New Haven's iconic nail art studio that gets you noticed

We're New Haven's hidden gem for gel nails and custom nail art where creativity flourishes and self-expression thrives.

Experience a unique blend of art and beauty with me!

I'm Kate—the owner and primary artist behind Sick Nails. With a BFA from Parsons School of Design, a decade of experience as a digital product designer, and my DIY interior design skills I moved back to my home city and opened the nail studio of my dreams in 2020. I aim to offer the perfect mix of style, service, and conversation. From cowgirls, to 90s britpop, to ceramics and textiles, let me take your nail inspo to the next level.

A different type of nail salon—and proud of it

Unique nail art, not confined to a menu

I am a trained artist who has mastered hand-painted nail art. From bold designs, pinterest crecreations, and making nail art based off of contemporary art and objects—I can make all of your nail dreams come true

Premium products for premium results

My gel manicures, crafted with an exclusive selection of premium Korean and Japanese gel products, stand the test of time so you can revel in stunning nails that last weeks, not days. (With proper aftercare, of course!)

Natural nail health is my priority

I go beyond aesthetics, guiding nail biters to newfound growth and strength.

My manicuring techniques prioritize the integrity of your natural nails, creating a foundation for long-term beauty.

A personal connection with your nail artist

Step into a space where every visit feels like a continuation of a conversation with a dear friend. My personable approach and genuine interest in your preferences ensure a comfortable and personalized experience.

A queer friendly nail haven

Experience my vibrant, queer-friendly (and founded!) hideout. Authenticity, vulnerability, and an unforgettable salon experience await. It's like having your nails done by your coolest best friend.

Exceptional cleanliness and knowledge

Enjoy a vibe that complements your journey to beautiful, healthy nails—I believe in empowering my clients valuable knowledge and best practices to maintain the health and beauty of your nails in and out of the salon experience.

Step inside my vibrant nail art studio

In my private nail art studio, I create personalized designs that turn heads and embody your distinctive style. And the best part? My manicures last far beyond traditional salons, ensuring the compliments keep on coming.

Don't just take my word for it.
Here's what some of my satisfied clients have to say:

Kate works wonders! She is an expert at nail art and truly cares about her clients' experience. My nails look their best and at their healthiest when getting her manicures.


Madison S.
6 months ago
You will not be disappointed. Amazing nail art, a beautiful studio, and excellent vibes. If you’re unsure of what style, color, or nail art to get, Kate has an exceptional eye and will guide you through the process.


Olivia C.
5 months ago
My manicures regularly last 4+ weeks if I’m taking good care of them. Not only is Kate a super talented artist, but she’s also helped me care for my nails and grow them out longer than I even thought possible.


Megan R.
2 months ago
Kate made me feel perfectly at ease. I left with the most beautiful nails I've ever had! Nearly three weeks later, they're still immaculate, and the whole experience has made me want to invest in regular appointments and nail care.


Morgan F.
a year ago
I would get compliments all over New Haven! Kate grew my nails to the longest they have ever been. She has such a clear passion for what she does and it is always a treat getting my nails done with her!


Sarah O.
3 months ago
Killer art and made me feel safe and comfortable getting my first manicure. Each of my gel manicures has lasted WEEKS without any chips or lifting!


Henry Q.
6 months ago
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