Can you share some of the nail trends that are on your radar at the moment that we should look out for? We’re seeing a transition from what we refer to as traditional nail art (gimmicky, cartoon characters, 3D) to minimalistic nail art – these are looks that go from subtle accents (texture & foils) to new takes on the traditional French manicures, manicures with peek-a-boo negative spaces and geometric modern designs. This appeals to the modern everyday women.
What should people look for when choosing a nail salon?
· Vigilance around hygiene is usually a good litmus test. For example, look at the nail file. It sounds like a little thing, but scratch marks on a nail file can actually be really telling. If you see a nail file that clearly has scratch marks from being used on someone else, that's super-unhygienic. If a tool pack is open, don't take for granted that tools are being sterilised properly—be an informed consumer and don't be too scared to say, 'how do you sanitise your tools here? It’s important for clients to ask questions. At Tenfold, we implement a one-time use policy. If any tools are used on clients, they are immediately thrown out afterwards.
· 5-free nail polish. “5-free” means the nail polishes are made without formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor or formaldehyde resin. Salons focused on sustainable, non-toxic services tend to be focused on other ethical issues as well.
· Don't get sucked in by bargains, very low prices should alert you that something isn't right. You’re going to have to pay a little more for an ethical / authentic mani-pedi. Fair wages means fair prices. There’s no way around it.
· Consistency is a sign that employees are valued. A regular and recognizable rotating staff can indicate a loyal employer.
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