Polished Beauty Bar: Indulge in a Healthy Mani and Pedi


Sneaking away from work for 45 minutes to do something nice for yourself every once in a while is the best. In fact, it keeps me sane! I find it to be a terrific way to recalibrate my thoughts and recharge so that I’m at my best the rest of the day.

In between a flurry of meetings on the Upper West Side recently, I welcomed the opportunity to toss off my heels and treat myself to a healthy pedicure at Polished Beauty Bar, a cozy and chic UWS salon.

I found the service to be impeccable, the staff as friendly as can be, and more importantly, I really liked the products they offered. A wide selection of non-toxic Zoya nail polishes (free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor) made it fun to select a color (I wound up going with this pretty number).   I savored every minute of my leg and foot massage with Pharmacopia’s paraben-free and vegan Citrus Body Oil.


While my toes were drying (I know, tough life), I caught up with Polished Beauty Bar’s co-owner, Susan Nam. She explained that she and her sister Micki were inspired to create the salon after feeling like second-class citizens at their local nail joints, where a lack of cleanliness and customer appreciation were the norm.


Susan and Micki longed for a charming and clean UWS salon that delivered high-quality and long-lasting manis and pedis. Both of them being seasoned beauty-biz professionals, they decided to collaborate on a dream salon that’s well worth a trip uptown, no matter where you live or work.


About Lindsay E. Brown
Lindsay has spent her career at the intersection of media and social change. In her role at Eco-Chick, Lindsay has established partnerships and campaigns with some of the world’s most-recognized companies committed to sustainability and CSR. She co-created the popular interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay currently manages field marketing for Health-Ade Kombucha in the New York region and previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia where she directed corporate advertising dollars to the nation’s most effective non-profits tackling urgent social issues in local communities. There she was awarded CBS Corporation’s prestigious Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, and for environmentalists Laura Turner Seydel and Susan Rockefeller. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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  1. What a treat! Next time I’m on the West Upper Side, I’m going to check this place out. So happy that salons are FINALLY using organic products.

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