Our favorite Valentine's Day manicures!

Give us ALLLLL the hearts! Whether you’re celebrating a romantic Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day with your best girlfriends, we are all about spreading the love this week with some heart-themed nail art for your fingers! Check out our favorite gel manicures from this year below, and there’s still time to book before the big day this Thursday!

Subtle marble and pink ombre with hearts by Brook @ Buff + File Nail Bar, Portsmouth NH

Subtle marble and pink ombre with hearts by Brook @ Buff + File Nail Bar, Portsmouth NH

Conversation hearts by Gabby @ Buff + File Nail Bar, Portsmouth NH

Conversation hearts by Gabby @ Buff + File Nail Bar, Portsmouth NH

Unicorns and rainbows by Andie @ Buff + File Nail Bar, Portsmouth NH

Unicorns and rainbows by Andie @ Buff + File Nail Bar, Portsmouth NH

Color block with a tiny heart and initial by Brook @ Buff + File Nail Bar, Portsmouth NH

Color block with a tiny heart and initial by Brook @ Buff + File Nail Bar, Portsmouth NH

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Buff & File Nail Bar opened in downtown Portsmouth, NH in 2014 with the mission to provide the best natural nail care on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. With 8 manicure stations and 8 pedicure stations, Buff + File offers nontoxic polish, traditional polish, and gel manicures and pedicures. Buff + File specializes in nail art and large groups, often serving bridal and bachelorette groups of 12 guests and more for nail services. With a location that is walkable from all of downtown Portsmouth including all hotel destinations, Buff + File is also a short drive from neighboring Seacoast towns of Rye, New Castle, Hampton, Greenland, Stratham, Dover, and Durham, New Hampshire. 

Our favorite manicures NOW!

Get inspired for your next appointment! Here are our current favorite nails looks...

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THE FRENCH MODERN
As design lovers, we're calling this manicure French Modern. Update classic french polish by mixing and matching colors for the base and tip. Go bright and clashing, or neutral and pastel as shown here - a look we're betting will be big for bridal nails in 2017! Above: Gel manicure by Amanda @ Buff & File Nail Bar.

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THE HALF MOON
The half moon manicure is a new classic in the making. We love it in two shades of the same color, and unexpected hues like this green beauty! Above: Gel manicure by Gabby @ Buff & File Nail Bar.
 

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THE GLITTER FADE
The glitter fade has become a Buff & File signature style! We love it over any color, but have a special fondness for a pretty nude with a touch of sparkle. Also a favorite for brides! Above: Gel manicure by Alex @ Buff & File Nail Bar.
 

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THE MINIMALIST
Our love of glitter is rivaled only by our love of chic minimalism. The tiny dot mani looks best when you play up the color contrast between the base color and the dot accent. Above: Gel manicure by Alex @ Buff & File Nail Bar.
 

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THE BESTIE
The best manicure may be the one you get sitting side by side with your best friend! At Buff & File, we specialize in groups and parties. Join us for girls night out, pre-brunch pedi's, bachelorette, bridal events, and more. Above: Manicures by Alex and Amanda @ Buff & File Nail Bar.
 

Buff & File x Mallory Parkington Photography

Last winter, we decided to liven up our walls by showcasing some of our best nail work. We teamed up with Mallory Parkington Photography for a photo collaboration and are absolutely thrilled with the results! After enlisting a few clients and staffers as hand models, our creative team curated some of their favorite designs, and our talented manicurists got to work. We hit the grocery store for some colorful props including citrus, candy, and ice cream, and the whole crew spent the morning at Mallory's studio on Congress Street. Here are the photos - now displayed throughout the salon. Book your next service and come take a look! 

Photos: Mallory Parkington Photography
Art Direction: Andree Van Oss
Manicures: Alex Sirois, Amanda Hill, Alliyie Schults, Moira Byrnes
Models: Sara Free, Erin Gordon, Kristin Norman

NEW HOURS! Starting in May 2016...

Responding to client feedback, we are changing our Saturday hours! Since opening in 2014, our Saturday hours have been 10am-7pm. Our clients tell us they would prefer to have the opportunity to book nail services earlier in the day, so beginning in May 2016, our Saturday hours will be 9am-6pm. We look forward to serving you!

Price Increase and Enhancement for Select Services beginning April 1, 2016

We wish to inform our clients that prices for select services will increase beginning April 1, 2016. The new pricing is as follows:

Express Manicure: $17
Express Gel Manicure: $28
Express Pedicure: $28
Sport Manicure: $20

For both the Express Manicure and the Express Gel Manicure, we will enhance the service by beginning to include an application of hydrating oil to soften cuticles and improve the finished look of our Express manicures. Our Sport Manicures will now include the option of either a buff & shine finish, or a clear coat.

This is the first time that we have raised prices since opening in June 2014. Prices for all Signature and Deluxe services will remain the same.

Thank you for your business!