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Another day, another exciting find on #nailtok. This time, it’s all about the “Russian manicure”!

It’s one of the best-kept nail secrets in the beauty community, but it’s recently become popular because of social media sharing, with a whopping one billion views under the hashtag #RussianManicures.


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But here’s the catch — it’s caused a stir in the beauty community. Some love it, some hate it. Curious to know why? Keep reading for the lowdown.

What’s A “Russian Manicure”?


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The Russian manicure, often dubbed a ‘dry manicure,’ is a nail care technique that places a strong emphasis on cuticle maintenance.

It takes approximately two hours to complete, and it demands a significant time commitment, but many consider it a worthwhile investment due to its impressive results.

Using an electric filer, the technician reveals and removes the eponychium, a thickened skin layer at the base of nails. This process slows down cuticle growth, pushes back and removes cuticles, making gel application near the cuticle easier.

Why Is The “Russian Manicure” So Controversial?

Any manicure involving cuticle work sparks debate, and the “Russian manicure” is no exception. It’s believed to make it easier for bacteria to cause infections, but this risk is only significant with unsterilised tools.


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Dr. Samuel (@sksingapore), a General Practitioner, shared a real-life incident highlighting the potential for nail infections resulting from cuticle manipulation. While most cases are treatable with antibiotics, severe instances may necessitate surgery.

Is The “Russian Manicure” Risky?

Like any trend, do your research before trying it. The “Russian Manicure” becomes risky when done by unskilled individuals or with tools that aren’t properly sterilised.

How Long Does The “Russian Manicure” Last?


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What’s appealing about this trend is that the stunning nails can last up to three to four weeks, depending on how fast your nails grow. So, it’s perfect for those who don’t want to change their nails often!

Where To Get The “Russian Manicure”?



Photo credit: @nailbliss.sg/Instagram.

Nailbliss, a pioneering nail salon, offers the Russian Manicure as an add-on service for S$22. All staff are professionally trained.

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1 Raffles Place, #05-08/09, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Opening hours
11am – 8pm (Mon to Fri) 11am – 6pm (Sat) Closed on Sun
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301 Upper Thomson Road, #01-62 Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408
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10.30am – 8pm (Mon to Fri) 10am – 7pm (Sat) 10am – 6pm (Sun)
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Ola Nails Singapore

Photo credit: @olanails_sg/Instagram.

Ola Nails, specialising in nail care under the expertise of a Russian master, offers the Russian manicure service in-house by co-founder Pricillia.

Note: Co-founder availability at Ola Nails Singapore is limited to Mondays. Book your appointment here!

Location & Contact Details
30 Artillery Avenue, Sofitel SPA, Sentosa, Level 2, Singapore 099957
Opening hours
11am – 8pm (Mon, Tue, and Thu) 10am – 7pm (Sun) Closed on Wed, Fri, and Sat

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Featured image credits: @abbybaffoe/TikTok, @_gabbyhuffman/TikTok, @boujofficial/TikTok.