Sunday, 26 May 2013

RounGe Nail Salon

Nails, nails, nails. Everywhere you look, you'll see stylish, beautiful and very cool nails on Japanese women. It's something that they're famous for and gel nails were something I had to get done again in Japan! I did my research before choosing which nail salon I wanted to go in Tokyo and based on their fantastic website, I chose RounGe Nail Salon in Shibuya. It was actually right across from FREEVE where we had our hair done!

  Photo credits to RounGe

It was a little difficult to find it as it was on the 7th floor and they didn't have a large sign indicating where they were but if you keep an eye out for their small sign that's eye level, you'll find it.

In my experience, I've found that there are a few things to keep in mind when getting your nails done in Japan. And I speak in particular to RounGe but I do think that this information can carry across to any other nail salon.
Photo credits to RounGe

You should definitely make a booking. I'm not sure how other salons run in Japan but as soon as we walked into RounGe, they asked whether we had a booking to get our nails done. In fact, we were just walking in to make a booking and I soon gathered - no booking, no service.

They are also quite hesitant to take your booking unless you have a Japanese phone number. Luckily for us, my friend Taka was there to help us translate and also gave them his number so it might be a good idea to have a friend or the hotel's number available so that they can call to confirm your booking.

You should specify exactly what it is you want when you make the booking. I wanted my nails to be extended slightly but because I didn't mention that in my booking (I thought it was a given) they wouldn't allow me to have it done.

Nailist hard at work!

I was quite disappointed that I couldn't extend my nails but other than that, I was definitely happy with the end result. I felt the service was lacking a bit and the staff didn't really attempt to speak to us unless it was regarding our nail designs. They did, however, bring us some drinks to have as we sat and got our nails done.

Still, the price was good for what we had done (6700 yen) with the first time client promotion and you can pay by card. I was pleasantly surprised because they didn't add on any extra charges for my Swarovoski crystals and studs.

My nailist's amazingly long nails!

And ta-dah, the end results!

Throughout the week I had a lot of tourists and even local Japanese people approaching me requesting photos of my nails! I felt like a mini celebrity! Ok. My nails felt like a mini celebrity.


  1. Candice Khouri30 May 2013 at 10:59

    I really like your nails!...and this is my favourite blog post so far! :)

  2. Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for taking the time to comment!

    Marinda Leigh.

  3. Oh My god! perfect nail arts.

    I like the purple one.