Whether it’s a special occasion or you are simply in need of a decent pamper, check out these nail salons and keep your hands and feet looking ship-shape.
Your hands work pretty darn hard, don’t they? So perhaps it’s time to give them the love they deserve, and what better way to do it than by paying a visit to one of the best nail bars in Leeds? From manicures to pedicures, nail extensions to indulgent treatments, these mighty fine nail salons are ready to revive your mitts – and for a decent price too.
1. Mint Nail and Beauty
Right slap-bang-wallop in the middle of Leeds, Mint has made a name for itself thanks to its unwavering quality, attention to detail and friendly service. It’s also a full-blown beauty salon with waxing, tanning and massages, in case you want to go all out.
Signature ‘Mint Manicures’ offer a much needed tidy up, file, cuticle work and polish, plus the added option of a hand massage if you’ve got an extra 10 minutes to spare. For more luxury nail work, opt for one of the longer-lasting gel manicures. You can choose from over 100 colours, so you can opt for Gelish polish, OPI or the virtually bulletproof BioSculpture, which is ideal for nail-biters. At just a few minutes’ walk from Leeds Station, it’s perfect for a lunchtime or post-work pamper.
Mint Nail and Beauty, 16 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6EA (also a second branch at White Rose Shopping Centre). Full manicures start from £19.50.
2. Ragdoll Nails
This independent nail salon tucked away in Thorntons Arcade is a gem of a find. The space is cosy with only a couple of manicure stations, but the light streaming in from the huge windows gives it a wonderfully airy feel. The team here are champions of creative designs, but in a way that still cares for the natural nail.
Ever-popular Shellac and acrylic nails are an option, or you could add a bit of extra bling to your treatment with gem-laden Rock Star nails. Ragdoll’s hand-drawn nail art is particularly sublime and the friendly staff are talented, taking care to ensure the finished result is completely unique and reflects your personal style. High quality products from CND and Lecenté help keep your hands healthy and the team always has plenty of home-care advice too.
Ragdoll Nails, Thorntons Arcade, 30 Lands Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LB. Full manicures start from £21.
3. Pastille Beauty Bar
Head to Granary Wharf behind Leeds Station for a small but perfectly formed salon menu. For high-quality, long-lasting nails, Pastille relies on their team of expert beauticians who have a passion for keeping things as natural as possible. That means no acrylics or extensions. Instead, bespoke nail art and gel polishes, delivered with the utmost technical ability, dominate the menu.
For a real treat, you can give your hands and feet a luxury overhaul thanks to the 120 minute (yes, really!) Spa Gel Manicure and Pedicure. In a hurry? Opt for the Dash Mani/Pedi which takes just 20 minutes instead. The open plan salon, beautiful interior design and position on the canal waterfront makes Pastille a major nail bar indulgence.
Pastille Beauty Bar, Unit 3, Waterman’s Place, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GL. Full manicures start from £26.50
4. Glow Nail Bar
This nail bar in Leeds certainly goes the extra mile to make their guests feel welcome. From the moment you step into Glow, staff are on hand to show you around, listen to your needs and even let you choose that all-important nail colour with a cuppa in hand (it may take some time to decide, you’re spoilt for choice with colours and styles).
Nothing is too much trouble at this informal Headingley salon and the number of loyal regulars is a testament to their excellent customer service. There are plenty of options for extensions, acrylics and Shellac nails, although for the best bargain take a look at their Manicure and Pedicure packages – they’re worth a big thumbs (and toes) up.
Glow Nail Bar, 3 North Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HP. Full manicures start from £15.
5. Nails and Brows Bar
A family run nail salon in the Cross Gates area of Leeds, Nails and Brows Bar is always busy, but don’t let that put you off. Its popularity is thanks to its extremely skilled team and the friendly atmosphere that keeps customers coming back. Plus, they’re extremely flexible and will always try and squeeze last-minute requests in wherever possible.
Acrylic or gel nail enhancements, Shellac polish or just a good old-fashioned file and cuticle tidy can all be found here, as well as a small selection of beauty treatments from facials to waxing. The luxury Spa Pedicure will have your hard-working feet feeling like new and there’s a generous loyalty scheme that gives you the perfect excuse to return time and time again.
