Updated: Aug 10
If you think removing a soaking tub means your feet won’t get clean, think again—there’s an argument to be made that waterless pedicures are more hygienic than typical ones. For me, going water-free was a no-brainer. “Water is a breeding ground for germs. Even when the water is changed out between clients [at a regular nail salon], germs still live in the bowl.
By forgoing water, you can also lower the risk of water-borne infection, “Anytime you’re dealing with skin or other gunk in a tub, especially a tub with jets, that gunk can come right back into the water, even if you clean the heck out of the thing.” them plastic liners only do so much to keep bacteria at bay.)
Better for the Environment—and Providers
On average, a waterless pedicure can save anywhere from 12 to 15 gallons of water per service—which, when multiplied over the number of treatments per day per salon, can add up to a lot of wasted water. Going waterless makes the services more portable.
Waterless pedicures are also safer. By going waterless, exposure to harmful chemicals and water-borne bacteria is reduced. “It’s important to us that they have a safe space and they’re not breathing in chemical fumes,
Better for Your Polish
Another reason to try a waterless pedicure is that your polish might last longer. “When your nails are soaked, they absorb water and change shape; they expand. Your nails will not shrink back to their natural shape until hours after the polish has dried, which can cause the polish to chip prematurely."