Finding a good manicure in Brisbane can be a hit and miss affair, and all comes down to your me-time preferences. While some want the consideration and luxury of a spa experience when getting their digits pampered, others prefer an in-and-out, no-chat-all-action nail bar. But, one thing is for sure, no one wants their nails done in a salon with a dose of 'yick' factor.
We've subjected ourselves to many a French mani, mannequin polish, and nail-art mistake on the hunt for Brisbane's best manicure. From indulgent day spas, to fast and friendly nail bars, and glitter-happy nail artists, here are our picks of the best Brisbane beauty spots to get your nails did.
Nail Bars and salons
Deluxe Nail Spa | Fortitude Valley
Deluxe Nail Spa is the ideal Brisbane nail bar if you want your nails done professionally, quickly, and in a beautiful salon (so, everybody?). Tucked into the Emporium Precinct, this is a fail safe Brisbane manicure spot.
Paola's Beauty Room | Ascot
A professional home salon with a loyal following of Brisbane beauty die-hards, Paola specialises in gel nails and nail art, and uses polish, soft and hard gels, Bio Sculpture gel overlays and nail extensions to get your claws looking fierce. Paola's Beauty Room also takes late night appointments.
Blow | Newstead
A short and sweet range of nail services, and a beautiful salon to boot, make Blow an easy choice for a gorgeous mani without a fuss. Blow is also one of Brisbane's best hairdressers, so you can make a morning of it and have all your beauty bases covered in the one good-looking go.
Establishment Hair Skin Body | Newstead
Newstead salon, Establishment Hair Skin Body care about your experience and want you to leave your manicure feeling relaxed, and rocking perfect nails. They offer an express manicure and paraffin manicure.
The Nail Place | New Farm
Masters of the natural looking nail (the LBD of nail treatments), The Nail Place is a pretty, no-nonsense nail bar in New Farm; A safe bet for a great manicure in Brisbane!
College of Natural Beauty | Fortitude Valley
Hold onto your hats, ladies. We may have found the cheapest, best quality nail service in Brisbane! The College of Natural Beauty (part of Endeavour Colleges Group) have a list of nail services that will blow your mind — how does a one hour, Kora Organics Deluxe Manicure for $22 sound? Crazy-good, we know! And while the team at CNB are still mastering their nail skills (it's a college, after all!), you can rest assured your fingers are in safe, well-supervised hands.
KC Nails | Portside
The team at KC Nails are willing to go as big and bold with your nails as you're brave enough to be. Specialising in fashion nails and nail-art, the sky's the limit at this Portside nail bar.
Gracie Beauty | CBD
Gracie Beauty, on Edward Street, is a Brisbane nail art salon that is all about over the top, totes adorbs, 'kawaii' style nail art. If glitter, animal print, and metallic nails are your jam, this is the Brisbane manicure for you!
Stephanie's Urban Spa | cbd
With two Brisbane locations, in the CBD and Bulimba, Stephanie's is a Brisbane spa institution and, no surprises here, offer an exquisite spa manicure package. This is undoubtedly one of the best manicures in Brisbane. Treat yo'self!
5th Avenue Beauty & Day Spa | Wilston
As well as their signature spa manicure (a one hour pamper sesh', which includes exfoliation and a hand massage) 5th Avenue also do Shellac, Bio Sculpture gel nails (on both fingers and toes), and a simple buff and polish with OPI nail colour. What more could a girl want?
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