17 Nail Art Salons You Have To Visit Before You Die

Not your average shape and polish.

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1. Wah Nails, London

@wahnails on Instagram

@wahnails on Instagram

 

Wah Nails’ founder Sharmadean Reid is possibly the coolest woman alive. In 2005 she started up a zine, Wah, that covered the London hip-hop scene with a distinctly new-wave feminist angle. The brand has evolved into one of the most iconic nail salons in the world, and is largely credited with bringing nail art into the UK mainstream.

@wahnails on Instagram

@wahnails on Instagram

 

2. I Scream Nails, Melbourne

@iscreamnails on Instagram

@iscreamnails on Instagram

 

I Scream Nails does super-cute clean designs! It also has a Nail Art Bike you can spot being ridden around Melbourne, delivering nail art to the people.

@iscreamnails on Instagram

@iscreamnails on Instagram

 

3. Nail Swag, Los Angeles

@nail_swag on Instagram

@nail_swag on Instagram

 

Nail Swag’s motto is spot on: “This is not your average manicure.” It specialises in blinged-up, super intricate designs.

@nail_swag on Instagram

@nail_swag on Instagram

 

4. Britney Tokyo, Los Angeles

@britneytokyo on Instagram

@britneytokyo on Instagram

 

Britney Tokyo is a person, not a nail salon, and getting an appointment with her is pretty impossible. But she’s one of the best nail artists working today, possibly the best ever, so she deserves to be on the list. Now mainly hopping around Hollywood doing the nails of the stars, she specialises in trippy, mega detailed nails, often featuring decals of famous faces.

@britneytokyo on Instagram

@britneytokyo on Instagram

 

5. Trophy Wife Nail Art, Melbourne

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@trophywifenailart on Instagram

 

Trophy Wife founder Chelsea Bagan started nail art as a hobby; now Trophy Wife nails can be seen on catwalks and magazines. Trophy Wife has a varied style, but really shines when doing tasteful and simplistic.

@trophywifenailart on Instagram

@trophywifenailart on Instagram

 

6. Astrowifey, Chicago

@astrowifey on Instagram

@astrowifey on Instagram

 

Astrowifey, like Britney Tokyo, isn’t technically a whole salon, just one hella talented lady. She does freelance appointments in Chicago that aren’t impossible to get, as well as magazine work. And judging by her level of detail, she has probably the steadiest hands in the business.

@astrowifey on Instagram

@astrowifey on Instagram

 

7. Lexi Martone, New York

@leximartone on Instagram

@leximartone on Instagram

 

Lexi Martone specialises in 3D designs, but she’s also pretty good at everything else. Even though her nails have been worn by J-Lo and Katie Holmes, she’s still open to the public, and you can get an appointment too!

@leximartone on Instagram

@leximartone on Instagram

 

8. Nailroom Poche, Tokyo

@nailroompoche on Instagram

@nailroompoche on Instagram

 

Nailroom Poche is the place to go for the iconic 3D nail bling pioneered in Japan, but also caters for those with more subtle tastes. Bonus: It does fab pedicures too!

@nailroompoche on Instagram

@nailroompoche on Instagram

 

9. This Is Venice, Paris

@thisisvenice on Instagram

@thisisvenice on Instagram

 

This Is Venice does a great subtle classy manicure. And an equally great twerk-themed manicure. Bringing some chic French to the nail art world.

@thisisvenice on Instagram

@thisisvenice on Instagram

 

10. Hey Nice Nails, Long Beach

@heynicenails on Instagram

@heynicenails on Instagram

 

Hey Nice Nails is run by sister duo Donne and Ginnie Geer, who do the most beautiful, delicate nails.

@heynicenails on Instagram

@heynicenails on Instagram

 

11. Nails by Mei, New York

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@ciaomanhattan on Instagram

 

Nails by Mei is another freelancer rather than a salon, but no one else is doing the kind of designs she is. Make sure to book an appointment if you want your favourite hot sauce on your middle finger.

@ciaomanhattan on Instagram

@ciaomanhattan on Instagram

 

12. Ghetto Nailz, Madrid

@ghettonailz on Instagram

@ghettonailz on Instagram

 

Ghetto Nailz girls Jessica Abou Nassar, Laura Mendez, and Andrea Delgado brought nail art to Spain and did it well, specialising in loud colours and bold designs.

@ghettonailz on Instagram

@ghettonailz on Instagram

 

13. Haus of Lacquer, Vancouver

@hausoflacquer on Instagram

@hausoflacquer on Instagram

 

Haus of Lacquer is run by the queens of the graphic stripe, she operates out of Queens in Vancouver. So if you want a long, spikey, bold nail, with some clean lines, then this is your place.

@hausoflacquer on Instagram

@hausoflacquer on Instagram

 

14. Jin Soon, New York

@jinsoon on Instagram

@jinsoon on Instagram

 

Jin Soon, a superstar in the editorial world, has a chain of salons and her own polish line. Her salons rock a simpler aesthetic than others featured here, but one that’s no less wow.

@jinsoon on Instagram

@jinsoon on Instagram

 

15. Spifster, Chicago

@spifster on Instagram

@spifster on Instagram

 

Spifster offers a wide range of designs, but its best work is abstract designs with clever colour combinations.

@spifster on Instagram

@spifster on Instagram

 

16. Sparkle, San Francisco

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@superflynails on Instagram

 

Sparkle can put pretty much whatever you want on a nail, with style. Bring in some inspiration and ask for a themed nail!

@superflynails on Instagram

@superflynails on Instagram

 

17. The Illustrated Nail, London

@TheIllustratedNail on Instagram

@TheIllustratedNail on Instagram

 

The Illustrated Nail’s bold, clean aesthetic can be seen in many magazines, and if you visit the salon, on your nails too!

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@TheIllustratedNail on Instagram

 

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Flo Perry is a staff writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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