There’s nothing quite like the glossy sheen of a fresh manicure to give you a little boost, but knowing the top nail salons in Sydney can be a little trickier.
Whether you’re rocking the clean-girl aesthetic à la Kim Kardashian (read: short, neat, and neutral coloured), or funky design is more your style, the power of a good manicure should not be underestimated.
Unsure where to go to give your hands (or feet) a little love?
From artists who specialise in bold designs, to spa-like experiences that tired nail beds will love, we’ve rounded up the seven best nail salons in Sydney.
Gone are the days of harmful gels that leave your nail beds weak and brittle. For the ultimate TLC, we can’t go past Jocelyn Petroni’s ‘Naked Manicure’, which focuses on nourishing and supporting the health of your natural nails.
Location: Level 1/80 Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025
Price range: $95 – $170
The Parlour Room
Arguably the biggest trend in nail care of 2023, The Parlour Room is one of few Sydney salons offering ‘BIAB’ nail treatments.
BIAB (short for ‘Builder In A Bottle’) is a unique brand of gel polish designed to build on your natural nail. Unlike traditional gels, however, BIAB is gentler on the natural nail because it doesn’t require as much filing or drilling to prepare the nail bed. What more could you want?
Location: 216 Clovelly Road, Randwick NSW 2031
Price range: $60 – $150
Book here: The Parlour Room
CeGe Nail Bar
CeGe Nail Bar knows a thing or two about nail art — just ask their nearly 12,000 Instagram followers.
With bookings required one month in advance, and a long list of devoted returning customers vying for them, getting an appointment isn’t easy. But if you can manage to nab one, you’re in for a treat, with custom designs and jewel embellishments part of their regular repertoire.
Location: Haymarket, NSW
Book here: Cege Nail Bar
The Waterless Manicure
The Waterless Manicure is luxury personified. Nail artist Tulin visits her clients in the privacy of their homes, and uses only the best for her signature manicures. Think: ultra nourishing hand care and the prettiest colours by the likes of Chanel, Dior, and Hermes.
Location: Eastern Sydney
Book here: The Waterless Manicure
Sweet yet understated, Anna of Zydi Nails has mastered the art of subtle nail design.
From her Paddington studio, she has become synonymous with perfectly shaped oval nails, often adorned with tiny artwork, like daisies or cherries. Perfect for dipping your toes into the world of nail art.
Location: Paddington, Sydney
Price: $90 – $140
Book here: Zydi Nails
Miss Betty Rose
For something a little ‘louder’, look no further than Miss Betty Rose. With a dedicated fan base of nearly 65,000, this Sydney-based artist has serviced the hands of some of the biggest celebs in the world, from Rita Ora to Dua Lipa. Where do we sign up?
Location: 7 St Johns road, Glebe New South Wales 2037
Price: $85 – $110
Book here: Miss Betty Rose
Sets By Onyx
Another one for those not afraid to go bold, Sets By Onyx’s attention to detail is second to none.
From the cutest Hello Kitty-inspired designs, to 3D chrome-creations, you can count on nail artist Claudia to bring pretty much whatever you desire to life.
Location: Bellevue Hill, New South Wales 2023
Price: From $80
Book here: Sets By Onyx
Shop Our Top Nail Care Picks
Pax Polish High Shine Top Coat, $33 from Sephora
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, $16 from Adore Beauty
OPI Edge File 240 Grit, $6.95 from Adore Beauty
Nécessaire The Hand Cream, $32 from Mecca
Patchology Rosé Fingers Hand Mask, $16 from Mecca