Tips & Ideas For Naming A Nail Salon

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Last Updated on October 5, 2020

There are more than 317,000 nail salons in the United States alone. So, it’s no surprise settling on a perfect name when starting a nail salon feels almost impossible.  

Picking the right name gives potential customers an idea about your business’s services, creates a good first impression, and helps you stand out from the competition.

Are all the unique nail salon names already taken? How do you come up with something fresh? And what about business name best practices? 


If you’re not sure how to answer those questions, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to learn my top tips for choosing the perfect business name and how to make sure your favorite choices are available across the board. 

Let’s dive in!

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Nail Salon Name

If you’re struggling to choose a company name for your nail salon, one of the best things to do is just to start brainstorming. As you go through the tips outlined below, make a list of words, phrases, and terms associated with your business. 

From there, you can narrow down the list and cross off ideas you don’t like. 

Once you have several top considerations, we’ll walk through how to make sure you’re allowed to use them. This last step helps you narrow down your list even more so you can make a final decision. 

1. Consider the Services You Plan to Offer

You can start off playing off words related to nail salons such as pedicure, manicure, etc. Or perhaps you plan on also having a beauty salon or hair salon. 

Add all the different types of services you want to offer to your brainstorming list. 

Remember to avoid anything limiting your business’s future growth if you decide to go in another direction down the road. 

2. Location-Specific Terms

Most nail salons are specific to a geographic service area. So, if that’s true for your business, consider adding a location-specific term to your business name. 

You can consider things like:

  • City nicknames
  • Neighborhoods
  • Regions or states
  • And descriptive terms

However, consider what happens if you expand outside your intended service area. Does the name become limiting? If so, it’s best to avoid it if you plan to expand or change directions later. 

3. Avoid Business Names That Are Hard to Pronounce, Hear, or Spell

Despite the technological advances of voice search, assistants like Siri and Alexa struggle to understand slang and other confusing words. 

This could limit how often your business shows up in voice (and text-based) search if your name is hard to spell, pronounce, or hear. Because of that, it’s important to avoid complicated words, industry jargon, and using numbers in place of letters.  While having a unique nail salon name is good, being too unique may not be so good. 

Keep your business name as simple and easy to remember as possible so potential customers can easily find you. 

4. Consider Alliterations and Rhyming Words

Alliterations and rhymes are catchy and easy to remember. Because of that, they make for great business names. 

That said, it’s not always easy to come up with them. Start with choosing a few of your favorite words from your master brainstorm list. 

Then, you can Google “words that start with P” to come up with a name like Perfect Pedicure or N for Nail Nation or whatever letter you’re using to create an alliteration. Alternatively, you can search “words that rhyme with _____.” 

It can be time-consuming, but it’s an excellent place to start. 

And don’t forget to add any exciting finds to your brainstorm list while you’re at it. Try not to overthink the names you come up with during this stage.  Just write them all down as some of the more interesting ones may spark better ideas later.

5. Steer Clear of Initials or Obscure Acronyms

Initials and unusual acronyms are hard to remember, so they typically don’t make great business names. They can also be challenging to pronounce and confusing for voice search as well. 

Furthermore, there are 325 different two-letter combination possibilities in the English language. And the odds of your customers remembering the specific letters you chose are pretty small. 

6. Imagery Words

Another consideration when brainstorming name ideas is whether there are industry-related words that could also lend themselves to be used in a logo design. For instance, a nail salon could use an image of nails or dripping paint and focus the name around the image.


7. Still Struggling? Try the Owner’s Name

If you’ve made it this far and are still struggling to find the best name, you can always consider using the business owner’s name. Doing so works well if the owner also plans to be the face behind the business. 

Something to keep in mind is that using the owner’s name as the business name can make it more challenging to sell the business in the future. 

8. Look at the Names of Other Nail Salons

Here is a list of nail salon name ideas taken from existing nail salons that may help give you some creative ideas.  While many of these names may be available for you to use, be sure to check first to be sure it can be used.

