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(Block 431, Clementi Avenue 3, #01-340, tel: 6872-6106)
“I’ve been a loyal customer of this nail salon for nine years – owner Gladys’ outrageous and intricate nail art (anything from Sailor Moon to Transformers!) keeps me coming back for more. I’m always satisfied with her work and I’m known among my friends for my envy-inducing manicures (from $20 for a classic manicure, nail art from an additional $2).” – Melissa Loo, marketing executive

(Block 846, Yishun Ring Road, #01-3633, tel: 6366-6085)
“I come here for really affordable gel manicures with nail art (from $50). The manicurist does funky designs well and can replicate any picture I bring to her, including abstract artwork.” – Sherli Chong, senior designer at Her World

(Block 21, Ghim Moh Road #01-197, tel: 9712-6121)
“Manicures, even gel ones, don’t last very long for me, but the ones I get here ($45) still look fresh and shiny after a month – which proves just how meticulous the nail technicians here are.” – Amanda Lai, beauty writer at Her World

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(Level 2, 39A East Coast Road, tel: 6348-1008)
“While it doesn’t offer the cheapest manicure ($40 for an express gel manicure), this nail spa is eco-friendly and uses non-toxic products from vegan-friendly brands, such as Spa Ritual, that are suitable for pregnant women too. Plus, the manicurists here do really pretty nail art.” – Tan Shi Wei, copywriter

(Block 508, Bishan Street 11, #01-388, tel: 8372-0409)
“It’s not a super-fancy salon, but all its tools are kept spotless and sterilised. Also, my manicurist Sharon is always game to try new nail art designs that I come up with. Prices start from $55 for a classic manicure and pedicure.” – Seraphin Darlene Khanisen, zumba instructor

(Block 6, Holland Close, #01-20, tel: 6774-0449)
“I love trying out the most current nail colours, so I love that this place stocks the latest hues from Deborah Lippmann and Chanel. The first appointment is at 8:30am, so I can get my nails done first thing at weekends before running errands. Prices start from $30 for a classic manicure.” – Quek Sherlyn, civil servant

(Block 83, Macpherson Lane, #01-257, tel: 9109-2080)
“I like that there are only two nail stations here – I don’t have to bear with loud conversations or other noise. I work nearby, so it’s really convenient for me to just pop in and get a gel manicure ($45) during my lunch hour. Also, the salon owner Nora has a selection of movies for customers to watch, so I never feel bored.” – Jaclyn Gunasilan, associate beauty editor at Her World

Images: Showbit.com

This story was first published in Her World Magazine September 2015.

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