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About Us

The Nail Workshop is a Nail Salon and was established in 1996, specialising in providing tailored nail treatments and nail anatomy advice. We use specialist products to deliver tailored solutions to meet our clients' individual needs.

My Experience

I would like to personally welcome you to the Nail Workshop Website and look forward to meeting you at the Nail Workshop studio. I have over 25 years experience within the nail industry.

The Nail Workshop specialises in bespoke new nail designs, nail care, manicures and pedicures with a wealth of experience and skills caring for and improving the health and look of both bitten nails and nails that may have become damaged or weak due to health conditions . We use a range of high quality Professional products to ensure a result that meets the clients' needs. Fingernails and toenails can be enhanced with tips or overlays. We also offer Facial Threading, MYbrowz Advanced Eyebrow Definition, Brow and Lash Tinting and Lash Lifting.

To read some of the recommendations sent in by our clients please click on Recommendations.

I am a member of The Guild of Nail Technicians and The Guild of Beauty Therapists.


Sarah Self Owner The Nail Workshop

After many years of biting my own nails and spending a lot of time trying to make my hands look fabulous for my flying career, I decided to leave my career at British Airways and become a nail technician. Once I qualified, I soon realised that it takes great attention to detail, good communication skills, and a need to have a genuine love for the nail/beauty industry before you can become a successful in this industry. I found the whole world of nail technology fascinating and exciting, especially the one to one contact with my clients. I have discovered with interest how we all use our hands as a natural extension of our personalities and the different ways we use them to communicate.

My clients trust me with my extensive Nail industry experience and the knowledge I have of my trade that I use to create beautiful nails, toes, brows or lashes for them. And Whilst I am creating their beautiful nails, toes, brows or lashes they know that they have my full attention and confidentiality, relaxing in the peaceful atmosphere of The Nail Workshop studio.

I also enjoy keeping up with new trends, creating new techniques, working and learning innovative new products, continually improving my nail art skills and continually training in new beauty treatments. Keeping up to date is paramount because techniques and products are constantly evolving, change over time.

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I look forward to meeting you.


I am passionate about delivering high quality nail enhancements, extensions, repairs , stunning nail art and Threading. Our wealth of experience allows us to tailor the service we deliver to meet the individual needs of each client.

Our relaxing Studio at the Nail Workshop, Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset

The Relaxing Studio Setting

The Nail Workshop is located at Myrtle Cottage, which is nearly 200 years old, having a beautiful setting in cottage gardens with views of the 15th century parish church. Your nail treatments or other beauty services are delivered in The Nail Workshop studio, which is large, bright, airy, quiet, relaxing and private!

Each client is offered fresh coffee, tea, herbal tea, fruit juice, mineral water, and red or white wine for that relaxing time most ladies today never have time for.

Wedding Parties at the Nail Workshop, Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset

Wedding Party Nails

Look stunning on your special day, The Nail Workshop delivers beautiful and individual wedding nails for a bride and her wedding party.

It is every girls dream to have that perfect wedding day. You will want everything on your day to be just simply stunning from your own dress, jewellery, shoes, hair, make up and of course your nails and toes nails to those of your bridesmaids, brides mother and friends

On your big day everyone notices you from head to toe and not only by your husband to be but everyone present. On this important day you simply cannot afford to let your nails and toes go unnoticed.

The Studio at The Nail Workshop, Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset

Nail Information

On this web site you will find information on all the various different nail systems that can be used to enhance the look of your nails and they are all extremely strong! Each system offers every client a chance to wear extensions because not everyone can wear acrylics or standard gel! Even the worst nail biter can wear them!

Here at The Nail Workshop we are trained in every nail system available and have the skill to tailor each client's individual needs for the best results. Unfortunately we are not all built the same because our nail plate shape and life styles vary so much.

Gel II Anniversary with Glitter and White Stamping Gel II Merry go Berry with Glitter and Stamping

There is ample free parking here at The Nail Workshop.

Beautiful Nails for that Very Important Occasion


Acrylic at The Nail Workshop, Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset

I found Sarah through the Blackmore Vale magazine and visited her 18 months ago. I have been a habitual nail biter all my life. I am a midwife and have always been embarrassed about my hands, which are quite nice, but the nails.......!! Sarah covered my nails with tips and acrylic, slowly but surely my natural nails started to grow underneath.

After a year she removed my extensions and now I have short but well shaped natural nails - I don't want long nails, I cannot work with them long. Once every two to three weeks Sarah gives my nails a mini manicure where she cleans up my cuticles and files my nail back into shape. (That's what I call excellent after care!)

She has been supportive but non-judgmental, firm but supportive and has just encouraged me for all this time. I have not bitten them at all for about 2 months, and am beginning to believe that I will completely break this habit. I still feel I have a way to go, but with Sarah's help, I will do it. Thanks Sarah and The Nail Workshop.

Big Thanks Debs

IBX at The Nail Workshop, Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset

I have been undergoing treatment for secondary cancer since 2011;in 2013, when my nails actually fell off, I went to Sarah at TNW primarily for advice.I got far more than I had hoped for as soon as I had enough nail to work with, Sarah introduced me to IBX, which is an amazing natural nail strengthening system.The product works by actually sinking into the nail and is cured by heat and LED light so it penetrates below the nail’s surface.I did need several treatments but really pleased to see a definite improvement. IBX repaired my nails and reinforced them, with ongoing chemotherapy depending which chemotherapy I am on, Sarah periodically recommends I keep the length short, but you can see the actual nail is in good condition.And the actual nails haven’t fallen off in the past two years!

