Sofia Vyas gets striking nails at art-gallery-turned salon SoH Art + Beauty
The Promise This manicure does what it says on the tin: funky little custom designs of your choice painted onto your nails.
Step by Step After choosing our designs, we’re brought a cup of tea and treated to a complimentary shoulder massage. Nails that have been left plain are set first (if you go gelish), before an impressive box of acrylic paint pots are brought out and our nail art painstakingly painted on by hand with minuscule brushes. Technicians take their time to do a good job – and one of our nails, which our technician was unhappy with, was redone.
The Result Our nails look almost identical to our chosen designs. We’re surprised by the intricacy of them and the overall look is fantastic. It’s hard to believe they’re hand-painted and not transfers.
Pros Designs (such as one with a speech bubble) are customisable and nail art is available in gel polish so it lasts long enough to be worth the money. Technicians helpfully suggest designs that will complement one another and the best base colour to go with them.
Cons It’s time-consuming and the usual scrub and moisturise is skipped.
Dhs30-65 per nail (gelish nail art). The Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road, www.soh.ae (04 344 4147).