Tips on how to check business name availability are after the list of names!

  • 1 Epic Nail & Spa 
  • 1517 Nails
  • 3 Dimensional Nails
  • 3D Bella Nails
  • 4 Season Nails & Spa
  • 5 Star Nails Salon & Spa 
  • 7 & Rose Nail Salon
  • A Little Nail Shop
  • A+ Nails & Spa
  • Absolute Nails 
  • Acton Nail & Spa
  • Adams Avenue Nail Bar
  • Adore Nail Spa
  • Alfa Nails Salon
  • All Bout Nail & Spa
  • All Lacquered Up Nail Design
  • All Polish Nails & Spa
  • Allure Nail Lounge
  • Allure Nails By David
  • Alpha Nails Salon
  • Amazing Nails & Spa
  • American Gel Nails
  • Amy’s Nail Salon
  • Angel Nail & Spa
  • Aqua Nails Spa
  • Art Nail Boutique 
  • Art Nails
  • Artistic Nails
  • Artistry Beauty Nail 
  • Bare Foot Nails Spa
  • Bay Body & Foot Spa 
  • Beaute Nail & Spa
  • Beautiful Creation Nailz
  • Beautiful Nails
  • Best Nails & Spa
  • Bliss Nail & Spa
  • Bloom Nail Bar
  • Blossom Nails
  • Blush Nail Lounge
  • Bombshell Nails
  • Bonjour Nails Bar Salon
  • Bright Nails 
  • Brilliant Phoenix Nails & Spa
  • Broadway Nails & Spa
  • Buff & File Nail Salon
  • Califantasy Nails
  • Candy Nails Lounge
  • Cecy’s Exotic Nails
  • Celestial Crystal Nails 
  • Champagne Nail Lounge
  • Chic Nail By Connie
  • City Nail
  • Classy Nail & Spa 
  • Clawed Nail Salon
  • Club Nails & Spa
  • Clutch Nails
  • Coco Luxe Nails 
  • Color Me Crazy Nail Salon
  • Complete Nails
  • Creative Nail Spa
  • Cute Ice Nail Spa By Kelly
  • Dandelion Nail Spa & Boutique
  • Dashing Nails
  • Dazzling Nail & Salon
  • Deja Vu Nail Spa
  • Desert Nail & Spa
  • Designer Nails
  • Diamond Nail & Spa
  • Digits Nail Bar
  • Dipping Nail & Spa
  • Diva Nails Salon
  • Divine Nails & Lashes
  • Dollish Polish Nail Studio
  • Dreamy Nails & Spa
  • Drips Nail Bar
  • Ebony Nails
  • Eco-Friendly Nail Salon
  • Elegant Nails Salon
  • Element Nail Spa
  • Elite Nails & Spa 
  • Enchanted Nails
  • Envy Nail Spa
  • Exotic Nails Spa
  • Fair Oaks Nails & Spa
  • Fancy Fingers
  • Fancy Tips & Toes
  • Fantabulous Nails & Spa
  • Fantasy Nails & Spa
  • Fashionista Nails
  • File & Style
  • Fingers 2 Toes Nail Spa
  • Five Star Nail
  • Forever Nail Spa
  • Four Season Nail Salon
  • French Nails & Lashes
  • Galaxy Nails Bar
  • Gel Nail Supply 
  • Gelish Nails & Spa
  • Gem Nail Bar 
  • Glam Nailbar & Lounge
  • Glam Rock Nails
  • Glamorous Nail & Spa
  • Glamour Nails By Ruby
  • Glo Nail Studios
  • Gloss Nails
  • Grand Nails Lounge
  • Happy Feet Nails & Spa
  • Jubilee Toes & Nails 
  • Kolour Nails
  • Krazy Nail Spa
  • Kute Nails
  • Lavender Nails Spa
  • Lavish Nail Lounge
  • Luminous Nail Spa
  • Lux Nail Spa
  • Modern Nails
  • Nail Envy
  • Nail Fever
  • Nail Nook
  • New York Nails
  • Ocean Blue Nails 
  • Paint Nail Spa
  • Paradise Nails
  • Petal Fresh Nails Spa
  • Pink Nail Spa
  • Pinky Nails
  • Pinnacle Nail Spa
  • Polished Nail Salon
  • Pretty Nails Of Benton 
  • Pure Polish Nails & Spa
  • Sassy Nail Bar
  • Scottsdale Nail Lounge
  • Serene Nail Spa
  • Sky Nail & Facial
  • Skyline Nails 
  • Studio 37 Nail Lounge
  • Tippy Toes Nail Salon
  • Top-Notch Nails
  • T’s Nails & Spa
  • Unique Nail Bar
  • Venetian Nails & Spa 
  • Village Nails Bar
  • VIP Nail & Spa
  • Vitality Hand & Foot Spa 
  • Zen Nails

