Japanese Gel Nail and Manicure @ Shige Hair Salon

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DSC 00021 | Japanese Gel Nail and Manicure @ Shige Hair Salon
I’m having insomnia now. Couldn’t sleep so I’m going to share my experience of getting Japanese gel manicure at Shige Hair Salon, Plaza Damas.

Upon arriving there, I was greeted in Japanese. It never occurred to me that the place is owned by Japanese since a lot of places in KL have Japanese name but owned by local. I was taken to the upper floor into a small, cozy well decorated room. And this is where I met my nailist, Biju san. She’s a beautiful young Korean girl who speaks fluent Japanese and basic English so there’s not much problem communicating with her.

My nailist - Biju san
My nailist – Biju san
Pretty right?

As it’s my first time doing gel nails, it was a bit complicated knowing that I can customize so many things. Basically, I need to choose the color, the jewels and design that I want. For the design, I chose to let Biju san decide since she’s the expert here.

A variety of nail polish on display
A variety of nail polish on display

So many to choose!
So many to choose!

Nicely decorated price list!
Nicely decorated price list!

DSC 0007 | Japanese Gel Nail and Manicure @ Shige Hair Salon

DSC 0008 | Japanese Gel Nail and Manicure @ Shige Hair Salon

Bling bling jewels
Bling bling jewels

Halfway through the process, the Japanese owner, Akiyo san arrived and stayed with me until I left. That was so sweet of her! I felt like a VIP! According to her, all nail products were flown in from Japan because as an avid nail art fan herself, she tried other brands and felt that the quality in Japan is way better. Besides the product, skill of the nailist is also very important to ensure that the gel nail done can last longer. I have no worries about that since Biju san has 4 years experience in this field.

DSC 0011 | Japanese Gel Nail and Manicure @ Shige Hair Salon

DSC 0014 | Japanese Gel Nail and Manicure @ Shige Hair Salon

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DSC 0017 | Japanese Gel Nail and Manicure @ Shige Hair Salon

My Japanese Gel Nails are ready!
My Japanese Gel Nails are ready!
According to Akiyo san, the gel manicure can last for around 3-6 months if done properly. Many people might complain that Japanese gel manicure is more expensive than basic nail polish manicure but if you’re good in Maths, you’ll realize that the average cost per month is almost the same as basic manicure. Really worth it! What’s great about Japanese nail gel is you don’t need to wait for it to dry! They just use UV light for a few minutes and it’s all ready!

Tadah!! What you think?
Tadah!! What you think?

Biju san and I
Biju san and I <3

Had a nice 1.5 hour chat with both of them about food in Malaysia, Big Bang, Japanese and Korean drama plus so much more! What a happy day indeed! And I totally love their politeness especially when escorting me out 😀

Shige Hair Salon
Shige Hair Salon

Sample of Japanese nail designs
Sample of Japanese nail designs
Shige Hair Salon
C-0-6 & C-1-6, Plaza Damas,
60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1,
Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 603-6201 7368

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  1. Shirley Tay says:

    I wanna be pampered too! Very nice nails 🙂

  2. Tekkaus says:

    Wow…now nails also very high maintenance huh! :p

  3. Mr Lonely says:


  4. suituapui says:

    Not for me, that's for sure. Hehehehehehe!!!!

    1. Charmaine Pua says:

      For you…to see! XD

  5. FiSh. ohFISHiee says:

    she is so sweet!! 😀 and your nail looks so chio

    FiSh @ ohfishiee

  6. Caroline Ng May Ling says:

    I want to get this too!! T.T

  7. Angeline Ng says:

    So many nice nails!! looks like the ones from Cheesie's! 😀

    1. Charmaine Pua says:

      Yah Japanese style ma 🙂

  8. Cindy says:

    Blink blink nails… I cant do blink blink… Only can do one dimensional type… Usually i DIY.. Hehe save $$$

    1. Charmaine Pua says:

      I'm usually lazy to do it myself lol!

  9. Xue Ren says:

    wow! how much is the service? must protect ur nails nicely yeah! 😀

    1. Charmaine Pua says:

      RM 210! Haha yeah I hope to preserve it as long as possible!

  10. Merryn says:

    So nice! I have square nails so I don't think they can be pretty 🙁

    1. Charmaine Pua says:

      Mine is square too!
      Square nails are healthy!

  11. MichLeong says:

    Must start thinking what I want already. lol!

    1. Charmaine Pua says:

      You'll be spoilt by choice I tell you!

  12. Kelvin Tan says:

    Yish. 1.5 hours just to do nails. LOL.

    1. Charmaine Pua says:

      LOL guys won't get it!
      With chit-chatting, time flies 😀

  13. LauraLeia says:

    Wow, the nail art looks really awesome! 😀 Love the little embellishments with the gold ring and other blog, hehe 😀

  14. Hilda Milda™ says:

    Your nails are so prettttty! 😀 How did you get the invited review? So nice leh!

  15. choulyin.tan says:

    wah your nails really look very pretty!!!! 😀

  16. Fer Haru says:

    so cuteeeeeeeeeee….
    and 1.5 hours is fast enough. My friend did her nail for more than 2 hours wtf -.-

  17. Emily says:

    ops stop by ur blog to say hi….emmm I cant see ur photos may be bcoz loading too slow

  18. Emily says:

    U got bling bling finger nails 🙂

  19. j_fish says:

    I just noticed your nails yesterday and I really love them!! X)

  20. Charmaine Pua says:

    Thanks for the compliments my dearies! <3

  21. Smitten ByFood says:

    Hey…I recently tried doing gel nail polish as well. How much does it cost to remove it? I tried removing it but i failed miserably.

  22. Huda says:

    Aww, this was awesome! I want to do one now! 🙂

  23. Maniqure says:

    8 years ago 😉 It is time to dress up your nails again <3

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