In Korean society, appearance and first impressions count for a lot. For that reason, Korea is one of the leading countries in the beauty and fashion industries. Many places in Seoul can help with your hair, nails, clothes, and body.
Top 10 of the best English-speaking nail salons in Seoul
Nail Salons in Seoul (Hongdae)
With the advancement of technology, nail salons in Seoul are quickly adapting to machines that can provide unique and beautiful designs and services that are easily accessible. Cutiefriends is one such nail salon.
At Cutiefriends, customers can use an automated machine called the O’2 Nails Printer to design their nails! Whether you have a selfie, a photo of your beloved family member or celebrity, or a landscape photo that you love, O’2 Nails Printer can help you transfer your photos from your phone to your nails!
Since Cutiefriends uses an automated machine and the procedure is quick and easy to perform, everything is up to the customers to self-serve! The prices are low, with each nail at KRW 2,000. The whole hand will cost KRW 10,000.
Cutiefriends is near Hongdae Station Exit #8 and they open their doors from Tuesdays to Sundays during the hours of 1 pm-9 pm. Mondays are their days off.
Address: South Korea, Seoul, Seogyo-dong, 큐티프랜즈홍대점
Another nail salon in the Hongdae neighborhood, the staff at OUNails offers their customers several manicure and pedicure treatment packages. They also provide nail care services to ensure the health of their customers’ nails. Bilingual and diligent, the staff has been serving the Korean and ex-pat community for a long time.
The prices offered at OUNails are affordable. Their basic manicure package costs KRW 18,000 and includes a manicure, polish, and massage. A basic pedicure package will cost you KRW 30,000. If you want both manicure and pedicure, that’ll be KRW 48,000. Gel manicures and pedicures cost you more, but the most that you’ll have to pay is KRW 140,000 for nail extensions and gel manicure treatment.
At OUNails, they take reservations, and you can make your reservation by calling them (02-336-2778) or contacting them through kakao. Beware! They suggest booking an appointment at least 3-4 days in advance to ensure no miscommunications or schedule mishaps.
OUNails open every Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:30 am-8 pm and every Sundays from 10:30 am-7:30 pm. However, they close on Mondays.
For more information, you can check it HERE.
Address: Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong, 331-3
Nail Salons in Seoul (Itaewon)
The Nail Bar
With two locations in Gyeongnidan and Hannam-dong, The Nail Bar has been around for many years and is one of the best English-speaking nail salons in Seoul. The head technician, Hanuel, is highly skilled, and so are all of the members of her staff. They also speak both Korean and English and treat their customers with the utmost care.
Both locations look pristine inside and outside, and the staff keeps all their tools as clean as possible. The atmosphere is both classic and relaxed. As soon as you enter, the team will greet you and ask if you would like a drink to enjoy while getting your nails done. The options for beverages are hot or iced americano coffee.
The prices at The Nail Bar start from KRW 15,000 for a basic manicure to KRW30,000 for a basic pedicure to KRW 100,000 for a deluxe gel manicure package.
You have to book an appointment before visiting The Nail Bar. You can do that through their kakao. (kakao ID: thenailbar)
The Nail Bar opens every Mondays-Saturdays from 11 am to 9 pm. On Sundays, they open from 12 pm to 9 pm.
For more information, you can check out their Instagram account.
Gyeongnidan Location: 경리단길 서울 이태원동 658 번지 1층 ☎ 02-7948549
Hannam Location: 한남동이태원로55나길 6/ITAEWON-RO 55NA GIL 6 (010-650-28549)
Located near Itaewon Station Exit #2, Pronails offer only manicures (no pedicures) but they do offer nail extension and body hair waxing services. All of the staff members are highly qualified and speak English, making Pronails are well sought out nail salon for foreigners. The staff at Pronails take good care of their customers, providing several treatments and a warm atmosphere.
The prices at Pronails range from KRW 17,000 for a basic manicure to KRW 42,000 for a gel manicure.
Pronails open every day from 10 am to 8 pm, and you can book an appointment through their kakao, which is on their Instagram.
Address: 123-5 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Located very close to Itaewon Station #2, Tiffany Nail is a popular place to visit among Koreans and non-Koreans due to the bilingualism of the salon. The menus are in Korean and English, so people who don’t speak Korean can always feel welcome. The staff members at Tiffany Nail also speak Korean and English, and they’re more than happy to help make their customers feel at home.
