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LACQUER is a socially conscious nail salon and practices ethical employment

You've probably thought about how much you pay for a manicure or pedicure, but you may not have thought about what's behind the price. Thanks to the 2015 New York Times expose, The Price of Nice Nails, we can all become more educated about ethical salon practices and make better choices.

We are proud to be a socially conscious nail salon practicing ethical employment, along with high standards for sanitation and safety.

Being an ethical employer means we pay all of our employees a fair living wage, as well as our fair share of taxes (all of our employees are W-2 employees). Many nail salons pay their employees cash under the table, often at rates below minimum wage (and sometimes nothing at all) or designate their employees as contractors, placing all of the tax burden on the employee. These employment practices enable salons to have low prices at the expense of the employee.

Additionally, we provide extensive training and follow safety standards that are above and beyond State regulations. All of this requires investment in training, special equipment and supplies to ensure healthful nail services. Even fancy spas don't follow some of the protocols we do. We are the only Certified Safe Salon in Austin (see below for more info).

We are glad to be part of the movement redefining the industry and providing a better, safer environment for our customers and our employees.

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We take cleanliness and safety seriously

At LACQUER, safety and cleanliness is priority. We are a certified Safe Salon® which means the entire staff has undergone extensive training on safe and healthful nail care and we practice the highest levels of sanitation.

  • we use a questionnaire to ask you about nail and foot health so we may adjust your service accordingly, or provide recommendations specific to your needs
  • our technicians wear a new pair of disposable gloves for every service
  • all of our files and buffers are single use
  • our metal implements (nippers, pushers, and clippers) are sterilized in a medical grade autoclave after every use
  • we use hospital grade EPA to sanitize all hard surfaces in the salon
  • each pedicure bowl is cleaned and then sanitized with EPA after every use (we do not use bacteria harboring pedicure whirlpools)
  • we may adjust a service to ensure healthful nail and foot care (e.g. we will not soak your feet in water if it may be unsafe to do so)
  • we will not perform services on any clients that have medically diagnosed conditions that are contagious or put anyone's safety at risk

These are little things that not every nail salon does, and sometimes the things you don't always notice, but they make a big difference in cleanliness and safety for clients and employees.

We understand sometimes you can't always make it to LACQUER for your nail appointments, so be sure to look for the following at any nail salon you visit:

  • nail health questionnaire
  • metal implements packaged and sealed prior to use (you should see a brown or black dot near the seal - that indicates it was run through an autoclave, if you don't see one then your salon is making you think the implements have been sterilized by using the pouches and sealing them without putting them through the autoclave)
  • files and buffers are used once and then thrown away (or offered to you to take home with you)
  • all-metal foot files with disposable grit or a raised surface that can be put in an autoclave (pumice stones cannot be sterilized, and callus blades or "graters" are not safe)
  • pipeless pedicure basins (whirlpool jet tubs can never be properly sterlized, even if they have a plastic liner)
  • when in doubt ask the salon receptionist or technician if they follow these practices before starting your service

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