Beauty Review: Ama Nail Salon

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If you’re looking for a more natural alternative in your nail care, then head to London. Opened in 2018, Ama is the South London namesake salon of session manicurist Ama Quashie. TV Founder Lucy Kebbell went to try it for herself.

Founded by industry renowned session manicurist Ama Quashie, Ama is found on Coldharbour Lane in her childhood home of Brixton, South London. Having spent nearly a decade tending to famous nails for fashion publications and ad campaigns, Ama brings her expertise to a new type of salon. She is proud to offer the basics – manis and pedis – but to her typical high standard. From the beginning, Ama was clear that she wanted to offer kinder alternatives to the normal harsh chemicals found in salons. There are ‘free from’ options available, using brands that are up to 90% natural, 10 free, vegan and cruelty free. You won’t find nail art and fancy gels here, the salons offering reflects Ama’s own clean approach to nails.

Naked Pedicure

I am sorry to say that my feet are extremely neglected unlike the rest of me. My strenuously strict skin and body care regimes skip my feet altogether. The inevitable result is tired looking feet, dry soles and under conditioned nails. So with a beach holiday just days away, I booked an emergency ‘Naked’ pedicure at Ama. As well as simple, no frills manis and pedis, Ama offers a great range of treatments. If you want a non toxic gel manicure, this is the place to go. They also offer an A La Carte menu, featuring more specialist treatments that make it simple to make the switch to a more natural nail approach.

The salon itself, a 5 minute walk from Brixton station, is quite small but warm and stylishly decorated. I’m greeted by Shanice who immediately sat me down to begin. We were soon chatting away like old friends. Seated in a luxuriously deep armchair, I soaked my feet, feeling myself finally switching off and getting into holiday mode. Using organic scrubs and oils from Pink’s Boutique, Shanice restored my tired looking feet back to healthy and beach ready. I chose to forgo a nail colour, however you can choose from a range of Kure Bazaar polishes or NCLA gels.


The Verdict

I really enjoyed the music, a mixture of Rhianna, Beyonce and 90’s hip hop, as well as the absence of nasty chemical smells usually found at my local nail salon. Ama’s team are trained by her and it shows, the level of service I received was brilliant. If you’re looking for a stylish salon with a warm atmosphere and an emphasis on natural treatments then this is a must visit.

Naked Pedicure (50 minutes), £25

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