Flash your feet with confidence thanks to these pedicure tips from the feet and toe experts
Dubai’s fabulous winter weather means that unlike in colder countries, feet aren’t hidden away, encased in man made fibres, but are permanently on display in summer sandals, beaded flip flops and such. Sadly some of the feet we have seen on the streets have been in dire straits. It’s harsh to say, but uncared for and unkempt, some of the extremities we’ve witnessed have been enough to make us retch. And that’s just the women’s feet: don’t even get us started on the men’s because you won’t be able to keep your breakfast down. But why mistreat your feet? Firstly think of all those poor, unsuspecting souls who actually have to look at your foot flesh. Secondly, there’s no reason why monthly (make that weekly) manicures and pedicures shouldn’t become standard practice as unlike elsewhere in the world, here in Dubai both are blissfully affordable. What’s more, we would go so far as to argue that the obligatory mani/pedi leaves you feeling more groomed than all the other beauty procedures (read: masks, scrubs and the sort) put together; it’s almost part of your outfit…
So who does the best foot makeover? Since touching down in Dubai 18 months ago, we have relied on the services of N.Bar and Nailstation – both of whom do a decent pedicure – so regularly that our toes now feel naked if they’re not coated in pillar box red. But word recently reached us that there’s another glittering addition to Dubai’s booming nail bar scene in Nail Moda over at Wafi Mall ; yet another reason to visit the new look Pyramid shopping complex if you haven’t already done so.
Located next to Noodle House and Cleopatra’s, Nail Moda is a decadent, candy coloured salon whose Barbie-esque pink walls and furnishings render it a temple of female hedonism. It’s the perfect place in which to do nothing (exactly what we needed following a frantic and frenetic festive season) other than to sit back and subject your nails to an MOT. Staff are bright and inviting and the salon’s own best advert; each and every nail technician boasts immaculate looking nails that would do a diva proud.
Once inside, you’ll be asked to choose your shade of polish and chances are you’ll be dazzled by the display. Nail Moda boasts some great colours and with so many fun options in all hues of the rainbow, the trick lies in choosing from a list a mile long. However, we recommend sticking to the bright shades; in fact the brighter the better. The fun sounding ‘fishnet stockings’ got our vote and it was decision that was met with approval by the friendly Filipino therapists. Not only does a cheerful shade of rouge serve as an instant mood lifter while complementing a light tan, but it’s a damn sight more practical too. No matter how tempted you are to play it safe with the neutrals, they’re never as good for keeping feet looking clean in the face of a battering from the sun, sea, sand and grime of Dubai city stress.
Once you have picked your polish and sunken into your seat (which magically massages your back), settle in and enjoy the music videos (on our visit, a Latino vibe prevailed as we watched J Lo and Ricky Martin strut their funky stuff on the huge plasma screen) while two technicians simultaneously begin work on your hands and feet. Dead skin scraping, cuticle clearing (don’t panic – it’s all terrific, not terrifying) are the name of the beauty game before polish is applied by therapists with hands so steady as to make Petr Cech look shaky. And in around 45 minutes and approximately Dhs115 later, you’ll be left with fab not drab hands and flip-flip fabulous feet. Translation? Even the time poor and budget conscious now have no excuse for not having baby soft heels…
Nail Moda is located on the first floor of the new extension of Wafi City Mall. To book an appointment call 04 327 9088, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nailmoda.com. In addition to manicures and pedicures, waxing, threading, tinting and massages are also available.
Nail know how
Time Out asked Nail Moda manager, Diti Mistry, to share her top five ‘finger tips’ for nail styling at home.
Shape up! When shaping your nails, always file in one direction and follow the natural shape of the nail. And always use a glass or crystal file (available to buy in Nail Moda) rather than an emery board.
Buff stuff By buffing your nails, you’re making them smooth so that polish goes on more easily.
Base note Use a base coat to protect nails against staining and to help strengthen nails. Today, there are many different base coats on the market – for example rehydrating base coats; great for nails that peel.
Paint job When painting your nails, paint in one direction – ideally from the bottom of the nail to the top. It’s a good idea to start the first stroke in the middle of the nail and then move to the sides. Wait for the polish to dry before adding a second coat. To make sure that your nail colour doesn’t bubble, shake the bottle upside down before applying the polish.
Monthly maintenance To keep your cuticles in good condition and for generally stronger, healthier looking nails, be sure to book in for a monthly manicure and pedicure at a professional nail salon.
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Matt Nov 18, 2009 11:31 pm
Very informative. Crystal files are fine but any 100 to 180 grit file used with the correct technique and angle can work just as well and NEVER shake your polish, intead roll the bottle between your palms to avoid bubbles in the product.