As usual I browse beauty.hotpepper.jp for nail appointments in Japan and was amazed to find a nail salon doing proper original style. Since Disco Nails Shibuya (post 1 | post 2) seriously took off and Nagi Coco has been doing interviews for documentaries on nail art and full page spreads in nail magazines and even traveled to London recently to do a demonstration. They changed locations and their prices (understandably) skyrocketed. I’ve been trying to find another salon that does awesome work but still well priced.
Finally Ava-Rice Nail Salon to the rescue! Their new salon is in Harajuku and is just two women doing great nails in a quiet setting. My nailist Aya Yoshida (instagram) was one of the nicest nailists. I got my nails done the day after I landed and she was so kind to my jetlagged language blunders and was so happy to chat about anything or just relax and sit back. Beyond her niceness her nails are solid. Recently even Momoko Ogihara called out her outstanding skills.
Some of their recent work. Fabulous, right?
Since I was going to Okinawa I asked for a mermaid theme with Jeremy Scott’s Summer collection prints thrown in.
My two inspiration pictures I brought to Ava-rice. Vintage mermaid pictures from Etsy and Jeremy Scott’s Money Leopard print from Spring.
Mermaid and Jeremy Scott Spring nails
TA-DA Mermaid nails even shown on the beach in Okinawa! I asked to change the mermaid’s hair to blonde since I’m a blonde (bias). I really love them and they definitely lasted 4 weeks.
Inside Nail Salon AVA-RICE
Cool cross wall and their tv played in the background. They had dvds of mostly awesome 80s and 90s movies. When I walked in they were playing Addams Family and then after it finished she put in Beetlejuice for me. Two of my favorite and theirs! I love when tastes sync! SUCH A FABULOUS TIME!
When they found out I wanted to take pictures for my blog they kindly showed me their sample trays to take photos of (shown above). I’m so happy they were so welcoming to me. I usually go to two different nail salons each time I visit Japan, but how kind the staff was I had to rebook at Ava-Rice. I really recommend Ava-rice! Of course like any other salon in Tokyo don’t expect English, but if your Japanese knowledge is okay do give them a visit
If you can’t enjoy their nail art in person and book via hot pepper link you can check out Ava-Rice’s their website, tumblr, twitter and instagram are all great!