Nail salons and nail bars

Nail bars are the best. Go in feeling drab and un-groomed and come out looking like a million dollars. Yes, whether it's a quick shape and tidy, a full on set of acrylics or a bold, neon pedi, nail salons have the power to transform your nails, and lift your mood.
Also known as:

Nail Studios, Nail Technicians, Nail Treatments

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Perfect for removing hard dead skin cells from your feet, a spoiling pedicure is perfect for keeping your toenails in clean working order. Expect to leave with smooth skin, healthy, shaped toenails and a pop of your favourite nail polish as the finishing touch.

Gel Nails

If you want glossy, chip free nails for up to 2 weeks then gel nails are for you. Often called Shellac or Biosculpture, a gel manicure uses a specially formulated type of polish and a UV lamp to create a long-lasting, high shine, nail effect.


Whether you like your nails short and sweet, square, almond or oval, there’s a reason why manicures are up there as one of the most popular beauty treatments for women today. From french to gels, acrylic to paraffin, a professional mani will buff your hands and nails to perfection, and with hundreds of colours to choose from, will put the perfect finishing touch on any outfit.

Two Week Manicure

Manicures are a difficult art to master. No matter how great they look when finished, they seem to always chip within days, if not in a matter of hours. Enter the two-week manicure - a groundbreaking technique that uses gels that get 'cured' under UV lights. The result? Shiny, strong nails for weeks and no drying time!

Nail Extensions & Overlays

Nail extensions and overlays are a good way to add strength and length to your natural nails. If you have a tendency to bite your nails this can also be a solution; let’s be honest, acrylic doesn’t taste very nice!

Two Week Pedicure

Do you want to have perfect feet for up to two weeks? Enter the two week pedicure: it’s like your usual pedicure but with clever gel polish instead of normal nail polish. The result? Shiny, chip-free toes for a very long time. Dreamy!

Your nails say a lot about you. Short or long, square or oval, fake or natural, whatever you go for make sure they're perfectly polished by taking a trip to your nearest nail bar or nail salon. Today, most of us have our nails done as part our regular beauty regime, rather than save it just for special occasions.

Dedicated nail bars are popping up everywhere, of course you can still get your nails done in most hair and beauty salons, but a nail bar is the place to go for a specialist service. It's here you'll find the latest nail art trends and the biggest choice of colours - why restrict yourself to a handful of shades when you could mix it up at every appointment. Every season nail bars update their colour selection with a fresh-from-the-catwalk palette which ranges from wearable neutrals through to experimental trend hues. The choice is endless!

If you've never experienced a professional paint job before then you're in for a treat. A trained, professional nail technician has a level of precision that's impressive to even the most practiced DIY nail painter. Your cuticles will look neater, your polish shinier and the shape of your nails smoother and more defined. One of the best treatments to try is the classic French manicure - timeless but nigh on impossible to perfect on your own. Whether you're right or left-handed, using a brush or stick ons, those damn white tips are a nightmare even if you're a steady painter.

And it's not just colour that's the in question when you take a trip to the nail bar. You'll be offered a range of different types of manicure or pedicure. Gels, shellac and acrylics are longer lasting than regular nail polish and reduce the risk of peeling and chipping the minute you walk out of the salon. You can have these on both your hands and your feet or mix and match depending on how often you want to change your colour.

From Treatment Files

Trending now: couture nail art

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from Milan fashion week, it’s that nail art is back. And not just a subtle spot of nail design, but an elaborate and excessive expression of fashion worn on your slap bang on the end of your fingers.  From Jenny Longworth’s epically bejewelled talons at Gucci to the pearl […]

Our favourite LFW beauty moments captured by the experts

LFW, it’s been fun. You’ve entertained and inspired us with out there hair trends, experimental makeup and crazy catwalk beauty moments. From beauty rebels at Versus, to freshly pressed flowered nails at Preen, to the ‘happy skin’ at Topshop, there’s no shortage of trends to talk about. Here, our Editorial Director Liz Hambleton picks her favourite […]

