Shopwatch: WAH Nails

November 1, 2010

Daily Digest, Hair & Beauty

Shopwatch: WAH Nails

Alexa Chung’s must have manicurists WAH Nails opened in Dublin last week.

Finally, there is one thing in Harvey Nichols Dublin that we all can afford – WAH Nails, the London-based salon and resident nail bar in Topshop Oxford Circus, launched just in time for Halloween.

Since opening in the East London only a year ago, WAH are now cult nail artists to stars such as Myleene Klass,  Pixie Lott and Lady Gaga and looking at the pics here, you can see why. WAH promises to “translate fashion trends into fingertip art” and having a WAH manicure is the most delightful experience.

Behind Britain’s coolest nail salon is Sharmadean Reid who said at launch that “The Irish girls really love taking care of themselves so I hope we can add that extra touch to their beauty regime.

WAH Nails was born from my love of graphic nail art and my inability to get truly fashionable nails at my local salons – my nail artists pride themselves on creativity and a can-do attitude when it comes to your designs. We’re really excited to expand further afield and let non-Londoners have the infamous WAH experience.”

Favoured by fashionistas for its Marc Jacobs inspired patterns and leopard print designs, all art is painted free-hand without stencils or airbrushing. Adventurous ladies can choose coloured acrylic tips or MINX polymer heated coating, while budding designers come in with their own drawings and allow the WAH team to do the hard work.

The launch was run in association with and on the night I chatted to Kirstie & Lynnie (, Lee ( and Sarah and Christine from Johnson & Johnson.

With nail art including manicure starting at €45, WAH Nails seriously funked up the fingertips of the glam attendees… Unfortunately for me though, I drove there and got stuck in rainy traffic hence arriving late to a super mega  manicure waiting list so went home empty handed. But just like Arnold Schwarzenegger said in Terminator, “Hasta la vista baby, I’ll be back”.

Update 3 December 2010: Finally had my WAH Nails manicure. I chose the red leopard print one which some say looked more like ladybirds.

Leopard print Wah manicure

Close up of my manicure

WAH Nails, Ground Floor, Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16. Tel 01 291 0424 Email: DUBLIN@WAH-NAILS.COM

See the social pics from the launch.

The Menu at WAH

Image credits: WAH

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