Just a quick post today, because I am a little under the weather. Earlier this week, I ventured to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to check out pH7 Nail Couture, a new salon specializing in nontoxic manis, pedis, and waxing. Ai Ke (known as Helen) opened the business two months ago with her sister-in-law Di Huang (known as CiCi). Helen works full time as a financial analyst, and CiCi, who has been in the nail trade for about six years, minds the pH7 store during the day.
Helen told me they wanted to set pH7 apart from other nail salons by offering services using non-toxic and organic products. Hence the name pH7, which is at the center of the pH7 scale, and describes a water-based solution that is neither acidic nor basic.
She told me a little about the products they carry, including Scotch Naturals, a water-based nail care line. I have never heard of a water-based nail polish before. She showed me her nails, because she was wearing one of the colors. Her manicure was very pretty, and looked like regular polish. She also let me smell the bottle. It didn’t have the strong odor that solvent-based nail polishes have. Helen said if you want to use Scotch Naturals polish, you should use their base and top coat, so that the polish goes on correctly.
pH7 also carries Deborah Lippmann and butter LONDON, and a few “never heard of it” smaller brands such as Uslu Airlines and Sheswai. How cool are those bottles of Sheswai polish?
I went for butter LONDON’s Fash Pack, a greige-y taupe I’m loving. As much as I love Essie and O.P.I., I was excited to try a different brand.
Here is an Instagram I took of pH7”s polish wall:
Here’s a little about pH7 on Well + Good NYC. Think you’ll go check it out?