If Claws Could Kill

Inside Giovanni's Hairdresser,, 212 High Street,, Woodford Green,, IG8 9HH
177 reviews
Inside Giovanni's Hairdresser,, 212 High Street,, Woodford Green,, IG8 9HH

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Super safe and hygienic. Also a fantastic artist.
The best nail technician EVER ❤️
Love my nails!
Such an amazing experience every time with Sophie! She’ll take her time to explain each step with you and is great at creating whichever look you desire. There’s a reason I travel across London to see her!
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Supreme Claw Queen, Boss Lady & Head Technician.
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I've always done things a little differently - but always to the highest standard I can achieve. I chose this career as an adult, but have had a passion and hobby for nails my entire life. This is why I founded If Claws Could Kill after working in standard salons within the nail industry. I knew that what I saw was not how I wanted to work; the one in-one out attitude, speed over quality, economy over cleanliness. I prioritise my clients above all else. I believe my clients deserve time, attention and effort. My services are different to the average high street salon in that I take my time, allow my clients to experiment and ask questions, as well as making sure each client understands what I am doing and why. I encourage my clients to value looking after the health of their natural nails and skin so that they may freely pick and choose services instead of feeling trapped into always having an extension. How many times have you heard someone say their nails are 'ruined' underneath their acrylic/gel? The reason my products are all soak off is so that my client's nails remain healthy. This is also why they are all vegan, cruelty free, 5+ free and non toxic. The same can be said of my sterilization system. Pioneering and forward thinking, I use Navy Protools disinfection system for all of my tools and station. This three step system ensures I have the ability to clean everything between each and every client. This system is biodegradable, as well as vegan and cruelty free. Following this, I use a medical grade disinfectant in an ultrasonic cleaner for all metal tools. My salon room is entirely private, light and pleasant. Decorated by me; it's designed to make you feel at ease as well as pampered. It reflects me, my values and how If Claws Could Kill treats its clients. My business is and will always be LGBTQIA+ friendly. I specialise in providing entirely custom sets of nails. If a client wants a simple, flawless gel manicure in one colour; they will still receive the exact same treatment as a client who books a 2 hour creative set. I welcome new ideas and products, and am constantly bringing in the next new thing on the market. I am always updating my collection, so please feel free to send me reference images of what you would like prior to your appointment. If I need to order a new colour, a particular gem/decal/flower/anything; I will order it in just for you. Just be sure to leave me enough notice to do so! As of 2019 Kiki London have made me their brand ambassador - I have exclusively used their gel products from day one, and I am pleased to say my work has been recognised! (I also have a discount code I can share with my clients!) This business is my life, my passion and my future. I will ensure that you walk away feeling like you have had the treatment you deserve, in order to feel like a true Claw Queen, member of the Claw Clan!




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If Claws Could Kill
Inside Giovanni's Hairdresser,
212 High Street,
Woodford Green,

There's nowhere better than If Claws Could Kill for the ultimate service in manicures, toenail care and Apres Gel X nail extensions in Woodford Green.

Based inside Giovanni's Hairdressing, this private specialist space is ideal if you're after a new set of killer claws. ** This salon is entirely LGBTQIA+ friendly ** Regular late night appointments are available upon request.

As well as being a Kiki London brand ambassador - Sophie is one of the only nail technicians in the UK qualified to provide Après Gel X extensions having been trained by their master trainer. Après is the newest extension system on the market; a wonderful alternative to acrylic nails. This soft gel system causes no damage to the natural nails as it soaks off like gel polish despite looking and feeling just like acrylic. With no glue and no plastic, the entire system is made of gel and is completely non-toxic without any strong odor.

Using only vegan and cruelty-free brands including Kiki London and Après Gel X, technician and owner Sophie will give you an expert treatment.

From gel polish and manicures to Apres extensions and customised nail art, choose your favourite for a brand new look.

The salon is based on Woodford Green High Street and has paid street parking (St Albans' Road & Derby Road) and bus stops nearby. Further down St Albans Road is free to park, behind the paid bays. South Woodford tube station is a 15 minute walk away.

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Top Rated 2019

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