A Department of Toxic Substances Control report released Tuesday determined that the mislabeled nail products have the potential to harm thousands of workers in more than 48,000 nail salons in California, and their customers. Christin Ayers reports.
The Toxic Truth About Nail Salons
Walking into the Isabella Nail Bar in Oakland, CA, on a rainy spring morning, I notice a remarkable difference between this salon and others I’ve visited.
No bad nail salon smell. Uyen Nguyen opened her shop in 2008, and it’s one of a number of eco-friendly nail salons popping up around the country. There are no national data on how many green salons exist - in large part because there’s no green certification for this type of business. Self-identified green salons such as Nguyen’s might include bamboo floors, less-toxic nail polish and a living wage for employees.
OAKLAND — Extravagant manicures and pedicures are in high demand these days despite concerns about catching infections at less-than-immaculate salons.
Isabella Nail Bar recently opened in Montclair Village, is designed to offer these beauty services in a sanitary environment, thanks to its founder, Nguyen Uyen, a chemist.
AROUND TOWN: Talk about a rebirth! Just months after J & J Hardware disappeared into the night, literally - the empty Montclair space has been transformed into a cool, new nail salon.