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While many nail salons in NYC are plagued by toxic fumes, unsafe working conditions, and repeated health violations, Williamsburg's newest mani spot is in the business of changing that. Well + Good reports that the just-opened pH7 Nail Couture, located at 227 Grand Street, specializes in natural, Brooklyn-made products—and of course, a clean and safe salon experience that definitely does not involve the "toxic trio."
"We noticed that you could go to a nail salon and maybe pay extra for a natural nail polish, but not everything was totally safe," co-owner Ai Ke told the publication. "What's the point of having a very nice natural nail polish but then your nail polish remover or everything else is toxic?"
Manicures at pH7 ($18) use non-acetone nail polish remover, non-toxic base and top coats, lotion by Brooklyn manufacturer Apotheke, and polishes by both indie brands like Sheswai and familiar names like Deborah Lippmann—though you won't find anything Essie here: "You can find Essie at any salon, and we wanted to focus on the nicer natural brands that you can't," says Ke.
And in doing their part to lessen the potential germy-ness of pedicures ($30), pH7 uses bowls rather than stationary tubs, since they're easier for staff to clean.
The salon's modern approach also extends to the decor, which was dreamed up by co-owner Di Huang after taking an interior design class at Parsons. "We wanted to keep everything just simple—an open space that's pretty and bright," Huang says—a look that includes Brooklyn boutique standbys like Turkish hand towels, potted succulents, and mid-century chairs modified for manicures.
· A Sweet New Natural Nail Salon Pops Up in Williamsburg [Well+Good}
· Nail Salons in NYC Are Way Grosser Than You Thought [Racked NY]