Founder Tina Michael has created a nail salon in the heart of East London that beautifully combines the no-nonsense industrial attitude of the old East End with the stylish modernity of the new. In ordinary times, the place is buzzing with the best eclectic locals relaxing in the warm and welcoming surroundings. All the beautiful colours are vegan and cruelty free, made with 85% natural ingredients and named after our favourite local areas. Why not book in for Spring and get the full gel works for £35 and choose The Stokey in pale blue, or the summery red of The Hackney. The perfect way to pay homage to our favourite under-visited East London haunts. 2% of annual profits go to a selection of charities, so there’s really no excuse not to head down to Shoreditch Nails for a proper good pampering.
Situated in the heart of Walthamstow, Bangs is a collaborative workspace for the UK’s most talented and decorated beauty experts. Read about their exceptionally talented specialists on their website whose CV’s include clients like Lily Allen and Mabel, as well as fashion powerhouses YLS and Dior. The space itself has been decorated with the help of local businesses and artists to create a calming environment that truly has community at its centre. This unisex salon only uses cruelty free and sustainably made products and with a profile as described above, has a surprisingly affordable price list. Treat yourself to the luxury mani/pedi package for £65.
A stones throw away from Bethnal Green underground station, Trieu Nails is more hip New York cocktail bar than a traditional nail bar. Specialists in SNS manicures, a UV light-free process that involves dipping the nails in vitamin rich coloured powder, unisex salon Trieu Nails on Roman Road is the whole package. Walking into the interior of skilfully exposed brick and stylish armchairs, the first thing you’ll notice is the bar offering glasses of Prosecco and cocktails. Owner and East End local Lynn Trieu has been in the nail industry for 12 years and created Trieu Nails to cater for the young, working professionals in the area. Lynn’s salon offers a whole range of nail treatments, but she really is a pioneer of the Signature Nail Service. Perfect for those put off by the harsh chemicals in gel, the SNS powders are enriched with calcium and are actively good for your nails and cuticles. An SNS manicure takes around 60 minutes and costs £50 plus however many glasses of fizz you fancy.
A stone’s throw away from the fiercely independent shops and restaurants of Walthamstow Village, Bijou Salon owner Leena has created a beautiful oasis in the boutique space, with a décor that will have you rethinking your living room. Sit on vintage chairs and chat to the friendly experts as you watch the world go by. Bijou offers a huge range of OPI colours to choose from and under normal circumstances the salon caters for small gatherings with drinks and nibbles provided. A shellac mani takes a luxurious 75 minutes and will set you back £27, or why not choose one of their packages? Stay optimistic and get the Holiday Package of a ¾ leg wax, high bikini wax and a mini mani/pedi for £60, or ease the aches and pains with the Pregnancy Package of a 60 minute pregnancy massage and a mini manicure for £62.
Guys and Dolls Parlour
Founded in 2013 by esteemed beauty expert Shimol Kanuga, (who incidentally sometimes offers treatments out of the aforementioned Bangs Salon in Walthamstow and whose clients have included Sadie Frost and Ian McKellen), Guys and Dolls offers treatments that go above and beyond industry and client expectations. With a handpicked team of experts, Shimol’s salon offers a relaxing oasis away from the busy streets of Brick Lane, with carefully thought out and opulent beauty rooms for maximum relaxation. With another salon in the up-and-coming area of South Hackney, Guys and Dolls employs an army of dedicated experts who are happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have and tailor any treatment to your personal needs. A gel manicure or pedicure will cost £35, and you’ll leave feeling replenished and ready for anything.
Still London is a cruelty free, natural and vegan nail salon and treatment space situated in Kingsland Road, Dalston. Founded in early 2019 by Shelly and Yazmin Elson with the sole aim of making a difference within the nail and beauty industry by using products that are not only natural but are as ethical and sustainable as possible. Still London creates a luxurious and relaxing sanctuary with an atmosphere of emotional wellbeing and selfcare. Why not treat yourself and book their signature Icelandic soak and massage and Kure Bazaar polish pedicure.
BHUETI (pronounced beauty) is a Docklands pampering playground for high quality nails, hair and beauty treatments. The bright and modern salon is an urban oasis that opened late 2019, styled in mind to get city dwellers in the mood for relaxation and leave them feeling refreshed. Using kind brands such as Oway Organic, as well as recycled materials, they strive to take an eco approach.
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