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Mohandiseen, Cairo, Egypt.
The Nail Spa: Indulgent Nail Spa in Mohandiseen
Getting a top-notch manicure in Cairo is never an easy task, but hunt hard enough and you'll find it. In search of some quality nail treatments and the new 'Caviar' polish, we headed to a very pink salon in Mohandiseen, aptly named the Nail Spa. Recently refurbished, the establishment is spread out over two floors of a building on the quiet El Fawakeh Street.
We walked in early evening without appointments and requested one mani-pedi (120LE) and a full set of Caviar for our fingernails (15LE/nail). A change of polish costs a reasonable 25LE. While seated in the pink-themed ground floor lobby area, we noticed a range of imitation bags and purses for sale, conveniently displayed next to the white leather couches. We didn't wait long though; the receptionist quickly allocated us our nail technicians and directed us upstairs.
Noticing we'd come with a companion, they seated us next to each other on large, comfortable arm chairs in front of the pedicure basins before offering complimentary refreshments of tea or coffee. Two technicians worked on each of us; one started with our feet whilst the other concentrated on our hands, making us feel both fussed-over and relaxed. During the thorough treatments, our nails were cut and filed into shape, our feet and hands were exfoliated and massaged, and our cuticles and dead skin were cut right back.
After the pedicures were well under way, we realised that the collection of nail polishes were inconveniently displayed downstairs and that we should have chosen them in advance. Never-the-less, without too much fuss, we headed down and grabbed a selection of bright colours from their diverse and vast collection of nail polishes, which were then carefully applied to our toes with a base and top coat.
After slipping on some foam flip-flops, we were led to a table to have the Caviar applied to our fingernails. There were a range of colours – bright, metallic and pastel – with the option of mixing three colours together. We opted for a typical mixture of bright pink, pale pink and white, which ended up looking like a type of candy. The technician took her time and made sure the Caviar was patted down correctly and sealed with a hard top coat. We couldn't blame the application process for the fact that Caviar never seems to last more than a couple of days before it starts chipping.
As well as nail treatments, the Nail Spa also offer acrylic nails, full body waxing for around 200LE, sugaring and threading, but booking these treatments is recommended.
Our overall experience at the Nail Spa was both relaxing and gratifying, with the friendly and welcoming staff producing fine-tuned and neat, quality results.
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.