WAH Nails review and Tutorial

Today I have for you a review and nail art tutorial for you featuring some lovely WAH London Nails products kindly sent to me by Birchbox.


WAH started life in 2005 as a London-based fanzine about girls in hip-hop, championing those that were contributing to the music and clothing scene and providing a space for a new wave of street savvy feminism. In 2008, founder Sharmadean Reid, who had a hunch that the nail art she and her friends had been wearing for years was about to hit the mainstream, decided she was going to open her own salon that catered to all tastes. On August 1st 2009, WAH Nails opened its doors in the East End of London, and within a year had launched a salon within Topshop Oxford Circus as well as Harvey Nichols in Dublin. As well as their very successful salons they now boast a full range of nail products from the polishes and nail art pens I feature today, to tools and vibrant, fashion-forward press-on nails.

I decided to create a simple atzec design using the products I was sent. It’s easy to reproduce, taking just 15 – 20 minutes, so perfect for the nail art novice like myself, but looks very effective and would look great at Summer festivals.


1. Firstly I applied Builders Make The Best Boyfs Concrete Effect (RRP £9) polish, which I got in May’s Birchbox, to the whole of my nails. This provides full coverage in just one coat and is very quick drying. This particular polish dries to a rough finish which I thought would contrast nicely with the glossy polish I planned to use for the rest of the design.

2. Next I used Dry Throat (RRP £9)*, a glossy mustard yellow polish, to paint a broad stipe down the centre of each nail. This polish required two coats but again dried quickly.

3. Once the polish was dry I took the navy blue Nail Art Pen (RRP £7)* to outline the yellow stripe, as well as creating an aztec design in the centre of the stripe, made up of triangles and dots.

4. Finally I applied a glossy top coat to the stripe in the centre to smooth it out and really it contrast with the roughness of the concrete effect polish.

Of course you can use any coloured polishes for this look, even pastels would lend themselves to it if you wanted a softer finish but with a little bit of an edge.


The WAH London polishes are very impressive, with a smooth, quick-drying finish and a wide brush that makes application quick and easy. The Nail Art Pen has a fine nib perfect for delicate designs, simply squeeze the tube to get the polish flowing and then use as you would a pen. For larger stripes and patterns you can unscrew the nib which reveals a brush. The pen has a lovely steady flow and was easy to use from the off, which was a pleasant surprise as I expected it would take a little practice. Granted my lines are a little wobbly and doing my right hand proved a little more tricky but for my very first attempt I’m very pleased and it has definitely inspired me to try more!

WAH London features inside this month’s Birchbox, with every subscriber getting a full size product in their box, and you can also grab WAH products at selected retailers or through the Birchbox shop. If you received a WAH Nails product in May’s Birchbox, why not give some nail art a go and share the results on Instagram or Twitter using the #BirchboxLovesWAH hashtag.

*PR Sample

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