Updated: Apr 11
Happy Full Moon! 🌕
Part of my Self Care rituals is a regular visit to the nail spa. I have very dry skin that sits deep between my toe nails and it never goes well for my poor feet when I try to remedy it by myself so I go to a trusty nail technician who knows exactly what kind of TLC my blunt nails need.
I’m not big on nail polish, I just usually have my nails cleaned and when I do want some color for a special occasion, I usually go for gel nail polish. It has a lot of wear and tear o my nails that’s why I don’t do it often but it’s what works for me in terms of what’s sulit because I can’t maintain pretty coloured nails for the life of me!
Roux, on the other hand, loves colored nails! Whenever she sees a girl wearing nail polish, she’d gush, “you have pretty nails!” And she’d pretend play putting on manicure and pedicure.
I tried buying her over the counter nail polish marketed for kids and because they’re usually water-soluble, they don’t last very long (like minutes!) on our hyper-active toddler and even end up with quite a mess 🤦🏻♀️ I learned that Roux was allergic to the base coat or the top coat which we had meant to use precisely to avoid the mess when her fingers started getting dry. Poor baby’s hands were uncomfortable but she almost never complained about them and she never, not once, said she didn’t like colored nails anymore after her fingers healed (Roux had a traumatic experience with a swimming coach and up to now we have not recovered her love for swimming so this one’s a win).
I also feel that a nail spa’s ambiance not just sets a mood but also puts Roux in a mindset of calm and stillness, like calibrating her curious mind to the idea of an orchestrated ritual to clean and care for our nails.
So my task was to make sure that the brands available in the nail spa we go to had brands that Roux can use and give strict instructions to the technician not to push or cut her cuticles. Just lightly massage, clean her nails and put a clean coat of polish.
Brands such as Zoya, Essie and Sparitual made the cut and are commonly available in local nail salons.
Take note of the toxic ingredients you don’t want your kid to come in contact to (or even you!)
formaldehyde – used as nail-hardening agent and a known carcinogen
dibutyl phthalate (DBP), a plasticiser that stops polish turning brittle that has been linked to reproductive abnormalities, and toluene, which will help give your manicure a smooth finish, but can cause headaches and dizziness.
Other chemicals in the mix include triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), a plasticiser and fire retardant that has been show to affect hormones (after prolonged exposure), and formaldehyde resin, a skin allergen. There’s also camphor, which helps keep your nails looking glossy but, when inhaled, can leave you feeling dizzy and nauseous.
I hope you find your own bonding with your mini you like I did cause it’s so much fun! 💕