Tips in need of some TLC? Or mani/pedi looking a bit shabby? Here are our some of the best nail salons in Dubai…
Whether you’re a bit of a mani-pedi addict or you fancy a few minutes quiet time (with the added bonus of beautiful nails and restored sanity at the end), Dubai is choc-full of nail salons and spas in which to get buffed and polished.
We’ve made choosing one a little easier with a round up of our favourite spots to get your digits and tootsies looking gorgeous mamas! Just in time for summer too – perfect!
This salon lives up to its reputation. Light, bright – with views across the city and a huge urban roof garden where sunlight filters through green leaves, this place allows for instant calm even before you get into your chair. If you’re not familiar with the Aveda concept, in an (organic) nutshell this brand is all about using plant-based products and pure essential oils plus a (genuine) commitment to the environment. Every step of the Aveda experience is designed to promote wellbeing – from the products to the complimentary add-ons add to it the skilled service and perks (like complimentary tea & a healthy snack) may make you feel so Beyoncé-flawless that you’ll shout “I woke up like this.”
Aveda, Dubai Mall, www.aveda-me.com
If you like to be pampered and keep your nails looking polished and tidy, but you can never find the time to make the appointment (who knows when you might get that spare hour between kids and work right?!) – then Beauty Connection Spa is just the place. As the largest spa in the Middle East (there are 50 seats in the mani/pedi room) you don’t need to book: just walk in, get your products from a cool vending machine set up and off you go… really, it’s that easy! Simple and effective, it’s the perfect spa solution for a mama on the move. Beauty Connection Spa doesn’t have any frills or graces; it’s a super efficient, speedy salon that provides what you need in record time, with friendly, helpful staff along the way. Exactly what a busy mama needs!
Beauty Connection Spa, 2/F, Eiffel 2 Building, Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai, United Arab Emirates, www.beautyconnectionspa.com
Because life is too short to have bad nails! Apart from massages and waxing, great manis and pedis are guaranteed here. Decked out in cool and sleek décor that gives more expensive salons a run for their money, the goal is to find the right spot between affordability and luxury (a full traditional Gellish mani is a sweet deal at AED 145!) There are toxin-free options, too, and be sure to take advantage of the combo deals on offer.
And if you are pressed for time, or you simply enjoy the comfort and privacy of high-quality services in your own home, we have you covered. Their well-trained staff will bring the pampering to you…Perfect!
Chloe’s aim is to offer luxurious treatments at affordable prices in a hygienic and enjoyable setting and, boy, do they succeed! The staff here is friendly and make you feel extremely welcome, and there is an extensive range of manicure and pedicure treatments. Step in, sit back and relax while they take care of you and pamper, polish and preen those stresses away. Oh and if you want some mama/daughter time, take your little girl for a little pampering of her own in a dedicated kiddie section – too cute.
Chloe’s, Jumeirah Beach Road, next to BurgerFuel, opposite Saga World, www.chloesuae.com/
Here’s where we’d probably throw in a joke about getting all dolled up, but we’ll spare you the puns. Scrolling through the DollHouse’s photos is enough to give us desperate nail envy, with tip top basics and innovative nail art that even more conservative mamas will die for (case in point: the ombre jewelled babies above). Aside from some slick tips, they also offer henna including a pretty swanky looking white option – yes please!
The DollHouse, www.thedollhousedubai.com
We’re not sure if we’d head here by ourselves, but we’re definitely up for a bit of mommy/daughter pampering time here. Our Sassy Mama Lou checked it out with her little girl and was definitely won over from start to finish. Start by throwing on an adorable Hello Kitty robe and choosing your fave colour from their amazing range of nail polishes (including a water based Snails range for kiddos that washes right off). Then sit back and relax as their amazing beauticians take care of you from start to finish – absolutely purrfect.
It’s very difficult to single out just one aspect of Kozma and Kozma that we love. From the décor to the highly professional and friendly staff and to the services itself – you feel like you’re in the home of some fabulous friend. The marvellous ambiance is complemented by the skilled staff who carry out all the treatments and mani-pedi options that you expect to find at high-end nail salons. At Kozma and Kozma they accommodate your wishes to make your experience a wonderful one.
