Have too many manis and dips in the pool done a number on your nails? Life is hard, and your nails can be too, with the TLC treatment at Pastels Salon.
While we love gel nails (goodbye, smudging and chips), they can sap strength from your talons and leave them feeling weak and fragile, just like their owner on Sunday mornings. Pastels Salon’s nail rehab package is for use in-between applications of your favourite gel nail brand to revive and refresh your digits.
The well-established salon has three branches that all come with their own glowing recommendations and specialists (though at the time of writing, the more intimate Ritz Carlton outpost is having a makeover). We fall in love with the flagship outlet in Al Wasl Road because of its big open windows letting in lots of sunlight. Groom here from top to bottom, with hair, nails, facials and hair removal services.
After inspecting our nails, our technician takes 45 minutes to carefully treat 10 dry cuticles and surrounding skin, using products from Alessandro International. We relax in a comfy chair and admire the empowered female artwork.
A hot towel soak and massage follows to help the nails recoup from their brittle state. She advises us to always moisturised to keep the skin healthy and the nails strong. After a thorough cut, file, cuticle work and scrub, the nails are left natural. Here’s the hard part – so the results can shine for at least 10-15 days, no application of nail polish is advised.
We actually don’t mind going bare, as our nails have never looked so refreshed. However, if you have extremely damaged nails, it’s recommended to repeat the rehab package every 10 days. Individual treatments are AED 155 mani/pedi AED 180. Packages of four sessions are AED 540 for hands and toes AED 620.
Once you do return to your polished glory, the salon has a full palette of Essie colours to play with.
Pastels has branches in Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah; The Ritz Carlton JBR and Mercato Mall. The Al Wasl salon is open daily 9am-7pm (9pm Wednesdays). For reservations, go to www.pastels-salon.com