NY Nail Salons Will Now Be Required to Display Workers' Bill of Rights

The New York Times exposé series about labor conditions in New York nail salons continues to produce swift state action: Governor Cuomo ordered emergency measures for the investigation and regulation of salons in the state, there’s been an active local campaign to partner with community groups and city agencies on… » 5/29/15 5:10pm 5/29/15 5:10pm

Hundreds of Volunteers Are Working For #SafeNailSalonsNYC Today

On Thursday, a group of New York City agencies and volunteers are mobilizing to educate nail salon workers, owners and patrons about the rights being denied to industry workers, the legal avenues to enforce these rights, and the actions available to consumers who are interested in reducing the rampant,… » 5/21/15 11:50am 5/21/15 11:50am

Do Not Let Your Manicure Guilt Make This Labor Issue About You

The recent New York Times nail salon exposé and subsequent, appropriate government reaction has come accompanied by a lot of entry-level and highly limiting personal quibbling from manicure-loving women, who are here to remind us of the power of the internet’s dominant heuristic—which is to read something that does… » 5/14/15 1:30pm 5/14/15 1:30pm

Here’s How to Give Yourself an At-Home, Guilt-Free Manicure & Pedicure

Ever since Sarah Maslin Nir’s investigative pieces on the poor working conditions and human rights violations at nail salons, manicure fans might be wondering what the most responsible nail route is going forward. While it’s great news that Governor Andrew Cuomo quickly stepped in, ordering investigations to be… » 5/12/15 3:50pm 5/12/15 3:50pm

Governor Cuomo Orders New Series of Protections for Nail Salon Workers

After the New York Times Unvarnished” series made an entire city of women rightfully ashamed about all the times they’ve ever gotten their nails done, Governor Andrew Cuomo has come in big with an order for emergency measures to regulate and improve the appalling working conditions that have become standard for many… » 5/11/15 9:30am 5/11/15 9:30am

Here's the Shocking Human Rights Cost of a Manicure in New York City

The New York Times has spent the better part of a year conducting a fairly groundbreaking investigation of labor conditions for nail salon workers, and the first installment in their “Unvarnished” series is clear, chilling, and heartbreaking to the last word. Reporter Sarah Maslin Nir starts with a scene of young… » 5/07/15 10:10am 5/07/15 10:10am

How Much Do I Tip for That?: A Beauty Investigation

During a recent trip to Houston, I got a manicure and pedicure because it was spring in the south but the dead of winter in New York City and my toes were not ready for public consumption. As a woman who affords herself few mani-pedi’s, I’m never sure what to tip so I texted two girlfriends and asked. But when I gave… » 4/06/15 2:30pm 4/06/15 2:30pm

Fresno Is the Place to Be for the Young and Fabulous

When creating a list of cities in which you would someday like to live, Fresno, Calif. may not make your top ten; actually it may not even break your top 20. You may have never even heard of it. I've lived in California almost all of my life (shoutout to Moldova, though) and I didn't hear about Fresno until I was in… » 1/04/14 3:07pm 1/04/14 3:07pm

New Nail Salon for Men Is the Manliest Place on Earth

As everyone who has ever seen a television commercial knows, one does not simply use a gendered product that's been assigned to the other gender. One must wait until a marketing team devises a gender-appropriate version, and then rush out and throw money at it. This is why we have steak houses for women and why we… » 10/25/13 2:20pm 10/25/13 2:20pm

The Finger-Flagging Manicure for Ladies Who Are Into Ladies

You are walking down an aisle in a grocery store. You see a woman in a cashmere twinset, flattering khakis and a sensible bob, pushing a cart with a baby in the seat. Nearby is another woman with long, shiny brown hair, a French manicure and immaculate makeup, wearing impractically high heels and gold bangles. Another… » 9/28/12 12:25pm 9/28/12 12:25pm

How to Give Yourself A Shabby Chic Antique Manicure

Are you ready for a nail DIY? This project explains how you can layer fabric paint over nail polish to achieve something akin to those "antique" and "distressed" paint effects that are so popular on home-decorating programs. (You know the ones where some hyperactive blonde is always convinced that what this suburban… » 7/13/12 7:15pm 7/13/12 7:15pm

How to Master the Art of Ombré Nails

Ombré patterns have been everywhere as of late. The French word ombré means "shaded," and in fashion it refers to pretty much anything that starts out one color and then slowly morphs into another. We've weathered trends for ombré hair, ombré clothes, ombré fur — last summer I even showed you how to ombré dye a scarf.… » 3/30/12 6:00pm 3/30/12 6:00pm