My prayers have been answered – there’s finally a Japanese nail salon in Manila! Kiyosa Japanese Total Beauty specializes in intricately designed Japanese gel nails that can last up to 3-4 weeks. They’ll also be offering Japanese eyelash extensions soon.
I’ve always been a firm believer that nails, apart from hair and make-up, play such a huge role in achieving a perfect, put-together look. Japanese nail technicians are some of the best in the world, and some of these “nailists” (as they are more commonly called) even have to pass an exam to get a license to do other people’s nails.
Nails are definitely serious business in Japan! There’s such a thing as annual Japanese nail awards that are given to celebrities with the best nail art. Past winners include stylish artists, idols, models and talents such as Koda Kumi, Hamasaki Ayumi, Masuwaka Tsubasa, Nakamura An, Rola, Itano Tomomi, Nishino Kana, Tsuchiya Anna, etc.
What I love about Japanese nail salons is that they always emphasize that proper techniques are needed in order to keep nails healthy and in tip-top shape. It’s not just about making your nails look as pretty as possible, but also making sure that your nails won’t turn out bad in the long run. Sound familiar? Japanese skin care products more or less have the same goal. Short term, temporary solutions and “cover-ups” to beauty problems are a big no-no! Treat your nails like skin!
I found out about Kiyosa while my boyfriend and I were driving around the BHS area. I never got around to try it until now, but I’m glad I found time to do so a few weeks ago!
So reminiscent of the nail salons in Japan. Clean and modern interiors with good lightning.
Here are some of the designs that they can do. Everything is perfectly hand-drawn.
Love this set! The simple, light-colored ones are so me!
They have different options (which they call courses) for their customers, depending on the desired result.
The most basic course is called Course 60 (because it would take around 60 minutes), which is only one color, french or gradation. I got Course 75, glitter line or stone art on a simple base. Course 90 is simple art on a sophisticated base, while Course 120 is 3D art on a luxury base.
You’re not just limited to the designs they have on display. They have the latest Japanese magazines if you need any more references. You can also show them a photo from the Internet, but customize the colors according to your liking. The Kiyosa experience then becomes a collaborative effort between customer and nailist.
Sometimes they would give you special discounts and extras (like foot baths and massages) if you get a particular design done on your nails. Right now, they have a sunflower and fireworks set to celebrate the summer season in Japan. I would’ve loved to get the set price, but the rainy day designs were too sparkly for me, lol.
Most of the time, you can also get discounts if you bring a friend with you, or post the results and tag them on Facebook or Instagram! I can already see myself bringing my mom or Crissey here for an afternoon pampering sesh.
Some of these wedding nails are my kind of nails, especially the one above the picture on the left. You can definitely have these done even if you’re not getting married any time soon!
Nail art for your toes! They’re still promoting their S/S designs, thus the bright and pastel colors. Can’t wait for them to come out with a different display for F/W!
They use acegel, a popular Japanese brand that specializes in gel nail art. The brushes they use are also acegel.
These are the two colors that I chose! Can I be any more predictable? The white-ish color has the prettiest gold speckles in it!
My nailist, Kawachi Haruna-san! She is the best!
She made drawing the houndstooth pattern look so easy. All the lines were so precise!
The final result! Peach-pink and gold-white with ring finger houndstooth accent and square nail charms. I originally planned to go gingham instead of houndstooth since I’m still not over EMODA’s Pin Up Lady concept, but my love for houndstooth reigned supreme.
You know how some nail salons’ gel nails peel at the base/cuticles after a few weeks? No signs of damage and dryness here even after 2 weeks. My nails look exactly as they were when I first them done. The nail charms are still perfectly in place, and even if you try to remove them on purpose, you can’t, lol.
Japanese nail salons charge a hefty price compared to regular nail salons, but you’ll be able to save a lot in the long run because of the wonderful quality and total time saved. I always get gel nails when I know I’m going to be busy for a while. If you’re always on the go, I recommend Japanese nail art!
Kiyosa can also do designs as complex as these. Talk about real nail art. These are manager Shimoji Rie-san’s nails. They still look perfect after almost 3 weeks!
With the Kiyosa staff! If you plan to drop by any time soon because of this blog post, please let them know I said hi!
Kiyosa Japanese Total Beauty (+63-2) 805-8888/0939-9158888 Ground Floor, F1 Hotel, 32nd Street. cor. Lane Q, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.