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.