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The Quandary: How can I tell if a nail salon is really clean and top-quality if I’m dropping in for the first time? What details should I look for, and what questions should I ask?
The Expert in Residence: Jenna Hipp, eco-manicurist
The Advice: “There are a lot of details you can spot right away. First, a quality spa is very conscious about the smell of polish solvents and goes to great measures to filter them out, so you shouldn’t detect a strong chemical odor. Then look around you: Are the floors, walls, and lounge area mopped and free of dust and dirt? There are so many potential places for germs to lurk in a nail salon—more than you want to know. The foot spa can be a huge germ pool if not sanitized properly, so if it’s not scrubbed, rinsed, and soaked with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant before you sit down, don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask the spa to do so.
Another surprising germ hoarder is your tech’s hands. I feel that’s a great sign if she washes hers and asks you to do the same. I also always notice my tech’s nails. If hers are clean, shaped, and presentable, it’s a reflection of the spa’s standards. Ideally, all tools should be sealed in plastic packet or stored in that blue liquid, which is usually a hospital-grade disinfectant, such as Barbicide, diluted with water to create a chemically balanced sanitizing liquid. The tools should soak in there for a minimum of ten minutes to kill germs. One thing that should never be shared or reused is the buffing pad, which can harbor bacteria. If you want your legs exfoliated, make sure the tech uses a single-use buffer or a scrub product with exfoliating beads. And those callus removers that look like cheese grater? Stay away! They’re prohibited in spas since they can cut the skin and cause infections.
During a manicure or pedicure, the only thing the nail tech should clip is truly dead skin that may be stuck to the nail plate or hanging off the nail plate in excess. If she uses a cuticle softener and pushes back the cuticle, in most cases, the dead skin loosens up and can be pushed right off the nail bed without any clipping at all. Also look to see if the paper or terry towels placed under clients’ feet are changed between the cleansing, exfoliating, and polishing process, and that cotton or pieces of paper towel are used to clean nippers and pushers after every digit is cared for.
Lastly, a good way to ensure you’re getting a clean bottle of polish is to bring your own color. But if you get excited looking at all the different colors on the wall, then open up a bottle to make sure it’s not crusty, is easily shakable, and has good movement. When a bottle gets older and is almost empty, it starts to thicken and will affect the quality of your manicure. You can always ask the spa to open up a new bottle. If you still have some lingering doubts about the quality of the place, crowd-source an opinion: Do a quick search on your phone for reviews since it could save you from a potentially bad experience.”
When Jenna Hipp signed on with RGB Cosmetics last year, it was a match made in nail heaven. The self-proclaimed “green celebrity nail artist” joined forces with Gina Carney’s L.A.-based polish brand to create HIPP x RGB Nail Foundation, a four-piece collection of flesh-toned lacquers to match a range of different complexions, thus setting off Spring’s nude nail craze. Neutrals continued their tips tear on the Fall runways—and right on cue, so has Hipp. The manicurist just launched HIPP X RGB Nail Tints, the sheer version of her original, opaque offering. Reminiscent of a tinted moisturizer in that they only pack a trace of perfecting pigment, the Tints are available in the same four hues as their heavier-coverage counterparts. Two coats impart that coveted “done” effect that you just can’t get with 3-D crystals and leopard spot-designs.
Jenna Hipp has been in the business of beauty since she was a teen—first as a model, then as a makeup artist and photography agent, before finding her real calling: nails. Since then, the self-professed “green nail stylist” has accrued quite the celebrity following—Michelle Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin, Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana, and Rachel McAdams are all clients. She’s also collaborated with one of our very favorite nail brands, RGB, on a capsule collection of “foundation shades” (read: picture-perfect nude hues). “I believe in embracing the entire condition of the skin and nails from the inside out, as well as sourcing organic topical products and at-home remedies,” Hipp told Style.com. Here, the polish maven talks about how to green your nail routine, getting hip to “squoval” nails, and why the French pedicure needs to go the way of the Walkman.
Have you always been a “green” nail stylist, or did something specific inspire you to make the switch?
The switch for me came with the symptoms—nosebleeds, rashes, headaches, dizziness, forgetfulness—the realization that I could no longer expose my body to everyday beauty products, cleaning supplies, and perfumes, let alone my nail supplies. It forced me to take control of my health and career for myself and my clients. I had to create a new title that described my newfound green and eco ambitions for the nail industry, and that’s how “green celebrity nail stylist” came about.
What should manicure enthusiasts look out for when picking non-toxic polish formulas?
When a product says “3″ or “4-Free”, they are referring to the carcinogenic chemicals that have been removed from the formula. This usually means formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde resin. DBP (the chemical dibutyl phthalate) acts as a binder to improve the lasting power of nail lacquer, but it’s also been linked to cancer in lab animals. Even though toluene helps suspend the color and creates a smooth texture, it also affects the central nervous system and can cause headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.