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

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

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 2:15pm

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

How Tippi Hedren Jump-Started the Vietnamese Nail Salon Monopoly

On Thursday, the first installment of “Unvarnished,” the nail salon labor exposé series from the New York Times, laid out many of the cultural and economic strictures that determine the workings of an industry that for many women remains relatively invisible outside of its visible results (“Cute nails, omg”). And,… »5/08/15 11:30am

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

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 12:00pm

This Is the Most Beautiful And Impractical Nail Art You've Ever Seen

The last time I went to get my nails done, I paid $45 dollars for some kind of green tea infused wash that included rose petals, healing crystals and clear nail polish. If that kind of manicure costs almost 50 bucks, can you imagine how much this beautiful disaster must run? How about the person you need to hire to… »8/06/14 9:30pm