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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Tarek Nail Care Center: Impeccable Nails in Maadi
It may not look like much from the outside, but Tarek Nail Care Center is a discreet shop below street level next to Costa Coffee on Maadi's Road Nine that delivers the best manicures and pedicures in Cairo, hands down.
Although its basic decor may suggest otherwise, Tarek Nails is a highly professional enterprise that stocks the latest Dr. Scholls and Goody products along with makeup, jewellery and nail polish in all colours of the rainbow for your casual shopping enjoyment.
The shop, which also has locations in Dokki and the North Coast, is staffed by expert, if nonchalant male and female technicians who deliver quality, long-lasting nail treatments. Full manicures cost 50LE, pedicures 60LE, and colour-only 20LE. The shop also offers waxing (starting at 20LE) and threading (starting at 15LE). For those looking for longer-lasting nail solutions Tarek Nails also offers acrylic nails starting at 250LE. While the ladies who do threading are expert, the cramped treatment area makes waxing a bit uncomfortable.
Visitors should always call ahead for an appointment to avoid being turned away. Although male employees are on hand to execute pedicures, ladies who'd rather stick to an all-female team need only to ask to have this request granted. For those who opt for a new experience, the male pedicurists are both skilled and very respectful of their clients.
Iman is a particularly expert manicurist, applying paint jobs that last the entire week without a trace of chipping. French manicures (at no extra charge) are a flawlessly executed specialty here.
Treatments are delivered in comfortable massage chairs, and all tools come in sterilised plastic wrapping. The foot baths are cleaned with Dettol before each use, so you can rest assured that your treatments will be executed in a hygienic fashion.
The nail polish selection at Tarek Nails is both diverse and on-trend. Choose anything from a classic pink or red, to a trendy grey or blue hue from overflowing baskets sorted by colour. If you colour of choice is running low or its consistency gluey from age, the staff will happily oblige you by opening a new bottle. Similarly, if you accidentally smudge your paint job while it's drying, they are nice about fixing it.
If you’re looking for a clean and professional shop to get a quality manicure or pedicure that will withstand the tests of time and Cairo grime, look no further than Tarek Nail Care Center.
Beauty salons in Cairo are more used as a necessity than a luxury, and can be seen lining the streets of the busy city. For those living a little further out in New Cairo, however, salons are few and far between. With a decent reputation for nail care, Nail Fashion has set up shop in the Downtown Katameya Mall.
Situated on the first floor of building S2, the frosted-glass fronted salon is adorned with sprawling purple illustrations, just like their Citystars branch. Beyond the double doors, an extra frosted glass pane shields the salon’s floor space from the sight of passersby, for extra privacy. Brightly lit, the salon is spacious and airy, with full-length windows stretched across the back wall.
A white and purple colour-scheme is reflected throughout, with a garish, purple leather couch for waiting customers, and white manicure and pedicure stations. On first glance the salon appears clean and sterile, but when looking closer, there are obvious signs of un-cleanliness, and wear and tear in the furniture.
Placed next to the receptionist, the varied nail polish displays are well-kept and orderly, organised into brand and shade. Alongside the popular Orly, OPI and Essie brands, there was also a wide range of longer-lasting gel polishes.
Despite the name, Nail Fashion don’t limit themselves to just nails, but also offer a range of beauty services, including manicures and pedicures, waxing and hair removal, make-up, facials (300LE+) and massages (400LE+). We opted for a full arm (60LE) and underarm wax (40LE), as well as a manicure (70LE) and pedicure (80LE), all of which seemed a little overpriced compared to other established salons.
Beginning with the waxing, we were lead through another frosted glass door to a small private room which appeared clean but a little untidy. Whilst the beautician was quick, a few hairs remained, even after rigorous re-attempts of pulling in the wrong direction. Afterwards, a generous layer of baby oil was spread over our skin, before we were handed a fragranced, scolding hot towel which burnt our fingertips.
Next, we were seated in a comfy armchair in front of a pedicure basin and relaxed as our feet were scrubbed and massaged, before our nails were perfectly shaped and painted. During the filing, we unfortunately suffered a broken nail which was dutifully glued back together so as not to upset their appearance. The same, thorough treatment was given to our hands, leaving us with clean and tidy nails, as well as soft skin.
Whilst the waxing experience wasn’t the best, with almost unjustifiable prices, Nail Fashion employs a team of practised nail technicians, making it one to visit for basic nail treatments when everywhere else is busy.