Walking into tenoverten’s newly minted (as of this month) Culver City salon, and sixth outpost outside of New York City and Austin, you’ll feel like you’ve been teleported back to Manhattan. The salon sits nestled among high-end retailers and apothecaries, such as Aesop and Soulcycle, in the hip indoor-outdoor oasis, Platform, and effuses the brand’s signature cool girl, downtown vibe in sophisticated clean lines, natural fiber materials, and vaulted ceilings that allow rays of Southern California’s best asset to stream in.
Finally, us green smoothie drinkers and crystal meditation-ers in the wellness epi-center of the country are getting our own tenoverten nontoxic nail salon. About.damn.time.
Tenoverten prides itself on focusing on long-term nail health eschewing damaging gel-manicures and toxic acrylics. And offers a range of 5-free polishes from brands, like NARS or Chanel, in addition to their own eponymous vegan, cruelty-free line of 8-free polishes void of the industry’s eight toxic ingredients: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and parabens.
“We want moms to bring their children here and feel they’re safe. We want pregnant women to come here and feel safe, which is a big force behind making sure we are a safer source for beauty. Not only when it comes to manicures and pedicures, but in the retail products we carry,” says the brand’s co-founder and Creative Director, Jaclyn Ferber.
Nontoxic, natural beauty brands, like Herbivore and Moon Juice can be found on the shelves for sale, while even the “back-bar” items, such as lotions are paraben free.
Manicures start modestly at $15 for a Quickie or $25 for their Signature, and pedicures begin at $40. But for the peace of mind they’re giving customers by avoiding toxic chemicals (and the in-salon Instagram worthy pics), they really should be charging more.
8830 Washington Blvd. #102, Culver City, CA; (310) 878 – 9903; M-F 8am – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 7pm.
Written & Photographed by Amy Chang, founder + editor