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'Remi gently buffed away the dead skin with a blend of sunflower seed oil and milled walnut shell'

Essie Spa Pedi at HARI’s

The blurb:

Hair salon HARI’s offers a number of manicures and pedicures to preen, polish and pamper hands and feet. Many of the hair salon regulars save time by getting their nails ship-shape during their hair appointment.

Now, customers are encouraged to indulge in a little more pampering time with their latest launch, the Essie Spa Pedi – a one-hour Essie hydra-surfacing supreme five-step regimen that combines deep exfoliation with intense hydration.

The process:

My therapist, Remi, led me to the tranquil area downstairs for a relaxing foot soak, which included a soothing blend of sea salts (that released a citrus fragrance) and cupuacu butter. Next, Remi gently buffed away dead skin with a blend of sunflower seed oil and milled walnut shell, expertly removed the cuticles, shaped my nails and buffed away some air bubbles on my big toe nail, that, I’m embarrassed to admit, I’d had for years.

Then followed a foot masque (containing calming kaolin natural earth clay and exfoliating multi-fruit acids); a spoiling leg and foot oil massage (with a rich blend of passion flower, rose musk and apricot oils); and the treatment was completed with some foot crème, a luxurious blend of royal jelly extract, shea butter, and precious oils.

Oh, and did I mention the nails? I chose Essie’s French Affair (pastels are in this summer, apparently).

The results:

There’s nothing more relaxing than a good chinwag (discussing languages and the experience of living abroad in this instance) while being pampered. Remi also gave me some practical advice—keep moisturising the ball of your foot, though your skin will naturally be harder where it needs to counteract the extra weight caused by wearing heels. The look and feel of my feet was hugely improved, plus the polish remains unchipped a week later despite arriving at the salon in closed heels.

The details:

Essie Spa Pedi — £50 for one hour. Everyone who books a treatment receives an Essie polish, while stocks last.

Available at HARI’s 233 King’s Road, London SW3; 020 7349 8722; and 183 New King’s Road, London SW6; 020 7731 6062; www.harissalon.com

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