‘You’re in for the power-mani? That includes a warm soak, a lemon grass exfoliating scrub, moisturiser, nail treatment and polish too…’
Talk about the full monty. Sometimes with the stresses of every day life, it’s easy to forget to step away from work and R-E-L-A-X.
I’m particularly guilty of this.
Being a writer, I spend most of my time typing away, but how often do I look after my hands and give them that extra TLC? Not as often as I should. It was time to treat myself and I had one place in mind that I’d heard great things about – Sorbet Salon.
Sorbet is the largest salon chain in South Africa (with 136 salons throughout the country) and it’s now arrived in the UK with a flagship salon in Muswell Hill, North London. This year it celebrated its 10th anniversary in South Africa and has over 200,000 loyalty members – the brand clearly has a winning formula and I was keen to find out what it was.
Despite being a South London girl, I found Sorbet Salon really easy to find in Muswell Hill. The salon has bright, inviting colours and a plethora of tempting products on the walls…beautyholics, beware! You will definitely be tempted to splurge on pretty things…
A variety of different treatments are on offer – for example, manicures, pedicures, massages, waxes, facials and even gents treatments. You can see the full list of treatments here. The great thing about this salon is the motto: ‘if you are not satisfied with your treatment, you don’t have to pay!’
As soon as I walked in, my therapist Robina was immediately attentive, asking if I wanted a drink and guiding me to choose colours for my manicure. I was encouraged to take my time before sitting down to start the treatment.
The Power Mani is ‘the full works’ when it comes to manicures. It costs a very reasonable £35 for a Power Mani with Gelish. The treatment began with cuticle cream and a gentle soak in fragrant water.
A divine scened lemongrass scrub was rubbed on my hands to gently exfoliate them and not only make them smell lovely, but feel silky soft too.
Fun Fact: Lemongrass is raved about all over the world for its therapeutic benefits – it’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and studies even claim it helps alleviate stress and has anti-depressant properties too.
After the scrub came a handcream before my nails were shaped and filed.
The therapists at this salon are specially trained the Sorbet way – which means each treatment is of the highest standard and perfect attention to detail is given. I mentioned to my therapist that my nails often flake, so she suggested using Gelish instead of normal nail varnish for longer-lasting results and will help protect my nails underneath and support their growth.
My nails were painted with a base coat and two top colours (being placed under a UV light in between). I’m always a fan of sparkle and bright colours – so decided to have magenta nails with my ring fingers sparkly silver.
My hands were massaged at the end of the treatment and I couldn’t have been happier. Robina wasn’t a pushy therapist who made you feel like you were being interviewed the whole time – instead she was focused on making sure I was as comfortable as possible and answered all my questions, as well as giving advice about my nails.
Fun Fact: Zinc and B-12 are great supplements for brittle nails.
Even though it was a while away from where I live, I would definitely go back. I felt relaxed and completely at ease here and came out with super shiny, and ever so glam nails. Excuse the bad pun but Sorbet Salon – you officially nailed it!
You can find out more about Sorbet Salon’s here.
Thanks to Sorbet Salon for the wonderful complimentary treatment. I look forward to revisiting! As always, all opinions are my own…
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