There are manicures, and then there are MANICURES (plus nail tips from the experts)

November 28, 2013

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You might know that I have a strong liking for nail polish. Okay, I lie. I’m a little obsessed with it, and have a huge collection of Essie and OPI that I don’t have enough fingers and days in the year for. But still I buy the latest colours because a hit of a great shade makes me feel better, and it’s probably the one “far out” thing I wear.

I go for monthly manis and pedis because I love the me-time, and because I can’t paint my nails very well, nor reach my feet flexibly. So I leave it to the experts.

This week I tried out the experts at Polish Nail Spa (they’re in Parkwood, Joburg) and I was expecting things to go two ways as they usually do with hair, beauty and nail salons. One, I could have felt uncomfortable around wealthy demanding women, or I would have found a happy non-intimidating spot.

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I’m happy to say I got the latter, and I felt at ease and comfortable immediately. I had a standard manicure and a standard pedicure at the same time, which took 45 minutes. The therapists were great, there was a great selection of OPI colours, and everything was comfortable.

But what blew me away was the personalised packet each client gets, with their own files in, for hygiene purposes. Each time you go back, your packet of files is used. What a fricking great idea!

Choosing a colour wasn’t easy, but I went for navy blue (second from the right) on my toes, and silver on my hands.



And since I’m always after nail ideas and shades, I also asked Polish owner Lexi Reckling about what trends we can expect, and how to best look after one’s nails.

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What are the big nail trends at the moment?

What is so exciting at the moment is that nail trends are more experimental than ever. While “hot” summer colours continue to be bright oranges and reds, layering and glittery colours are huge.

Painting the ring finger a different colour to the rest is popular as well as a French paint with a colour – like a dark grey, a metallic or even dark maroon. Nude is huge – and will continue to be through the next autumn and winter. Overseas, nail art is HUGE. Clients at Polish are a little more conservative so we have not experimented with this yet.

What is your favourite nail polish colour?

My favourite colour is “Lincoln Park After Dark” by OPI – a take on the original Chanel “Rouge Noir”. I wear it in Summer and Winter and find it a true classic staple. I also love a matte pinkish white colour called Funny Bunny by OPI.


What’s the best way to preserve a manicure?

To preserve a manicure is easy if the manicure has been correctly prepped and sealed with a good quality top coat. We use Seche Vite in the salon which is excellent and can be purchased to form part of a “home kit”. I would suggest that and a good quality cuticle oil and hand cream.

What’s the best way to treat feet in summer to keep them looking their best?

Summer is generally when feet need to look their best with all the open toe shoes we wear. I suggest regular pedicures (at least once a month) and some home care. The best tool for this is a good quality foot file that can be used on heels at home.

What are hot new shades for autumn/winter?

The hot colours for autumn/winter are metallics (a heavy metal look), glitter and “shatter” effects as well as Midnight Blue and dark maroon. Nude, as in summer, will also be huge for hands.


Need to know:

Polish: Shop Nr 5
The Parks Shopping Centre
cnr Wells & Jan Smuts Avenue

Tel: 011 447 7952
Email or go to their website.


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