The vision and dream of the late Navina Gurie Ramlukan was made a reality by her sister Nerina Gurie when Polished By Navi opened its doors to both men and women on the 15th of August 2018.
To give you a little backstory, the beautiful, late Navina was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2014 after which she still soldiered on and went on to have her miracle baby boy Veer in July 2015.
She started treatment shortly after the birth of her baby boy and sought help from every doctor possible, but eventually found results in overseas medicine which brought her down from a 90%+ to a mere 25%, almost close to remission. Her death was a massive shock to her family since her recovery was truly unbelievable and life was finally getting back to normal.
Nevertheless, shortly after her sister’s death, Nerina quit her corporate job to open up Polished By Navi and ensured every detail put into the business showcased Navina and all she loved.
The nail bar is situated in vibrant Illovo, Sandton, nestled in a beautiful building housing a hair salon and beauty salon making it a one-stop spot to get fully pampered.
The sheek vintage theme emanates from everything from the beautiful light fittings to the furniture and colours and the serenity of the bar really does put you at ease whether you’re a newbie to doing your nails or even if it’s just your first time at PbN. The rounded shape of the bar gives it another unique touch making the bar look more inviting and gives it a warmer, more homely feeling.
The pleasant staff consists of Rose and Julia, qualified nail techs who will stop at nothing to make sure that each and every nail is customized to your preference. Communication with your nail tech is a must and both Julia and Rose are so easy going and open to ideas that it really does add an extra something to the process.
Nerina makes it her mission to touch base at the least with each of her clients and make them feel at home. The vivacious, chatty beauty is by far one of the kindest, most giving people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and she truly is just a bubble of happiness. Her cute, preppy vibe can brighten up even the most sullen days and it truly does add a more comforting aspect to the experience.
Polished by Navi is also meticulous about their tools and products. Only high-end products and tools are used by the nail technicians ensuring sterile environments and good quality nails that last no matter what you do.
In such a short period of time Polished by Navi has hosted the likes of Cartier Mzagorski and Karishma Ramdev among other well known bloggers and socialites. Nerina’s aim is to provide each client with the utmost attention to detail as well as give them a safe space to just offload anything on their mind.
I’ve never been happier with my nails, even a week after they still look brand new, they feel stronger than ever (PbN uses a rubber base and acrylic on your nails to ensure no breaking, peeling or lifting). My nail tech Rose, was so careful with my hands not to file too hard or hurt me and paid so much attention to getting my shape and design down to the T.
Oh, and bonus, alltreatments come with a complimentary hand massage, just because!
With incredible service, attention to detail and the best vibe, it’s really easy to see why Polished By Navi has taken off so well and why day by day more and more people are choosing Polished By Navi as their go-to nail bar.
I truly loved every moment spent at PbN and I can’t wait to go back for my next set. Nerina is so accommodating and goes to the ends of the earth for her clients to ensure their happiness and satisfaction.
I can put my life on it that wherever Navina is, when she looks down at all her baby sister has done in her name she feels nothing but pride and happiness.
Until next time