10 best nail salons in Johor Bahru for luxury gel mani-pedis, hand and feet spas, nail art & other treatments

by Sheree Chua

Remember the good old days when our discipline masters would patrol the halls, ensuring we adhered to school uniform regulations? Besides checking that we didn’t roll up our skirts, they also scrutinised our nails — they had to be cleaned and cut short.

Turns out they had good reasons for doing so, which is that nails complete an outfit and make us look presentable.

I can testify to this when I had horrible nails just a few days ago. Guess who was afraid to even hold onto the hand rails in the MRT or shake hands simply because her overly chipped nails would be on display?

Yeah, I’m that vain.

If your nails need some urgent TLC or are impacting your self-esteem, it’s time to pay a nail salon a visit. And these 10 nail salons in Johor Bahru are sure to get the job done well without having you break the bank.

1. MINE Nail Artisan

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There’s no gatekeeping here, so I’m just gonna reveal one of my go-to nail salons in Johor Bahru (I’m trusting y’all to not steal my spots). Since this place is already popular on social media, there’s a slim chance you can secure an appointment simply by walking in.

MINE Nail Artisan is conveniently located at Taman Mount Austin, so you can head over to your favourite restaurants or cafes after your mani-pedi sessions.

Upon entering the salon, you’ll find the space to be hella spacious — perfect for those who are claustrophobic! Boyfriends or partners, feel free to take a seat at the large waiting area.

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The salon is clean and organised, and their commitment to cleanliness extends to their tools. Each piece of equipment is properly wiped-down and sanitised after each use.

When it comes to their work, the nail artists were so gentle (coming from someone with weak cuticles!) and patient. I wanted at least four coats of nail polish to get the perfect colour and four coats is exactly what I got.

Book an appointment by contacting +60 (0) 10-246 6232 via WhatsApp.

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📍1A, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
🕐 11am–9pm (Mon to Fri), 10am–9pm (Sat & Sun)

2. YOUNG Waxing & Nails – Mid Valley JB

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Need to get your monthly beauty treatments done as well? Save time and transport money by having them all attended to at YOUNG Waxing & Nails, one of the most well-known nail salons in Johor Bahru. Do note they have two outlets at Mid Valley Southkey: one at level two and the other at level four.

Regardless, both outlets offer a wide range of beauty services to complement your nail sessions, including Face Threading (RM168/S$48.07), Eyebrow Tint (RM178/S$50.94) and Keratin Lash Lift (RM188/S$53.80).

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Classic Gel and Nail Art (unlimited designs!) won’t exceed more than RM318 (S$91.05), yet they can last for around four to six weeks based on reviews.

To go all out, get their Signature Spa packages, which come with a soak, scrub, mask, serum, lotion and treatment. Manicure is priced at RM140 (S$40.06), while Pedicure is at RM178 (S$50.94).

Book an appointment by contacting +60 18-231 9018 via WhatsApp.

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📍TM-023, Third Mezzanine, The Mall, Midvalley, Persiaran Southkey 1, Southkey, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
🕐 10am–10pm (Daily)

📍S-041, Level 2, The Mall, Midvalley, Persiaran Southkey 1, Southkey, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
🕐 10am–10pm (Daily)

3. Pink Palette Nail Spa

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You can finally live out your Barbie fantasies at Pink Palette Nail Spa. As its name suggests, this salon at KSL City Mall has pink everywhere, from the walls to the tables and chairs.

Their Classic Gel Manicure goes for RM78 (S$22.33), while Classic Gel Pedicure for RM100 (S$28.63). If you want to incorporate a little French tip, top-up RM15 (S$4.30) for a manicure or RM20 (S$5.73) for a pedicure.

No idea which colour or design suits you? Not to worry, as their expert nail artists will provide all the recommendations.

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I also recommend bringing your little ones along. Aside from the interior that’s sure to delight them, the salon’s Little Princess manicure (RM15/S$4.30) and pedicure (RM18/S$5.15) services make sure their little nails are prepped gently.

Book an appointment by contacting +60 (1) 11-616 3789 via WhatsApp.

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📍Lot L2-110, KSL CITY, 33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
🕐 10am–10pm (Daily)

4. JAC & IVY Nail Spa

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For a whole family affair, head over to JAC & IVY Nail Spa instead.

This nail salon is not only award-winning but also boasts of being the first-ever kids spa in Malaysia. Your kids can sit back and unwind in a dedicated area filled with children’s furniture, toys and other fun knick-knacks.

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While your child is pampered, you can take a breather with the salon’s signature treatments: Luxury Spa Manicure (RM130/S$37.23) and Luxury Spa Pedicure (RM140/S$40.09), which are available for men as well.

