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10 Twin Cities Salons Using Safer Products

10 Twin Cities Salons Using Safer Products

As more people become conscious of ingredient safety in the beauty industry, products that use safer ingredients are getting easier to find.

But what about toxin-free hair and nail salons? Or spa treatments?

Conventional hair dyes, chemical treatments, nail polishes, and even styling products can contain ingredients linked to cancer and hormone disruption. We touched on this broader issue of safer beauty products in our podcast episode about fertility with Dr. Danielle Vogler-Bos.

Toxic Chemicals Used in Conventional Nail Salons

Nail salons often use a variety of chemicals in their products and processes, some of which can be considered toxic if not handled properly. Here’s a list of some common toxic chemicals found in nail salon products:

  1. Formaldehyde: Used in nail hardeners and some nail polishes, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and can cause respiratory irritation, skin allergies, and other health issues.
  2. Toluene: Found in nail polish and nail polish removers, toluene can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Prolonged exposure can lead to nervous system damage.
  3. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): Often used as a plasticizer in nail polish, DBP has been linked to hormonal disruptions, reproductive issues, and developmental problems in fetuses.
  4. Ethyl methacrylate (EMA): Found in some acrylic nail products, EMA can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, and respiratory issues.
  5. Formaldehyde resin: Another derivative of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin is found in some nail polishes and can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.
  6. Camphor: Used in some nail polishes, camphor can cause nausea, dizziness, and headaches. In large doses, it can lead to seizures and liver damage. While this powdery substance is originally derived from the camphor tree, most is make synthetically now and is more of an allergen than a carcinogen.
  7. Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP): Found in some nail polishes, TPHP has been linked to hormone disruption and reproductive issues.
  8. Xylene: Used in nail polish and nail polish removers, xylene can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Prolonged exposure can lead to nervous system damage.
  9. Methyl methacrylate (MMA): Although banned in many countries, some salons still use MMA in acrylic nail products. MMA can cause severe skin irritation, allergic reactions, and even permanent nail damage.

It’s important for nail salon workers and customers to be aware of these chemicals and take necessary precautions to minimize exposure. Proper ventilation, personal protective equipment, and choosing products free of these toxic chemicals can help reduce the risks associated with nail salon services.

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Toxic Chemicals Used in Conventional Hair Salons

Hair salons also utilize various chemicals in their treatments and processes, some of which can be toxic. Here’s a list of common toxic chemicals often found in hair salon products:

  1. Ammonia: Used in hair dyes and hair colorants, ammonia helps open the hair cuticle to allow color to penetrate. However, it can cause respiratory irritation, allergic reactions, and skin burns.
  2. Formaldehyde: Found in some hair straightening treatments (such as Brazilian blowouts), formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and can cause respiratory irritation, skin allergies, and eye irritation.
  3. Para-phenylenediamine (PPD): Found in hair dyes, especially darker shades, PPD can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation, and dermatitis in sensitive individuals.
  4. Resorcinol: Often found in hair color products, resorcinol can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, and respiratory issues in sensitive individuals.
  5. Phthalates: Sometimes present in hair sprays and hair styling products, phthalates have been linked to hormonal disruptions and reproductive issues.
  6. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES): These surfactants are commonly found in shampoos and can cause skin and scalp irritation, especially in individuals with sensitive skin.
  7. Coal tar: Found in some anti-dandruff shampoos and scalp treatments, coal tar has been linked to cancer and can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.
  8. Formaldehyde releasers (e.g., DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea): Used as preservatives in hair products, formaldehyde releasers can release small amounts of formaldehyde over time, leading to respiratory irritation and allergic reactions.
  9. Lead acetate: Found in some hair dyes, lead acetate has been linked to lead poisoning and can cause neurological issues if absorbed through the skin.

Hair salon professionals and clients should be aware of these chemicals and take necessary precautions to minimize exposure. Proper ventilation, gloves, and choosing products free of these toxic chemicals can help reduce the risks associated with hair salon services.

Hair salons that use natural products near me.

In the list below, you can find hair salons that prioritize using safer natural products.

If you’re new to this issue, the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep database is a wonderful tool to get started.

As we dove into the world of nail care and health we saw so many opportunities to use products that were safer both for our clients and team – who are using these products day in and day out! 

