Futuristic chrome finger and toes are currently beloved by the fickle world of fashion, so we took the opportunity to dabble before they go out of style.
In the newly-opened and eponymously titled The Mall shopping centre, the even newer Tao Spa is a haven of relaxation, from its elegant tanker of infused water at reception to the hi-tech salon chairs that pummel and massage us.
One wall is taken up with palettes of more than 600 nail colours, with all our favourite ranges – there’s six brands, including Essie, OPI, CND Shellac.
Our choices as to what hue of chrome we want to adorn our nails with are more limited. There are pink, green, purple and pearlescent shades to choose from. After being soaked, clipped, filed and buffed, our nails are painted with jet black gel that is cured under a lamp. Groomed goth isn’t quite the look we are after, but our beauty therapist explain this is the base for the chrome power, which is sprinkled on, then buffed up to a deep purple shine.
Watching this happen is almost a therapeutic treatment in itself.
With care and attention, no chips appear in the mirrored, high-shine finish of our gel nails for an impressive three weeks.
As well as classic and French, Tao spa also offers trendsetting waterless treatments that skip soaking for supposedly longer-lasting results.
Nails not your thing? The Asian-inspired Tao caters to men and women in adjoining salons and recommends everyone tries its signature Ashi-Bar massage. The 90-minute deep tissue rub-down sees the therapist hang from bars on the ceiling to carefully trample sore muscles into submission. Bonus – there’s 50 per cent off massages at Tao until 7th May.
Our classic mani-pedi combo was AED 140. Add chrome to fingers and toes for a further AED 140.
Tao Spa, The Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road. 10am-10pm Sun-Wed, 12am Thurs/Fri. 056 658 7776 / firstname.lastname@example.org