WARNING: You’re about to see an image of my feet. For some of you, it may already be too late. My apologies.
Would you believe that in my almost 36 years of life that I’ve never had a professional pedicure?
Sandal wearing season is finally here! Why not kick it off with some colorful toes?
a treehugger’s dilemma
When I was researching salons that would have the privilege of giving me my very first pedi (I’ve got the lingo down), I ran into a bit of a hiccup.
I went to one premium salon and was told that it would cost $60. I asked if they had any non-toxic nail polishes.* With guilty looks on their faces, they said no, but that I could bring my own polish.
I went to a no-frills salon: $28 – I didn’t even bother asking about non-toxic polish.
Then I remembered that I had read a blog post while I was still living in Toronto about an eco-friendly salon in Waterloo. I found the post and called the salon.
Forty bucks and they carried the nail polish brand Zoya, which is free of the top offenders: toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor.
I found my lagom.
tools of the trade
Sure, I could’ve given myself a pedi at home. But I like the thought of that more than the actual execution. Plus, I don’t own the tools required to do the job properly.
Instead, I got to relax while enjoying a Himalayan salt soak and a lovely foot massage.
And I only giggled a few times.
I wrote in this post about picking a signature shade of nail polish per season.**
I went with Zoya’s Haley, which is a bright red with orange undertones. I also bought the nail polish so that I can do touch ups throughout the summer. I’m a one pedi per season kind of girl.
Guess what else I’ve never had in my almost 36 years? A professional massage.
Maybe in the fall . . .
* I realize that it’s difficult to find a nail polish that is completely non-toxic that actually works. For me, it’s a matter of picking the best of the bunch!
** I only wear nail polish on my toes in the summer months. So my per season is really per year.