Inside Giovanni's Hairdresser,, 212 High Street,, Woodford Green,, London, Essex, IG8 9HH
Open Today: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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So happy I’ve discovered this place! Sophie is so talented! Best place I’ve been for nails, absolutely love my Apres Gel X nails and will definitely be going back!
Sophie is just do talented, so professional and makes the whole situation so comfortable.
Excellent as before - Sophie really knows what she’s doing and is a complete perfectionist, which you can see in the results. Will be back soon!
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Supreme Claw Queen, Boss Lady & Head Technician.
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**Covid 19 Update To My Working Practice Is At the Bottom!** 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 disinfection system. Pioneering and forward thinking, I use the Navy Protools 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 non disposable metal tools. All items that can be disposable are, and are thrown away after every use. (Buffers, orangewood sticks, file sides, toe separators) 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 3 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! **2020 Updated Hygiene Practices** I have taken three separate qualifications during lockdown to ensure that I can be as clean as humanly possible to put your mind at rest. -Barbicide Certification, -Barbicide 'Covid 19' Certification -'Hygiene In The Workplace - Coronavirus' from Beauty Industry Approval -I am now going to be wearing full coverage PPE, so please don't be alarmed. This will include a long sleeved apron, my usual mask and gloves, but now also a face shield. -I will not be using towels any more, by the sink will be disposable paper towels for your use and couch roll on the desk. -I have invested in a Zephyros Dust Collector with medical grade filters to be changed after every client. -All products that can be disposable will be (Buffers, wooden cuticle sticks, & toe separators as standard) -My nail files are now metal bases with removable grits on each side. These grits will be disposed of after every client and the bases will be sanitised in my ultrasonic cleaner and medical grade disinfectant. -I will have a set of metal tools for each client individually boxed at the start of the day, these will have been prepared before your arrival and will be cleaned using both Navy Protools as well as the ultrasonic cleaner between each and every use. This will include nail clippers, file bases, cuticle nippers, cuticle pushers, scrub brushes and all drill bits. I will be deep cleaning all surfaces within the room between clients, and this is why there is now a 15 minute block built in to every treatment. There will be new rules for clients to ensure we are both as safe as possible: -No phones. Please notify me when you arrive, then place your phone in your bag until you have left the salon. This includes work phones. -Clients are to use the provided hand sanitiser upon arrival. -No plus ones to attend with you (this includes children/family/friends -exceptions for those who require a carer present-). -All payments will be contactless, or done as a bank transfer on the day. (No more cash payments!) -Masks must be worn throughout your treatment. I will have some for sale so please message me before you arrive if you need one. (No mask, no treatment, I'm afraid.) -All treatments must be booked in advance, I will no longer accept any walk ins. It's a weird old time for us all right now, but together we can keep each other safe by wearing our masks properly, practising social distancing and being as clean as possible. 'The New Normal' at If Claws Could Kill will be amazing! We got this!




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

There's nowhere better than If Claws Could Kill for the ultimate service in manicures, toenail care and Après 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 smartest gel 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 just like Acrylic. The difference is; much lighter, thinner but just as strong. With no glue and no plastic, the entire system is made of gel and is completely non-toxic without any strong odour.

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

From gel polish and manicures to Après 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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