The art of beautiful nail colour at Koztellos

I must admit I’m not very good at looking after my nails. Every nail polish I’ve ever tried has tended to chip or start to peel off within a day or two, and I end up getting fed up and removing the whole lot - with the result that the majority of the time my nails simply go ‘au naturel’.

With one exception - the few times I have had Shellac nail colour done, I’ve ended up marvelling at the shininess and the longevity of the colour, and promising myself that I would treat myself more often!

So I was delighted to hear recently that Koztello Hair & Beauty Salon, well known as an innovative salon, has introduced a resident beautician who specialises in nails, including Shellac and gel nails. With summer just around the corner, my nails were in dire need of some TLC and a pop of colour, so I headed for Koztellos last week to let beautician Hannah Flaherty work her magic.

Hannah offers Shellac and gel nails, as well as file and polish, all in a wide range of colours and at affordable prices. She also offers a choice of nail art designs - call in to view the samples or to have a chat with Hannah about your own ideas.

I settled on a bright burgundy colour which Hannah assured me would be long-lasting and, most importantly, go with everything! She started by shaping and filing my nails, after which she applied a base coat followed by two layers of the colour and a top coat, with each layer set under UV light.

The trick with Shellac, apparently, is to apply the colour in thin layers, and Hannah was meticulous - there wasn’t a drop of burgundy out of place by the end of the process. I went on my way admiring my brightly coloured, shiny nails, and was amazed to find they were flawless and free from any chipping a whole week later - truly the longest lasting nail colour I’ve ever had.

Hannah also offers beauty treatments and make-up, using the popular Inglot range with a vast selection of high quality products, shades, and textures.

She is available by appointment by calling the salon, and can also take walk-ins. Group packages are available for weddings, hen parties, and special occasions. Contact Koztello at John Broderick Street, Athlone on (090 ) 6471000.

A hair and beauty evening will be held at Koztello Hair and Beauty Salon this Thursday, April 28 from 4.30-7pm. Pop in for free hair consultations, nail file and polish, make-up demos, and contouring and eyebrow demonstrations, with a raffle in aid of the Autism Unit in St Joseph’s Primary School, Summerhill.

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