Edinburgh’s best nail bars
Whether you want an elegant French manicure, a coating of leopard print or a raver-friendly UV gel, we’ve got the lowdown on Edinburgh's best nail bars. So in no particular order, here's our go-to guide for all beauty lovers in the capital…
Frenchy's Beauty Boutique
If you're lusting after beautiful nails head along to Frenchy's Beauty Boutique - their special nail lounge is fully approved by CND and they offer the very latest in Vinylux and CND Shellac, as well as bespoke artistic designs for those looking for something a little more creative.
Must try: Keep it classy and opt for a Classic Vinylux manicure for £21 for a truly timeless look.
Frenchy's Beauty Boutique, 83 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh, EH10 4H, Tel: 0131 228 8333,
Should you escape to the coastal retreat of Portobello, leave the kids building sandcastles and visit Bliss on the High Street. Kelly’s the lady who’ll do everything from standard Shellac manicures, £22, to ‘crystalfied’ manicures, £50, for added extravagance. And she does them rather well.
Must try: The colour/glitter nail extensions, £30, will create an extra-long funky look.
Bliss, 188 Portobello High St, Edinburgh, Tel: 0131 657 1937, www.facebook.com/BlissHairDesign
Launched by Polish nail styling duo Marzena and Gosia in 2005, Elite Nails is a Stockbridge retreat for tired hands and feet. Pick from Shellac, Minx, Acrylic, Brisa Gel and Calgel treatments to get those nails part of the elite. But make sure you book way in advance. The girls are so good that appointments can be hard to come by.
Must try: The Sculpture Nail Extension, £50, extends nails to your desired shape and length by sculpting or tipping.
Elite Nails, 72 St Stephen St, Edinburgh, EH3 5AQ, Tel: 0131 225 7533,
Leith Walk may not be the first place that springs to mind for luxury nails but we can assure you that Sunset Nails is well worth a visit. The staff will give you a quick and beautiful shape and style at very reasonable prices and will throw in some top nail care tips too.
Must try: The CND Shellac UV Polish, a full set starts at £28.
Sunset Nails, 246 Leith Wk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EL, Tel: 0131 554 0110,
Make a manicure extra special at Nails Inc. in Harvey Nichols with a glass of fizz and leave feeling a million dollars.
Must try: The Crystal Pedicure. This treatment costs £120 and promises to add a touch of glamour to your feet.
Nails Inc, Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrews Sq, Edinburgh, EH2 3AD, Tel: 0131 524 8335,
The Wax Bar
Professionals in waxing, the beauticians at The Wax Bar are also pretty good at putting their hand to nail treatments. Relax with the girls and chat over a glass of bubbly whilst getting those damaged nails treated with Ciate, Vinylux, Shellac or Brisa Gel.
Must try: A full set of Brisa Gel enhancements, £45, for a natural extension.
The Wax Bar, 133 Rose St, Edinburgh, EH2 4LS, Tel: 0131 260 9935,
OhLaLa Beauty is all about glamour when it comes to nails. Save for a special occasion and have the Swarovski manicure or pedicure, £80, for sparkly hands in this city centre nail bar.
Must try: Rock It Out! RockStar Nails, £30, get ready for the party with UV Gel Polish manicure and embedded glitter.
OhLaLa Beauty, 53 Fredrick St, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH, Tel: 07729 493 017,
All About Eve
This Bruntsfield boutique does everything from creative Brisa Gel nails to Shellac and classic manicures. The stylish salon also boasts a store where you can shop your favourite nail colours.
Must try: Rock Star Toes, £26 - £30. Let your toes twinkle for weeks with All About Eve's dazzing selection of glitterdust and crystals.
All About Eve, 118-120 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh, EH10 4ES, Tel: 0131 221 1444,
Have your nails done by award-winning beauticians at Zen this summer. With salons located around Edinburgh you’ll have no excuse not to pop into one and experience their spa pedicure and manicure for ultimate relaxation.
Must try: The Deluxe Spa manicure includes a hand and arm massage with soothing warm paraffin wax and a pressure point neck and shoulder massage.
Zen Lifestyle, 2-3 Teviot Pl, EH1 2QZ, Tel: 0131 226 6777
9 Bruntsfield Pl, EH10 4HN, Tel: 0131 477 3535
84 Hanover St, EH2 1EL, Tel: 0131 225 7009
Sip on a glass of complimentary bubbly with the girls at Moi Beauty and enjoy a manicure and pedicure to get you looking ready for the party. The salon offers all standard nail treatments plus luxurious extras like the New-Fake Bake Pedicure (£35).
Must try: The Luxury Pedicure (£45). Your feet will be soaked and exfoliated then smothered in oils and cream before the application of a polish of your choice.
Moi Beauty, 90 Comiston Rd, Edinburgh, EH10 5QJ, Tel: 0131 629 4532,
Glam Nail Bar
The nail says it all, Glam Nail Bar in Leith give customers the most glamorous of nail makeovers with most treatments available. This wee nail bar is perfect for a girly chat and gorgeous new nails.
Must try: The French Manicure for a clean cut, elegant style.
Glam Nail Bar, 27 Albert Pl, Edinburgh, EH7 5HN, Tel: 0131 557 4440,
Be proud of those nails and treat them to a makeover at Ora Beauty. This Tollcross salon does Shellac manicure and pedicures with prices starting at £25.Vinylux manicures are a very reasonable £20.
Must try: Rock Star glitter nails, £30, for a feminine rock chick look.
Ora Beauty, 1 Gillespie Pl, Edinburgh, EH10 4HS, Tel: 0131 228 5230,
Words: Aimee Stanton