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The Illustrated Nail arrives at Stunt Dolly Salon

Nail art has come a long way since it's beginnings as a popular past-time within Afro-Caribbean communities. No longer confined to diamante plastic jewels and garish fluoro bling (although it has become somewhat ironic in the 'so bad it's good' category), original nail art has become a focal point within social media from obsessive Pinterest boards to Youtube tutorials. It's popularity is clear, in times of austerity, DIY stencilling, prints, and textures recreate catwalk nails and trends. Followers of fashion crave quick-fix, cheap thrills with instant impact.

Nail art salons have popped up everywhere on the high street, but the girl who's recently raised the bar of the London's nail scene is Sophie Harris-Greenslade, aka The Illustrated Nail. Graduating in illustration from Kingston University in 2009, it was her nail art loving mum who encouraged Sophie to attend nail technician classes. After working in a London salon for a year, and wanting to do more creative nail art, Sophie decided to create a blog of her own designs in May 2011, working as The Illustrated Nail since.

Like the name suggested, Sophie describes her style as illustrative and intricate, having done every print in every colour palette imaginable, she sees herself more as an artist where nails are her canvas and no pattern is too complicated. Anyone who can fit a Mary Katrantzou print in the space of 1by 2cm is a technical genius in our eyes.

Best of all, she now has a residency at new hair salon Stunt Dolly in Dalston, offering her full nail services every friday and saturday. And if her selection of nail art doesn't take your fancy, she can paint a bespoke print of your choice. Sound good? Book an appointment and get yer nails did.

Louisa Lau
21:46 - 13/01/13