If Claws Could Kill

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Inside Giovanni's Hairdresser, 212 High Street, Woodford Green, London, Essex, IG8 9HH
Open Today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Flawless manicure and a great range of colours to choose from.
Thank you Sophie! Always the best.
Always a good experience. Sophie is very skilled at her job. My nails always look incredible.
Always a pleasure to see Sophie for a manicure. She is very talented, knowledgeable and very easy to chat to. Can't recommend her highly enough. Very pleasant experience and no discomfort whatsoever post manicure and my nails look and feel fantastic.
Another flawless manicure.
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**Treatwell Top Rated 2019, 20, 21 & 22!** 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. With regard to cleanliness; 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, etc) 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 and wholly inclusive. 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 member of the Claw Clan! -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 spare for clients 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. FROM 1ST DECEMBER 2021: CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 48 HOURS ARE LIABLE FOR 100% OF THE TREATMENT FEE - PLEASE BEAR THIS IN MIND WHEN YOU BOOK. RESCHEDULES ARE FREE. (If this fee is not paid; you will be required to pay in full upfront before any further appointments will be given.)




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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, Gel

Polish, Builder Gel and Après Gel X nail extensions in Woodford Green.

Based inside Giovanni's Hairdressing b, this private specialist space is ideal if you're after a new set of killer claws.

This salon is entirely LGBTQIA+ friendly.

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. She can be found on the Beauty Backed Directory as well as the Après salon locator.

Après Gel X 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 ABS 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.

Venue awards
Top Rated 2022Top Rated 2021lgbtqiaplusTop Rated 2020Top Rated 2019

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