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Why you should treat yourself to non-toxic nail polish

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Nail polish is no exception when it comes to the growing health-conscious trend in the beauty world.

An increasing number of people are now demanding beauty products free of parabens and other potentially harmful chemicals. Vegan, all-organic and natural products are all the rage - with popular brands like Tata Harper, Lush and Jose Maran taking the lead.

At Base Coat, a non-toxic nail salon with multiple locations in Los Angeles and Denver, all nail products are cruelty-free and vegan. They are also "8-free," which means the polish is made without 8 harsh chemicals typically found in a regular nail polish: Dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and parabens. Many of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, breathing problems, skin irritations and other long-term health complications especially for nail technicians.

And according to Shelly Hill, the general manager of Base Coat in downtown Los Angeles, Base Coat's nail polishes last longer and are more pigmented. The only downside to the non-toxic salons, though, is the high price of services. A quick manicure at Base Coat is $30, which is almost double the price in regular nail salons. But if you consider the health risks, it may be worth investing a little more into an healthier alternative to nail care.

"Everything here, we put a lot of heart and soul into it," Hill said. "Everything is handmade and custom and so that is why our prices are a little bit on the higher side."

There are dozens of non-toxic nail salons across the country that offer similar services, including ones that offer nail polish that have even fewer chemicals.

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