The 12 new nail trends you need to try now

With a New Year comes new responsibilities, and if this season’s nail trends are anything to go by, it’s time to up your manicure game, big time. Whether it’s accenting your mani with rose gold wire (yes, you read that right), blooming botanicals or even a piercing or two a la Kim K, your fingertip forecast […]

The manicure that stops nail biting for good

Whether you turn to it in times of stress or just can’t resist a daily nibble, nail biting is one of the hardest beauty bad habits to break. And let’s face it – if you’re not a nail-biter, you’ll probably never understand what’s so compelling about it. No one likes the look of chewed, ragged […]

Nail extensions just got cool again…

If you’ve considered nail extensions something of a gulity pleasure then prepare to wear them with pride. Hot on the heels of the Autumn collections, where nail guru Marian Newman seduced the FROW with show-stopping sheer-tipped extensions at Gareth Pugh and Vivienne Westwood, they’re officially back on the beauty agenda. Fitted elegantly to your natural […]

How to nail a glossy (not gothy) black manicure

It’s set to be the nail trend of next season but we say why wait until then to start wearing it. Black, glossy and polished to within an inch of its life, we think this moody manicure could be the answer to the inevitable onset of summer nail fatigue (#nomorecoralplease!) True, at this time of year we […]

Make your manicure last longer

Is there anything more annoying than a chip in your freshly painted manicure? We think not. Especially when it happens time and time again. If this is a situation you find yourself in on a regular basis then chances are you’re missing out on some major mani-maintenance tips. We sat down with Tima Reshad, nail guru […]

Nearly nude nails

No need to do away with your beloved nude nails this summer. The trends are firmly on your side and offer up some truly inventive ways to update classic shades of neutral nail polish. If you like to keep it simple we’d suggest merging your favourite nude with a flash of metallic nail art. A […]

Nail bars to know in London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh

Need a quick fix manicure? Then take your nails to some of our favourite nail bars across the UK. Try a new colour trend, buff up for the weekend or go wild with a touch of next gen nail art. We’ve tried and tested our way through the streets of London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow and […]

The minimalist manicure

It’s fresh, it’s simple and it’s about to hit a nail bar near you. The minimalist manicure is quickly becoming our favourite new way to mix things up in the nail department. Sitting somewhere between nail art and negative space design (a look that’s been tipping the trend charts this season) you’ll find it offers the […]

Express beauty bars in London

Need a fresh new look and fast? We hear you. When boredom sets in there’s only one thing to do; head straight to your nearest beauty bar. In an oh so convenient 30 minutes, your nails, brows, hair and even your make-up can be given a shot of cool girl edge.  We’ve tried and tested […]

5 glitter nail polishes (for grown ups)

Who said glitter nails are just for Christmas? Not us. It’s glitter, glitter everywhere this season. Literally. Take the trend to your fingertips with a chic, glitter manicure which is always, repeat always, best left to the professionals… Book your manicure

Other tempting treatments


From tanning to exfoliation treatments, mud wraps to massages, if you're looking to treat your body to some serious pampering, booking into a beauty salon is the first step in your journey to utter relaxation.


If you're searching for the perfect facial, many beauty salons offer a range of treatments that cater to your complexion. Filled with expertly trained staff to get to the bottom of any skin issue, booking in for a facial is an important first step to getting your skin back on track.


Hair salons come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Whether you prefer to splurge on regular hair appointments or like to chop and change to suit your location and your budget, one thing is for certain - we all need a good trim every so often and a hair salon is the place to do it.

Hair removal

Do you know your Brazilian from your Hollywood wax? Or the best way to rid your body of unwanted hair for good? Whether you're looking for long-term results or are content with your monthly wax sessions, a hair removal salon will cater to all your body hair needs under one roof.


Tense, tight, muscles call for a massage. In the right hands your aches and pains can be massaged away within minutes. If you can’t seem to kick sore shoulders and aching joints, you need to get yourself to a massage salon, asap.