper/more toxic Chemical B. I have to add though that the authorities should be doing their bit to regulate the industry and ensure an acceptable minimum standard. I don’t know if anything has changed since I read the article in Choice but the fumes that are still apparent just walking past one of those nail salons can’t be a good sign.

neanderthalsis 12:41 pm 07 Dec 11

Solidarity said :

Hmm, I have an ingrown toenail, these pedicure people can fix it forever?

I’ve never had one before cause i’m not a chick.

Or you could man up and do a spot of home surgery with side cut wire shears, a pocket knife, a bottle of metho/detol, some cotton wool and a bandaid.

Henry82 11:31 am 07 Dec 11

Solidarity said :

Hmm, I have an ingrown toenail, these pedicure people can fix it forever?

I’ve never had one before cause i’m not a chick.

Podiatrist.

also, they have this new technology where they “zap” the toe nail in the corner, and it never grows on that side again. Its a bit expensive, but if you continually get ingrowns, it might be worth it

bryansworld 10:58 am 07 Dec 11

forgoodnessake said :

bryansworld said :

forgoodnessake said :

Tsk tsk OP. How dare you spend money on yourself! Shame shame…. Far out people…. really??

!

Oh how terrible, someone’s grungy feet. FFS. First World Problem. Ridiculous.

yes and news flash – lucky for us all we live in the first world. Why should people feel guilty about that? I give donations on a regular basis to support those who can’t support themselves in this country and others. Soooo sick of the attitude that people can’t enjoy their life or money becdause others are not as fortunate. Life is not fair or equal deal with it.

Donations may not be enough. Perhaps we need to think critically about our current lifestyles and whether they are sustainable in the longer term.

Erg0 10:32 am 07 Dec 11

Solidarity said :

Hmm, I have an ingrown toenail, these pedicure people can fix it forever?

I’ve never had one before cause i’m not a chick.

Unless they’ve started doing pedicures under a local anaesthetic, I’d recommend seeing a doctor for that.

poetix 10:30 am 07 Dec 11

Solidarity said :

Hmm, I have an ingrown toenail, these pedicure people can fix it forever?

I’ve never had one before cause i’m not a chick.

I think a podiatrist might be more suited to fixing this. Pedicures are more for aesthetic reasons only. If it’s really bad (infected) you could see a doctor.

Solidarity 10:10 am 07 Dec 11

Hmm, I have an ingrown toenail, these pedicure people can fix it forever?

I’ve never had one before cause i’m not a chick.

forgoodnessake 10:06 am 07 Dec 11

bryansworld said :

forgoodnessake said :

Tsk tsk OP. How dare you spend money on yourself! Shame shame…. Far out people…. really??

!

Oh how terrible, someone’s grungy feet. FFS. First World Problem. Ridiculous.

yes and news flash – lucky for us all we live in the first world. Why should people feel guilty about that? I give donations on a regular basis to support those who can’t support themselves in this country and others. Soooo sick of the attitude that people can’t enjoy their life or money becdause others are not as fortunate. Life is not fair or equal deal with it.

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