Planning to Do Your Nails Before CNY? Here Are 6 Salons You Should Visit!
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Planning to Do Your Nails Before CNY? Here Are 6 Salons You Should Visit!

Jacqueline Yan
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I’m probably the most fidgety and ticklish customer ever, but it’s so hard to sit still while waiting for the nail artists to finish my manicure…

illustration of lady filing giant hands on window ledge
Source: Giphy

You’re probably going to say that I should just do it myself at home to save money.

But let’s face it, we’re just terrible with painting with our non-dominant hand and it’s too time-consuming.

Besides, going for a manicure session is a good way to get some alone time. Kinda!


TL;DR – 6 Best Nail Salons to Pamper Yourself With a Manicure & Pedicure Before CNY

6 salons to get a manicure and pedicure

Since your gel manicures can be a little pricey, we definitely want to make them worth your money, right?

Here are some hacks you can use to make them last as long as possible:

  • Avoid super hot showers
  • Wear rubber gloves when cleaning
  • Add an additional layer of top coat to protect your polish
  • Add on other nail polish to cover the chipped portions

Bellus de Charme

Belle de Charme manicure
Source: Expat Choice

Now, you probably won’t any issues finding a nail salon in Far East Plaza for an affordable manicure session.

But I thought this particular one is worth a mention because it’s prayer-friendly so you can jio your Muslim friends along!

Some Muslimahs (a.k.a. a Muslim woman) avoid doing manicures and pedicures as it interferes with their washing ritual before their daily prayers.

The nail polishes used by Bellus de Charme is not only water-permeable, but they are also made from 100% halal ingredients.

Isn’t that great?

Nail ServicesPrice
Express Manicure / Halal Express Manicure $14
Express Pedicure / Halal Express Pedicure$20
Classic Manicure / Halal Classic Manicure $24
Classic Pedicure / Halal Classic Pedicure$38
Gelish ManicureFrom $48
Gelish PedicureFrom $48
Spa Manicure$62
Spa Pedicure$85

Bellus de Charme offers other beauty services as well, such as lash extensions and waxing, so have fun spending some time pampering yourself!

  • Address: 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza, #04-105, Singapore 228213
  • Opening Hours:
    • 11:30 am – 8:30 pm (Monday – Friday)
    • 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Blush Nails and Lashes

blush nails and lashes manicure
Source: Blush Nails and Lashes

I believe I’ll be stared down by people in the North East if I don’t include Blush Nails and Lashes in this list…

Ask anyone for recommendations and their name will very likely pop up!

Hidden in Hougang Green Shopping Mall, Blush Nails and Lashes have been reviewed for friendly and professional services.

Even if you don’t stay nearby, this might be another salon to add to your list for lasting manicures.

Nail ServicesPrice
Express Manicure $10
Express Pedicure$13
Classic Manicure$20
Classic Pedicure$30
Express Gel Manicure$25
Express Gel Pedicure$35
Classic Gel Manicure$45
Classic Gel Pedicure$55
Nail ArtFrom $3

If you’re planning a visit to get your nails done before CNY, be quick as their appointments are filling up! Take note that there will be CNY surcharge too!

Nail ServiceChinese New Year Surcharge
(per service)
8 - 10 January11 - 17 January 18 - 23 January
Express / Classic Manicure or Pedicure$5$8$10
Express / Classic Gel Manicure or Pedicure$5$10$15
  • Address: Hougang Green Shopping Mall, #01-12, 21 Hougang Street 51, Singapore 538719
  • Opening Hours: 11 am – 8:30pm (Monday – Sunday)

Manicurious

Manicurious manicure
Source: Manicurious

If award-winning salons are your thing, Manicurious is the place to go!

You’re also in luck if you have intricate designs in mind as they specialise in nail art as well.

Before you get a shock looking at the prices below, a quick search revealed that the brand Manicurious uses for their gel services keeps your nails well protected and is long-lasting.

Nail ServicesPrice
Express Manicure $18
Express Pedicure$20
Classic Manicure$30
Classic Pedicure$40
Express Gel Manicure$50
Express Gel Pedicure$50
Classic Gel Manicure$85
Classic Gel Pedicure$95
Hand Spa$45
Foot Spa$55
Nail ArtFrom $5 per nail

Heads-up! While there’s no surcharge for CNY, only gel services are available from 11 to 23 January.

  • Address: 41 Beach Road, Singapore 189680
  • Opening Hours:
    • 11 am – 9 pm (Monday – Saturday)
    • 11 am – 8 pm (Sunday)

Nails & Beauty Hua Yi Fang

I think I may be a little bit biased here (it’s my personal favourite) but getting a manicure or pedicure at Nails & Beauty Hua Yi Fang is really affordable and good!

You probably weren’t expecting this beauty salon as the recommendation for Bugis Street since it’s almost always Hanakura Bliss or Lily Nail Salon…

I first stumbled upon this place by accident but I quickly learned that it was a crowd favourite because they are always so packed!

You might have to wait for more than an hour sometimes if you drop by without an appointment…

Of the different nail salons I tried in Bugis Street, I find that my manicures and pedicures last longer and they are really meticulous!

Nail ServicesPrice
Express Manicure $8
Express Pedicure$10
Express Manicure & Pedicure$15
Classic Manicure$13
Classic Pedicure$26
Classic Manicure & Pedicure$36
Express Gel Manicure$18
Express Gel Pedicure$20
Express Gel Manicure & Pedicure$33
Classic Gel Manicure$26
Classic Gel Pedicure$40
Classic Gel Manicure & Pedicure$58

Either way, if you want to check out the many nail salons in Bugis Street, you’ll find that the prices are almost the same!