Nails and Brows Bar, 10 Church Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8BD. Full manicures start from £10.
6. RMUK Hair and Beauty
Want an experienced beauty salon to tackle your talons? RMUK Hair and Beauty is an old-timer on the nail bar scene, having been pampering lucky Leeds residents for over 30 years. Think of it as the literal big daddy on this list – the salon is a four storey stalwart on Great George Street and incorporates a hairdressers (also highly recommended) as well as a full-blown spa.
It may have been nourishing nails for three decades, but inside, RMUK’s decor is far from old fashioned. The salon is sleek and stylish – much like the mani-pedis on offer. Give your digits a power boost with a BioSculpture gel treatment, designed to strengthen your nails, or enjoy a quick reviver with one of their express manicures or pedicures. Why not stick around for longer and team your luxury nails with a spa treatment too? All in the name of research, of course.
RMUK Hair and Beauty, 57 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB. Full manicures start from £25.
7. Urban Chic Beauty
Having recently moved home to a brand new venue right in the middle of Leeds city centre, Urban Chic is a nail bar that can’t be beaten for convenience. But that’s not its only selling point. The location may be new but part of this salon’s charm is in the long-lasting team who provide a familiar and warm welcome on every visit.
If you’re a nail-care newbie, they know exactly how to put you at ease. They have bucketloads of experience between them, so whether you’re opting for a simple file and polish or something a little more adventurous, you’ll be in safe hands. They are also absolute waxing wizards, making them ideal for a pre-holiday stop off.
Urban Chic Beauty, 24b Lands Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LB. Full manicures start from £20.
8. Russell Eaton Salon and Spa
Combining a luxury hairdressers with a beauty salon, Russell Eaton is ideally located for tempting in weary shoppers as they exit Trinity Leeds. Pristine manicures and pedicures are the perfect pick-me-up before you head home, allowing you to sink back into their plush leather chairs and let their expert technicians do all the work.
It’s a large salon, but you never get lost in the crowd. All of the staff are extremely attentive and clearly have a genuine passion for what they do, making your pamper experience memorable. Don’t know your OPI Gels from your acrylic infills? Consultations are free so you can demystify the options and get the perfect nail treatment for you.
Russell Eaton Salon and Spa, 4-6 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6EN. Full manicures start from £26.
9. Wisunya’s Nail Bar
You may not meet the Colonel at KFC, you may not meet John Lewis at the department store, but you can be damn sure you’ll meet Winsunya at Winsunya’s Nail Bar in Leeds (once you’ve managed to find the tiny entrance on Albion Place, that is). It’s the personal touch that makes this one-woman salon so special and Wisunya is a perfectionist, with impeccable attention to detail.
New to the scene, Wisunya’s Nail Bar makes the bold claim of stocking the largest selection of gels and acrylics in Leeds. The extent of the offering here certainly cannot be denied – there are hundreds of colours, gems, stencils, stamps and designs to choose from. Or you can simply take a picture of a design you like and she will recreate it for you in her small but perfectly formed one-room salon. Bespoke nail art at its finest.
Wisunya’s Nail Bar, 25 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JS. Full manicures start from £20.
10. Q61 Nail and Beauty Bar
Q61 Nail and Beauty Bar is a sleek and modern salon, but it doesn’t sacrifice style for comfort. They pride themselves on making their customers feel pampered and relaxed, so whether you’re popping in for a full manicure or just a quick tidy up, it will always feel like a treat.
They have a huge array of colours and styles for you to choose from, with SmartPolish, nail enhancements and long-lasting OPI gel nails available for both manis and pedis. If you want to really wow, they offer a bespoke nail art service or you can add even more glitz with chrome finishes and diamantes. Want to push the boat out? Go for an all-out pamper session and indulge in one of their Swedish deep tissue massages before you get your nails done.
Q61 Nail and Beauty Bar, 5 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ. Full manicures start from £33.Cover image credit: Elena Taranenko