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If you’ve gotten even one nail service in your life, you know the drill. All technicians start by soaking nails before manicures and pedicures, then they proceed with the trimming, filing, polishing, etc. But as it turns out, that first step we’ve all been conditioned to expect (the warm, relaxing water bath) is actually a major faux pas. To get the low down on soak sessions, I sat down with Carolann Sanchez Shapiro, founder and CEO of Can Can Parleur, an organic, waterless salon in West Hollywood.
Shapiro tells me there are so many risks involved with soaking your hands and feet at a salon, but very little benefits. As an avid beauty junkie, I enjoy going to a salon and dipping my feet into a hot tub of water. The feeling of a foot soak, followed by some scrubbing and massaging, is really unbeatable. However, I’ve always been somewhat aware of possible risks. I once read about a woman contracting an infection, because it’s virtually impossible to clean in between each jet. But until now, I never thought twice about sticking my feet or hands in a pretty water-filled bowl or jet-less tub.
There’s no need to soak in water — there are no added benefits of it.
But why skip the soak all together? “There’s no chance of a client getting bacteria or a fungal infection,” Shapiro says. “[Skipping the soak means] cross contamination is completely eliminated.”
When I sat down for my own mani and pedi at Shapiro’s salon, technicians sprayed my hands and feet with an antimicrobial and antifungal spray, then wrapped them up in a hot, essential oil-infused towel. I got that same relaxing feel of a soak, without the thought of stewing in the previous client’s bacteria.
Of course, some salons are cleaner than others, so if you’re not worried about contracting bacteria at your go-to spot, you should still know that fungal infections aren’t only contracted in a salon, but just by soaking in general. “Water causes your pores to open, and when you apply polish on a nail with open pores, the polish will lift and it won’t last as long,” Shapiro says. Aside from risking a chipped mani, she explains it’s also “another way you can get a fungal infection. Once the polish starts to lift and you’re in the shower, that water starts to settle underneath the polish.” Before you know it, the moisture under your polish will become a breeding ground for fungus. Gross!
Salons are wasting 15 gallons of water per manicure and pedicure, including the washing of tubs.
If that’s not enough to deter you, there’s also the impact salon soaks have on the environment. Shapiro passionately shares how she has made a commitment to conserve water in her home and business. “Water is an amazing commodity. Here we are, where salons are wasting 15 gallons of water per manicure and pedicure, including the washing of tubs,” she says. “Especially in California, where we’re back in a drought, I’m really against wasting water.” She also adds that there is essentially no water regulation when it comes to businesses, so salons are free to waste as much as they see fit.
To recap, skipping the soak at your next salon visit will not only be great for the planet, but it prevents cross contamination from the client before you. It also reduces the risk of contracting a fungal infection during and post-service and helps your polish last longer.
I have to say, after receiving the waterless services myself, I didn’t really miss the soak. It’s been over a week now, and my mani and pedi (both painted with clean polishes) are still going strong. Though it doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment now, just know that polish doesn’t usually last more than a couple of days on my nails. And now that I think about it, I’ve always soaked my nails before all those other short-term paint jobs. *Insert pondering emoji here.*
Can we do manicures and pedicures for an entire wedding party? Yes we can and we have. You just have to schedule ahead to make sure we have enough people to work on your wedding party with the least amount of delay. Obviously we are limited by the number of technicians, manicure tables, and pedicure chairs we have
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A local hospital is holding a walk-in session for women needing mammograms, and the event has a free twist.
Getting a mammogram is not the highlight of the week for most women, but tomorrow, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital on South 54th Street in West Philadelphia is offering a walk-in mammogram clinic with an extra: free manicures.
Whew.. Thanksgiving is over. Christmas is the next big holiday. We had such a rush at Thanksgiving that it’s only fair to mention that you should plan your manicures and pedicures ahead of time to avoid being disappointed.
This year for Thanksgiving we were closed on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, and the following Friday. The day before Thanksgiving was crazy. We had more people wanting manicures than we would handle. The entire staff went home exhausted. We had requests to do nails and pedicures on Thanksgiving day as well but since everyone was already committed to family and dinners had no staff willing to come in that day. The next day, Friday has always been dead so we stayed closed. Judging from the number of messages on the phone however it looks like a lot of people were trying to see if we were open. Apologies, we should have updated our recording to let you know.
Christmas is coming so we are going to try to get the word out earlier so that you can get your manicure or pedicure and look stunning this holiday season without the last minute crunch. We will be closed some of the holiday and will let you know what those hours will be.
LA Nails 1 is a Utah Nail Salon. So what you may say. Does that make it any different from a California Salon or a Nevada Salon? Yes it does. Let me explain.
The tastes and values of the people in each State are slightly different. In California clients tend to like flashy more showy nails. In a Utah nail salon people tend to be more conservative in their tastes. We see more French Nails and solid color manicures than we see off the wall flashy colors and design.
Feather nails and pictures of family members on nails hardly ever are requested in Utah. Beads are rare too. The people of Utah tend to like simple and clean designs and colors for their nails. Reds and blues and whites are the most popular colors followed by yellows and greens.
Nail design is starting to get traction but the vast majority of Utah nail customers want solid colors. We’ve noticed that the younger a person is the bolder they want their nails. Older customers tend to want the tried and true and do not often vary their choice of color. Younger people like to try new things like magnetic nail polish and nail art.
A factor of course in the choice of colors and design for nails is your work. If you are a customer service person that must deal with the public your employer may not appreciate or even may have rules that prevent bold and flashy nails. Of course you could always sneak in a flashy design during Halloween or perhaps another holiday.
If you want to be different in Utah go for nail design, flashy colors, or magnetic polish. You’ll stand out from the crowd and everyone will notice your nails.