Nail bars are springing up on almost every street corner and every mall.


But beware of their practices.

The Weekend Herald reports that some nail salons are buying cheap nail polishes from the $2 shops and filling expensive brand bottles, defrauding their customers into thinking they are having their nails painted with a long-lasting reputable polish not a cheap polish that will start chipping the next day.

Check the salon to see if it carries a sticker saying that the salon is an authorized dealer of the brand.  For instance OPI, which is one of the top and best brands, supply OPI stickers to the salons using their brand.  Love the OPI names – my favourite red is “I’m not really a Waitress.”   The latest Hong Kong collection from OPI includes Suzi Says Feng Shui and Red My Fortune Cookie.

To ensure you are getting what you want, you can take your own polish with you.  If you are concerned with the hygiene of some of these nail bars, you can take you own file and equipment or make sure they sterilise the clippers etc.  False and acrylic nails are prone to fungal  infection.

Azza at Azza Style in St Heliers, where I have my nails done has a full set of equipment for each client and keeps it separate for each person – an expense for her for each new client, but peace of mind that you are the only one coming in contact with the necessary equipment to give us the colourful and glossy nails we love as fashion accessories.

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