CNY Surcharge

  • Address: 3 New Bugis Street, #03-133/134, Singapore 188867
  • Opening Hours: 12 pm – 10 pm (Monday – Sunday)

The Nail Artelier

The Nail Artelier manicure
Source: The Nail Artelier

Another highly recommended nail studio if you’re looking for nail art, go wild with your ideas as The Nail Artelier is known for customisation too!

Trust me when I say that nail art is not easy, I’ve tried doing it myself many years ago and it definitely didn’t turn out as expected…

Nail ServicesPrice
Express Manicure $12
Express Pedicure$18
Classic Manicure$32
Classic Pedicure$42
Gel Manicure$60
Gel Pedicure$60
Organic Spa Manicure$65
Organic Spa Pedicure$85
Organic Spa Gel Manicure$90
Organic Spa Gel Pedicure$110
Nail ArtFrom $3 per nail

If you’re planning to get some mandarin oranges or bakkwa drawn on your nails, heads-up as the prices will different before CNY!

Nail ServicesChinese New Year Prices
10 - 16 January17 - 21 January22 - 24 January
Express Manicure NANA$28
Express Pedicure$24$30$38
Classic ManicureNA$44NA
Classic Pedicure$48$54$58
Gel Manicure$68$78$88
Gel Pedicure$68$78$88
Organic Spa ManicureNA$88NA
Organic Spa Pedicure$98$108NA
Organic Spa Gel Manicure$100$110NA
Organic Spa Gel Pedicure$120$130NA
Nail ArtFrom $3 per nailFrom $3 per nailFrom $3 per nail
  • Address: 666 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188800
  • Opening Hours: 11am – 9 pm (Monday – Sunday)

The Nail Social

The Nail Social manicure
Source: Nookmag

We all know how long a manicure session can take, even if you opt for the most basic service.

If you’re easily bored, The Nail Social provides iPads to occupy your time, amongst other perks!

That’s not the most important feature though as they choose to use products that are non-toxic and eco-friendly, giving you peace of mind while pampering yourself.

Nail ServicesPrice
Polish Only - Manicure or PedicureA fresh coat of polish of your choice$14
Shape Only - Manicure or PedicureA basic nail shaping service$12
Quickie - Manicure or PedicureA no-nonsense shape and polish$18
Scrub Only - ManicureA gentle exfoliate and massage
$12
Scrub Only - Pedicure$18
Signature - ManicureClassic service includes nail shaping,
cuticle care and a massage. Finish off with a fresh coat of polish.
$35
Signature - Pedicure$45
Signature - Combo$70
Luxe - ManicureIncludes
nail shaping, cuticle care, gentle
exfoliation, foot masque and an extended
massage using 100% natural ingredients.
Also includes callus & heel treatment.
$70
Luxe - Pedicure$80
Luxe - Combo$140
Non-Toxic Gel PolishAdd-On $30 (Per Set)

Besides, The Nail Social is also one of the highly recommended salons for nail art if you’re looking for more than just a basic colour.

Don’t worry folks, if you’re planning to squeeze in an appointment before CNY, there’s no surcharge!

Bugis Outlet

  • Address: 42A Haji Lane, Singapore 189235
  • Opening Hours:
    • 11 am – 9pm (Tuesday – Friday)
    • 10 am – 8 pm (Saturday)
    • 10am – 4 pm (Sunday)

Chinatown Outlet

  • Address: 333 Kreta Ayer Road, #01-14, Singapore 080333
  • Opening Hours:
    • 10 am – 8pm (Monday, Tuesday – Saturday)
    • 10 am – 7 pm (Sunday)

Bonus #1: Haidilao

I’m sure you know this by now, but Haidilao offers free gel manicure services for customers who are waiting for their turn to feast.

You can even get a voucher if the queue is too long and you’re just too hungry to wait.

Psst… A friend shared that if you go with an existing manicure, they will reject you, so make sure you plan in advance!

Bonus #2: Nail Wraps

Don’t have the time to visit a nail salon for a manicure session?

Or you simply don’t find the need to spend so much money on it, but still want pretty nails?

We gotchu, girls.

You can simply buy nail wraps for a quick fix at home.

nail wrap
Source: wikiHow

All you have to do is stick them on your clean nails, file off the excess, and you’re good to go!

Yes, it’s that easy…


How Can I Make My Gel Manicure Last Longer?

You know, I used to only do non-gelish manicure since it can be quite pricey.

But eventually, I realise that gel services are more worth my money since it really lasts a long longer!

In my experience, gel manicures and pedicures can last 3-4 weeks, which is pretty good!

Here are some hacks you can try if you want to make your gel manicure last even longer, other than being super careful…

Avoid Super Hot Showers 

Hot showers can be really soothing after a long day of work but if the water is too hot, it might cause the gel polish to peel off easier over time!

Wear Rubber Gloves When Cleaning

If you’ve already been doing this to protect your hands from any strong chemicals in your cleaning products, good for you!

While they are super effective, some cleaning products might cause your gel polish to weaken, increasing the chances of them peeling and chipping.

Add an Additional Layer of Top Coat 

Of course, the nail artists would have finished off your manicure and pedicure with a top coat.

But if you would like to protect the colours and make your gel manicure to last longer, apply a thin layer of top coat every few days.

Add on Other Nail Polish

Unless you never have to wash your hair or clean the house, your manicure is almost always going to chip off, right?

If you have nail polish at home, you can always add on a new layer of glitter nail polish or solid colours.

Apart from covering the parts that chipped, you’ve just created a new look!

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