Sea Salt & Sugar: Savannah Salon Works for Wholesome Magnificence – Information – The Augusta Chronicle
You know instantly that something is different when you step into Savannah’s newest nail salon, Sea Salt & Sugar; no chemical smell.
“We watched a video of the conditions in which nail salons work in terms of inhaling the toxins from acyclic and toxic paints, and that’s how it all started,” said Lindsay Sammons, who co-owns the salon with Suzanne Anderson and Christy Harps.
“After we saw that, it was like, ‘How can we ever go back?’ I love doing pedicures, but not at this price. “
All women work in the health industry, which has also helped open a salon that combines beauty and wellness with organic and non-toxic products.
“The three of us have always been very focused on living healthy lives and doing what is best for our families,” said Harping.
“We’re all healthcare professionals so we do that every day, and we had heard about these types of nail sticks and decided Savannah would be perfect.”
The salon carries several natural product lines including AILA, Butter London, Beauty Counter and Nourish. All polishes are at least ‘7-free’ which means they contain no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resins, camphor, toluene or DBP chemicals.
Behind the nail bar, glasses with handmade sugar scrubs line the wall. All scrubs, soaks, oils and soaps are free from parabens, petroleum and synthetic fragrances.
To take cleanliness a step further, the salon doesn’t use jets in its pedicure bowls, which can often harbor bacteria, and also has a water filtration system to rid the water of volatiles and chlorine.
A ventilation system will help filter out any odors that may be left behind by acetone-based nail polish remover.
“It’s as healthy as we can get it, but acetone still has a certain odor, but it’s not a synthetic odor and it tends to cause headaches and dizziness,” said Anderson.
Construction of the area began earlier this year and the salon opened its doors earlier this week. The interior of the room features high ceilings, white subway-style tiles, gold fixtures, and comfortable seating by the nail bar and pedicure area.
The women hired several local companies, including designer Emily McCarthy, Forsyth Medal Works, and Lynch Associates Architects, to transform the space, which Anderson says is quite a change from the lease signed last August.
“When we got in here there was literally a dirt floor with grass growing on it, and we really wanted to hold up and keep it open,” she said.
To create a spa-like experience, they also offer lavender-colored neck pillows, eye masks, and ear plugs if you really want to relieve stress during your visit.
“… We made it, if you want to come in, just get a quick polish and be in and out, that’s fine, or if you want to spend an hour being pampered, that’s fine too.” said Anderson.
While they’re still looking for a few nail designers to complete their team, Sammons, Harping, and Anderson are just thrilled to have finally opened their doors to offer their clients something different.
“It’s a little surreal,” said Anderson.
“It was very exciting and obviously it was a different world for the three of us in healthcare and we learned a lot.”