If you get your nails done at the salon, then you know the setting. You walk in and immediately are hit by the smell. Take a look at the amount of chemicals that are used. Just try to SAY some of them: “ethyl methacrylate”, “quaternary ammonium”, “toluene” and “acetonitrile.” Now think of not only saying them, but breathing them in! Even if you don’t work at a salon, you likely have smelled the pungency of chemicals. If you look up just some of the chemicals associated with nail salons, you are going to see other key words like “eye irritation”, “asthma”, “dizziness” and “headaches.” The fact is that there are harmful chemicals floating through the air and every time you go into a salon to get a manicure or pedicure, you are breathing them in. So what can you do?
One thing you can do is look for salons that are eco-friendly. You want salons that either completely abolish the use of harsh and harmful chemicals, or at minimum cut back on them. They are out there! Now that there is a stronger health conscious faction than ever, business owners are realizing that they need to set a higher standard. The problem with nail salons though is that they are slow in coming around. The reason though is because of the customers. As customers become more and more aware of the healthier options available to them, they can make wiser decisions.
In today’s world people are becoming more and more conscious of their carbon footprints and what they mean to future generations. Here’s the question though: how do you maintain a quality level of service while still keeping the environment in mind? This is where some searching is going to come in handy. More businesses are becoming environmentally friendly and they are promoting that to the market to find customers with the same valued principles. A simple search online can locate exactly the service you need that has owners who are dedicated to higher principles!
If you are looking for a new salon, ask questions. You want to make sure that the owners have some understanding of eco-consciousness and can tell you about their plan. Open honest communication about what they consistently do, should be telling of what their level of knowledge is in terms of eco-consciousness. As a consumer, supporting businesses that offer eco-friendly options is a great way for more of them to pop up in the market. Although there are short-cuts around being eco-friendly, more and more people are realizing that they need to be aware of the world for generations to come and do what they can do NOW to protect it. Nails salons a pose a big problem due to the amount of chemicals that run through their establishments on a daily basis. Not only do they harm the people breathing them in, but their disposal harms the environment. Remember that your nails should look good, but you don’t want to sacrifice health and wellness for the beauty treatments you put them through.
Anya M Dee