Here at Om On, we’re always on the lookout for things that are equal parts eco-friendly and glam. When Fredericksburg favorite Holy Chic + Co., a salon specializing in environmentally conscious and non-toxic nail art, headed down I-95 to open up an outpost in Richmond, we had to check it out! Spoiler alert: we loved it, and we think you will too. Read on to learn more about this awesome RVA newcomer.
What We Love: Holy Chic is “polished for beauty, cultured for change”. They’re committed to offering a nail experience that makes a positive impact on both their guests and the environment. We’re big believers that whatever we put on our bodies goes into our bodies, so we couldn’t be more thrilled to have a healthier option for all our nail needs. When you walk through the door, you’ll notice that Holy Chic doesn’t have the same chemical smell that many other nail salons do. Holy Chic uses eco-friendly and non-toxic products exclusively. Their preferred brands include:
MISCHO (from just up the road in Washington, DC!)
Trust Fund Beauty
Bio Seaweed Gel (gel polish)
All of these lines are free of the five most toxic chemicals found in most nail polishes.
Each of Holy Chic’s services – gel manicures and pedicures, as well as classic manicures and pedicures – is waterless. Instead, the salon uses a homemade spray followed by a warm towel wrap to clean and soften your hands and feet. While the salon is geared toward women, there’s no need to leave the men (or the little ones) at home! Holy Chic has a lower-cost manicure for kids under 9, as well as a manicure and pedicure for men. For mamas-to-be, they offer a special mani-pedi that’s sure to make you feel your best even with that bun in the oven. The salon has a super cool feel that we can only describe as being boho and tropical. The team at Holy Chic is all about positive vibes, and you can definitely feel all the girl power in the space! We immediately thought that it would be a great destination for girls’ days out, birthday parties, or bridal showers. Sure enough, Holy Chic hosts get-togethers. They’ll even help you plan the food, beverages, and decor.
The Skinny: For our first visit, we indulged in the waterless pedicure and manicure, and sipped tea out of oh-so chic stemless champagne glasses. This was our first go at a waterless pedicure. We have to admit we were a bit skeptical, but the experience did not disappoint. One of the coolest things about going sans water is the impact that you can have on the environment. A typical pedicure uses nearly 15 gallons of water, and the typical salon uses 50,000 gallons of water per year! Forgoing the water is a small change we can make to help save our precious water sources. We also learned that soaking the feet prior to your polish application decreases the length of your polish and is harmful to your nail beds. Our experience started out with the scrub bar, where we were invited on a sensory journey to smell and choose the handmade scrub of our choice. Naturally, we chose the coconut one since it’s summer! We loved the homemade spritz that revived and moisturized our feet and the cuticle oil made with almond oil. Every small touch was focused on small batch non toxic products. These same touches were carried through our manicure, where we sat at a long table that encouraged conversation between other spa goers. In fact, we even realized we knew one of the patrons from the RVA fitness world! We also noticed that each guest receives brand new nail tools, which are thrown out after each service. They’re just as serious about cleanliness as they are about Instagram-worthy, eco-friendly nails. That’s always a plus in our book. One of Holy Chic’s coolest services – which we didn’t try, but highly encourage you to – is their mystery gel manicure. You’ll receive a full manicure, including shaping and cuticle care, plus the artist’s choice of color and nail art. Check out Holy Chic’s Instagram to see what these amazing artists have up their sleeves.
The Essentials: Holy Chic is located in the Fan at 2510 W. Main Street. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and they’re closed Sunday and Monday. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended. You can make an appointment online or by calling the salon at (804) 353-2442. Services range in price from $55 to $10.