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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.*
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Here is how to order: ( Since it’s late in the season, we can mail them to whoever you like, but they are not guaranteed to get there before Christmas. You can have your recipient come to the salon, give their name, and pick up the certificate, or you may pick it up yourself at 169 E 30 N, American Fork, UT, next to Fresh Market )
Call the salon at 801 756-1980 and order via phone with your credit card or come in and visit us.
Oops… when Kim Kardashian goes to the nail salon she got something she never expected. A return trip to fix a ruined nail job because she tippe a valet and he touched her nails.
What strikes us as strange is she didn’t have the nails dired before she left the salon. Our customers usually wait. Those that don’t take a risk of having nails ruined.
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HipHollywood.comKim Kardashian Takes Trip To Nail Salon, Valet Ruins Her Paint JobHipHollywood.comKim Kardashian spent Friday afternoon taking two trips to the nail salon … thanks to the valet. The reality TV star was photographed leaving a Los Angel …
Utah County turns out to be a great place for a nail salon. La Nails 1 is happy to be here. The people of Utah County are some of the finest clients any nail salon could have. They love manicures and pedicures and we do many of them each day.
Prices tend to be lower for manicures and pedicures in Utah County than in other areas of the country. Go you go to Las Vegas for example and you’ll find that a manicure can cost as much as $55.00, more than double what we charge here. Those are admittedly tourist prices. Those visiting Utah County for nail services are often pleasantly surprised at the modest cost and superior service.
Just last week we had some tourists from Texas that came in. We did their nails and feet and they all left with smiles on their faces. I hope they will come back next time they are in town.
The nail salon business is a very competitive one even in Utah County. People do not realize how many nail salons exist until they start looking. There seems to be enough business for all the salons however. That’s a good sign in this economy.
Sometimes we are so busy we turn away walk-ins. We wish we could do everyone that asks but it’s just not physically possible. Utah County folks want to look good just as much as anyone in the country especially before an important holiday or event.
Utah County used to be a sleepy little area with not much going on. My how that’s changed. We see all the major retailers and restaurants in the area now. You can get almost anything you want without going to Salt Lake City. With I-15 being expanded and all the new housing being built, we will only see an increase in the need for nail salon services in Utah County in the future.
So far we have had no reports of any nail salon customers that have had any damage to their homes from the Alpine Utah fire. That’s really good news. Let’s hope that continues. Here is a shot of the Alpine UT fire from the Provo Airport.
A large brush fire in Alpine Utah is raging as of this writing. A lot of our nail salon customers come from Alpine and we are concerned. LA Nails hopes that everyone in Alpine is safe and that the fire will be contained quickly.
Homes have been ordered to be evacuated. That’s not a good sign. The National Guard is assisting. Let’s hope that they will be able to contain this quickly
One of the surprises of operating a nail salon is the vast area from which clients come. Orem, UT is no exception. Our nail salon is in American Fork, but we see many clients from Orem on a regular basis. Why would that be?
Frankly we are not sure. I suppose we should ask them. A lot of Orem-ites have told us they bypass other nail salons in Orem and come to ours because they like the service better. That’s a very good feeling but I’m not sure it’s true of every client. Some perhaps live in Orem and work in American Fork and before or after work they will get a manicure or pedicure. Rather than go to a spa in Orem they simply drop by our salon. That would make sense.
Others could be looking in the Yellow Pages for Orem nail salons and happen to be attracted to our salon for some reason. It could be when sitting in their favorite hair salon in Orem or tanning salon in Orem and using their smartphone they discovered our website. Who knows! In any case rather than going to a nail salon in Orem we know for sure they are going to a nail salon (ours) in American Fork.
So how far is American Fork from Orem? If you take the furthest distance from our salon to edge of South Orem it’s around 10 miles. It would take about 20 to 25 minutes on the back road like Geneva road to get to the salon. While in American Fork you could shop at Fresh Market, which we are right next to, or go to Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, and even do your laundry. You could eat at many nice restaurants like Thai Village, or Texas Roadhouse and even get coffee at Starbucks.
Sure it’s an extra drive to American Fork, but if you haven’t tried our salon you owe it to yourself to make the drive and experience what you are missing. I know you like us and you’ll like the vast number of merchants in the American Fork area that would make your trip extra worth-while.
We love to have you come to our nail salon to get your manicure. After all that’s how we make our living and we do enjoy taking nails from shabby to glorious. It’s not always possible however for you to go to the nail salon for a manicure. You may not have time. The salon may be fully booked the day you have free. You may wish to save money because funds are tight. Whatever the reason these tips will help you achieve that salon look without going to the salon.
Here are the steps:
As with anything the more you do your own manicures the better you’ll get. Don’t be discouraged the first time. If you have questions on how to do it correctly, just ask next time you are in the salon. We are here to help you.