The Nail Social: Guilt Free Pampering

Lesley Teoh

What if your next manicure could help someone nail a job? Experience guilt free pampering at the Nail Social – a socially conscious nail salon that employs disadvantaged women.

Located just outside the commotion of Singapore’s CBD, this hidden gem is tucked away along character-rich Haji Lane and provides services from indulgent foot massages to gelish manicures and whimsical nail wraps.

A refreshing change from your typical cramped nail salon where quick turnover matters most, the space is homely, warm and intimate.

The first floor only seats three customers at a time (making an appointment helps!), providing a tranquil setting so you can mellow out in a decadent arm chair while the extra gentle manicurists work their magic.

The Nail Social was designed on the premise that experience is everything when it comes to the perfect manicure.

Nail Social plum manicure

To make the service as unobtrusive as possible, you fill in your preferences (shape of nails, intensity of massage, level of 'ticklishness') and the service required on an Ipad as soon as you enter.

Why is this important? To minimize interruptions as you immerse yourself in silence or opt to catch up on your favorite Netflix shows on the Ipads fixed conveniently to your recliner.

The Nail Social offers ipads during your manicure

And what better way to experience the ultimate indulgence than their luxe spa mani-pedis that include exfoliation, masque and massage treatments using 100% natural products like virgin coconut oil and pure kaolin clay.

Opened by serial social entrepreneur, Cheryl Ou, the lifestyle concept store also reflects her personal philosophies of female empowerment and ethical consumption.

“My first business was a nail salon but we were constantly facing manpower issues…We knew women-in-need who wanted to work didn’t necessarily have the skills.”

“So, we worked with the Pink Room Academy to train marginalized women - single mothers, ex-offenders and those from low-income households - and provide them with work opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Nail Social

As far as possible they use non-toxic and cruelty-free nail polish brands like Zoya, OPI and Angelpro. These do not contain known carcinogens like toulene, DBP or formaldehyde, making them safe for expectant mothers too.

The Nail Social also stocks a dizzying array of products from fellow social enterprises:

Anchora Collections: Eclectic jewelry that empower artisans from developing countries

Soule: Proceeds from these slippers contribute to children living under the poverty line and survivors of natural disasters

Hello Flowers: Beautiful flowers made with the beneficiaries of social service agencies in Singapore

Puro Fair-Trade: Recharge with a cup of socially responsible hot chocolate and tea, where each cup helps save our rainforests.

If you’re feeling peckish, savour a range of cakes made by low-income stay-at-home mums in Singapore.

Check out their full range of services and book your appointment today! 

The Nail Social, 42A Haji Lane, Singapore 189235, p. 6717 3221. Open Tue-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm.


Still not convinced?

Here are 5 more reasons why we love the Nail Social:

  1. Has a neat mezzanine floor to hold private parties that come with wine and cupcakes – perfect for bridal showers and birthday parties
  2. Complimentary lemonade on weekdays and free wine on Fridays (TGIF!)
  3. iPads to entertain you without the risk of wrecking your nails
  4. Their manicurists have an expert eye for colour and will recommend something suitable if you’re feeling indecisive or particularly adventurous

Want to find more about socially conscious living in Asia? Check out our social enterprise directory.


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