Sister Act: Lim May Shen and Lim May Jian, The Nail Parlour

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January 22, 2014 | BY Demie Tan

In part one of our three-part series on sister teams, we speak to the Lim sisters of The Nail Parlour chain.



if you’re a fan of manicures and
pedicures, you’ve probably heard of The Nail Parlour chain. At the helm of this thriving business are sisters Lim May Shen and Lim May Jian. Sharing similar values and work ethics, these loving  sisters reveal that working together has actually been quite a breeze. 

We met these young entrepreneurs in one of their stores, LUXE by the Nail Parlour in KLCC for a candid chat on their working relationship. 


The sisters work closely in determining the direction of the business. They reveal that they work closely with suppliers in the United States and are planning to bring in more exclusive products, from hand lotions to nail polishes. But having said that, there are certain aspects of the business that are off limits to each other. 

“I am honestly horrible with all the finance and strategy planning, so May Jian handles this. I lean more towards the creative side so I do the marketing operations and new product development,” shares older sister May Shen. To this, May Jian adds, “This really is the perfect combination. It’s a complementary working relationship!”

Equipped with an understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, the sisters show that sibling rivalry won’t be enough to stop them from a successful business venture. “To be honest, we see this partnership going on and on. Possibly forever!” says May Shen with a bright smile. 


This article originally appeared in Malaysia Tatler's December 2013 issue (click here to subscribe to a digital version).

Photography: Allan Casal; Fashion styling: Azza Arif; Make-up by Joanne Yeoh from Shu Uemura and hair by Anita from A Cut Above.