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 independent 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.
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.
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: