Seoul is known for its various and plentiful beauty treatments, and they do not fail in offering many options for nail salons in Seoul as well. From basic manicures, gel manicures, glittery nails, nail extensions, and 3D nails, to a self-nail machine, they have it all for you to pick from. One thing to keep in mind is that the price could be different from where you are from, but the price is equal to the quality and value you receive.
Are you thinking about getting your nails done but don’t have an idea where to go? 10 Magazine has compiled a list of some great nail salons in Seoul, some of which are English-friendly!
You might have heard of the Dashing Diva press-on-gel-manicures that are sold in most beauty stores in Korea, but did you know they have their own nail shop? In a huge, two-story salon located near Apgujeong Rodeo station, you’ll find the Dashing Diva nail salon.
The menus are both in English and Korean. From the reviews, the staff spoke some English, so you can feel a bit more at ease. Like any other luxury salon, the quality of the services is exceptional. Basic manicure packages start from ₩20,000 and gel manicures start from ₩50,000. If you want to “level up” your nail design with glitters and other options, the starting price is ₩100,000.
Operating hour: Mon-Sun 10:30AM- 8:00PM
Location: Gangnam-gu, Sinsadong 656-21 1st Floor, Seoul
Starting price: Basic Manicure ₩20,000, Gel Manicure ₩50,000
OUNail is a great place to go to in Hongdae to get your next manicure done. The friendly staff will able to make you feel beautiful with your well taken care of nails. Make sure to reserve a spot by messaging them on Kakao.
Operating hours: Tue-Sat 10:30am-8:30pm, Sun 10:30am-7:30pm
Location: 1st floor, 10 Wasan-ro 29 ba-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Starting Prices: Basic Manicure ₩18,000, Gel Manicure ₩40,000,
Itaewon Pronail is another expat go-to spot, as they are English-friendly and do great designs at a considerate price. They are known for good services and quality nail art. They have a solid reputation of their own. Even the famous K-rapper “Cheetah” does her nails here, too! As the shop is quite popular, reservations are recommended! Like many other salons, they also offer eyelash extensions and waxing services.
Operating hour: Mon-Sun 10:00–20:00
Location: 123-5 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Starting price: Basic Manicure ₩17,000, Gel Manicure ₩42,000
Still, feel uneasy without full English service? Tiffany Nail Care might be the right place for you. Located right on the main road of Itaewon, nearby exit 2, Tiffany Nail Care has all of its notices and menus in Korean and English. The store is nice, luxurious, and most importantly, clean. Since they are a beauty salon, they offer other services like eyelash extensions and waxing as well. Although they do accept walk-ins, it is still best to reserve an appointment in advance.
Operating hour: Mon-Sun 11am-10pm
Location: Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 123-23 1st Floor, Seoul
Starting prices: Basic Manicure ₩17,000, Gel Manicure ₩40,000
The Nail Bar is another English-speaking nail shop. Staff members welcome you with a friendly environment and great service. They have two branches so far, which are quite close to each other. One is near Hangangjin station and the other is near Noksapyeong station. According to a customer, the staff in the Hannam branch spoke perfect English! The salon claims to have over 1000 selections of gel nails and promotes that their tools are all sanitized, so there is no need for worries about sanitation here. You can make a reservation in English via their Kakaotalk, very convenient!
Operating hour: Mon-Sat 11:00 ~ 10:00 Sun 12:00 ~ 9:00
If you have always wondered where to get your nails done like a Korean celebrity, Tam2na is one of the nail salons loved by K-pop idols and K-actors. It is located in the fashionable streets near Apgujeong Rodeo station exit 5, a straight walk until you pass Paris Baguette, then turn right, and the shop should be around the corner!
Make sure you’re not on a tight budget because the price might be high. But if you’re looking for incredibly great service and design Tam2na is the place. On a lucky day, you might even get the chance to have your nails done next to a celebrity, too. How wonderful is that! If you love bling, fancy, 3D designs, or would like to try a design that your favorite K-pop star has done, then nail Tam2na is definitely going to suit your style.
Operating hour: Mon ~ Sat 11 AM – 10 PM
Location: 666 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Starting price: Please contact the salon for the price
Unistella is known for its unique and fun nail designs, and as stated by a reviewer, “they have nail art that’s not available anywhere else in the world”. On top of that, a few of their staff speak quite fluent English. As they are a luxury salon in Cheongdam, the price is higher than others but it is worth the service and quality that are given in return. If you are looking for a trendy design or something totally unique, check Unistella out!