After reading the NY Times article, The Price of Nice Nails, I was very disturbed by how poorly nail salon workers seemed to be treated in today's society. My mother has been a Manicurist for over 15+ years and she came to mind when I first read this article. I was predominantly raised by a hard working single mother. She was the sole provider for my Brother and I when we younger. She has worked extremely hard to achieve success and has done it all while providing for her family.It was very difficult to imagine her being unfairly treated in the workplace, exploited, and underpaid.Luckily enough I only am imagining, my mother was not a victim of these unfair working conditions when she was a Manicurist. It is very unfortunate that many women of Chinese, Hispanic and Korean decent are currently subject to this abuse even today. It is incredibly disheartening to think that they are enduring these hardships in the workplace for one simple reason to provide for their families. If you have not had the chance to read the article above, please do so. It will open your eyes to the harsh reality that mainly women endure in the Beauty/Nail Industry.
I hope that these kinds of exploitation's and unfair working conditions are limited to the NY city area and are not as present here in California.Of course that would be naive of me to assume.I am sure there are some salons even in the San Diego area that have yet been detected.With that being said as a consumer/customer you need to be aware of these sweatshop like salons, that provide unfair wages and unhealthy working conditions to its employees. Be Informed and ask questions.One way to do this is to confront your Manicurist, open up a dialogue with them, engage and ask them about themselves.You do spend 2-3 hours every two weeks with this person why not get to know them a little better. The NY Times article, 3 ways to be a Socially Conscious Nail Salon Customer recommends Interviewing your Manicurist, Look Around and Pay More. By doing these 3 simple steps you can stop the unfair and injustice that many salon workers are subjected to.Don't always opt to the salon advertising the cheapest and lowest prices. Lower prices come at a cost. Which is typically reflected in lower wages to the worker, or the value of services and the quality of products used. Keep that in mind. Support local family run salons that give back to the community.
Tipping More $$$$ doesn't hurt either ;)
Be Socially Responsible! Stay Informed!