She’s painted the nails of Rita Ora and Charlie XCX (just to name a few), so Tinu Bello, owner of ColourRiot Nails in Fitzrovia knows a thing or two about creating a fierce set of talons. Featuring a personalised manicure menu and great range of colours and glitter, the technicians at this cosy little salon also specialize in SNS (a powder-dip technique that’s kinder to your nails than regular acrylics), so whether you go for a natural nude or something a little more colourful, rest assured you’re in safe hands here.
The highly skilled staff at The Nail Boutique in Chelsea take nail care very seriously, prioritising the health and strength of your nails when helping you pick your treatment. Offering a range of acrylic treatments, from gel powder extensions to SNS, this small but vibrant salon is located right inside the Chelsea Farmers Market, so a spot of lunch at their famous outdoor restaurant after is a must.
From glow in the dark nails to colour changing acrylic and swarovski crystal add-ons, if you’re a nail bling addict then Ten of the Best Nails in Stratford will be just up your street. Full to the brim with everything you need to keep your nails in check, this buzzing little salon is ideal if you’re on the hunt for a perfect set of acrylics in the Stratford area.
If you’re in the market for some modern acrylics in Soho, look no further than Heritage Salon. Midway between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road station, this cosy yet spacious salon is always a hive of activity, with a long list of loyal clientele who can’t get enough of their stellar service. They also specialise in nail repair treatments – bonus.
Sen Nail in Battersea may be small, but their impressive menu of long lasting gel and acrylic services certainly isn’t. Situated in Battersea, the technicians at Sen know exactly how to create an insta-worthy modern manicure, allowing you to choose from a wide range of powder, gel or acrylic overlays. Prepare to be impressed.
Conveniently located just a 5 minute walk from Fulham Broadway station, The Nail Bar is a vibrant little salon with great selection of gel and acrylic treatments on offer. Open 7 days a week for all your manicure needs, their staff are super fast and efficient, ensuring you’re in and out in no time with a beautiful set of nails. If you’re in the area be sure to book in and experience it for yourself.
With so many colours to choose from, you’ll be totally spoiled for choice at USA Star Nails in Clapham Junction. Clean, brightly lit and recently renovated, this trendy salon will cater to all your gel and acrylic needs under one roof. Complete with fast and efficient staff, they also have locations in Clapham South and Hampstead. Score.
The 8 best salons for a modern acrylic manicure in London…
It’s official, nail extensions are back on our beauty radar and this year they’re better than ever. Fitted elegantly to your nail, today’s new breed of extension is nothing like the thick, square tipped talons you rocked as a teenager, oh no. Slim in length and opaque in effect, it’s no wonder bookings are booming for acrylic and SNS nails this summer. Not sure where to start? If you’re in the market for a modern set of extensions, our edit of London’s best nail salons is a great place to start. Read on to find out more…
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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 nail (and not to be confused with gels that simply add strength and lustre to your real nail without any plastic tip), the new breed of extensions couldn't be further away from the thick, square tipped, talons of the past. Infact, it would take an expert to…View the board
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