Polished by Navi … beauty with a beautiful story

Oct 3, 2018, Author: Bianca Spinner

We recently visited Tanaz salon, our all-time fave and stumbled upon their newest addition inside the salon, Polished by Navi. A beautiful antiquated style nail bar specializing in Mani’s and Pedi’s, acrylic and gel. Now, because October is Cancer Awareness Month, we thought we would shed some light on this inspiring business.


Whilst being pampered at this brand-new salon, we sat down with 28-year-old owner Nerina Gurie who was born in the small town of Umkomaas on the south coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Nerina moved to Johannesburg six years ago upon the completion of her Bachelor of Commerce degree to be closer to her sister Navina – they were inseparable. However, devastatingly their world transformed in November 2014 as Navina was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Medical doctors gave Navina 3 months to live after her diagnosis; Nerina says “After getting other opinions we decided to give other oncologists, a try to assess her and we were given hope from Dr Owen Norsworthy from the Donald Gordon Medical Centre. My sister became the living miracle in every aspect. She fell pregnant and despite being cautioned against having the baby she soldiered on and gave birth to her miracle son Veer Ajay in July 2015 whilst undergoing treatment. She turned her 3 months into more than 3 years.”


Sadly, she passed on in December 2017 at the tender age of 30 but through the tears, darkness and heartache, Nerina says she always kept in mind the dream that she and her sister had, which was to open up a nail bar of their own one-day. So bravely Nerina left the corporate world to fulfil their dream: “I have named the nail bar after her, it’s called Polished by Navi and when I walked into this space I knew that it was perfect. The ambience, the look and feel… vintage with a modern touch…it’s everything my sister was. She was an old wise soul in a young, vibrant body.”


51 Corlett Dr, Illovo, Sandton

067 130 8307

Instagram: @polishedbynavi

Facebook: @polishedbynavi

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