I’ve been so impressed I am forever recommending the Nail Workshop and bought my friend 2 IBX sessions for her birthday present...



I have been going to The Nail Workshop for at least 10 years and Sarah & Lorraine are such lovely ladies. I really look forward to going for my nails or lashes to be done, we always have a good natter over coffee and treatments. Sarah has done some gorgeous designs on both my finger and toe nails, in summer it's essential that my feet look good in sandals. My eyelashes look absolutely fantastic when Lorraine does them, they are so much longer and fuller than my own. I have had coloured ones added and even a bit of sparkle. I would never go anywhere else to have my nails or eyelashes done, don't think you can get better than Sarah & Lorraine.

Susanne Barnett

Swatches The Nail Workshop, Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset

Well what can I say! Beautiful Nails

I have bitten my nails for over 34 years and never had long nails until I met Sarah at The Nail Workshop.

My nails were bitten so short that if I knocked them, they would bleed; with Sarah's help she covered my nails with tips and then acrylic over the top. In doing so this made my nails so strong that I couldn't bite them and also giving my own nails underneath time to grow. Within approximately 1 year I had not a single artificial tip, my nails were my own, onto which Sarah would paint white tips and then acrylic over the top so that I had a permanent French Nail Polish.

I have now been over 3 years without biting and I have no desire to bite them. I must say a very big thank you to Sarah and the Nail Workshop, because without Sarah's help I wouldn't have stopped nail biting.

I would highly recommend The Nail Workshop for all nail biters and for those hard working hands, (you can be so rough and still have nails). I would also like to wish Sarah all the best in her business and a big thank you.

Mrs. Annette Ashford

Acrylic at The Nail Workshop, Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset

I have known Sarah for some considerable time now, she has not only transformed my nails but my life. I had previously bitten them very badly for many years, and had given up all hope of finding someone who was capable of helping. But Sarah is a professional and amiable person, is very knowledgeable about what she is doing, and she has helped me achieve what I thought impossible.

She does my nails beautifully; they have grown to a length I never dreamed of would happen to me, which also enhances my hands. I receive compliments all the time and feel immensely proud, all thanks to Sarah.

To put my hands and nails in the hands of Sarah, is the best thing I have ever done. So it goes without saying, I would give her my highest recommendation.



I have been going to The Nail workshop for the last 3 1/2 years. Going through an early menopause, and playing the clarinet and bass clarinet on a very regular basis, my nails have not been in the best condition. However, Sarah always keeps them in tip top condition and looking beautiful. Sarah uses Gelish on my nails and I can't imagine my nails without it now!! I receive many compliments and my hands always look beautifully manicured.

Going to the Nail Workshop to have my nails done is a pleasure, the surroundings are wonderful and Sarah is always there ready with a smile and a cup of coffee. My nails have never looked so great, and I would like to thank Sarah for all the time and care she has taken in looking after my nails.



I wouldn't hesitate in recommending The Nail Workshop to anyone - what these girls don't know about nails isn't worth knowing!! I have been using The Nail Workshop now for 7 years and really wouldn't trust my nails to anyone else. The care and attention to your needs is second to none. The nail art and designs offered by The Nail Workshop are amazing and people constantly pass comments on how lovely my nails are - and my friends often wait in anticipation when I have my nails done to see what design, colour or effect I have had done this time!! The atmosphere at the studio is fabulous - welcoming and friendly. Excellent in every way!



Thank you for my beautiful nails and eyebrows they are amazing! I wish I had done this years ago!



Fabulous nails for a year now thanks to Lorraine and Sarah. I no longer have to sit on my hands. As a florist the nais get a hammering but their work stays put. Great nail art too. Can't recommend highly enough.

Susie Edwards


My nails look great! In fact they always do! Only wish you were nearer, Kent is quite a long way away! Great service with friendly smiles and greetings. Would definitely recommend all of their services :)

Victoria Gaymer Wills


I have known Sarah for many years she did the nails for my wedding day they were beautiful I would highly recommend the nail workshop for good quality long lasting stylish nails!!

Lulu Franey


lovely nails from 2 lovely people x

Lynne Cummings


TOTALLY IN LOVE with my new acrylic nails. Never knew they could look and feel so real! Thank you for my lovely new acrylic nails. Perfect length and shape. Fab job Sarah

Amazing job on my eyebrows today, thank you Lorraine - I love them!!!

Emily Harris


I've always had weak nails but after having a set of nails for a holiday, I'm hooked! They lasted the whole holiday and were still looking amazing after 2 weeks. My toes didn't have a single chip on them and looked as good as new after walking in sand, swimming in the sea and pool, and lots of walking. Thank you. Lashes were lovely, a real treat, can't wait to have them done again, it made me feel very glamorous!

Pauline Farina


Lovely lashes for Uni, and I'll keep up with the nail art! I've tried the AH Francis Semi Permanent lashes and the Express lashes and love them both. It's great to wake up with luscious lashes, highly recommended!

Jessica Laverick

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