The best salons in Singapore for affordable gel manicures: The Nail Social, Dollhouse Nails, and more

The best salons in Singapore for affordable gel manicures: The Nail Social, Dollhouse Nails, and more

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Text: Cheryl Lai-Lim

Image: Instagram | @paintboxnails

There are a multitude of reasons as to why we're obsessed with gel manicures. They're more resistant to chips and breaks as compared to their normal counterparts; they have a high-shine glossy finish that never seems to budge; and best of all: they dry so quick, you don't have to waste any time (or air) blowing your nails. And while circuit breaker had us opting for DIY optionsphase 2 means beauty services are permitted to resume — with limitations, naturally. One of them being that we can't cross the border to get 'em talons buffed, polished, and shined to perfection. Still, we're nothing if not adaptable. And so, we've rounded up the three best nail salons on our shores that offer immaculate (yet affordable) manicure services. Spy them all, below.

1. Dollhouse Nails
Obsessed with nail art designs? Then Dollhouse Nails is the spot for you. Whether you're looking to get creative with fun nail patterns or seeking intricate custom designs, this charming salon is sure to fulfil. With light robin egg blue accents throughout the interior, the salon exudes a gorgeous and calming atmosphere to get your nails done. Besides manicures, they also offer an expansive menu of beauty services that range from waxing to nail spas. If you're satisfied with your current nail shape and length, opt for the gelish colour option at only $30. Otherwise, go for an express gel manicure at $40, or a classic gel manicure at $60.

Dollhouse Nails is located at 1 Raffles Link, #B1-08, Citylink Mall, Singapore (039393).


2. Nails & Good Company
Sit back and enjoy a relaxing manicure knowing that your digits are in safe hands at Nails & Good Company. Located in the East, this wellness and lifestyle salon aims to provide quality nail care with non-toxic polishes and reliable care service. Their nail polishes are free of traditional toxins most polishes contain, and their tools are carefully sterilised after each use. Translation: no worrying about harsh chemicals on your nails or unsanitary practices. Get an express gel manicure is $40, whilst a classic gel manicure is priced at $65. The salon also runs a first trial promotion, where they charge $35 for an express gel manicure for new customers.

Nails & Good Company is located at 10 Tampines Central 1, #05-K1, Tampines One Shopping Mall, Singapore (529536).


3. The Nail Social
Drinks and snacks, foot massage services, as well as a personal iPad pre-loaded with movies, games, books and podcasts are just some of the offerings at The Nail Social. Singapore's first socially-conscious salon, The Nail Social not only employs local marginalised woman with a higher barrier to employment, but also donates a portion of their profits to sustaining social support and services. Most of the salon products are non-toxic, eco-friendly, fair-trade and/or cruelty-free, so you can be assured that your nails will be well-taken care of. (Bonus: the salon offers a complimentary glass of wine on Fridays and Saturdays, which is perfect for a pre-night out.) Opt for an express gel nail service at $48, or a signature classic gel nail service at $65.  

The Nail Social is located at Bugis, 42A Haji Lane (2nd Floor), Singapore (189235) and Chinatown, The Social Space @ 333 Kreta Ayer Road, #01-14, Singapore (080333).