By Rhea Cartwright
IY beauty is all well and good but one can never underestimate the handy work of a professional, particularly when it comes to our nails. Unless you’re ambidextrous, an at-home result is always rather underwhelming, so we rounded up the ultimate list of the best nail salons in London.
From fingerprints to palm reading, not only do our hands say a lot about us, but with body language and gestures accounting for 55% of communication, we say a lot with our hands too. After copious sanitising, our hands - and lest we forget our feet - are in a pitiful state. But, with beauty firmly and finally back on the agenda, we can get a firm grip on the best manicure and pedicure establishments that London has to offer.
From the most detailed nail art to an uber-chic minimal manicure, we’ve hand-picked a conclusive list of the nail techs to know now.
BEST NAIL SALON FOR A CHIC & SMART FINISH
BEST NAIL SALON FOR INTRICATE ARTWORK
As an ex-WAH nail technician, Jess Young knows good nails and she'll leave your hands looking like a work of art. Offering the most incredible gel nail art and gel nail extensions, she's a firm favourite with those in the know.
BEST NAIL SALON FOR CREATIVE NAIL ART
Founders of NUKA NAILS Anouska Anastasia and Kadimah Aaliyah met 4 years ago while also working at WAH nails. Both being self-taught and with legions of loyal fans, the duo are opening their first fixed location in Ladbrove Grove imminently. With the talent to be able to create any idea or concept they're given, their new studio will feature both a DJ booth and a custom-fitted bar.
BEST NAIL SALON IN SOUTH LONDON
Having tended to the nails of everyone from Solange Knowles to Annie Lennox and with a plethora of cover shoots under her belt, Ama Quashie subsequently opened Brixton-based Ama The Salon. With a solid selection of colours and creative nail techs, the space is beautifully relaxing to get your hands cared for while catching up with a friend or for creating new ones.
BEST NAIL SALON FOR A VEGAN MANICURE
BEST NAIL SALON FOR AN SOS PEDICURE
Sparing you the before and after visuals of a pedicure after a year without one, your feet are most probably itching for some self-care. The Margaret Dabbs "Medical Pedicure" is a pedicure on steriods for feet that need some serious attention. The treatment itself is carried out by their in-house Podiatrists and whether your concern is anything from corns and bunions to fungal nails and Athlete's foot, your overall foot health is the priority.
BEST NAIL SALON FOR COMPROMISED CUTICLES
DryBy has quickly become the go-to nail destination for beauty insiders and editors alike. Known for their short, sleek manicures, their experienced team spend a notably longer time on prepping the nails and cuticles before applying your chosen gel or polish. The result? A full set that lasts longer than the average.
From intricate pinkie artwork to a pared-back manicure, these are the places that truly nail it.
By Rhea Cartwright