Natalie Bolden, co-owner of Haven Nail Salon

Here are 10 Twin Cities salons using safer products:

Gem Salon Spa

Gem Salon Spa– This eco-friendly hair salon in NE Minneapolis has a gorgeous space, filled with natural light and plants. They are a local leader in environmental sustainability where you can purchase products like BLNCD, Cult & King, Olaplex, and Bathing Culture. And they’re GreenCircle Certified, which means that about 95% of their waste is diverted from landfills and waterways.

Haven Nail Studio

Haven Nail Studio – Co-owners Natalie Bolden and Kaitlin Casper saw an opportunity for a nail salon that used both safer products and innovative methods to reduce the impact on the environment. Their waterless nail services save thousands of gallons of water per year, without sacrificing on experience. Their pedicures are so luxurious and relaxing, you don’t even miss the foot soak.

Tula Spa

Tula Spa – With a variety of spa services, including waxing, massage, skin care, and reiki, Tula Spa promotes overall health through a holistic approach. They carry safer products, many of which are organic and don’t use plastic packaging. A true neighborhood gem in south Minneapolis, they’re about to expand into a bigger space. You’ll be able to check it out soon!

Jaide Organic Salon

Jaide Organic Salon – A south Minneapolis organic hair salon offering ammonia free hair color and a variety of organic skin and haircare products for sale. Opened in 2005 by Michele Nadeau, Jaide Organic Salon brings together a love of creative expression and healthier products.

Spot Spa

Spot Spa – With two locations (NE Minneapolis and Uptown Minneapolis) this urban oasis is a dreamy place to get a spa treatment. Offering a variety of holistic treatments, including facials, massage, craniosacral, acupuncture, bodywork, and hair removal, it’s hard to choose just one! Their retail section is full of clean beauty and self care products, including brands like RMS Beauty, One Love Organics, and Dr. Haushka.

Nature of Beauty

Nature of Beauty – This eco-boutique and spa in south Minneapolis has done their homework, and they only carry only “the safest, highest performing skin care, hair care, and makeup so you can shop with confidence.” Find them in the Hiawatha/Howe neighborhood, and pop in to shop or enjoy one of their spa treatments.

beKIND Salon & Spa

beKIND Salon & Spa – More than a salon, this natural sanctuary is a welcoming space for those seeking environmentally responsible services. Founded by Carol and Alan Fackler, beKIND has been on a mission to find and use the best in organic, natural, cruelty-free, and responsible beauty products. Nestled in the St. Paul suburbs and the north metro, it’s a place where feeling good about yourself goes hand-in-hand with respecting the earth, your hair, and others.

Beauty Ecology

Beauty Ecology – Owner Kassandra experienced negative health effects in her early years as a colorist. This inspired her to research the industry along with functional medicine and the internal triggers of many hair and skin concerns. “Many women spend hundreds of dollars on magic potions, but unless you address underlying imbalances, time and money is lost – leaving you more discouraged.”  

Frenchies Modern Nail Care

Frenchies Modern Nail Care – A national chain with three locations in the Twin Cities (Downtown Minneapolis, Woodbury, and Lakeville). This nail salon doesn’t do acrylics, and they carry polishes up to 12 free (meaning free of 12 harmful chemicals).

Fusion Lifespa

Fusion Lifespa – Part spa, part natural health clinic, you can find a wide variety of services at Fusion Lifespa, including organic skincare, massage, private spa experiences, odorless and natural manicures and pedicures, Traditional Chinese Medicine, naturopathic medicine for families, homeopathy, nutrition, and more.


Jaide Organic Salon exists so that you can pursue a pure, beautiful and toxin-free lifestyle without sacrificing quality or performance.

I have always been a student of Organic, and a wholesome way of living. Having children, and my husband’s health difficulties led me to dive more deeply into the Organic world. Jaide Organic Salon is the result.

Our staff are servants, driven by wellness and dedicated to making your experience the best it can be, while lowering toxicity, and increasing health. I created a system of hair coloring that is based on the principles of art and painting; line form and color are translated to hair.

Michele Nadeau, owner of Jaide Organic Salon

Are you ready to get back to some pampering yet? We’re just glad we can connect you to the healthy hair and nail spa near you.

Think you found the best nail salon in the Twin Cities? We want to know about it! Reach out and tell us all about it.


About the Author –
Alex Stalberger, NBC-HWC

Alex Stalberger is the owner and founder of Well Connected Twin Cities. She is an integrative health and wellness coach with a passion for empowerment and behavior psychology. She writes guides to help health-seekers like you find the perfect partners for your own integrative health and wellbeing team.

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