Namaste’- “I honor in you the Divine
That I honor within myself
And I know that we are
I’ve always been a big fan of the comedy series Seinfeld. Remember the episode when Elaine went to the nail shop and thought the women were talking about her? To find out what they were saying, she brought George’s dad to the shop….being that he could understand Korean….for me, it’s still one of the funniest moments in tv history. It turns out they were making fun of her and she ended up getting banned from the shop! Be sure to check out the video clip at the bottom of this post for a quick laugh! I am sure many of us can identify with Elaine. Women love to getting their nails done and many of us visit the nail shop once or twice a week. Did you realize how many health risks you expose yourself to when you visit the nail shop?
A Toxic Scent
When you walk into the nail salon, your nose is immediately assailed with chemical smells….polish remover, polish, acrylic for fake nails…not to mention the dust when those nails are filed. People who work in nail salons are even more at risk then you. When you get fake nails, manicures, or pedicures, your body absorbs all the chemicals your technician is using. Many of these substances have been proven to be carcinogenic. So what’s a girl to do?
Walk in….feel a sense of peace and well being. Take a deep breath. All I smell is incense. I am immediately offered tea, coffee, or water. I accept and go for the chai. Where am I? I’ve never been in a nail salon like this before. Welcome to Namaste’ Nails in Pompano Beach, Florida (that’s in Fort Lauderdale.) Namaste’ Nails is an all natural nail salon. They use organic skin care products for all their services and a plant based solution for their gel nails, therefore no toxic smell or toxic side effects. In addition to being a nail salon offering facials and waxing, they also provide new age services, such as reiki, reflexology, feng shui, and astrology.
My Perfect Pedicure
I opted to get a pedicure since my finger nails were in such bad shape I didn’t think a manicure could even help! I was led to the back area where they do pedicures by Beatrice. She had me choose a color amongst the three brands they carry… all big-3 free (toulene, formaldehytde, and dbp.) I chose a hot orange color. While they do not have massage chairs, I still felt pampered as Beatrice worked on my feet. When it was done, my feet looked amazing! What a fantastic experience.
Meet Suzanne Weider, owner of Namaste’ Nails
Before I left, I was able to meet Suzanne, owner and operator of Namaste’ Nails. Suzanne had her own salon and was in the industry for years when she began to realize something was wrong. She realized the dangers she was exposing herself, her employees, and her clients to when using toxic nail and skin products. She saw a need for a more natural, safer option and opened Namaste Nails 2 years ago. “If they’re wearing a mask, you should be wearing one too. I actually care,” she says, referring to nail techs who wear a protective covering over their mouth when doing acrylics for their clients. In fact, most nail salons are required by the state to post a warning regarding the inhalation of acrylic dust. The majority of her clients now visit specifically because she uses natural products. The substance she uses for artificial nails is bio-gel and is made from a plant based rubber. It’s the healthiest option for women who want to have artificial nails. I saw her doing this for a client and they looked beautiful…and there was no horrible smell. The soap and lotion used in the pedicures and manicures are natural and organic. While the nail polishes are not 100% natural, they are big-3 free and she plans on having water based polish in the future.
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A day in the life of Namaste' Nails.
Suzanne’s salon thrives on word of mouth…so much so that she has the need to expand and in 2 week she will relocate her shop to a bigger location. This will allow her to offer more services for her holistic clients, including reiki classes, a reiki circle, meditation, massage, and a hair stylist who will use organic hair color. It was a real pleasure to meet Suzanne. She has proven that a heart based business helps you as well as your clients prosper. If you are in the Fort Lauderdale area and want to give Namaste’ Nails a try, visit their website at namastenailsandnewage.com or give them a call at (954) 933-3023. Dawn will be more than happy to make an appointment for you.
Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!
Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review, although my pedicure was complimentary.. This review consists of my honest experiences while at Namaste’ Nails and was not influenced by anything or anyone.