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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

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.


4. Britney Tokyo, Los Angeles

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.

5. Trophy Wife Nail Art, Melbourne

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.


6. Astrowifey, Chicago

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.

7. Lexi Martone, New York

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!


8. Nailroom Poche, Tokyo

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!


11. Nails by Mei, New York

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.


13. Haus of Lacquer, Vancouver

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.


14. Jin Soon, New York

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.