How to Check Availability of Your Top Considerations

At this point, you should have several top considerations to choose from. And the best way to narrow it down further is to check each one for availability. 

This step is vital because using a name that someone else is using could be very costly, time-consuming to rebrand your business, and possibly embarrassing. There are several places to look to check whether a name is available to use, so let’s walk through each one. 

Trademark Search

Trademarks are the most critical, so we’ll start here. 

If a name or phrase is trademarked, you’re not allowed to use it in a similar capacity. So, run a trademark search for each business name you’re considering and cross off those that aren’t available. 

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Local Search

Just because there isn’t a federal trademark on a name doesn’t mean the name you want is available.  That’s because there is a trademark known as a common law trademark. A common law trademark isn’t filed anywhere but provides someone who uses that name in commerce some limited rights in their geographical area to use the name.  It can be hard to define how far geographically these rights extend as each industry is different. Still, at a basic level, someone can’t open a business and name it the same or similar name as a competing business in town. If you think the name could potentially create confusion with customers, it is usually best to just find another one to use to avoid potential legal issues down the road. 

To do a local search, open up the phone book (if you still have one), and do a Google search to see if there are any local competitors with a similar business name to the one you want to use. 

Cross off any similar names from your list and take the rest and let’s keep checking.  

State Entity Search (If Applicable)

If you plan to register your nail salon as a corporation or LLC, you must register with a unique business name. Each state requires every corporation or LLC to register a unique name for their entity.  This doesn’t necessarily protect your name from anyone else using it, but nobody can register a corporation or LLC under the same name in your state.

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If you find the name is in use, cross it off your list and move on.

Domain Name Availability

Website addresses aren’t as critical as the first three searches, but it’s still worth doing. Typically, you want your domain name to be “yourbusinessname.com” without any numbers, dashes, etc.

It’s easiest for customers to remember, but these are hard to come by.

However, you can explore other configurations and extensions if your preferred domain name isn’t available. Just remember your customers may have a more difficult time finding you online.

You can start with . Type in the domain name you want to use to see if it’s available. The tool also returns other possibilities you may want to consider.

Social Media Profiles

Next, especially if you are stuck between a couple of names, check and see if anyone is already using your potential nail salon names on social media sites. Consider which platforms you plan to use and start with those. 

Keep in mind you may have to shorten your company name for some platforms. Twitter only allows 15 characters, for example. 

Start with your preferred platforms and do a quick search for your name. If nothing pops up, that likely means no one is using it, and you’re good to go. 

Example: Someone is using startingyourbusiness on Instagram, so I would have to choose a different handle, making it more difficult for customers to find me.

Hopefully, you now have some good name ideas for your nail salon. Once you have this list narrowed down to just a few and researched that they are all available, start asking friends, family, and potential customers their thoughts to get feedback and then pick your perfect nail salon name! 

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