If you haven’t yet stumbled across the Soholistic nail bar in Soho, do check it out. I’ve had far too many poor manicures in London, but a recent visit to this boutique shop on Great Windmill Street proved that there’s still hope for those of us who like pretty nails, that last.
Soholistic is part of the Ham Yard Hotel and if you’re staying at this luxe boutique abode, is just a 30 second walk out of the hotel’s front door.
Don’t confuse it with the hotel’s in-house spa, Soholistic Body & Beauty, which is on the lower ground floor. These are two separate places – so keep Soholistic in mind for manicures, pedicures and facial waxing. But if you’re in need of zen-inducing calm, zip over to the hotel afterwards for a full range of facials, massages, reflexology and more.
I popped into Soholistic Nail Bar to try one of their luxury manicures and was greeted by the lovely Nakita.
She filed and buffed and did a damn fine job of the cuticle work which many manicurists all too often skim over or do a lax job of (I also have a strange phobia of the cuticle cutting but I’m always glad for it afterwards).
In between all this, she soaked my nails to soften them, thoroughly exfoliated them and then applied the most deliciously soft almond-scented illuminating hand mask with a soft brush. Oh wow, it smelt good enough to eat.
Nakita then covered my hands in plastic bags before placing them in heated mitts.
She then did a fantastic paint with an OPI varnish. I picked an oh so lovely deep berry colour.
A five minute zap of heat and I was pretty and preened.
But it was hard to leave this shop when Nakita was spritzing the most gorgeous sleep mists and showing me the gorgeous scented candles. They’re all a part of the Rik Rak range by Kit Kemp – the co-owner of the Ham Yard Hotel. The fragrances are absolutely devine. Check out her full collection here.
And the boutique style interiors at Soholistic Nail Bar are just as gorgeous as the Ham Yard Hotel. So I can see why they also hire this stylish little shop out for events.
The Soholistic Nail Bar offers a range of manicures, pedicures, nail art and shellac. They can also do facial threading, waxing and tinting
As I write this, a week later, my purple talons are still looking purple and pretty. And for someone who bashes away at a keyboard every day, that’s impressive.
Try this little spot out – there are good and bad nail bars in London. And this one falls into a separate category. Brilliant.
Thank you to Soholistic for offering a complimentary luxury manicure as part of this review. All views are my own. The luxury manicure costs £50 (60 mins). For more information and the full price list, click here.