Local routine - minus the toxins…
Ever since moving to the city, I have fallen into the (expensive) habit of getting my nails done every single Sunday. Nail salons are overly abundant, and it feels fresh and nice to start the week with bright and pretty digits. Little did I know, my manicure addiction was actually contributing to my week immune system. Nail salons are a chamber of chemicals. Nail salon technicians, and their customers alike, are exposed daily to hazardous carcinogenic chemicals which are completely unregulated due to state laws allowing cosmetics and personal care products to be exempt from any review. And the health impacts of this chemical exposure are proven and innumerable. Just think about when you walk into a nail salon; the smell hits you like an oncoming bus.
Determined not to give up my lovely little nail habit so quickly, I researched and found a wonderful natural nail salon, and it happened to be right in my hood.
While more pricy than your basic toxic-infused nail salon, Plumberry uses nail polish and products free of Parabens, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin. Instead of the traditional spa chairs and jet tubs (which are only breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses), they use pedicure bowls that are able to be scrubbed clean after each use. On top of this, they practice on-site recycling and composting of their waste…offer organic, caffeine-free teas during your service…the decor is peaceful and clean…and most importantly, they do a pretty stellar job on my nails.
It is so important to support local businesses like these who are making the moves towards cleaner and toxic free services. The more we give our money to spots like this, the more all-natural options we will then have popping up in the future.