In our opinion, it can never be too soon to say goodbye to the mediocre, at-home manicures we subjected our hands to during the peak of covid-19.
Lacking an even shape, in need of a good buff and landing less polish on them than the floor around us, the reopening of Gold Coast nail salons, with the latest easing of Queensland restrictions, is the best news our nails have had since this all began.
If you've already cleared your weekend in preparation for all your post-coronavirus beauty needs, you'll want to consult this hit list of the best nail salons on the Gold Coast to find out all their opening details.
The Gold Coast’s first vegan and organic salon is the ultimate zen destination. ERVA is Portuguese for herb and forms the basis of the salon’s approach to your treatment. Every appointment, be it a manicure or a pedicure, will include a mix of herbs (to help maintain healthy skin, hair and nails), essential oils (to detoxify and calm) and salts (to deeply cleanse and balance). All polishes used here are cruelty-free, non-toxic and vegan—including their gels—so you can rest easy knowing your pampering sesh isn’t leaving a footprint. So, what's changed since isolation? Founder Leila Davoren said they’ve kept the good stuff and improved on what could be better, including starting their very own herbal garden which will supply the ingredients for their soaks. “You can also expect new scents going through the salon when you open that door, not to mention new creams and scrubs with natural ingredients such as Argan base and floral extracts,” Leila said.
Reopening details: Officially throwing open their doors on Saturday 16 May.
Adore Dolls Parlour
If you want to up your nail game, Adore Dolls Parlour has got you. Their customised nails have drawn a huge following, including celebs like Snoop Dogg and Lorde. You can embellish your nails with swarovski crystals, TV characters or food-inspired art starting from $75. You’ll adore their pretty salon, tucked on Hillcrest Parade in Miami.
Reopening details: Officially opening from Monday 18 May. To make an appointment text 0432 720 425.
Bella Nails is conveniently located directly outside Australia Fair. Featuring red and white bricks and a deli style menu on the window, the shop front resembles more of a diner than a salon and we love it. If you can’t make it during trading hours, the team have been known to open early or close later, if you book ahead. Now that’s service.
Reopening details: Taking aapointments for Saturday 16 May onwards. To book, call 0450 606 195.
Tucked inside The Cornerstones Currumbin, Earth Essence is one of the Gold Coast’s best nail salons and the team here are ready to get your hands and nails in top post-covid shape with all their non-toxic, ethically made and organic products. Book in for a manicure or pedicure to enhance what your mama gave you, or opt for bio sculpture gel nails and get a finish that you’ll be admiring long beyond your first weekend out of iso.
Reopening details: Earth Essence will officially reopen on Friday 15 May, and hand sanitiser and masks will be available in the salon.
With a promise to deliver the highest quality service, you can be sure Nailfix will make your first post-coronavirus manicure worth the wait. This luxury nail bar offers a range of affordable treatments, including a classic mani and pedi for $80, acrylics, permanent gel and the signature nail system.
Reopening details: Now taking appointments for Friday 15 May to Sunday 17 May. Flick the team a DM on socials or text them on 0432 524 439.
Want to know what else you can do on the Gold Coast this weekend? Find out more about Queensland's easing of covid-19 restrictions.
Image Credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for Urban List and Allison Christine