Acrylic Nails Ottawa: Getting your nails done is a great way to spend an afternoon, alone or with friends. It’s also essential for special occasions, like weddings and proms. And, for those of us who are obsessed with Nail Art, its more than just a want, it’s a need. It’s great to leave with your nails looking and feeling awesome, but just as important is the experience you have while your at the salon.
A great nail salon offers professional and friendly service that makes you feel right at home for your entire stay. And, comfort is key: the atmosphere, aesthetic, and appeal of the salon has to be expertly crafted.
Ottawa is home to some amazing nail salons that double as a day at the spa. But, not all of them specialize in artificial nails or nail art. Here are the nail salons in Ottawa that specialize in nail art and artificial nails, and are AMAZING at them.
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Crazy Nails (Bank Street)
Crazy Nails is a trendy, colourful, and fun nail salon in Ottawa on Bank Street that offers an incredible range of services. They do amazing nail work, including manicures and pedicures, shellac nails (and shellac nail removal), acrylic nails, 3D nail design, and more. And, like their name says, these nails are CRAZY in the best way.
Their trendy salon on Bank Street is super fun with bright pink walls and an amazing atmosphere. They offer a relaxing and upscale experience, complete with complimentary food and drinks in their waiting lounge. They are committed to great service, and their team is super friendly and experts at what they do.
This Ottawa nail spot offers pedicures, massages, lashes, and waxing on top of your nail services, making it a one-stop-shop. This is a great choice for anyone looking to spend an afternoon getting pampered in downtown Ottawa. Here’s some of the great work they do (all via their instagram).
We love these marble nails…
Look at the stunning details on these nails!
Plush Beauty Lounge
Right in the heart of the Glebe, Plush Beauty Lounge is a nail salon and nail art lounge that specializes in Dip Nails, Solar, and Bio-Gel. We love their high-end services and atmosphere (you can sip on cocktails while getting your FIRE nails done).
Plush Beauty Lounge offers a spa-like experience for nail lovers. Their Dip Nails start at about $40.
Circling back to the sipping experience, they offer cocktails and bottles of red, white, and champagne for you and your friends to enjoy while getting your nails done.
And now back to the Nail Art. Here’s some photos of their amazing work, all via their instagram.
This gorgeous set is super summery with incredible detail.
We love the texture, colour, and marble combination on these nails.
Stunning white nails with amazing gems and sparkles. Super creative and INCREDIBLE.
Glorious Nails (Lansdowne)
A few blocks away the bustling Lansdowne Area (a great spot for lunch, too) is Glorious Nails, a relaxing and trendy spot that offers a broad range of services, including artificial nails, Bio Gel, and carry both Nugenesis and OPI. Glorious Nails is service-oriented, their nail technicians are amazing at what they do, and aim to make sure you have the best experience possible.
Their service is fast, efficient, and clean – they have upscale amenities and offer a great environment for your regular trip to the nail salon.
Their Nail Art is also stunning. Here’s a look at some of their amazing acrylic nail designs.
We love these Ottawa Fashion Nails
Love these wintery, christmasy nails.
Louis Vuitton Nail Art or Designer Nail Art, anyone?
Ottawa Nail Salons: Costs, Tips, & Helpful Information
How much does it cost to get your nails done in Ottawa? Of course, the cost varies from salon to salon. Higher end salons and spas will charge a bit more for their service because they offer a luxury atmosphere with better amenities. But, it should be noted that this is not an indication of the quality or cleanliness of their service.
Regular manicures and pedicures in Ottawa will start at about $30, and can go up to around $80, depending on the full extent of the service. If you are using enhanced polishes, like BioGel, the service can cost anywhere from $40 to $60.
Artificial nails in Ottawa will start at about $40 (Shellac Nails in Ottawa) or $50 (Acrylic Nails in Ottawa). Nail Art in Ottawa is around $40, and Dip Nails can cost up to $50.
Ottawa Nail Salon Etiquette: Tipping
Tipping is expected for salon services in Ottawa, just like servers. The standard is about 15 – 20%, with 20% indicating great or exceptional service. A tip on tipping: use cash to tip if you can (post-pandemic restrictions) and pay for the actual service before you begin. This prevents possible chipping and smudging of your nails by using the machine right after your nails are done (been there, done that!). So come with some cash in anticipation of tipping.
Common Questions and Concerns
Showing Up With Nails Done
Nail technicians don’t mind if you show up with some old polish already on your nails. In fact, it is expected for regular clients who use non-ship products like Bio Gel. But, if you have full shellac or acrylic nails, there is a fee for removal. Whatever you do, don’t pick away your old polish before coming in! This can severely damage your nails and rip away the top layer.
Ottawa nail art specialists love being creative, so don’t be afraid to come with out-of-the-box ideas. Photos also help. While designs, colours, and themes can range, here’s a list of the different shapes that you can opt for with Acrylic nails.
Salon Etiquette: What Not To Do
There’s only a few things that are poor etiquette when it comes to getting your nails done.
Talking On Your Cellphone
People come to the salon to relax. While chatter between technicians and friends is totally expected, talking on your cell phone while others are also getting their nails done is a huge pet peeve for nail technicians. about:blankImageUpload an image file, pick one from your media library, or add one with a URL.UploadSelect ImageInsert from URL
There is nothing wrong with changing your mind on the colour you want after seeing it applied, but don’t wait till all nails have been painted to do so. Technicians don’t mind if you make a change, but again, let them know after one or two nails are done.
A really great practice (for you) is to make your next appointment before you leave. A lot of salons fill up fast, but love regulars, and hate having to ‘squeeze people in’. They want your trip to the salon to be relaxing and worry free. So, its good practice to book in early.
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