— in pursuit of non-toxic nail salons

healthier nail environments

While all tenoverten products are 8-free, we also take great pains to make sure the other products used in service at the salons are non-toxic as well. We are concerned not only with the health of our loyal customers (many of whom are pregnant or accompanied by their children), but also with the health of our technicians. While they do wear protective nitrile gloves and face masks, they work with the products day in and day out and exposure is inevitable, so it's imperative to us that they're as clean as possible. The salons are formaldehyde-free (although Essie does contain formaldehyde resin) and all of the nail polish brands we offer are at least 3-free: free of formaldehyde, DBP and toluene. The massage lotion on our tabletops is paraben-free and the cuticle oil we use is soybean rather than mineral oil-based. Since we do not provide acrylics or gel services, the air quality is much better than at typical nail salons and ventilation is a top concern when we design our spaces. Our Fulton Street salon has special wall fans that help to circulate the air and in Austin, we actually have individual vents built into each manicure station.


Sanitation is the #1 priority at tenoverten. Here are the sanitation practices that we follow to ensure that your manicure and pedicure is as hygienic as it is beautiful!
Pedicures are done in freestanding basins rather than whirlpool baths (whose jets and pipes are breeding grounds for bacteria—yuck!) and they are disinfected with a hospital grade disinfectant between each use.
All stainless steel tools (clippers, nippers and pushers) are bagged in sterilization pouches with indicator strips and run through an autoclave. You may have seen an autoclave at the dentist's office; it is a piece of medical equipment that sterilizes metal implements through elevated steam pressure and high temperatures, destroying all bacteria, viruses and fungi that could lead to infection. When a client is getting a mani/pedi, one pouch of sterilized tools is used for the pedicure and a second set is opened for the manicure, preventing possible contamination from toenails to fingernails.
(Please beware—some nail salons, unwilling to invest in autoclave, purchase sterilization pouches without indicator strips hoping that customers will assume their tools have been sterilized in an autoclave when in actuality they have not.)
All non-metal supplies such as buffers, orange wood sticks and nail files are used once and then tossed. Lastly, unlike most nail salons, we have a dedicated housekeeper at all times, keeping the salons sparkling clean and allowing our technicians to focus on their clients.


tenoverten partners with Chemwise, a chemical recycling and disposal company, to purchase recycling kits that we fill with nail polish bottles that have to be discarded because either the polish has become too thick to use or is too low. Chemwise recycles both the actual leftover nail polish and components of the bottle such as the glass, plastic caps and brushes. They store the polish in temperature controlled storage facilities and then aggregate it into large batches of paint used to paint industrial equipment, ensuring it doesn’t get wasted or seep into our waterways. We encourage our customers to bring old polish bottles from any brand that they have at home to their local tenoverten for recycling.