While nail salons cost a dime in Sydney, in our books there is a big difference between a good nail experience and a great one. And believe us, we have a lot of horror stories in our repertoire to prove that it’s not something you want to go wrong.
So how do you know where to go to find the right vibe, the right colors and, of course, skilled technicians to get your nails looking great? This is where we come in.
To save you the endless Google scrolling and potentially lackluster nail service, we’ve found Sydney’s best places for stylish nail polishes, nail art even Billie Eilish would envy, and in-home beauty services to get you there. pleasure without leaving the house. Keep reading below for our personal recommendations for the best nail salons in Sydney that won’t disappoint.
The nail lab
Darlinghurst and CBD
Proud of its spotlessly clean salon and super friendly staff, The Nail Lab is one of our favorites thanks to its calm atmosphere and wide range of OPI, Gelish and house products. As an added bonus, the salon is open until 7 p.m. on weekdays, making it the perfect place to get treatment after work.
The living room
The Parlor room is our lounge of choice when it comes to special occasions. The beautifully designed space is just as luxurious as their service offering, with everything Bio Sculpture, Evo and Dazzle Dry have to offer. The Parlor Room also has a dedicated group reservation service, available for weddings or special events, so you (and your team) can be pampered in style.
If it’s a luxury manicure you’re looking for, look no further than Jocelyn Petroni. In addition to being an official CHANEL manicurist, Jocelyn Petroni is also the first official CHANEL Le Vernis reseller outside the current CHANEL boutique. If it piques your interest, book the CHANEL manicure and treat yourself to some of the best scarlet reds, cherries and pinks in the world. Can’t find the perfect shade of nude? Jocelyn Petroni is also the home of custom manicure, where you can mix two nail polish colors to create a unique shade that perfectly matches your skin tone.
Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Fleurette Beauty was once a beauty publisher’s best-kept secret. Home to highly qualified nail technicians, Fleurette Beauty offers everything from CND Shellac, Bio Sculpture Gel, CND Vinylux and Acrylics, as well as nail art complements. The team are super efficient, making them the place to go when you need to transform your nails into just your lunch break.
Newtown (vintage playground)
Bridget’s Nails is your go-to for adorable and chic nails, with some of the cutest designs you’ll find on Instagram. Offering everything from gel extensions to BIBA and acrylic, you can either bring your own nail inspiration or allow Bridget to work her artistic magic freehand to create something completely unique.
Miss Betty Rose
Miss Betty Rose in Glebe is the go-to for nail art enthusiasts and celebrity clientele, offering both salon services and in-home press on nail kits. Specializing in her hand-painted nail art, as well as custom acrylic and gel extensions, her salon is strictly by appointment only, and we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
Darlinghurst and Barangaroo
With convenient locations in Barangaroo and Darlinghurst, California Nails offers some of the best nail massages (in our humble opinion). Open for appointments and walk-ins, California Nails is our go-to for last-minute appointments when we’re short on time or want a classic manicure or pedicure that won’t break the bank.
If a tranquil and calming environment is your nail date vibe, you can’t go past Vaia Beauty. Located in Darlinghurst, the Beauty Salon is a sanctuary for all things holistic beauty and wellness. Offering both shellac and regular manicures and pedicures, as well as luxury treatments, you are sure to leave this Zen space looking and feeling your best.
Redfern Nails And Beauty Salon
Accepting both date and date (booked by phone or via Instagram DM), Redfern Nails and Beauty is one of those hidden gems that you almost want to keep to yourself. Offering both your standard nail services, as well as more complex nail art, Redfern Nails covers all the bases, from quick polishing and painting to more substantial nail transformations.
With a comprehensive list of nail services on offer, Bondi Nails is your suburban go-to for all things nails. Covering all the usual basics (think SNS, gel and acrylic), Bondi Nails also specializes in nail art and hand drawn embellishments, allowing you to take your nail design to the next level.
The nail salon
Located in Surry Hills, The Nail Lounge is a five-star safety salon specializing exclusively in Bio Sculpture gels. If you are unfamiliar, Bio Sculpture is a non-toxic, vegan treatment that may be less damaging than traditional products. With over 180 colors to choose from and endless nail art options, the Nail Lounge is the perfect place to go if you want a variety of colors with a little extra TLC.
Specializing in nail art – and nail art only – Love Larouge is not your typical salon. When making an appointment, you will be asked to arrive with natural nude nails or freshly filled acrylic, ready and primed for nail artist Lauren to work her magic. If you are looking for nails with a wow factor or if you want to recreate the nail art that you have stored in your Instagram saves, Love LaRouge is your new love.
Located in Sydney’s CBD, Sumi Nails is a luxury Japanese nail salon with a difference. Sumi is all about creating beautiful and healthy fingernails by hand. The salon does not use a drill, preferring to maintain the nails with gentle techniques. In addition to your usual OPI and CND Shellac colors, Sumi Nails also offers Ladiposh, a breathable and durable soft gel nail system from Japan that does not require UV.
Nails By Jenna
While Nails By Jenna doesn’t currently take on new clients, we still wanted to include her talents on this list, just in case she reopened her books. Located in Woolooware, manicurist Jenna has been working her magic on her clients for the past two years. Working with the latest products, Jenna uses gels, BIBA and gel extensions, as well as her hand painted nail art to create very chic nails.
Home beauty service
Offering mobile nail services (as well as a variety of other beauty offerings), Purely Polished allows you to book a nail technician to visit you in the comfort of your own home. With the luxury manicures and pedicures, Gel and SNS on offer, as well as your classic manicure-pedicure, we can’t think of a more relaxing or convenient way to get our nails done.
Specialist in Korean trends, FIVE Beauty offers manicures, pedicures and nail art inspired by the latest trends in Korean nail art. Not only is the salon space super cute, but their skilled technicians will work their magic to create some truly playful nail transformations. Don’t believe us? Check out their Instagram for some of their latest designs.
Located in the heart of Double Bay, Le’s Nails offers both date and date appointments, making it a convenient option if you like having your nails done on a regular basis. With a wide range of nail services on offer, including color gel, shellac, SNS, and Dazzle Dry, you’ll have plenty of options to suit your individual needs.
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Image credit: Nails by Jenna, The Parlor Room, Jocelyn Petroni, Miss Betty Rose, Love Larouge, Nails by Jenna