Photography, Concept & Styling DHWANI KATHOTIA

It is not often that you get invited to a complimentary pampering session by one of the city’s most renowned salons. But when do, you jump at the opportunity and grab it of course. When Jean Claude Biguine asked me to come in to try out their Organic Manicures, I was all kinds of excited for my afternoon of spoiling.

The first thing I learnt was that the treatment I was offered was one of the first to consist of completely organic ingredients. The relaxing process consisted of a four step system (Dead Sea Salt Soak, Sugar Scrub, Moisture Mask and Massage Cream); the kind of process after which all you need is to curl up into a long afternoon nap. There’s no doubt why I picked my mani-pedi flavour to be the ‘Milk + Honey and White Chocolate’ one (aah sounds delicious enough to eat!). The idea of this manicure/pedicure was to re-energize through all five senses: touch, smell, sight, taste and sound - trust me it did exactly that!   

While I may not be a big make-up buff, nail paint has always been of interest to me. Constantly trying new colours, and collecting bottles and bottles of reds (the difference in shade probably only visible to me), I see painting my nails as a therapeutic stress releaser. My love-hate relationship with manicures continues as I fondly paint my nails on one night and then curse the nail, colour and pretty much everything else when it chips off the very next. Yes, this cycle happens to me much too often. Fun fact though? The JCB manicure was the ONLY one that lasted me a week almost, furthest I’ve ever been with my manicure affairs.