Who wouldn’t love beautifully groomed hands and feet? Just like many other things under the sun, nail care too, is a form of art. At American Nail Bar, we firmly believe in this to deliver the best the nail care services in the city. Located at Portland, OR 97227, American Nail Bar is the perfect place to get that much needed manicure and pedicure for you! Apart from nail care, we also provide waxing services that guarantee flawless skin. For women who need specialised services, we have Deluxe Pedicure and Signature Pedi and Mani services. Friendly staff and experienced nail technicians of our salon promise you a great time of relaxation along with beautiful nails and skin. Customer satisfaction and high-grade services are the cornerstone of our salon, as we strive to achieve new levels of perfection each day!
How long does normal polish take to dry?
When you have a classical manicure at our salon, your technician will leave your polish to dry for about 5 minutes before applying a quick-dry spray, which accelerates the drying process. They will then check to see if your manicure still needs drying – it is you’ll have to sit back just a little longer to avoid smudges!
In total, around 10-15 minutes after the last topcoat, your manicure should be touch dry and good to go. Just try to avoid knocking it (easily done by rummaging in your bag!) for about an hour until the polish has fully cured through all the coats.
Will acrylic or gel extensions damage my nails?
If you have your extensions professionally applied and professionally maintained and removed by qualified nail technicians, there should only be minimal damage to your nail plate. However, constant acrylic application can make your nail plate weak so we advise a small break in between. Beware of nail technicians who leave your nails with white patches, damage and weakness.
It goes without saying that if you pick at your nails or pull them off yourself, the nail will be badly damaged. Professional technicians like those will use the correct, branded, high quality products to apply and remove your nail extensions.
How do i care for my nails after my manicure?
To keep a manicure lasting to its full potential avoid getting your nails wet for too long (constant soaking in hot baths or not wearing rubber gloves when washing the dishes) and also avoid coming into contact for prolonged periods with chemicals like those in sunscreen, perfumed products and insect repellent.
Get someone else to do the DIY or tough chores that might cause your manicure to lift, and apply cuticle oil morning and night if you can. This will keep your nails super healthy throughout the duration of your manicure and it will help keep the polish intact.
Finally, don’t pick at your manicure under any circumstances. Instead Book in for a Nail repair if one or nails have damaged otherwise treat yourself to another treatment.
What are cuticles? And which package will include cuticle work?
Cuticles are the small overgrowth of dead skin at the bottom of your nail plate. They join the living tissue to your nail, and protect you from any contaminants getting under your skin.
However, overgrown cuticles are no good! Cuticles should be kept pushed back and tidy to keep your nails looking healthy- short, pushed back cuticles also help you get neat, long lasting polish application and help your nails look longer and more elegant. With standard polish, manicures and pedicures, we advise booking a full manicure and pedicure as oppose to our express treatments. With gel polish, the shellac manicure treatment will do the trick!
How long does standard polish last for?
Standard nail polish usually lasts up to 5 days and is a great choice for temporary or short one off occasions. If that’s what you’re looking for then we recommend booking a classical manicure. It does take a fair few minutes to dry fully to avoid smudges on your manicure.
If that’s too short of period for you then we recommend booking a shellac (gel) manicure, which is designed to last up to two weeks!
How long does a gel polish/ Shellac manicure last for?
With cuticle work and full nail preparation, a gel or shellac manicure should last about 2 weeks with proper application and aftercare. We offer an express version of a gel manicure, but if you want that complete 2 week guarantee then we advise going for the full gel (shellac) manicure.
What is a French manicure?
The standard style of a French manicure is when the fingernails are painted pale pink with a white band at the tip. At our salon you can choose to have the nail bed clear with any colour tip
Can i put acrylics back on immediately after soaking off the old acrylics?
Yes, it’s fine to re-apply acrylics straight away as natural nails are made up of keratin (protein) so nails don’t breathe. If you have ripped your acrylics off causing the natural nail to thin however, then you might want to wait to harden the nails back up, as the acrylics will just add more stress on top of damaged nails
How long does it take for treatment?
Different treatments will vary in different times. Please have a look at our scheduling page here for a full list of treatments, prices and duration of the treatment.
Nicole Marie G
My cousin and myself went here randomly and I’m soooo glad we did! I don’t think I’ve ever been so satisfied leaving a nail salon before! My pedicure was AMAZING they took their time and did it right. My full set was exactly what I asked for, it was PERFECT. We will both be going back and becoming regulars here! Thank you guys!
Amazing experience at American Nail Bar! They are new to the neighborhood and we are so lucky to have them. I got dip powder on my natural nails and they were very thorough and precise, it came out looking beautiful. Nail techs are very sweet and friendly, and the atmosphere is relaxing yet upbeat. This is my new spot for sure.
I don’t even want to leave a review because this place is actually amazing and I don’t want them to get too busy! Lol. Oanh did my nails today and she was amazing. So gentle, so detail oriented, really made sure I liked how many nails looked every step of the way. She made sure I liked the shape, the length, she trimmed my cuticles, made sure the dremel never got too hot, etc. Everyone here is pretty friendly but I really loved how gentle oanh was and how thoughtful she was. Seriously one of the best nail technicians I’ve ever seen. I will be back and ask for oanh!
This is a really nice nail place in north portland. They also respond pretty quickly through yelp. That’s how I booked my nail appointment. When I walked in, I got checked in pretty quickly and was seated in a chair that was towards the back of the salon.
I had a picture of the set of nails I wanted but they didn’t have red gems. The lady who did my nails instead brought out tons of gems in different shades, colors, and sizes. We picked out which would work best for my set. She did a wonderful job and I got tons of compliments. I will be back
Sabrina J. Barrett
I’ve been coming here for the past year and I am always blown away by the amazing level of service! They do excellent manis and pedis, gel pedis, and dip manis. Their prices are the same as any salon in Portland but the quality is so much higher than anywhere else I’ve tried. The owners are so friendly and Mary always does an incredible job! I can’t recommend them enough!
Absolutely obsessed. I walked in at 6:00 pm with no appointment. They seated me immediately and finished my nails in one hour. I got a tip with dip powder and they look absolutely beautiful. Everyone I spoke to was as kind as could be. They were attentive, helpful and fun to speak to. I think I’ve written two reviews in my life but I loved them so much I wanted to do all I could to show my appreciation!
Oanh is the kindest, most meticulous person I have ever had. Her dips last forever! Love this place!
Our new favorite nail salon. Super nice and everyone is so friendly! Kemri loves it! 💕
Best French tip and massage I’ve received! Definitely my go to place moving forward. Did you want a place that cares about the small details? Go to American Nail Bar. Massages are excellent! I tried their pearl pedicure package. the music was so relaxing and it was nice watching a cake baking competition Really lovely people with great skills!
I enjoyed my experience at American Nail Bar. I’ve never been here but decided to come in on a whim based on previous Yelp reviews and I’m so happy I did! Jenny made my nails look so good! I got a fill with shellac, Jenny was so careful and precise with her work, I definitely recommend getting your nails done here! The salon is clean and big, the atmosphere is great and the techs are friendly 🙂