For those who want to sneak in a mani-pedi session for a birthday or bachelorette party, you can even purchase their event packages, starting from RM160 (S$45.81) per person.

Book here.

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📍11, Jalan Molek 3/20, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
🕐 10am–8pm (Daily)

5. Jnail Closet

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Jnail Closet is another reason why you should come down to the trendy Taman Mount Austin area.

Their Gel Manicure is priced at RM88 (S$25.20) and Gel Pedicure at RM98 (S$28.07), with add-ons like extensions, nail repair and hard gel priced from RM8 (S$2.29).

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Since your nail session will no doubt take more than an hour, Jnail Closet has ensured you’ll feel as comfortable as possible. Look forward to relaxing music being played, on top of built-in power sockets for each seat.

Plus, they’re one of the few nail salons in Johor Bahru to function as a nail academy, where you can learn to do your very own nails by signing up for their nail art lessons.

Book an appointment by contacting +60 56-883 8008 via WhatsApp.

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📍10-01, Jalan Austin Heights 8/9, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
🕐 11am–8pm (Daily)

6. MA.DE Studio

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MA.DE Studio is for anyone who chases Korean nail trends, such as the ever-classic “syrup nails”, 3D dewdrops and tonal nails. While the nail salon particularly specialises in clear nail designs, the artists’ knowledge in all things K-inspired will help you stay at the top of the beauty game.

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Prices for their nail art start from RM22 (S$6.30) for four nails and it’s unlimited designs, of course! For something simple, their Classic Gel Manicure (RM75/S$21.48) will do the trick.

Book an appointment by contacting +60 019-752 2099 via WhatsApp.

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📍09-01, Jalan Ponderosa 2/2, Taman Ponderosa, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
🕐 11am–7pm (Mon & Tue, Thur to Sun), Closed on Wed

7. Sasa Nail House

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Before I went to my appointment at Sasa Nail House, I grabbed a cup of Honey Oat Latte from the institutional Principle Cafe at Taman Mount Austin. Considering they’re situated just a stone’s throw away from each other, why not?

However, it’s not just their convenient location that keeps customers coming back — it’s the unbeatable prices that turn first-time visitors into loyal patrons. I’ll admit that I’m one of those people.

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I opted for their Classic Gel Manicure and added Hard Gel and Acrylic Nails for extra protection. Amazingly, the total came to less than RM104 (S$29.79).

With plenty of staff on hand, your chances of snagging a walk-in appointment are pretty high. But to play it safe, do reserve your spot in advance to avoid the wait.

Book an appointment by contacting +60 12-573 5881 via WhatsApp.

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📍3, Jalan Austin Heights Utama, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
🕐 11am–8pm (Daily)

8. Fairy Nail

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I cannot not mention Fairy Nail when they’re highly raved about on Lemon8. This nail salon at Holiday Plaza is incredibly popular among Singaporeans and I can see why.

While their interior isn’t exactly the most aesthetic out there, they more than make up for it with their high-quality services and at prices friendly to our wallets.

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Their Classic Gel Manicure with add-on extensions goes for less than RM140 (S$40.09), and can last for roughly six weeks.

Book an appointment by contacting +60 19-790 4870 via WhatsApp.

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📍Holiday Plaza, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
🕐 10.30am–8pm (Daily)

9. Garden Nail Gallery

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Intricate floral nails are one of the hardest nail designs to execute well but the artists at Garden Nail Gallery make it look effortless.

Specialising in creating opal nails in softer hues and topped with gold flakes, the nail salon can see to it that your manicure or pedicure is infused with a romantic flair.

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Oh, and the nail polishes used here are cruelty-free (in case that’s something you’re looking for!).

Book an appointment by contacting +60 16-750 5968 via WhatsApp.

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📍23-01, Jalan Austin Heights 8/5, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
🕐 11am–7.30pm (Daily)

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Apart from nails, JB is also the place where we get our hair done. For those who want to hit two birds with one stone, you should head on down to Niko Hair & Nail Gallery at Mid Valley Southkey.

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Despite primarily being a hair salon, their nail services are commendable as well. Their artists can accommodate a variety of nail designs from glitter and blush nails to 3D decals. Prices for nail art starts from RM38+ (S$10.88+).

Most importantly, you won’t have to steer clear of hard-selling.

Book an appointment by contacting +60 10-768 7660 via WhatsApp.

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📍S-016, Level 2, The Mall, Midvalley, Persiaran Southkey 1, Southkey, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
🕐 10am–10pm (Daily)

It’s time to treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure that’s sure to turn heads and keep you feeling fabulous.

Which of these nail salons in Johor Bahru will you be heading to first?

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