The interior of Tiffany Nail has a sophisticated and luxurious feel, and more importantly, clean. When you’re inside Tiffany Nail, you can be assured that everything is pristine, Tiffany Nail even offers the purchase of the tools used for pedicure treatments to bring to and from the salon. This is to prevent the cross-contamination of utensils.
Tiffany Nail offers a basic manicure at KRW 17,000 and a gel manicure at KRW 40,000.
They open every day of the week from 11 am to 10 pm.
Nail Salons in Seoul (Gangnam)
Address: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, 19-30번지 1층 유니스텔라
UNISTELLA Nails in the Cheongdam area in Gangnam is a nail salon known for having unique nail designs. They are more luxurious than the other nail salons in this list, so the prices are a little higher than usual, but the prices are worth the hospitality of the staff, the quality of the nail treatments, and the overall high-class nature of the salon.
Like many other nail salons, they provide different services, and their prices range from KRW 70,000 to around KRW 200,000.
UNISTELLa open every Mondays to Fridays from 11 am to 9 pm and every Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm. They close on Sundays.
Dashing Diva is a nail salon chain that started in New York in 2003 and has since expanded to an international reach, including Korea. The Korean location is in the Sinsa area in Gangnam and is a popular place to get your nails done! With staff members who speak Korean and English, the nail salon caters to their Korean and non-Korean customers alike.
As their official website reads, “We created Dashing Diva, the world’s first nail spa and boutique, with one key aim – to deliver the highest quality, most innovative nail care products and services to the maximum amount of people around the globe in a convenient, affordable and fun manner.” The staff at Dashing Diva is determined to provide a fast, convenient, and reliable experience.
Their prices are low and affordable, starting from KRW 20,000 for a basic manicure, and KRW 50,000 for a gel manicure.
Dashing Diva Nail Salon opens every day of the week from 10:30 am to 8 pm.
Address: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Sinsa-dong, 642-20 first floor
Madison Avenue Nail & Spa
Madison Avenue Nail & Spa is another nail salon chain that started in New York and expanded to other countries. The Korean branch is located in the Gangnam area and offers different manicure and pedicure treatment packages at low and affordable prices.
Madison Avenue Nail & Spa opens from Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 8 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. To book an appointment, you can contact them through their Facebook page.
Email: [email protected]
Address: 26 Apgujeong-ro 79-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Witch Nails is another immensely popular nail salon–so popular that they have two locations–one in the Seocho area in Gangnam and one in Myeongdong. Because of its proximity to one of the biggest and most famous shopping streets in Seoul, Witch Nails Myeongdong is more easily accessible for people who do not speak English. Not only do the staff members speak Korean and English, but they also speak Chinese. The menus at Witch Nails are in English, Korean, and Chinese.
Both Witch Nails locations offer regular manicure and pedicure packages as well as nail care treatment services. The prices at Witch Nails start from around KRW 30,000 to around KRW 50,000. Add-ons to your nails will cost more at KRW 1,000-2,000 each.
Witch Nails does booking online, which means that you’ll have to go to their Facebook page and book an appointment for your desired dated and time. Note that you have to create an account with them. Upon arriving at the nail salon, you have to show the staff your appointment voucher before you can start.
Witch Nails open every day from 10 am to 10 pm.
Address: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Sinsa-dong, 강남대로 162길
서울 중구 명동8길 38 2F
Of course, even Korean celebrities need to get their nails done, and there are plenty of nail salons that they frequently visit. However, Tam2na has the pleasure of being visited by them more than other places. This is because Tam2na is situated near the high-end and stylish neighborhood of Cheongdam and provides the most luxurious and rejuvenating experience for their customers. Also, the staff members speak English and Korean, and they offer different kinds of manicure and pedicure treatment packages. And maybe you’ll be lucky enough to sit next to a K-pop Idol or a Korean celebrity!
Tam2na opens every week from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 am to 10 pm. They don’t open on Sundays.
Address: 2F, 666 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
In Korea, everyone takes beauty and fashion seriously. It would be like looking for a needle in a haystack to find awful service anywhere in both industries. As Korea is opening up globally, nail salons across the country are learning to provide services to people who do not speak Korean or English.
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