I love getting my nails done, especially with my daughter, and I’m always on the lookout for innovative, less toxic options for our manis and pedis. To that end, we’ve found a great selection of chic, eco-friendly LA nail salons with luxurious offerings that won’t break the bank. All of these salons have great eco-friendly services and nontoxic “3-free” and “5-free” nail polishes. (When it comes to nails, the first three polish ingredients to get called out as toxic were dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, and formaldehyde; the next two were formaldehyde resin and camphor. We think it’s best to avoid all five.)
Located in Brentwood, Cote Shop is chic and forward-thinking. They produce their own 109-shade line of five-free nail polishes, as well as nail treatments and home and body products. The vibe of the salon is laid back, luxurious and beachy (the proprietors describe it as “California beach lifestyle with a hint of Southern France.”) There are five indoor stations and six outdoor, and you can book online. They even have iPads at each station for “smudge-free entertainment.” If you’re in the mood to shop after your service, you can pick up some of their exclusive home and body products on your way out.
Prices: Polishes, $16; manicures, $20-$35; pedicures, $26-$45. They also offer petite services for kids: manicures, $12; pedicures, $16.
Location: 11714 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, CA 90049
Contact: 310-820-0906, coteshop.co
Olive & June, Beverly Hills
This adorable new salon in Beverly Hills offers a great selection of five-free polishes, as well as online booking, WiFi, iPads and nail art. They also have some fantastic eco-friendly services, like “The Emma,” which is made just for moms to be, uses natural products and includes a massage, and “The Margot,” a luxe organic service using California brands (and even the soaking bowls and foot baths are cleansed with eco-friendly products). They also have a fun Instagram feed that highlights some of their gorgeous nail art.
Nontoxic lines they carry: RGB, Mint, Treat Collection, Kure Bazaar
Prices: Manicures, $20-35; pedicures, $28-$45
Location: 430 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Contact: 310-247-0500, olivejune.com
Polish Bar, West Hollywood
This bright and modern toxic-free nail bar in West Hollywood lives up to its motto of “a safer way to polish,” offering Zoya’s chic five-free nail polishes, water-based polishes for kids and expecting mothers, plant-based removers and nontoxic lotions and scrubs. You can book your appointment online, and once you’re ensconced in one of their super-comfy chairs, you can sit back and relax with a complimentary organic beverages. (Note: They also offer brow threading.)
Nontoxic lines they carry: Acquarella, Zoya, Karma
Prices: About $42 for a mani/pedi
Location: Polish Bar, 8101 West 3rd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Contact: 323-951-1080, thepolishbar.com
Chi Nail Bar and Organic Spa, Beverly Hills
All of the nail treatments on offer at Chi use organic and natural scrubs and lotions, and while they don’t have a gigantic selection of nontoxic polishes, they do carry the water-based Scotch line, which I really like. I can’t say enough great stuff about nail tech Chyna Stevens; she does an amazing job—and don’t miss her beautiful nail art! Chi offers online booking, and you can check out Chyna’s Instagram account here and Chi’s Instagram here.
Nontoxic lines they carry: Scotch, and for kids, Hopscotch
Location: 9390 Little Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Contact: 310-858-8803, chi-nailbar.com
Alchemie Organic Spa, Santa Monica
This warm, modern nail salon use vegan organic lotions and oils, as well as quality nontoxic polishes and acetone-free polish remover. You’ll enjoy your service from the comfort of a cushy living-room-style chair, and perhaps best of all, if your polish chips within three days, they will repair it for free.
Nontoxic lines they carry: Spa Ritual, Butter London
Prices: Manicures, $25-$40; pedicures, $35-$85
Location: 2021 Main St., Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contact: 310-310-8880, alchemiespa.com
Color Me Green, Manhattan Beach
At the South Bay’s Color Me Green, the techs use great three-free nontoxic nail lacquer lines like Zoya, Spa Ritual, and for the kids, Piggy Paint. A great spot for mom-and-daughter outings, Color Me Green caters to moms and even has diaper-changing tables and nursing chairs.
Prices: Manicure-pedicure, about $42
Nontoxic lines they carry: Zoya, Spa Ritual, Piggy Paint
Location: 2001 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Contact: 310-545-7474, colormegreennails.com
The Room Organic, The Valley
Located in the Valley, The Room Organic has more than nail treatments on the menu. Voted LA’s favorite spa by the Daily News two years in a row, this beauty spot also offers full-body massages, facials and waxing—all of which use organic products. All of their treatments incorporate Spa Ritual Organic’s fabulous scrubs and lotions. Enjoy free wifi while you get pampered.
Prices: Manicures, $17-$32; pedicures, $22-$40
Nontoxic Lines they carry: Spa Ritual
Location: 4423 Lankershim Blvd., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Contact: 818-505-3633, theroomorganic.com