Since we are a natural nail spa, we get asked a lot if that means our polish will chip faster or not last as long compared to more popular brands. The answer is an enthusiastic, "Not at all!" At Noktivo we give you the same performance, along with a higher quality of service without the toxic chemicals. Because honestly, you don't need em' to get an amazing mani/ pedi. The key to a lasting manicure of course starts with a quality nail polish line, including top and base coat. Which is why we use the Vegan and 5-Free polish hailing from Southern California, SpaRitual. It gets excellent wear time and durability, ousting their dirty counterparts in the long haul. Of course we can't promise it will hold up if you are getting your manicure on moving day, but, we do have some quick tips from the pros to help make your manicure last a little bit longer.
1. Keep your cuticles and sides of your nails hydrated with an oil or balm rich in Vitamin E. As your nail grows, keeping the area around your nail bed moisturized will allow the polish to smoothly grow forward and not 'catch' on dry skin or hangnails along the way. We love Lulu Blossom Dreamsicle Body Balm enriched with shea butter and grapeseed oil, $10.
2. Wear gloves when cleaning to protect your manicure. Nails expand when submerged in water so the polish will chip as the nail bed becomes larger and then shrinks back. If you needed an excuse not to do dishes, there you go.
3. Wash your hands with a saponified oil soap like castile and stay away from products with alcohol listed as an ingredient, such as hand-santitizers. These dry out the skin and ruin the topcoat. Try Zoe Organics Bath Wash an old world style soap made from oils of coconut, sunflower, castor and mandarin, $12.
4. Reapply a thin layer of topcoat on the second or third day after your manicure to reseal and enhance shine.
5. Use your fingers to type, tap and tie, not your nails. Using your nails as tools is a great idea if your living life as castaway, which if you're reading this, it's pretty safe to assume your not. So save your nails (and your manicure!) by using the pads of your fingers to pickup, open and type things.
Have another tip to make a manicure last? Leave us yours in the comments below.
If you have been on the internet in the past four days, it's pretty safe to say you came across a post about nail salons. A recent New York Times expose on the nail salon industry has generated shock waves throughout the country, and even inspired the Governor of New York to declare emergency measures to protect nail salon workers. I mean, holy wow! As a long-time green beauty advocate and natural nail technician since 2009, I am beyond excited and happy to see these issues getting overdue media attention and in-turn, the regulatory agencies taking the steps needed to create reform. It is with a lot of courage from activists, legislators and advocates such as myself, that the beauty industry will finally receive a long overdue makeover.
To give you a little history, Noktivo began with one mission in mind: to offer beauty lovers in Chicago a cleaner, and healthier alternative to their routine pampering and cosmetic purchases. The United States has not passed a law regulating the ingredients in personal care products since 1938. Yes, you read that right. 1938. To top that, the European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 of the over 80,000 chemicals on the market today. The United States has only banned 11 to date. Currently the FDA is the agency in charge of regulating cosmetics, but due to restraints on resources, loose regulation and simply, lobbying power of larger corporations, the FDA has not been successful in making sure that even chemicals that are known carcinogens (like lead and formaldehyde) are still in commerce. And more than likely, you’ll find these ingredients in your lipstick and nail polish.
So what does this mean for the future of nail salons? Quite simply, it means reform. The phasing out of artificial nail services unless proper ventilation and safety wear is provided, banning ingredients from products that are known to be harmful and taking better care of the workers who take care of our hands and feet. Most of the changes you probably won't even notice. That wonderful scrub will still feel the same, but instead of being made of ingredients you can't pronounce, it will be made with things like sugar, salt, honey and oils like we use here. Nail polish manufacturers will soon be required to remove formaldehyde from their formulas which some already do.
We have been at this natural nail salon thing a long time, but if you can't make it into Noktivo, here are a few tips to go green during your next manicure:
While we understand the concerns these articles raise on the consumer side, the last thing us industry professionals want is for our beauties to feel scared to get pampered. Don't be. These articles highlighted salons that were doing things way wrong, and that is NOT the norm. Plenty of nail salons in your neighborhood are doing things right and will continue to do so. This is just the beginning and rise of something new, welcome to a new era of beauty.
Written by: Jenny Duranski, Owner/ Founder and Green Nail Technician of Noktivo Natural Nail Spa
The team from Noktivo shares tips, tricks and tidbits for greening your beauty routine. <3