When you step into a nail salon do you know the manicurist behind the table? Are they educated in what you need or just giving you the basic, with cheap products, not licensed, while not following sanitation and sterilization laws? So when you put your fingers in your mouth after a manicure are your ingesting chemicals and cheap products applied by unsanitized and unsterilized supplies and tools?
Over the last 10 years, the nail industry has seen a decline in quality of service. The explosive amount of salons and shops were sitting on every corner using cheap products that do more damage to the client’s nails than when they walked in. From indentions to fungus, to staph infections, yellow nails in nails, I have seen it all! However, in the last 3 years, with the “run” to improve the environment and move consumers toward being eco-friendly and natural, things are changing! More natural spa’s than salon’s have opened performing natural nail care only while refusing to use damaging products with harsh chemicals. Consumer Trends Watch predicts that “When it comes to green consumption, brands should expect a rise in eco-superior products; products that are not only eco-friendly, but superior to polluting incumbents in every possible way.” So should natural and organic products be more of a concern to you in what your manicurist uses and the products and education they provide to you the client? ABSOLUTELY!
Top 5 Questions: What Do I Look Out For?
- When you enter a nail spa or salon, do they ask you to complete a client form to find out more about how you care for your nails and your health as it relates to your nails?
- Does your service include an consultation and review of your nails
- Does the spa or salon inform you of the products being used to care for your nails? Or do they just use the same general products as the person sitting next to you.
- Are they using natural products rid of toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) called “3 Free”.
- Do they provide you with a home care guide so; you can care for your nails in between visits?
Favorite 4 Natural Products For Nails!
SpaRitual – Sparitual is committed to creating eco-friendly products and packaging perfectly crafted for the enlightened consumer. We use Vegan ingredients from around the world, including many specially sourced and selected plant essences that are wildcrafted OR organic. The formulations are naturally colored and free of synthetic dyes. Favorite SpaRitual Product – SpaRitual Affirming Scrub Masque. www.sparitual.com
Zoya Polish – has been awarded as the longest wearing natural nail polish by an independent panel in Women’s Health Magazine. Zoya Nail Polish is a nail polish free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor. Favorite Zoya Product – Armour Top Coat. www.zoyapolish.com
Farmhouse Fresh – Each product is 88% – 99.6% natural, and Paraben & Sulfate FREE. Favorite Farmhouse Fresh Products – Whoopie! Cream and Honey Heel Glaze. www.farmhousefreshgoods.com
Combat Ready-Balm – skin salve that rapidly relieves damaged and inflamed skin. Combat Ready-Balm is great for those suffering from eczema and psoriasis. www.skincando.com
Since knowledge is power, don’t find yourself revisiting a spa or salon that you have gotten a fungus from, staph infection, “cut up” cuticles or athlete’s foot because it’s cheap! Do your research and protect your nails!