Kozma and Kozma, Al Wasl, opposite side of J3 Mall and between Australia Medical Center and Umm Suqeim Vet Centre, in villa 1134 (no 2), www.kozmaandkozma.com
Part of The Grooming Company (whose other beauty pit-stops include JetSet and 1847), this is a definite Sassy Mama fave, not least because the in-chair neck and shoulder massage is completely heavenly and the ladies make a mean latte complete with mini biccie to enjoy while your digits are being buffed and polished. Founded by uber Sassy Mama Negin Fattahi-Dasmal, there are 13 locations to choose from but the one we love most is at Palm Strip where 2 semi-private areas each seating 3 are the perfect place for some pampering and a catch-up girlie session with friends or visitors from out of town. The N. Bar team are always on the look out for the very best in the world of nails and offer verything from Essie to Shellac and Gelish plus lots more – and we just have to mention that they sell the cutest (and actually quite flattering) Hanky Panky lace thongs!
The clue’s in the name mamas, a visit here is like a visit to a spa – the lighting is soft, the chairs mega comfy and the staff totally attentive to your every need (we’ve been known to catch a few winks while getting a mani-pedi). With over 180 dazzling Essie colours to choose from (Sassy Mama Tip: Geranium and Forever Yummy are our current reds of choice), plus teas, coffees and mags to indulge and in-chair massage or facial options to complete the experience, it’s no wonder that our Editor Kaya loves this place so much that she’s clocked up enough points to be a Nail Spa Member (which means a discount on every visit). Keep an eye out for The Nail Spa’s regular offers including seasonal sensations!
This award-winning nail salon is a sleek modern experience from start to finish, frequented by trendsetters and beauty queens all over Dubai. You’ll pay a little more here, but the few extra dirhams are worth it as it comes with premium customer service and tips that’ll be the envy of your gal pals. If you want something a little different, they also offer amazing hand and feet treatments from a hot stone therapy to anti-aging treatment by Deborah Mitchell.
Be kind to your nails, mamas! Opt for a non-toxic manipedi at The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge, where they’ve chosen to exclusively use Zoya’s vegan nail polish to help your nails stay happy and healthy. This eco-centric salon is making waves for its health and eco-conscious approach to beauty; why not choose their Happy Feet package which includes exfoliation using organic scrub, cuticle care, a foot massage and a pedicure for just AED 110. (Count us in!)
The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 3, Dubai, UAE, Tel: (+971) 04 380 4666, www.organicglowuae.com
(Manicured) hands down, this is one of the quirkiest and coolest nail bars in town. The eclectic décor (think exposed brick, pop art and Louis Starcks ‘ghost’ chairs) combined with an art gallery featuring many local and international artists – this spa is all about high creativity so it’s only natural that if you’re after the best nail-art then SOH is the place to go. Using only organic products, the menu is huge and the environment awesome – plus it’s location in Dubai’s Galleria Mall means you can send daddy and the kids for a climbing session at Adventure HQ while you enjoy a little R&R. Win/win right mamas?
SOH, Soh Art+ beauty, Galleria Mall, PO 1198022, Dubai, (+971) (0)4 344 4147, soh.ae
Sisters has become a favourite go-to for many a mama in need of pampering or beauty maintenance. From express lashes (ideal for looking great even after a few sleep deprived nights) to hair treatments, mani-pedis to massage – you name it, they do it and they won’t leave you penniless too as prices are really reasonable despite the luxurious feel. Polish-a-holics will love the recently launched Vinylux, a new nail treatment that promises durable high-shine and week-long wear polish with the use of a top coat that gets stronger with natural light exposure, dries in about 8 ½ minutes without all that UV faff and removes easily with normal polish remover – sounds perfect!
With a whopping 15 plus branches across Dubai, we’re sure you’ve probably breezed past one or nipped in for a treatment yourself which is well worth doing. This award-winning salon is all about providing top of the line service with a nail menu that’ll make your jaw drop. From the basics, to a rejuvenating paraffin treatment, to dazzling nail art, they do it all and offer Princess packages so even your little can get in on the fun. (It helps that prices won’t break the bank too.)
Looking for a quality nails service? Covering everything from mani-pedis to massages to blow dry and lash extensions, We Nails is a well-known spot for all things beauty. The nail painting is done with precision and perfection, using innovative technology to bring about the best results. We Nails, is all about attention to detail, so you’re guaranteed to leave with everything taken care of!
We Nails, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.wenails.ae/
Note: This article was originally published on the site in August 2015 and updated for accuracy and added some of our new go to nail salons.