While nail salons are a dime a dozen in Sydney, in our books, there's a big difference between a good nail experience and a great one. And trust us, we've got plenty of horror stories in our repertoire to prove it's not something you want to get wrong.
So, how do you know where to go to find the right vibe, colours and, of course, skilled technicians to get your nails in great shape? That’s where we come in.
To save you from the endless google scroll and a potentially lacklustre nail service, we've found Sydney's best spots for elegant polishes, nail art even Billie Eilish would be envious of, and home beauty services to treat yourself 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
Priding themselves on their spotlessly clean salon and super-friendly staff, The Nail Lab is one of our favourites thanks to its calm atmosphere and great range of OPI, Gelish and in-house signature products. Bonus, the salon is open until 7pm on weekdays, making it the perfect spot to get in a post-work treatment.
The Parlour Room
The Parlour Room is our go-to salon when it comes to special occasions. The beautifully designed space is just as luxurious as their service offering, with everything from Bio Sculpture, Evo and Dazzle Dry on offer. The Parlour Room also has a dedicated group booking service available for weddings or special events to ensure you (and your crew) can be pampered in style.
If it's a luxury manicure you're looking for—look no further than Jocelyn Petroni. As well as being an official CHANEL manicurist, Jocelyn Petroni is also the first official CHANEL Le Vernis stockist outside of the actual CHANEL boutique. If that piques your interest, book the CHANEL manicure and indulge in some of the world's finest scarlets, cherry, and rose reds. Can't find the perfect shade of nude? Jocelyn Petroni is also the home of the custom-blend manicure, where you can blend two polish colours to create a unique shade that perfectly matches your individual skin tone.
Located in the heart of Sydney's CBD, Fleurette Beauty was once a best-kept beauty editor secret. Home to highly skilled nail technicians, Fleurette Beauty offers everything from CND Shellac, Bio Sculpture Gel, CND Vinylux and Acrylics, alongside nail art add ons. The team is super-efficient, making it the place to go when you need to transform your nails in just your lunch break.
Newtown (Playground Vintage)
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 acrylics, you can either bring along your own nail inspiration or allow Bridget to work her freehand artistry magic to create something entirely unique.
Miss Betty Rose
Miss Betty Rose in Glebe is the go-to for nail art enthusiasts and celebrity clientele, offering both in-salon services and at-home press on nail kits. Specialising in her signature hand-painted nail art, alongside 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 both Barangaroo and Darlinghurst, California Nails offers some of the best nail shaping around (in our humble opinion). Open for both 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 appointment 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 deluxe treatments, you're guaranteed to leave this zen-like space both looking and feeling better.
Redfern Nails And Beauty Lounge
Accepting both walk-ins and appointments (booked over the phone or through Instagram DM), Redfern Nails and Beauty is one of those hidden gems you almost want to keep to yourself. Offering both your standard nail services, alongside more intricate nail art, Redfern Nails covers all bases, from a quick buff and paint to more substantial nail transformations.
With a full roster of nail services on offer, Bondi Nails is your Eastern Suburbs go-to for all things nail related. Covering all the usual bases (think SNS, Gel and Acrylics), Bondi Nails also specialises in hand-drawn nail art and embellishments, allowing you to take your nail design to the next level.
The Nail Lounge
Located in Surry Hills, The Nail Lounge is a five-star safety rated salon that specialises exclusively in Bio Sculpture Gels. If you're not familiar, Bio Sculpture is a non-toxic and vegan-friendly treatment that can be less damaging than traditional products. With over 180 colours to choose from and endless nail art options, the Nail Lounge is the perfect place to go if you want a variety of colours with some extra TLC.
Specialising in nail art—and only nail art—Love Larouge is not your typical salon. When making an appointment, you'll be instructed to arrive with natural naked nails or freshly infilled acrylics, ready and primed for nail artist Lauren to work her magic. If you're looking for nails with serious wow-factor or you want to recreate the nail art you've been storing away in your Instagram saves, Love LaRouge is your newfound 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 nails by hand. The salon doesn't use any drills, preferring to care for nails using gentle techniques. Along with your usual OPI and CND Shellac colours, Sumi Nails also offers Ladiposh, a breathable, long-lasting soft gel nail system from Japan that doesn't require UV.
Nails By Jenna
While Nails By Jenna is not currently taking new clients, we still wanted to include her talents in this list—just in case she opens her books again. Located in Woolooware, nail artist Jenna has been performing her magic on clients for the last two years. Working with the latest products, Jenna utilises Gels, BIBA and Gel Extensions, along with her hand-painted nail art to create seriously chic nails.
Home Beauty Service
Offering mobile nail services (along with 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 luxury, Gel and SNS manicures and pedicures on offer, as well as your classic mani-pedis, we can't think of a more relaxing or convenient way to get our nails done.
Specialists in Korean trends, FIVE Beauty offers manicures, pedicures and nail art inspired by the latest in Korean nail art. Not only is the salon space super cute, but their skilled technicians will work their magic to create some seriously playful nail transformations. Don't believe us? Check out their Instagram for some of their latest creations.
Located in the heart of Double Bay, Le's Nails offers both walk-ins and appointments, making it a convenient option if you like to get your nails done regularly. With a wide range of nail services on offer, including gel colour, 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 Parlour Room, Jocelyn Petroni, Miss Betty Rose, Love Larouge, Nails by Jenna