I take my pedicures without formaldehyde. Which is why I will go out of my way to seek a holistic salon and skip those $25 mani-pedi deals because to me, having toxins seep into my skin (the nail is that delicate) is just a complete turn-off.
I'd rather support places like Tierra Mia and the new Siojo Salon in Old City, who provide a much cleaner, calmer experience. Sans formaldehyde! They also do better work, if you must know. I always feel rushed and cramped at other places. The idea of visiting a salon is to treat yourself well, right?
But on to my glowing review of Siojo Salon. I had checked out the salon the day before just to get a feel for the place and make an appointment. It was extremely clean, serene, modern, calmly lit, and the pedicure set-up with foot sinks sealed the deal for me. The treatments all seemed very fairly priced and the salon was a short walk from home.
The staff was warm and inviting. While I was there, I was treated to a complimentary neck and shoulder massage and a hemp-infused paraffin treatment. I mentally checked out and just let myself go while my feet were completely pampered.
Nail polish is from Deborah Lippman - I wasn't too familiar with the brand (although it is cruelty-free, no formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phtalate) but so far, so good. Water-based polishes from Tierra Mia last forever, so I will see how this polish holds up.
What stands out about the treatment here is that there is no soaking process here. My nail tech explained to me that it is more sanitary to skip the soaking and the housemade products are not diluted and are better absorbed by the skin. She used the foot sink hose to gently spray my feet when needed. Note to self: Must install foot bath if I ever renovate a house.
Siojo's signature scrub was wickedly sensual, too, made up of Himalayan salt, lemongrass, rosemary, and peppermint leaves. Sounds like an herb-crusted tofu recipe to me...
Siojo also does hair, makeup, organic facials, massage, and waxing. They're open daily, too. Book your body-friendly pedicure and really do right by your soles.